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Vincent Lee Bartram (born 7 August 1968) is an English former professional footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. As a player, he notably played in the Premier League for Arsenal, where he was understudy to David Seaman throughout the majority of his time at Highbury. He also played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackpool, Cheltenham Town, West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth, Huddersfield Town and Gillingham. He is of current the development goalkeeping coach at Premier League side Southampton.[1][2]

Vince Bartram
Personal information
Full name Vincent Lee Bartram
Date of birth (1968-08-07) 7 August 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Southampton (Academy Goalkeeping Manager)
Youth career
1985–1986 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 (0)
1989Blackpool (loan) 9 (0)
1990Cheltenham Town (loan) 5 (0)
1991West Bromwich Albion (loan) 0 (0)
1991–1994 Bournemouth 132 (0)
1994–1998 Arsenal 11 (0)
1997Huddersfield Town (loan) 12 (0)
1998Gillingham (loan) 9 (0)
1998–2004 Gillingham 178 (0)
Total 361 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Birmingham, Bartram attended Hagley RC High School. His first professional club was Wolverhampton Wanderers who in 1985 signed him from a non-league team. Bartram made his first team debut on 23 August 1986 in a 2–1 home defeat to Cambridge United, which marked the club's first-ever game in the fourth tier of English football. However, this proved his only Wolves league outing until April 1991 as the club brought in Mark Kendall, and later Mike Stowell, of whom were both virtual ever-presents at the club.[2]

Instead, Bartram had loan spells with Blackpool, Cheltenham Town and West Bromwich Albion, before finally leaving Molineux for Bournemouth in July 1991 for £35,000. He played 132 league games for Bournemouth before moving to Arsenal for £250,000 in 1994. At Arsenal he was David Seaman's understudy, and played just 11 league games in four seasons (all in 1994–95). To gain playing time, he spent 12 games on loan with Huddersfield Town in late 1997.[2]

He signed for Gillingham on loan in March 1998 before the move was made permanent in the summer of 1998. He firmly established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at the Priestfield Stadium and helped them to the Division Two play-off final in his first full season, where they lost out to Manchester City on penalties. The following season saw them go one step further as they beat Wigan Athletic in the play-off final to reach the second tier for the first time in the club's history.[3]

In total, he made over 200 appearances for the Gills, before his retirement from the game in February 2004 due to a wrist injury. The injury was caused by a collision with the opposition goalkeeper, Tony Warner, who had come upfield to try and score a goal from a last-minute corner.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Bartram is now a Level 3 FA Coach and is the "Goalkeeping Manager" at the Southampton academy.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Bartram is married to Tracy, a former international netball player and the couple have two sons, Heath and Miles.[5] Bartram also worked in the role of a summariser for BBC Radio Kent.[3]


External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Vince Bartram". The Saints
  2. ^ a b c d "How con-Vince-ing!".
  3. ^ a b c "Vince Bartram: Profile".
  4. ^ "Management Profiles". Southampton FC. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Former Wolves goalkeeper Vince Bartram: How a safe pair of hands saved his wife's life". Express and Star. Wolverhampton. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.