The Premier League Golden Glove is an award presented to the goalkeeper who has kept the most clean sheets during a single season. It has only officially been running since the 2004-05 season.
It’s not an award that bookmakers seem to take bets on during the season but if you check Paddy Power’s football bets prior to a season you’ll find odds on goalkeepers to win the award.
The Golden Glove is a prestigious award considering the competition in the Premier League for it now. The Golden Boot will always take priority, but it always nice to know who’s been the best keeper each season.
All Premier League Golden Glove Winners
Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 21 Clean Sheets
This was the Brazilians first season in the Premier League. Liverpool had struggled to find themselves a good goalkeeper for many years, but Alisson finally seemed to be the answer.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, they fell just one point short of winning their first title in nearly 30 years. Manchester City finished top on 98 points, but Alisson showed his new fans they had nothing to worry about with him in goal.
David De Gea (Manchester United) – 18 Clean Sheets
In took the Spanish number one seven seasons to win his first Premier League Golden Glove, which is more of a reflection of the back four in defence. In the 17/18 season, Manchester United finished second that season on 81 points. Manager, Jose Mourinho regarded this as one of his best-ever achievements, which he had De Gea to thank for.
United’s number one also equalled a Premier League record that season. He made 14 saves in one match, which had only previously be done by Tim Krul and Vito Mannone. The saves came in the game on 2nd December 2017, in a 3–1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – 16 Clean Sheets
Chelsea won the league 202017, winning a total of 30 games in their campaign. There were many rumours circulating at the start of the season as to whether Courtois would stay. He was linked with a move to Real Madrid that later materialised the following season.
The season started off far better than the 15/16 for Chelsea. Courtois kept a clean sheet on the opening day which broke a record of 13 games without a clean sheet.
Petr Čech (Arsenal) – 16 Clean Sheets
In 2016, Petr Čech became the first player to have won the Premier League Golden Glove award with two different clubs. He was also only the second player to have won the award four times. Despite his efforts, Arsenal fell short of a title challenge to Leicester City, managing to leapfrog rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the final day into second place.
This was Cech’s fourth and final Golden Glove in his Premier League career. Only Joe Hart can join him on four Golden Gloves. The former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper is now trying his hand in being an ice hockey goaltender.
Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 14 Clean Sheets
In what was the weakest season for goalkeepers over the past 13 seasons, 14 clean sheets were enough for Joe Hart to become the first goalkeeper to win the Premier League Golden Glove on four occasions. It was also his 300th appearance for the club.
This was the last time Hart would win the Golden Glove. When new Manager Pep Guardiola came to Manchester City, he made it no secret that Hart wasn’t in his plans. This came as a surprise to everyone considering how well he had done in the Premier League.
Petr Čech (Chelsea) – 16 Clean Sheets
Wojciech Szczęsny (Arsenal) – 16 Clean Sheets
The only time this award has been shared came in 2013-14 when both Chelsea’s Petr Čech and Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczęsny both kept 16 clean sheets, though the Chelsea goalkeeper player fewer games.
Neither Arsenal or Chelsea went on to win the league this season. However, both sides did make it into the top four, which at the time was their aim.
Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 18 Clean Sheets
Joe Hart became the second goalkeeper to win three successive Golden Glove awards and did so with 18 clean sheets in the 2012-13 season. This was the joint-highest number of clean sheets he had ever kept in a single Premier League season. He remains the only Englishman to have won the award.
Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 17 Clean Sheets
The England international won his second successive Premier League Golden Glove in 2012 as Manchester City won the League in dramatic circumstances. Joe Hart proved a key part of the team as City won the Premier League on goal difference. They scoring four more and conceded four less than runners-up Manchester United.
Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 18 Clean Sheets
Joe Hart had established himself as Manchester City’s number one the previous season. However, this was his first campaign where he played more than 26 games (playing all 38) and ended it with the Premier League Golden Glove. Manager Roberto Mancini installed a strong defence led by Vincent Kompany at the back.
Hart was the first-ever English goalkeeper to win the Premier League Golden Glove. Manchester City were starting to shape a team that could go on a win the Premier League in the years to come.
Petr Čech (Chelsea) – 17 Clean Sheets
Petr Čech’s second Gold Glove award came at the end of the 2009-10 season under manager Carlo Ancelotti. His side became the first in Premier League history to score more than 100 goals in a single campaign.
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United) – 21 Clean Sheets
During the 2008-09 Premier League season, Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar broke the English top-flight record for most consecutive minutes without conceding a single goal. That run helped him to his only Premier League Golden Glove win.
Pepe Reina (Liverpool) – 18 Clean Sheets
The Spaniard would keep one clean sheet less than the previous season but Pepe Reina would earn a third Golden Glove in a row as Liverpool qualified for Champions League football once again.
Reina was the first goal-keeper to win the award three times in a row. Only Joe Hart would go on to equal that feat.
Pepe Reina (Liverpool) – 19 Clean Sheets
Reina became the first goalkeeper to defend the official award by winning it during its third season. Once again, Liverpool had a tight defence under Benítez but failed to top the Premier League once again.
Pepe Reina (Liverpool) – 20 Clean Sheets
Liverpool had a mighty defense under Manager Rafael Benítez. Jamie Carragher was the leader at the back, protecting goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The Spaniard had played for several successful teams including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Napoli. But arguably he was at his peak at Anfield.
Petr Čech (Chelsea) – 24 Clean Sheets
Petr Čech managed to keep a staggering 24 clean sheets in his 35 Premier League appearances in what was his, and manager José Mourinho’s, debut season in England. Chelsea went on to win their first Premier League, an emphatic 12 points ahead of runners-up Arsenal.
This was only Chelsea’s second top-flight title and they would go on to win four more over the next dozen years.
Chelsea only conceded a then record low of just 15 goals throughout the entirety of their title-winning campaign of 2004-05. Perhaps that’s why the Premier League handed out the inaugural Golden Glove award…