‘SCHMEICHEL DESERVES TO BE GOALKEEPING’S FIRST HALL OF FAMER’
Players inducted into Hall of Fames across all sports should have an iconic, pioneering and best-in-class aura about them and Peter Schmeichel absolutely ticks all of those boxes.
The Great Dane was not just an elite-level shot-stopper, but a complete goalkeeper, player and leader on the field. He was also a trailblazer, not only for his modern goalkeeping style of the time, but as one of only 13 non-British or Irish players to play in the Premier League’s inaugural campaign. Across seven seasons in the division with United, our legendary stopper racked up 252 appearances, 112 clean sheets and five titles, while remaining, to this day, the only player in his position to win the league’s Player of the Season award following an outstanding 1995/96 campaign. Having departed the Reds for Sporting in 1999, Peter would return to English football’s top flight with Aston Villa and Manchester City in the years after, going on to pass the 300-game mark. He would even become a goalscorer in the competition, before being named in its first-ever ‘Team of the Decade’.
With outfield players making up the Hall of Fame’s first 10 inductees, it’s time for a ‘keeper, and there have been none better than Schmeichel senior.
– Mikey Partington