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Pavel Srníček
Personal information
Full name Pavel Srníček
Date of birth March 10, 1968 (1968-03-10) (age 41)
Place of birth    Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Youth career
TJ Viktorie Bohumín
TJ ŽD Bohumín
Baník Ostrava
VTJ Tábor
Dukla Prague
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Banik Ostrava
Newcastle United
Banik Ostrava
Sheffield Wednesday
AS Cosenza
West Ham United (loan)
West Ham United
Newcastle United
030 (0)
149 (0)
006 (0)
044 (0)
032 (0)
009 (0)
003 (0)
001 (0)
002 (0)
063 (0)
002 (0)
341 (0)   
National team2
1994–2001 Czech Republic 049 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:35, 10 May 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18:35, 10 May 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Pavel Srníček (born March 10, 1968 in Ostrava) is a Czech former football goalkeeper.

Srníček was originally signed by Newcastle in 1991 from Banik Ostrava and established himself in the first team two years later. He later faced competition from Shaka Hislop for the number 1 jersey, but injury to Hislop enabled Srníček to keep his place. In 1997, Newcastle signed Shay Given, and after making only one appearance for the club that season, Srníček returned to his old club before coming back to the Premiership with Sheffield Wednesday. He had relative success with Wednesday before being released by the club in 2000.

Since then he has had various spells at other clubs including Brescia, Portsmouth F.C., West Ham United and Beira-Mar.

For over 10 years, he was also the only goalkeeper to receive a rating of 10/10, in the individual players ratings in British tabloid The Sun, despite being on the losing side in a 1996-97 season Premiership match against Liverpool, until Robert Green received the same rating for his performance as West Ham goalkeeper against Arsenal.

Srníček made an emotional return to Newcastle in 2006, signing a short-term deal until the end of the year as cover for the injured Shay Given.[1]

Srníček did not appear for Newcastle until Saturday 23 December[2] (the last match before the end of his original contract), when Newcastle defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1. Srníček was brought on for injured Shay Given who pulled his groin in the 87th minute, and received a huge, tremendous reception from the Newcastle crowd;[3] this was his 150th appearance for the Magpies. Srníček was also voted one of the most popular Newcastle United players of all time.

On 23 December 2006, after making his second appearance for the club, he signed a new contract running until the end of the season.

On 16 May 2007, following Sam Allardyce's appointment as Manager of Newcastle United, he was told his contract would not be renewed.[4]

With the news of his release, he finally drew a close on his career.

He has since begun the Srnicek school of goalkeeping in Czech Republic offering youngsters from around the world to learn from his unique coaching styles. He is also involved in a number of charity organisations.[5]


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