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No.3 Jim Furnell

The Greatest Pilgrim Goalkeepers

17 June 2019

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THE Greatest Pilgrims, voted for by the Green Army, lists the top 25 Argyle legends in all positions and we start with the goalkeepers.

Greatest Pilgrim Goalkeepers
Jim Furnell
Ranked No. 3

In the last poll of this nature, conducted in 2007, Jim Furnell was voted your greatest Argyle goalkeeper and he clearly remains as one of the most respected custodians in our history.

Starting his career at Burnley, Furnell was signed by Liverpool and helped the Anfield giants win promotion back to the top flight before switching to Arsenal in 1963.

Over the next five years, he was first choice for the Gunners and played in the 1968 League Cup Final. Furnell’s next stop was at Rotherham before his love affair with Argyle began in 1970.

Aged 33 when he arrived, Furnell was the dominant force at Home Park over the next six years. He won Player of the Season in his first campaign as a Pilgrim and displayed the talent and experience that comes from playing at two massive clubs.

He retained the agility and reflexes of a youngster, despite being in the twilight of his career, but it was the faultless handling that made Jim Furnell such a great goalkeeper. An absolute legend who racked up 207 appearances for Argyle before moving into coaching in 1976.

Jim Furnell is number three in your list of the greatest ever Argyle goalkeepers.

Greatest Goalkeeper Results So Far
3. Jim Furnell
4. Alan Nicholls
5. Geoff Crudgington
6. Bill Shortt
7. Alan Miller
8. Steve Cherry
9. Peter Shilton
10. Rhys Wilmot
11. Dave MacLaren
12. Fred Craig
13. Pat Dunne
14. Remi Matthews
15. Milija Aleksic
16. Jon Sheffield
17. Paul Barron
18. Martin Hodge
19. Bruce Grobbelaar
20. Geoff Barnsley
21. Harry Cann
22. John Willie Sutcliffe
23. David Stockdale
24. Bill Harper
25. Neil Ramsbottom

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