Tuesday, 17 December 2013

!! Merry Christmas !!

Hello everyone

Everyone at BTS would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and loyal dedication towards the art of goalkeeping. 

We have enjoyed all the training and coaching at BTS over the year with every goalkeeper!!

We wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!!!

From all at BTS

Robbie, Mossy, Martin, Gaz, Nick, Dave, Steve, Paul, Sharky, Jenny & Julie. X

Remember we return on Monday 6th January 2014

Friday, 6 December 2013

!! New office at Canford 3G !!

Hi Everyone. 
As from Monday 9th December 2013 Canford 3G has a new office reception. 
Everyone is welcome to stay in these offices,  seats are provided to relax while your son/ daughter enjoy BTS training. 
Jenny and Julie will be in these offices for registration as normal before training starts instead of the small container by the generator.  
These new facilities will provide changing rooms, toilets, seating area & warmth for everyone attending BTS. 

All the best

Robbie & Mossy. 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

!! Christmas Holiday !!

Hi Everyone. 
Between the Sticks will be closed for the Christmas holiday break from Thursday 19th December 2013, restarting on Monday 6th January 2014

Any questions please ask Jenny or Julie


Robbie & Mossy

Saturday, 12 October 2013

!! Dorset FA E-Zine Magazine !!

Hi Everyone

Dorset FA E-Zine magazine for October is now available. Just follow the link below. Between the Sticks CPD night from September is featured in the magazine.


Thursday, 26 September 2013

!! Julie takes over from Jenny on Thursdays !!

Hi Everyone.
As from Thursday 26th September Jenny will longer be working on Thursdays. Julie Yates will be taking over Jenny's roles at the registration desk in the office. 
Julie is Robbie's wife and has been with BTS from the start in various duties helping with the company. We wish Julie all the best. 
Jenny is still working on Mondays as normal and her roles in the day to day running of the Between the Sticks. 
A big thank you from Robbie for all her hard work on Thursdays. 


Robbie & Mossy 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

!! Dorset CPD night at BTS a great success !!

Between the Sticks held a Dorset FA CPD development goalkeeping workshop. 40 coaches attended the event  from all over and outside the county at Canford 3G. 16 goalkeepers from youth football in Dorset attended and were put through their paces during the sessions. Mossy delivered a master class session with elite goalkeepers from AFC Bournemouth academy on distribution and crossing. Afterwards Robbie lead sessions assisted by Gaz Stewart, Dave Walsh & Steve Hollick.
Mossy delivering his Elite session Distribution & Crossing

Robbie delivering his session Breakaways 1v1

Robbie's session covered breakaways 1v1. Gaz angled shot stopping. Dave handling & footwork & Steve reactions. 
All the session were well received by the coaches attending. Feed back has been very positive. This has been the 4th Goalkeeping workshop that BTS  has delivered over the years. We are very honored to have a very good working relationship with the FA especially Dorset Football Association. We would like to thank Andrew Battison for his hard work to help organise the event the workshop counted for coaches club CPD hours all the coaches left with a booklet which Robbie put together. 
Andy Battison wants to run more workshops in the near future.  BTS are happy to help deliver them. 

Follow the link below to FA article. 

All the best

Robbie & Mossy. 

Friday, 13 September 2013


To all Between the Sticks keepers, mums, dads, and grandparents.


Firstly, I am sorry for the lack of newsletters recently - put it down to the summer weather, granny duties and increasing old age. 

Well done to the keepers who kept going through the summer - we know it was difficult for many of you because of us having to cancel Thursday sessions for a short time due to the increasing work commitments and enforced FA courses of our very successful coaches, three of whom achieved promotions last season.  

I have finally managed to put together the achievements of our keepers last season and an extremely impressive list it is.  I hope I have not forgotten anyone - if I have please let us know.
As you are probably now aware, we are discontinuing our 5 weeks in advance discounted payments.  The reason for this is that I find it extremely difficult to charge keepers for sessions which they are, through possibly no fault of their own, unable to attend.  Neil and Robbie agreed to my request to discontinue this form of payment - apologies to those who preferred to pay in advance.  (I don’t think I would make a very good business woman do you???)
We, at BTS, have just about managed to avoid any price increases for some years now, despite moving to the considerably more expensive 3G pitches and the reduced numbers during the holiday period.  If you all keep supporting us we will aim to avoid any price increase for as long as possible.  Remember - when you come home from school or work and it is cold and wet and you decide not to bother to come, we are still there for you and still having to pay the coaches and rent for the pitch.  So please help us to keep our prices as they are by continuing to support us. 

