SHWAN JALAL: A fond farewell to a goal keeping hero

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The departure of Shwan Jalal to Bury saw the end of an era for a goalkeeper who had been at AFC Bournemouth since 2008.

It was a sad, if not inevitable, day for us, and we are sure many AFC Bournemouth supporters. No longer will we be able to compare/argue over who should be in goal Jalal or Flahavan, opinion was undoubtedly divided.


01. Huddersfield | League One Play-offs | May 2011
The play-offs were the pinnacle of Jalal’s career and even though he let in four goals, he pulled off some great saves

02. Grimsby (H) | League One | Apr 2009 | 2-1
Steve Fletcher may have claimed all the headlines, but Shwan Jalal was there between the sticks keeping Grimsby at bay

03. Brighton (H) | League One | Jan 2011 | 1-0
A top of the table clash that saw Liam Feeney score the only goal of a game and the Cherries get a vital three points
BBC Match report

04. Burton Albion (A) | League Two | April 2009 | 2-0
After surviving the drop into non-league football in the previous season the Cherries had a complete change around in fortunes as they won promotion back to League One. Once again Jalal was between the sticks for every game.

05. Brentford (A) | JP Trophy | Oct 2011 | 0-6
Along with many great moments in his career, there have been a few down moments and none more so that the 6-0 drubbing at Brentford. Thankfully there are no videos currently available of this game.

After joining, initially on loan from Peterborough, he signed permanently in August 2008. He was drafted straight into the team, made 47 appearances in first season that saw the Cherries secure there safety after their in famous win against Grimsby in 2009.

The following season was another eventful season but this time the Cherries were at the right end of the table rather than the wrong end. Once again Jalal was the man between the sticks for the almost the entire season with a few changes. Dan Thomas sneaked in for a few cup competitions and Stech made an appearance that saw Morecambe put five past the Cherries. A few hiccups aside its was promotion at Burton Albion.


With the Cherries back in League One the 2010/11 season saw the Jalal’s last real full season in the yellow (or green) jersey. Eddie Howe left for Burnley and Lee Bradbury stepped down from the pitch and made the transition to the dugout. The season culminated with the Cherries reaching the play-offs and two games against Huddersfield. Both ended in draws and it was only a penalty shoot out that separated the sides. No saves Shwan.

The 2011/12 season saw the arrival of the 5′ 11″ Daryl Flahavan who was favoured ahead of Jalal. This lead to just six appearances and the beginning of the end of Jalal’s AFCB career.  The following season saw a return to the fold but the arrival of ex-England international David James saw Jalal confined to the bench. He made a few appearance after James left, but the arrival of Ryan Allsop saw less game time again. However , another promotion was added to his CV.

The return to the second tier of football in 2013/14 saw Allsop take top spot and the writing was on the wall. The arrival of experienced keeper Lee Camp meant that Jalal fell further down the pecking order. During the season he went out on loan to Oxford and Orient before finally accepting his fate and moving on.


BORN: 14.08.1994 | HEIGHT: 6ft 2in | SIGNED: Aug 2008

2008/09 – APPEARANCES – 47 – Football League survival
2009/10 – APPEARANCES – 47 – Promotion to League One
2010/11 – APPEARANCES – 48 – League One play-offs
2011/12 – APPEARANCES – 06 – Mid-table safety
2012/13 – APPEARANCES – 23 – Promotion to the Championship
2013/14 – APPEARANCES – 00 – Highest ever league finish
TOTAL: 171 (all competitions)

We wont forget your skewed kicking, superb reaction saves and your inability to save a penalty. Good luck at Bury


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