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Vince Bartram: 11 games for Arsenal

Vincent Lee Bartram was born on 7 August 1968 in Birmingham and started as a footballer with Wolverhampton Wanderers at a time when they were in the fourth division.

After a series of loans with Blackpool, Cheltenham, and WBA he moved to Bournemouth in 1991, playing over 100 games for them under the management of Harry Redknapp.

In 1994 George Graham at Arsenal bought him for £250,000 as second keeper to David Seaman.   Here he was coached by Bob Wilson, and played 11 games in 1994/5 but then no more until going to Huddersfield on loan in 1997.

After this he moved to Gillingham in March 1998.  It is interesting to note that in his first season he played in goal for Gillingham in the third division play off final against Manchester City.  Gillingham lost that but got promotion to the second division (Championship) the following season with Vince Bartram in goal.

After over 200 games for Gillingham he retired in 2004, apparently after colliding with goalkeeper Tony Warner who had entered Vince’s penalty area, to try and score from a corner in the last minute.

In total, he made over 200 appearances for the Gills, before his retirement from the game in February 2004 following that keeper on keeper collision.

Since then it is reported that he has run an organisation called KeeperStars UK.   He is now development goalkeeping coach at Southampton.

Years Team League Games
1986–1991 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5
1989 Blackpool (loan) 9
1990 Cheltenham Town (loan) 5
1991 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 0
1991–1994 Bournemouth 132
1994–1998 Arsenal 11
1997 Huddersfield Town (loan) 12
1998–2004 Gillingham
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