One disadvantage of our system of ‘pay on the day’ is, as we have mentioned before, that we have no idea how many keepers are going to turn up on the night.  We, for the majority of the time, have sufficient coaches to cope with however many of you turn up, but every now and again, as occurred on Monday, we are surprised (but delighted) by the numbers.  I can assure you that next week we will have the extra coach needed to avoid the slightly larger than normal group sizes.
We do not want to introduce the system adopted by most other clubs of paying for a half term or term in advance so hope you understand that occasionally we are caught out. 

In the near future I will no longer be at BTS on Thursday evenings - Julie, Robbies better half - is taking over from me.  I will still, however be there on Mondays.  For those of you who only come on Thursday, thanks for all your friendship and for your patience when I have my ‘senior moments’ !!!
As always, thank you all for your continued efforts.  You must all be doing something good because we are frequently receiving great ’feedback’ from clubs and managers. 

All the very best for the new season.


Jenny - Neil - Robbie - Martin - Nick - Gaz - Dave.


Between The Sticks Goalkeepers Achievements

Between the Sticks Keepers Achievements Season 2012/13


Bradley Stewart

With his new club Wimborne played 3 tournaments.  Won two of them, the Rossgarth Cup and Hythe Strikers Tournament and runners up in the third, the Sturminster Marshall Cup.

Ryan Christopher

Poole Town Colts U13’s - Players Player of the Season

Lucas Barringer

Longfleet Lions U9’s - won the Dorset League keeping 8 clean sheets. Currently on trial with AFCB Academy.

Ben Rodwell

Moordown  U10’s - won all 6 games to reach final of Greenfield Tournament- narrowly losing in the final.

Keiron Andrew

Ferndown Keeper winning the Dorset Schools Final defeating Poole Grammar 4-2

Mia North

Lytchett Matravers - lost in cup final but had an excellent game saving many one on one’s.  Received Players Player for her club.

Luke Horton

Keeper for Wimborne U16’s (Dorset) winning the Div 1 League Championship.

Shane Cooper

Keeper  for Poole U12’s who achieved treble success winning the BYFL championship, the Town and Dorset County Cups.

William Bothwell

Keeper for Grange Athletic U10’s who won the Dorset Mini League championship.

Shane Scott

Received Most Improved Player Award for Poppies U12’s.

Tommy Fletcher

Keeper with Greenfields - Bournemouth Div 8 Winners and Manager’s Player of the Season

Kayla Rendell

Keeper with Broadstone Middle School - Year 7 County Cup Winners, Year 7 six  a side National Winners, Year 7 Dorset Schools winners.

Keeper with Merley Cobham girls U13’s - New Forest League winners, New Forest Cup winners.

Selected for Hampshire girls centre of excellence - south east regional winners representing AFCB U 13’s.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

!! Goalkeeping Development night at BTS !!

Hi Everyone

Between the Stick will be hosting another Development night at Canford 3G on Thursday 19th September 6pm to 9pm.

Working with local youth league goalkeepers, coaches will observe practices based around developing their technical goalkeeping knowledge within youth football. Also there will be a masterclass by Neil Moss in crossing & distribution within the elite level environment.

To book your place or require more information please contact Madeleine Massey on 01202688273 at Dorset Football Association. You can also book on line on the Dorset FA web site follow the link below.

This event is FALCC CPD level 1,2 (3 hours) towards your Coaches Club CPD hours.

Please do not contact Between the Sticks.

Last years event was a great success & hopefully this years will be the same.

We look forward to seeing you all at Canford 3G

All the best

Robbie, Mossy & the BTS team


Monday, 24 June 2013

!! Thank you Between the sticks from Jordan Holmes & NMWCOE !!

Australian based NSW Centre of Excellence Would just like to thank Robbie Yates for all his hard work whilst over in the UK , Whilst trialing over in the UK   versus Stoke city , AFC Bournemouth, Cardiff City , Portsmouth FC  and Fulham FC.

Jordan would like to thank Robbie for all his work whilst over in England to help him achieve his dream of signing for a professional club in England. 

