David Seaman…David Andrew Seaman MBE, no less. Always an imposing figure between the posts during his long, successful and illustrious career, his legend lives on in the game in current day. They just don’t make goalkeepers like Seaman anymore. I mean for example, no-one has ever worn a ponytail in football so suavely before he played, nor since his retirement. But, lets review how he got to enjoy such a revered status: Born in Rotherham, Yorkshire Seaman’s first club was Yorkshire’s largest club, Leeds, in 1978. Whilst contracted to Leeds, he never quite made the grade (always the understudy to John Lukic) and moved on without making a first team appearance. Following that first, unsuccessful contract, Seaman never looked back; over the next 8 years and 307 career appearances during spells at Peterborough United, Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers Seaman grew in reputation, experience and stature as he moved swiftly through the four tiers of the old English football league structure. It wasn’t just the English football league structure Seaman moved through like a knife cutting through butter. He also broke into the England National team structure, representing the Under 21’s ten times, the England ‘B’ side (more relevant at that time than any B side in today’s game) 6 times, before making his full England senior bow in 1988, in a friendly against Saudi Arabia. The game finished 0-0, Seaman was off and running with a clean sheet – of course. Such impressive form for club and country led to Arsenal paying £1.3 million pounds to Queens Park Rangers for Seaman’s services in 1990. Ironically and in a strange twist of fate (that only seem to happen so often in football!), Arsenal’s number 1 prior to Seaman’s arrival was none other than John Lukic, who had kept him out of the Leeds team many years previous. Seaman, with the blessing of then legendary Arsenal manager George Graham, quickly supplanted John Lukic and so started the greatest period of his career and perhaps one of the greatest goalkeeping careers the country has ever seen.