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 Harry RENNIE 1900-1903 
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Name: Henry George Rennie


Country: :SCO: Scotland
Club: Hibernian FC
Position: *GK
Side: RF/BS
Age: 27-30 years (1/6/1873)

Height: 180(?) cm
Weight: 75(?) kg

Attack: 30
Defence: 91
Balance: 85
Stamina: 65
Top Speed: 71
Acceleration: 73
Response: 87
Agility: 79
Dribble Accuracy: 60
Dribble Speed: 55
Short Pass Accuracy: 64
Short Pass Speed: 58
Long Pass Accuracy: 67
Long Pass Speed: 60
Shot Accuracy: 44
Shot Power: 81
Shot Technique: 44
Free Kick Accuracy: 44
Curling: 48
Header: 48
Jump: 83
Technique: 62
Aggression: 66
Mentality: 87
Goalkeeper Skills: 85
Team Work: 80

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard/Lasting

S12 - 1-On-1 Keeper


Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded


One of the most important goalkeepers in the development of the position, considered the "father of modern goalkeeping". Harry Rennie started his career as a half back and even represented the Scottish Junior National Team and signed for Second Division team Greenock Morton while still playing in that position. Only at the age of 23 did he become a goalkeeper, and within 3 years, he made his debut for Scotland. Rennie developed a scientific approach to goalkeeping, studying the angles that shots came towards him from, and analysing the body language of strikers so that he could predict where they would shoot. This would later be common place, but Rennie was the first to use it. This unique approach launched him to stardom and he soon became the best goalkeeper in Scotland and arguably the whole of Britain in the period just after the turn of the century. In particular he stood out in the 1902 Scottish Cup final where he was instrumental in Hibs grabbing a 1-0 win over Celtic; it would be another 114 years before Hibs would win the trophy again. His main weapons were of course his positioning and ability in 1-on-1 situations, but he was also known for his excellent agility and his bravery and strong character. He had been injured in his youth by a cricket ball leaving him with a facial disability, and endured taunts from opposition fans for his appearance. He also repeatedly threw himself on the concrete floor of the dressing room to toughen himself up. As he had started his career as an outfield player, he was also able to accurately pass the ball to his teammates, and he could be considered the first "sweeper keeper" as he liked to leave his goal to break up attacks. Certainly a pioneer of the sport, and arguably the most influential goalkeeper in the first 50 years of football's development.

Tue Sep 26, 2023 1:19 am
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