Paul Hubbard former AFC Bournemouth coach and currently coach at Sutherland Sharks FC based NSW PREMIER LEAGUE would like to thank Robbie for all his help whilst in England. 

Jordan Holmes & Paul Hubbard

" Robbie was great for Jordan whilst in England his professional manner and high tempo goalkeeper sessions and  goalkeeping experience gave Jordan an insight into the step up in levels from Australian football .

Jordan was a part of the the NSW institute of sport and is rated very highly over in Australia gaining interest from premier league clubs but decided on AFC Bournemouth.

He was treated well by Neil Moss and Robbie and loved the club . We have some very good players over in New South Wales  and working with premier league and football league clubs to help some of the boys progress to the next level.
NSW Centre of Excellence at Stoke City

Thanks again for everything and will be looking to work with such a professional set up in Between the Sticks when we arrive in England next year !


follow this link to AFC Bournemouth web site article

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

!! Gaz wins at Wembley play off final !!

Senior Goalkeeping coach at BTS, Gaz Stewart won the Division 1 play off final at Wembley with Yeovil Town beating Brentford 2-1 in a very entertaining game.
It was great to see Gaz move into the championship with Mossy and AFC Bournemouth.
A fantastic season for Gaz he really deserves it. Gaz has worked very hard in his coaching so well done from everyone at BTS.

Robbie & Mossy

Gaz warming up at Wembley, crossing the ball for Stech

Monday, 20 May 2013

BTS on Twitter

Please follow our site on twitter at @BTSBmth.

We will publish all news and hints and tips on goalkeeping.

You can also follow Mossy at @afcb_gkcoach where he posts news about his training and match days with AFC Bournemouth.

Many Thanks

Mossy @ Robbie

BTS Coaches achievements recognised in Bournemouth Echo

Please follow the link below to view the great endorsement of our coaches as written in our local Bournemouth Echo.


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

!! Nick wins non league goalkeeper of the year !!!

Nick with his award
Nick Hutchings wins Non League goalkeeper of the year!!
Nick a senior coach at Between the Sticks and Poole Towns number 1 secured the award at Fulham FC Craven Cottage.
The award sponsored by reuch gloves was a elegant decanter engraved (pictured below)
Nick was overwhelmed saying" I am totally honoured to receive this award thanking Poole town supporters for voting for me, Tommy Killick, James Woods , players at Poole Town and Robbie Yates my goalkeeping coach"
The event was well organised & presented by the Non League Paper.
Everyone at BTS are so happy for Nick

Well done Nick!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Congratulations to AFC Bournemouth

As you may know Between The Sticks has had a long affiliation with AFC Bournemouth our local professional football club.

Going back over 10 years Robbie and Martin ran the goalkeeping section of the clubs Centre of Excellence whilst Mossy and Gaz were the 2 senior goalkeepers playing in the 1st team.

In 2006 Mossy started helping Robbie with the Centre keepers and this was when the idea of BTS started to emerge.

We still currently coach the young Bournemouth keepers on a Monday night with our own Dave Walsh who is head of goalkeeping for all keepers 16 and under.

Mossy has also just completed his 4th season as Bournemouths 1st team goalkeeper coach.

So it was obviously very pleasing to see our local club get promoted to the Championship for only the 2nd time in their history and we hope to continue our strong ties with the club for many years to come.

Jenny , Robbie and Mossy

Saturday, 11 May 2013

!! Nick, Tom & Robbie with seasons spoils !!

Poole Town Fc held there end of season presentation evening at RNLI in Poole.
Pictured with Robbie & nick are the Southern South & West league championship shield (centre) Dorset Senior cup (right) & Champions cup (left)
Nick  with Poole Town Spoils
Tom Brown won young player of the year!!

Tom with his Young Player of the Year Award
Well done to Nick & Tom.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

!!! Gaz in play off final !!!

Gaz Stewart BTS senior coach-makes it to the division 1 play off final at Wembley on 19th May with Yeovil Town.
Gaz is currently the number 2 goalkeeper at Yeovil but also doubles up as goalkeeping coach.
Yeovil will play Brentford in the final.
Everyone at BTS wishes Gaz all the best.
Gaz said "I'm looking forward to the day and Yeovil have a very good chance , it will be a very hard game but we will be up for the challenge"


Saturday, 4 May 2013

!! Poole Town do the Triple !!!

