20 Years of talkSPORT: Antti Niemi – He’s not finished, he’s only 28!


By Anton Stanley

10th October 2019,
12:13 pm

On talkSPORT we love hearing passionate fans sharing their views and voicing their opinions, whether we think they’re bad or good.

The whole ethos of the world’s only 24/7 sports radio station is to allow you the supporters a say on what matters most to you.

Sometimes though, callers can really cock up.

Finland’s Antti Niemi during his time at Southampton – ‘he’s no Finnish, he’s only 28!’ 

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Finland’s Antti Niemi during his time at Southampton – ‘he’s no Finnish, he’s only 28!’ 

We’ve got plenty of favourites from across the years and you can read about the best in our brand new book ’20 Years of talkSPORT’.

One of the finest, though, can only be heard to be believed and involves goalkeeping great Antti Niemi.

The shot-stopper had a distinguished career in Scotland and England playing for Rangers, Heart of Midlothian, Southampton, and Fulham.

He even has a unique place in history as the first keeper to be substituted in an FA Cup final when the Saints lost to Arsenal in 2003.



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Calling into talkSPORT, though, one fan was flabbergasted about Niemi.

Why hadn’t such an superb servant for Hearts, like some of his other team-mates who were provide Rangers and Celtic with stiff competition at the turn of the Millennium, been given an international cap by Scotland?

There was only one problem and presenter and ex-Manchester United defender Arthur Albiston, who picked up 14 caps for the country had to break the news to him in one of the greatest moments in talkSPORT history.

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