Jimmy Glass

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Jimmy Glass
Personal information
Full name James Robert Glass[1]
Date of birth (1973-08-01) 1 August 1973 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Epsom,[1] Surrey, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1987–1988 Chelsea
1988–1989 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1996 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
1989–1990Dulwich Hamlet (loan) 14 (0)
1995Portsmouth (loan) 3 (0)
1995Gillingham (loan) 0 (0)
1996Burnley (loan) 0 (0)
1996–1998 AFC Bournemouth 95 (0)
1998–2000 Swindon Town 11 (0)
1999Carlisle United (loan) 3 (1)
2000 Cambridge United 0 (0)
2000 Brentford 2 (0)
2000–2001 Oxford United 1 (0)
2001 Crawley Town 17 (0)
2001 Brockenhurst 3 (0)
2001 Kingstonian 14 (0)
2001 Lewes 3 (0)
2004 Weymouth 3 (0)
Total 169 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Robert Glass (born 1 August 1973) is an English former football goalkeeper, chiefly remembered for scoring the last-minute goal which kept Carlisle United in the Football League in 1999, when Glass was on loan from Swindon Town. The drama of Glass's late goal, which came in one of only three games that he played for Carlisle, has since made it famous in English football at a level beyond its immediate ramifications.[2] Beyond the Carlisle goal, Glass's most notable time with a club was three seasons playing for AFC Bournemouth from 1996 to 1998, his only regular spell at a Football League club; he retired from football in 2001 aged 27.

Early career[edit]

Glass had a journeyman's career in football, playing for many clubs, initially as a reserve keeper for Crystal Palace. He never played a first team game for the Eagles, but was an unused substitute several times, including the 1995 FA Cup semi-final replay against Manchester United, which Palace lost 2–0 at Villa Park. He was transferred to AFC Bournemouth a year later.

The closest he came to a trophy in senior football was reaching the final of the Football League Trophy with Bournemouth in 1998 – Glass scored an own goal in the match, and Bournemouth lost 2–1. Glass moved to Swindon Town in the summer of 1998, but after falling out with the manager, Jimmy Quinn, was unable to gain a regular place in the team.

Time at Carlisle United[edit]

He moved to Carlisle United on loan from Swindon late that season (after goalkeeper Tony Caig was sold to Blackpool and Richard Knight's loan period had been cut short due to injury). His moment of fame came on 8 May 1999, in the final match of the 1998–99 Third Division season against Plymouth Argyle, which Carlisle needed to win to avoid relegation. With the score 1–1 with only ten seconds remaining, and Carlisle winning a corner, Glass came up from his own penalty area and promptly scored a last minute goal, volleying the ball in after the Plymouth goalkeeper had parried out Scott Dobie's goalbound header. Carlisle got the win they needed and Scarborough were relegated to the Football Conference instead after a 1–1 draw with Peterborough. Scarborough's match had already finished before Glass scored, and their fans had already been celebrating on the pitch at the McCain Stadium.

So ... deep, deep, deep, I make it sixty seconds. Jimmy Glass knocks it long. It comes now to Bagshaw. Bagshaw back to Anthony. Up to Stevens ... and the ball goes out now for a corner to Carlisle United – will they have time to take it? Referee looks at his watch ... and here comes Jimmy Glass! Carlisle United goalkeeper Jimmy Glass is coming up for the kick – everyone is going up ... there isn't one player in the Carlisle half! Well, well ... and the corner kick comes in ... and ... the goalkeeper's punch ... oh ... Jimmy Glass! Jimmy Glass! Jimmy Glass, the goalkeeper, has scored a goal for Carlisle United! There's a pitch invasion! There is a pitch invasion! The referee has been swamped – they're bouncing on the crossbar!

— Commentator Derek Lacey, BBC Radio Cumbria[3]

His goal was selected as the 72nd greatest sporting moment ever by the Channel 4 programme 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. The goal was also ranked 7th in The Times newspaper's list of the 50 most important goals in football history.[2] His goal against Plymouth Argyle was number 15 in the 20 Goals That Shook the World on ITV4. The Puma boots with which he scored the goal were donated to the National Football Museum in 2014.[4]

Life after Carlisle United[edit]

Despite his brief fame, this was the last of just three matches Glass played at Carlisle, who were unable to sign him on a permanent basis. Glass spent time at several other clubs, including Oxford United and Brentford, before moving to non-league clubs, and then quitting football altogether. He reportedly scored six goals two weeks running whilst playing Sunday league football in Bournemouth, playing as a striker. He wrote an autobiography, entitled One Hit Wonder.[5]

Author Gabriel Kuhn described Glass's fame by saying:[6]

Football allows for magic experiences and incredible personal stories, such as when no-name goalkeeper Jimmy Glass saved Carlisle United from relegation to amateur football (sic) in 1999 with a last-minute goal, only to disappear into anonymity again shortly after.

Life after football[edit]

Glass retired from professional football at the age of 27, and became an IT salesman.[7] He later became a taxi driver in Dorset.[8]

In a 2013 BBC interview Glass stated: "It is quite tough because some go on to fame and fortune and some go on to driving a cab and living a normal life like me. It is quite difficult to understand your place in life from being this guy who will never be forgotten to being the guy worrying about your next bill. The goal was an amazing part of my life and is there to be enjoyed, and I will until people get bored of me. Someone on Saturday will be a hero and someone will be a villain. It is an incredible feeling."[9]

In October 2011, it was announced that Glass joined Poole Town as the new goalkeeping coach, working on a voluntary basis.[10] He also had a job in hospitality at AFC Bournemouth.[11] In 2016, he returned to football as Player Liaison Officer with Premier League club Bournemouth.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Jimmy Glass". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "50 most important goals". Timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  3. ^ Lytollis, Roger (15 March 2008). "Behind Glass". News & Star. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  4. ^ "NFM: Glass boots donated today". Carlisle United F.C. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ &#8250 Ronald Reng. One Hit Wonder: The Jimmy Glass Story at. ASIN 0752431811.
  6. ^ Gabriel Kuhn. Soccer vs. the State. Oakland, California: PM Press. p. 51.
  7. ^ Slot, Owen (2 May 2005). "Broken Glass". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Jimmy Glass: From 'Legend' to taxi driver but Glass is half full". The Independent. London. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  9. ^ Cryer, Andy (26 April 2013). "League Two: The day Jimmy Glass rescued Carlisle United". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Glass is new Poole keeper coach". Non-League Daily. 1 October 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Last chance: Win a once-in-a-lifetime prize and raise money for the Cherries Community Fund". AFC Bournemouth. 8 March 2016. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  12. ^ Trehan, Dev (26 December 2016). "Bournemouth invite us onto their team bus before leaving for Chelsea Boxing Day clash". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 March 2017.

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