Between the Sticks Senior coach Nick Hutchings secured the Trible with Poole town on Saturday 4th May by beating Burnham FC 1-0 in the southern league Champions cup.
Nick has had a fantastic season with Poole Town winning the league title, Dorset Senior Cup and now the champions cup.
Nick has also been nominated for non league goalkeeper of the year. Nick coaches Wimborne youth under 16s winning the league as well.
Well done Nick and good luck with the nomination.


 Nick & Robbie after the game at the champions cup Final

Monday, 22 April 2013

AFC Bournemouths guidelines for Academy Goalkeepers





• Set position needs to provide him with a good foundation to make any save in the least amount of time.

• Body weight needs to be forward (75% through toes).

• Knees slightly bent, not so much that any strain is felt in the quadriceps.

• Hands held at lower chest level, pushed forward in an advanced position and turned into a catching position (never have hands with backs of gloves facing forward).

• In a set position the head should be forward of the toes, this will help to keep the GK in a forward aggressive stance.




• He must be positive and confident in the positions taken up during games.

• Stance must be ‘front foot’ so that every time the ball is played into an area over his back four he is able to take a step forward as the ball is played. This will help the GK to be quicker off the mark.

• GK should not be over advanced as this could lead to the GK feeling vulnerable to the lob. This could mean that the GK will take a backwards step when the opposition are about to play a through ball or put a ball into the penalty area.




• Any Professional GK must have a wide range of distribution skills so that selection is not limited.

• He must have confidence in distribution decisions and remember that it is his choice alone not anyone who is on the side-line.

• When distributing short, he should be able to see his team-mates next pass and communicate this information to him whilst the ball is in transit.

• Before receiving a back pass the GK should be fully aware of his player’s positions in front of him so that ball control can set him up best for the next pass/clearance.

• GK should be able to clear a rolling back pass competently with weaker foot, and be able to clear danger with a static ball.




• One of the most important aspects of being a pro GK is his ability to be fully immersed in the game and totally focused in the job at hand.

• During a game, the GK is talking to team-mates and involving himself in the game whilst also concentrating on the ball and player positions on the pitch.

• GK should constantly provide useful information to his back four, but also to any other player who requires further instruction.

• When the ball is in the defending 3rd, communication must become very sharp, 1 or 2 word commands like man-on, time, keepers, away, turn and free header need to be delivered loudly, confidently and with maximum authority.




• Taking crosses is a difficult task for today’s GK’s as new technology in player’s boots and the lightness of the modern day football mean the pace of crosses and erratic flight trajectory have restricted a GK’s chance of claiming a cross.

• Therefore, a GK must remember that his primary role is to stop the ball going directly into the net and must position himself accordingly. Secondly, the GK should give himself a chance of helping defenders by claiming a cross.

• As with a normal starting position, the GK must be front foot and take a small step forward as the ball is played into the box  this step can be easily backtracked if the GK decides to not come for cross.

• Once the decision has been made, the GK must stick to it 100% and back it up with a loud confident shout of either “keepers” or “away”.

• Timing is crucial; he must reach the ball at optimum speed and its highest point.  The GK should wherever possible never take the ball with a standing jump; this will leave him more vulnerable to challenges from attacking players.

• If a catch is not possible or there is a good chance of a mishandle in a crowd of players the GK should attempt the punch. The 1 handed punch should be preferred as it leaves a hand and arm spare to lever attacking players out of the balls path.




• Having ‘presence’ as a GK equates to being loud and confident and using his position on the pitch to dominate dangerous situations.

• The GK has the advantage of being able to speculate and affect the game.  A GK with ‘presence’ can play an important role within a team even if they do not touch the ball.




• GK‘s need to be as fit and strong as outfield players.

• A typical GK’s training day is very demanding. If a GK lacks good enough condition to cope with the workload and constant impact of body on ground then injury could occur.

• It is important that pro first team GK’s are reliable and fit for 95% of the season.

• Being a GK is very mentally demanding, recovery from mistakes and constant crowd abuse requires tolerance and an ability to work under stress.

• Confidence with a touch of arrogance comes from the inner belief that they are ready for the job in hand. The GK will know they are ready to perform when all manner of preparation has been addressed going into a game. He knows he is going to perform well!




• Experienced GK’s have learnt how to play games to win, when to play quickly and when to slow games down.

