UK time is: 11:07:51
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Niemi - No Retirement Plans!

If I had to pick one player and one player only who doesn`t deserve to be languishing in the bottom three, a player who has performed stoically this season giving top notch performances week after week, it wouldn`t take me long to come to a decision.

The player I`d choose would be Anti Niemi.

Our keeper has overcome a serious injury to reclaim the keepers shirt at Craven Cottage and has produced memorable save after memorable save this season when under, at times, extreme pressure.

At thirty-five he isn`t a spring chicken but thankfully he has no thoughts about hanging up his gloves yet.

Indeed, Niemi seems to take his inspiration form another of the goalkeeping clan who is defying the theory that footballers need to retire at a certain age, David James.

In a very brief interview, published in one of those freebie papers you invariably trip up on as you edge into a packed tube train going to work in the morning, this is what he said,

"You see David James going well and hopefully I can do the same."

Told you it was brief!

However, at thirty-five Niemi still has a long way to go to catch up with the elder statesman of keepers, John Burridge.

Budgie, as he was affectionately known as to his friends, prolonged his career well into the forties, although we`re not sure if Niemi has that sort of prolonged career in mind.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 4 2008

Time: 4:31PM

Your Comments

must admit he is a class act - must be the Glasgow Rangers breeding!
merlin
Yeah but i think he could try to control his area better
Backslash2010
no authority-wise then?
merlin
still reckon he's in the top 5 in the Prem though!
Putney
Behind Cech, Reina, Freidel and Almunia?
merlin
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Fulham Articles

Fulham Youth to take on Crewe (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Burn Doesn`t Want Hammers Move! (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Young Defender Recalled! (Monday November 24 2014)

Symons Quashes Hammers Interest in Burn (Sunday November 23 2014)

Symons Rues Mistakes but Praises Brentford (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford 2 Fulham 1 (Saturday November 22 2014)

Stats: Brentford v Fulham (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford v Fulham Team-Sheets (Friday November 21 2014)

Same Again Please! (Friday November 21 2014)

Exploring the Loan Market Situation (Thursday November 20 2014)

Archived Fulham Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Fulham 1 - 0 Norwich
Fulham 0 - 1 Millwall
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Fulham 3 - 0 Charlton
Fulham 4 - 0 Bolton
Fulham 0 - 1 Blackburn

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Huddersfield 18 5 6 7 -6 21
15. Reading 18 6 3 9 -6 21
16. Leeds Utd 18 5 5 8 -5 20
17. Fulham 18 5 4 9 -5 19
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18

Breaking League News

Who Is Micky Phelan?
Norwich : 26/11/2014 10:05:00
Pearce red appeal rejected
Reading : 26/11/2014 10:00:00
Trueman Joins Leamington On Loan
Birmingham : 26/11/2014 09:00:00
Toney set for Wolves move
Wolves : 26/11/2014 08:43:00
RUFC - Ref Watch v Blackpool
Rotherham : 26/11/2014 08:19:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Brentford?
Suggested By:  puteny
Bettinelli 51%
Zverotic 0%
Bodurov 0%
Burn 0%
Stafylidis 0%
Ruiz 0%
Christensen 0%
Parker 0%
Wilima 0%
Rodallega 0%
McCormack 33%
Eisfeld 16%