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Joker Tom Wynter saves his best effort to have a laugh at the expense of his Dover Athletic team-mates after his cameo appearance in goal


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Tom Wynter has no intention of playing in goal for Dover again after coming off the bench to replace the sent-off Andy Rafferty at Lowestoft Town on Saturday.

The defender, who is known as the joker in Whites’ squad, said: “I always thought keepers had it easy and know that for sure now.

“I had nothing to do apart from catching one cross and kicking the ball out a couple of times – it was boring.

“I had so little to do that I was glad Raffers (Andy Rafferty) gave me his long sleeved compression shirt to wear under the keeper’s shirt because I would have frozen had he not.”

But did he feel comfortable out there?

He said: “Real comfortable. I felt that could have saved anything that came my way but the boys in front of me didn’t let me do anything.”

How did the former Gills man come to find himself playing between the posts for the first time ever in his life?

Defender Tom Wynter. left, reckons playing in goal was boring after replacing the sent off Andy Rafferty at Lowestoft last week. Picture: Ady Kerry
Defender Tom Wynter. left, reckons playing in goal was boring after replacing the sent off Andy Rafferty at Lowestoft last week. Picture: Ady Kerry

He said: “I said to the gaffer (Chris Kinnear) I’d go on and besides, I knew I could do a better job than the other bloke on the bench in the running to do it, Sean Raggett.

“He (Raggett) didn’t impress me when he came on at Dartford earlier this season after Mitch (Walker) went off injured and we lost the game.

“I come on and we win – that sounds pretty impressive to me.”

But it seems not all of Wynter’s team-mates were impressed with his performance – after the game.

Wynter said: “I threw the gloves I’d worn, Rafferty’s, into the crowd in celebration like all quality keepers do. He (Rafferty) was having none of it and told me to go and get them back so I did.

“They are mad this lot (goalkeepers) – I mean, what’s a pair of gloves?”

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