• Positioning, influencing and intimidating opponents are all part of an experienced GK’s armoury.

• External factors such as pitches, weather, officials, confidence levels of both teams and game status are all handled well by an experienced GK with good game-craft.




• Good work ethic is essential.

• Be able to self-motivate and develop weaknesses.

• Aim to maintain attitude after a poor or good performance.  This is best achieved with a consistent demeanour within his lifestyle.

   Consistency is the most important asset for any GK. He can only achieve this by being consistent in the way he approaches games and training. Routines, repetition of basic techniques and constant preparation are all key to a GK appearing in control during frantic moments in a game.




Saturday, 20 April 2013

!! Jack Carter shines for Dorset !!

Hi Everyone
Below is an article from Devon FA regarding Jack's performance for Dorset. We are all very pleased to receive reports of BTS goalkeepers doing well as they develop in the game.
Well done Jack
Robbie , Mossy, Jenny & the BTS team

Dorset leapt three places In the table, and are now sitting in third position following this solitary goal win over Devon at their County headquarters, but they have to thank their goalkeeper Jack Carter (New Milton Town) for a faultless first half display.
Devon were on the attack In the first minute, and from a left sided comer, Plymouth Kolts Tyler Elliot was unlucky not to score, when his effort agonisingly ran the wrong side of the near post.
Two minutes later a lob from Devon's James Fifield (Marine Academy Plymouth Juniors) had goal written all over it, but somehow the Dorset goalkeeper Carter was back peddling at speed, and managed to jump high enough to avert the danger. One minute later It was Devon's Jordan Bastin (St Martins) who brought the best out of keeper Carter, who brilliantly finger tipped his shot over the bar.
On 5 minutes a long shot by Dorset's Morgan Turner (Lytchett Red Triangle), was comfortably gathered by the Devon goalkeeper Tom Rowley (South Brent Youth/Manstow Youth), but immediately at the other end it was Carter again in action, this time diving at the feet of Devon's Bastin to deny the striker from scoring.
On 11 minutes a good movement between Devon's Elliot, Fifield and Bastin resulted in a header by Bastin being again well saved by keeper Carter.
In the 18'" minute Dorset caught Devon completely by surprise when their left winger Jordan Ayunila (Bridport Youth) turned a defender, and from 35 yards out on the left fired an unstoppable rocket of a shot, Into the roof of the Devon net giving keeper Rowley no chance of saving.
Goalkeeper Carter then foiled Devon a further three times before the halftime break. Firstly diving to his left to push a 30 yard free kick by Fifield for a corner, then twice jumping high to save a shot from Elliot and punching away a cross from above the head of Fifield.
Man of the Match Jack Carter Dorset.

Monday, 15 April 2013

!! Jack Buckland England goalkeeper !!

Robbie was very lucky to meet the young talented England goalkeeper Jack Buckland at St George's park.
Robbie said"I have never met a young goalkeeper with such a high profile with a cool level head on his shoulders"
Jack was a credit to young goalkeepers he spoke very well a top bloke!!

We wish him well in his career!!


Pictured with Robbie is Jack at the Goalkeepers convention dinner!! (Jacks a big lad)

Sunday, 14 April 2013

!! Robbie meets his hero's !!

Hi everyone.
Robbie, Mossy, Gaz, Dave & Steve all visited St George's Park this weekend at the very first Goalkeeping Convention at the home of English football.
Hosted by Ray Clemence with guess Shay Given, Jack Buckland and Pat Jennings.
Robbie said meeting Pat and Ray was the highlight of the weekend. I grew up watching Pat And Ray and to meet them was fantastic both are top men and were everything I thought they would be legends of the game.
A fantastic event for any goalkeeper coach at any level. Martin Thomas and Simon smith delivered session for the two days.
A great two days well done the FA.


Robbie with Pat & Ray

Friday, 12 April 2013

!! Nick, Tom & Robbie !!

Nick Hutching Senior coach at BTS won the Dorset Senior cup with Poole Town.
Playing Wimborne Town in the final at Hamworthy FC county ground.
Wimborne took the lead but Poole came back very well to win 4-1.
Nick made Some great Saves to keep Poole in the game at vital times. Pictured with Nick is Tom Brown & Robbie with the Dorset Senior Cup the the changing rooms after the game.

Well done to Nick, Tom & Poole Town


Sunday, 24 March 2013

!! BTS goalkeepers in Dorset cup finals !!

