British writer and radio presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli remembers the loneliness of being a goalkeeper, the player who spends 90 minutes looking at his colleagues’ backs.
They call it a team sport, but for the goalie it's a life of inaction interrupted by frantic activity, occasionally bordering on near-suicide. "A goalkeeper can spend the whole game saving the team from embarrassment - then make one mistake and he's the villain."
The Loneliness of the Goalkeeper won the Third Coast Directors' Choice Award in the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.The story was produced in 2008 by Adam Fowler with presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli of Ladbroke Productions, for BBC Radio 4.
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Adam Fowler has been a freelance radio producer, presenter and reporter for sixteen years, mostly for BBC Radio 4. He has received many plaudits for his journalism, his intelligent production style and the quality and originality of his final mixes. Fowler was nominated for the Radio Academy’s “Best Factual Producer” Award, 2010. He won a Sandford St. Martin Premier Award for Radio 2010 and a Sony Gold in 2009 for “A Sound Fix”, his nine-part series for the Prison Radio Association about drugs in prison.