We love talking about great goal saves, but we also like learning about saving money. We’ve partnered with Smart Energy GB to share the cost-saving benefits of smart meters with our fans and to teach them how to save like a pro.
Several high-profile goalkeepers have risen through the EFL ranks in recent years, saving their way to the very top! Below, to mark our partnership with Smart Energy GB, we’ve picked out five big names that were #RaisedInTheEFL...
A Sunderland AFC Academy product, the England goalkeeper gained plenty of experience in the EFL. Pickford had loans spells at Burton Albion (League Two) and Carlisle United (League One) in 2013/14, Bradford City (League One) in 2014/15 and Preston North End (Championship) in 2015/16. He would later make his Three Lions debut against Germany in November 2017, keeping a clean sheet. Pickford also featured in the 2018 World Cup, famously helping his country to a penalty shoot-out victory against Colombia, and will hope to retain the no.1 shirt for this summer’s European Championships.
Another England international, Pope spent his youth career at Ipswich Town, before joining Charlton Athletic in 2011. The shot-stopper made his Championship debut in 2012/13, before being loaned to York City (League Two) in 2013/14 and Bury (League Two) in 2014/15. He later joined his current club, Premier League side Burnley, in 2016 and was called up for England to years later, making his debut in June 2018. Earlier this year, in March 2021, and following England’s 2-0 win over Albania, Pope became the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in his first six appearances for the Three Lions.
These days, Henderson is battling it out with Spanish international David De Gea for a place in Manchester United’s starting XI, but he started his youth career at Carlisle United before joining the Reds’ Academy. Loaned to Grimsby Town (League Two) in 2016/17, Shrewsbury Town (League One) in 2017/18 and Sheffield United (Championship) in 2018/19, he was an EFL Trophy runner-up with the Shrews and promotion winner with the Blades. After winning the Championship Golden Glove, he was called up for England in October 2019, making his debut a month later against Republic of Ireland.
A well-known name when it comes to English goalkeepers, Hart is a product of Shrewsbury Town’s Academy. He later joined Manchester City, where he would win five trophies, including the Premier League, but not before loans to Tranmere Rovers (League One) and Blackpool (League One) in 2006/07. Hart was a regular in the England team from 2008 and played in the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012, 2014 World Cup and Euro 2018. He now plays his football for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, who were runners-up in this season’s Carabao Cup Final.
The current West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper had various EFL loans in League One and the Championship after coming through the Manchester United youth system - seven in total. In 2019/20, after two seasons in the Championship with the Baggies, Johnstone won promotion to the Premier League, where he has caught the eye ever since. In March 2021, he was named in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for England’s 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland, and will now hope to feature in the European Championships on the back of an impressive campaign.
How can you save like a pro with a smart meter?
Smart meters enable accurate billing, taking the stress out of budgeting and putting you back in control.
A smart meter could help you with your household budgeting. The in-home display (IHD) offered with your smart meter shows you in near real-time the amount of energy you use in pounds and pence. Allowing you to keep a closer eye on your energy spending habits.
This could help you find ways to reduce energy waste around your home and save money. For example, you can save around £35 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode according to of the Energy Saving Trust.
So, your favourite goalkeeper won’t be the only one saving the day.
Watch how Delyth has used her prepay smart meter to help her save on her energy costs:
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