Well done to some of our Between the Sticks goalkeepers on reaching the Dorset cup finals at King George v playing fields on Sunday 24th.

Lyell Tweed - Corfe Mullen Utd
Dan Rose - Wimborne Town Youth
Jonny Rushent - Corfe Mullen Utd
Calum Ward - Poole Town FC Wessex
Shane Cooper - Poole Town Youth
Mia North - Corfe Mullen Utd Juniors

Robbie went down to watch them & they all had great games making some good saves and decisions in the finals.

Well done to you all!!!

Robbie & Mossy.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Neil Moss Interview

This is an interview I recently had to do for a Goalkeeper magazine. Some of the questions I often get asked by BTS keepers so I have put it on this noticeboard.

Any further questions please send to neil@betweenthesticks.co.uk. Or questions for Robbie send to robbie@betweenthsticks.co.uk.


Mossy and Robbie

Full Name: Neil moss

Age: 37

Current Club: AFC Bournemouth

Previous Clubs:AFC Bournemouth 1991-1995, Southampton, Gillingham (loan)

What gloves are you currently wearing? Zapkam (they sponsor me and my partners goalkeeping school “Between The Sticks”)

What boots are you currently wearing? Nike Tiempo

What are your goalkeeping ambitions? Coaching ambitions, coach all gks at every age and ability

What are your previous achievements in football? Pro for 15 years, promotion at AFC Bournemouth, league 1 player of season 2003/04, 40ish apps in premier league. 270ish apps in total. 7 consecutive clean sheets at AFC Bournemouth (club record) in 1995. Voted AFC Bournemouth all time best goalkeeper in a recent fans vote. Started a highly successful goalkeeper coaching school with my partner Robbie Yates in 2006. AFC Bournemouth 1st Team Goalkeeper Coach for 4 years. AFCB Academy keeper coach for total of 5 years.

Who is your Goalkeeping idol? Don’t have one. I respect all keepers who earn a living from the game because I know how difficult it is.

What is the best thing about being a keeper? Keeping clean sheets

What is the worst thing about being a keeper? Making mistakes

What is the best game you have ever played in and why? Vs. Liverpool in 2000 at Anfield, atmosphere was fantastic. Live on SKY TV and we drew 0-0.

Who is the best keeper you have ever trained with? (pro or non pro) I am lucky to have trained with some top keepers in my time. The best was a young Tim flowers who I trained with once when I was 16. His handling was unbelievable.

What is the best advice you would give to any other keeper? Only take on board advice from people who have an idea what they are talking about. There’s a lot of so called experts out there who think they know it all after doing a 5 day course!

Who has been your biggest inspiration to date? My parents

How do you mentally move on after making a mistake? I didn’t, I would use the hurt and pain of making a mistake to motivate me to not make another one!

Do you have any a specific technique for taking a goal kick? No special technique. I tried to make sure that if I kicked one bad one, my next kick would be a safe kick to get my rhythm back. It didn’t always work!!

If you could pass on any tips to a young keeper, what would it be? Be consistent in the way you keep goal. Deal with the same shot in the same way every training session and match. Work on your weaknesses until they become strengths.

What is the best ground you have ever played at and why? Anfield. Atmosphere and nostalgia.

Who do you think is the greatest keeper of all time? Gordon banks. Way ahead of his time in his training and general gameplay.

Are you left footed or right footed? Right footed

How do you normally prepare in the morning for a match? Watch a film. I wouldn’t allow myself to think about a game until I got into the changing room at 1 o`clock

Which keeper do you think you most resemble? Neil Moss!!

Do you have any regrets in your career? Getting injured at 31.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

!! Robbie catches up with Eric Nixon !!

Hi Everyone

Whilst on a goalkeeping tutor course Robbie caught up with fellow goalkeeping coach, legend Eric Nixon. Robbie has known Nico for 3 years now having met Nico in Reading & have been friends since.

"it was great catching up with Nico he is a great guy, who shares all his knowledge of the game with others. With over 500 professional games under his belt that's a lot of experience. & likes telling a good joke!!! 

Nico has written a book, an-autobiogarthy called Big Hands Big Heart. It's a great read for anyone or a goalkeeper who wants to make it in the professional game. The highs & lows of Nico's goalkeeping career in a book it's great stuff!!

