Goalkeeper coach Billy Lumley on course for 2019

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Persistence. Resilience. Hard Work.

It is these three pillars that Brisbane City’s junior goalkeeping coach Billy Lumley stands by, and wants to use to push the club’s goalkeeping talent to new heights in 2019.

Billy is set to continue his role as goalkeeper coach for the junior National Premier Leagues Queensland teams, as well as offering specialised goalkeeper training to all goalkeepers both within the club, and external to the club.

“It’s a unique skill set,” Billy explained.

Billy offers a unique perspective on goalkeeping. Supplied.

“It does take different technical expertise from an outfield player, but you need to know what the outfield players are doing as well and what they can do as well as your own skills.”

“Goalkeepers have to do more training, have to be more educated about the game and have to be the puppet master of the team to drive their team, to be the first line of attack, last line of defence.”

Billy has extended his own skill set over the last couple of months, heading to Canberra to take part in the Level 2 goalkeeping course courtesy of the club’s sponsor group.

Billy recently completed the taught aspect of his FFA Level 2 Goalkeeper Coaching qualification in Canberra. Supplied.

“The course is amazing,” Billy said.

“I learnt tremendous amounts, about how having a lot of football knowledge is key and that if you can use that on the pitch, then you won’t have to do to much within the game.”

The coming year promises much for Brisbane City’s goalkeeping cohort, with Billy implementing a major change that will have a huge impact on the players under his charge.

“One thing I’ve changed is that I have two goalkeepers in every age group,” Billy explained.

“I really believe in healthy competition. If you only have one goalkeeper in the team they’ve got a game every week, it’s easy for them. If there is someone else then you have to fight to be the best.

“Outfield players can play in a number of roles, goalkeepers can’t so we have to provide that competition.”

Whilst having another keeper in each squad is good for competition, Billy also acknowledged that peer support is a vital part of this most unique of positions on the field.

Peer support and continued learning is vital. Supplied.

“There is no better way of learning than analysing someone else. If you can give support to your teammates then that’s great,” Billy said.

For Billy, success as a goalkeeper does not just come from what happens on the training field, “it’s being about committed to the final destination, whatever it might be.”

That includes the hour before the session, the hour afterwards, and looking after themselves in between sessions, as Billy says, “the whole process.”

Someone who personified this mantra is younger brother Joe has recently been promoted to the starting ‘keepers role at English Championship club Queens Park Rangers, and has made a spectacular impact in his short time in the number one shirt – even being awarded player of the month for October.


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However, to make that impact, he has had to work for it.

“In the senior environment, the aim is to play for the first team,” Billy explained.

“It’s taken Joe seven years from when he left school to now to play first team football consistently for QPR.

“Along the way he has trained with some incredible keepers, [former England goalkeeper] Rob Green, [former Brazil ‘keeper] Julio Cesar, [Cardiff City stopper] Alex Smithies, Alex McCarthy [currently at Southampton].

“All that time though, he’s had something to strive for and to work towards. Healthy competition with those ‘keepers.


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“Being involved in that environment, you’re only going to learn but also get better from their experience.

“Joe got released from Tottenham when he was 15 because he was too small. After that, Joe continued to work hard, had good loan spells, had bad loan spells, but all that time continued to work hard and persevere with his dream.

“Now Joe is playing Championship football week in week out.”


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For Billy, the formula for Joe’s success boils down to his three key points.

Persistence, resilience and hard work.

“It makes me incredibly proud. Because I have seen [Joe’s] journey, I’ve seen how hard he has had to work.”

“If you believe you can get to a destination, keep working hard, keep being resilient and keep persisting with the task in hand and always try to be better than you were the day before.”

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