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My dad is a former England goalkeeper and Premier League legend – now I’m making it my own way as an Opera singer

SOME footballer’s have kids that want to follow in their footsteps and grace the pitch the same way they did.

But others pursue their own unique ventures and that’s exactly what Thomas Martyn, son of England icon Nigel Martyn has gone on to do.

Nigel Martyn's son Thomas has pursued a career away from football


Nigel Martyn’s son Thomas has pursued a career away from footballCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Thomas Martyn is an Opera singer


Thomas Martyn is an Opera singerCredit: X/nmartyn25

He could have tried to don his father’s goalkeeper gloves and have football fans screaming at him for 90 minutes every weekend.

But instead he has chosen the unusual path of paving his way as a Opera singer.

Thomas graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama back in 2019 and has been working towards his operatic goal ever since.

He recently performed at a charity event with dad Nigel sharing an incredible video of his talents on X (formerly Twitter).

Nigel’s career in football may not has been quite as artistic as the path being followed by his son, but it was certainly still impressive.

The 57-year-old spent most of his career with Leeds United, but was also loved during his time with Crystal Palace and Everton too.

The shot-stopper has the sixth most clean sheets in Premier League history.

He kept the ball of his net in an astounding 137 of his 372 top flight appearances between 1992 and 2006.


And his brick-wall-like displays earned him a spot amongst the Three Lions getting 23 caps for the England national team.

Despite only making one appearance in a major tournament for England, Nigel was part of the squad for two European Championships and two World Cups.

However he was never able to nail down the number one shirt for England due to the competing talents of David Seaman.

In an interview with The Athletic in 2019, he explained how it doesn’t bother him as much as people may think because Seaman was so immensely talented.

He said: “If I look back at England goalkeepers you’ve probably got Gordon Banks in his era, Peter Shilton, and Dave Seaman all as great keepers,

“The rest of us have been good, but they’re our true greats. To get stuck behind a great keeper makes you live with it a bit easier.”

Nigel Martyn spent most of his career with Leeds United


Nigel Martyn spent most of his career with Leeds UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He made 23 appearances for England


He made 23 appearances for EnglandCredit: Getty

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