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Wednesday 15 January 2014

Cech voted best Barclays Premier League goalkeeper readers vote for Petr Cech, with Peter Schmeichel in second

A review of six of the best No 1s to have played in the Barclays Premier League. readers have voted Chelsea's Petr Cech as the best goalkeeper to have played in the Barclays Premier League.

Over 3,000 votes were cast and on the back of reaching 150 League clean sheets after Chelsea's 2-0 win at Hull City on Saturday, Cech ended up as the winner with 46% of the votes. Former Manchester United goalies Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar were in second and third while David Seaman finished ahead of David James to claim fourth. Do you agree? We have left all the relevant stats and information below for you to look through and make up your mind.

Clean sheets

David James, the former England goalkeeper, played for five different teams in the Barclays Premier League during his long career and still holds the record for the number of clean sheets, with 169. But Petr Cech, who joined Chelsea in 2004, has reached the 150 mark a lot sooner, having competed in far fewer matches in his career to date. His Stamford Bridge team-mate Mark Schwarzer is only two behind and former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman was was not far off either.

Player Matches played Clean sheets*
David James 572 169
Petr Cech 313 150
Mark Schwarzer 504 148
David Seaman 344 142
Nigel Martyn 372 138
José Reina 285 134
Brad Friedel 450 132
Edwin van der Sar 313 132
Tim Howard 325 112
Shay Given 440 112
Jussi Jääskeläinen 435 108
Thomas Sørensen 363 107

Save percentage

Cech has the highest save percentage in history of the Barclays Premier League, leading Tottenham Hostpur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and Manchester City's Joe Hart.


Saves Matches played Clean sheets Save %
Petr Cech
747 313 150 75.98
Heurelho Gomes
324 95 31 75.35
Joe Hart
620 214 82 73.8
Marcus Hahnemann 469 115 28 73.78
Jens Lehmann
345 148 54 73.18
Tim Howard
901 325 112 73.14

More records

Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, later of Aston Villa and Manchester City, was the first player to reach 100 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League and ended his career with 129. One of the next to fill his boots at Old Trafford, Edwin van der Sar, holds the record for the longest run of consecutive clean sheets. The Dutchman went 14 matches without conceding a goal for Manchester United in 2008/09, breaking Cech's record of 10 consecutive clean sheets during his debut season in 2004/05.

Player Matches Team Date
Edwin van der Sar 14 Manchester United Nov 2008 – Feb 2009
Petr Cech 10 Chelsea Nov 2004 – Mar 2005
Jose Reina 8 Liverpool Oct 2005 – Dec 2005
Neville Southall 7 Everton Nov 1994 – Dec 1994

The vote

We have compiled a list of five goalkeepers listed below, but who gets your vote? Remember to watch the video with highlights from each player's career and vote for your person of choice on the homepage by scrolling down to the poll.

David Seaman

Team Matches played Goals conceded Clean sheets
Arsenal 325 267 137
Manchester City 19 24 3
Overall 344 291 140

David James

Team Matches played Goals conceded Clean sheets
Liverpool 214 217 72
Aston Villa 67 69 20
West Ham United 64 91 18
Manchester City 93 109 20
Portsmouth 134 179 39
Overall 572 665 169

Brad Friedel

Team Matches played Goals conceded Clean sheets
Blackburn Rovers
Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur 50 59 14
Overall 450 567 132

Petr Cech

Team Games played Goals conceded Clean sheets
Chelsea 313 234 150
Overall 313 234 150

Edwin van der Sar

Team Games played Goals conceded Clean sheets
Fulham 127 162 42
Manchester United 186 142 90
Overall 313 304 132

Peter Schmeichel

Team Games played Goals conceded Clean sheets
Manchester United 252 212 112
Aston Villa 29 37 7
Manchester City 29 38 9
Overall 310 287 128

*Clean sheets only counted where the goalkeeper has played the entire match.

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Key Points

  • Petr Cech voted the best goalkeeper in Barclays Premier League history
  • Cech headed poll of five best candidates
  • Peter Schmeichel second, Edwin van der Sar third