The Loneliness of the Goalkeeper

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.

Directors' Choice2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2010 / Adam Fowler / BBC Radio 4, UK

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.

(total running time: 27:40)


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Adam Fowler

Adam Fowler has been a freelance radio producer, presenter and reporter for sixteen years, mostly for BBC Radio 4.


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