Born in Manchester, Nixon began his career in August 1982 atNon-League club Curzon Ashton from Ashton-under-Lynein Greater Manchester. On 10 December 1983, he signed for Manchester Cityfor a transfer fee of £1,000. He made 84 appearances in five years at the club,and was sent out on loan five times. And it was with four of those loan spellsin the 1986–87 season that he achieved the rare distinction of playing for aclub in all four divisions of the Football League in a single season. In August1986 he went on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were then in the FourthDivision, making sixteen league appearances. This was followed by short spellson loan at Bradford City, who were then inthe Second Division, in November 1986, and Southampton, who were then in theFirst Division, in December 1986. The following month he went out on loanagain, this time to Carlisle United, who were then in the Third Division, wherehe made sixteen league appearances.

Nixon'sfinal loan move while at Manchester City came in March 1988,when he was sent to Tranmere Rovers, for whom he made eight league appearances.
Nixonsigned for Tranmere Rovers permanently for a fee of £60,000 on 26 July 1988. Innine years at Prenton Park Nixon made 432 appearances, including 333 leagueappearances, and was with the club during their rise from the Fourth Divisionto the First Division play-offs in 1992–93. In the 1988–89 season he kept 25clean sheets, which still stands as a club record for the most clean sheets ina season.
He wasalso a part of the Tranmere team that won the Leyland DAF Cup in 1989–90,beating Bristol Rovers 2–1 in the final at Wembley with goals by forwards IanMuir and Jim Steel. In 1996, towards the end of his time at Tranmere, Nixonfound himself again being sent out on loan three times. In January he joined Reading; the following month he was loaned to Blackpool,for whom he made 20 league appearances; and in September he spent a second loanspell at Bradford City, making twelveleague appearances.

Stockport County, Wigan Athletic and back toTranmere Rovers
On 27August 1997, Nixon was signed by Stockport County for £100,000. In19 months at Edgeley Park, he made 42 leagueappearances, and he was also sent on loan again, this time to Wigan Athletic inAugust 1998, before signing for them permanently in March 1999 on a freetransfer. However, his time at Wigan wasshort-lived, and on 4 July he was back at Tranmere Rovers for a third time, onanother free transfer, where he stayed for a further four years, becoming a part-timegoalkeeping coach. After focussing on coaching rather than playing, Nixon spentone short loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers in October 2001,  for whom he kept three clean sheets in threegames. On his return, he signed non-contract terms with Tranmere. On 8 August2002, he again signed as a non-contract player with the club to provide coverfor Keith Welch, who Tranmere had just signed.

The2002–03 season was his testimonial season and his testimonial match was playedat Prenton Parkon 6 August against the club he supported as a youngster, and for whom he firstplayed professionally — Manchester City.
When heplayed in goal against Crewe Alexandra on 21 September 2002, Nixon, at 39 yearsand 352 days old, became the oldest player to ever play for the club.
Nixon'sfinal club was Sheffield Wednesday, for whom he signed on a free transfer on 1July 2003, and where he was used as a goalkeeping coach, aking one leagueappearance — on 27 September 2003 against Grimsby Town.His spell with the club was spent coaching three days a week, and spending twodays back at Tranmere Rovers coaching.

Eric & Robbie 
While hewas still playing, Nixon had started working towards gaining his goalkeepingcoach licence, and in August 2004 he became a full-time goalkeeping coach withTranmere Rovers.
Nixon nowholds both a UEFA goalkeeping coaching A license and a UEFA football coaching Alicence. On 10 February 2006, Nixon gave up his coaching responsibilities withTranmere Rovers because of knee problems and also to attend a personal-fitnesscoaching course before opening a health and fitness studio in Prenton, eforemoving to Dubai,where he worked as a personal fitness trainer.
On 5February 2007, Nixon was honoured for his outstanding service to TranmereRovers as the winner of the Dave Russell Award at the annual Sports PersonalityAwards in Liverpool.
Nixon hasalso written a regular column for the Liverpool Echo newspaper.
InOctober 2008, Nixon was appointed goalkeeping coach at Conference North club Fleetwood Town by manager Micky Mellon. The twowere teammates at Tranmere Rovers and during Nixon's spell on loan at Blackpool in 1996. He left the club in May 2011 by mutualconsent. Eric now works at Woodchurch School's Leisure Centre.