Unsung Heroes: Mark Bosnich - Paved the way for Australians in the Premier League


Unsung Heroes: Mark Bosnich - Paved the way for Australians in the Premier League
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Mark Bosnich was a superb shot-stopper, and an overall wonderful goalkeeper, collecting 206 Premier League appearances with Aston Villa, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

While he started his career in England with Manchester United, he then moved to Aston Villa, and it is the 93-94 season where Bosnich really started to flourish, as Aston Villa had their ambidextrous Aussie to thank for ensuring their safe passage to the League Cup final, as he exhibited himself to be something of a penalty expert, pawing away three Tranmere spot-kicks in the shootout required to split the two teams after a 4-4 aggregate draw.


Bosnich remained in fine form, coming back to bite his old team and aid in denying them a domestic treble as Villa vanquished Ferguson’s men 3-1 at Wembley.


He then rightly became Villa's no. 1, and frequently, he would be commended by fans and pundits alike for his performances, fancied by some, at times, as the finest goalkeeper in the division.


Afterwards, he went on to play for Manchester United again, and then Chelsea.


At both clubs, he enjoyed two-year spells and paved the way for Australian players to have the confidence and courage to make the trek from down under, to the finest, most competitive league in the world.


He also enjoyed a successful international career, being capped 17 times by his country, and famously scored for them, neatly netting a penalty against the Solomon Islands in 1997.


Bosnich is now a witty and wonderful football pundit and analyst, helping spread the bug of the beautiful game across Australia, and the world!