Get to know David Seaman’s net worth and his biography

Get to know David Seaman’s net worth and his biography

Ciku Njuguna
updated at February 3, 2024 at 9:38 AM
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Retired professional football player David Seaman is regarded as the greatest Premier League goalkeeper of all time. The goalkeeper-turned-actor and pundit has gained legendary status with each career. Dig in for a detailed snapshot of David Seaman’s net worth and personal and professional success.

Retired goalkeeper David Seaman in action
Former goalkeeper David Seaman in action against Villa (left) and against the 2019 Soccer Aid for UNICEF match (right). Photo by Mark Leech/Offside and Alex Pantling.
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Was David Seaman the best goalkeeper? At the height of his career, David held an impressive Premier League career, winning 12 titles and trophies. This article dives into the professional and personal achievements on and off the field.

David Seaman's profile summary

Full name

David Andrew Seaman

Nickname

Safe Hands, H, Spunky

Date of birth

19 September 1963

Age

60 years old as of January 2024

Place of birth

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, UK

Current residence

Reading

Nationality

English

Weight

93 kilograms (205 lbs)

Height

191 centimetres(6'3")

Father

Roger Seaman

Mother

Pam Seaman

Siblings

2

Relationship status

Married

Spouse

Frankie Poultney

Children

4

Education

Kimberworth Comprehensive School

Profession

Retired football player, actor, podcaster

Position

Goalkeeper

Debut

December 1981

Years active

1981 - 2004

Net worth

$14 million

Social media

Instagram, X(Twitter), Facebook, YouTube

David Seaman's brief bio

Born on the 19th of September 1963, David Seaman's age is 60 years old as of January 2024. The goalie stands at a height of six feet and three inches (191 centimetres) and weighs 205 lbs (93 kilograms).

Facts about David Seaman
English goalkeeper David Seaman was pictured during the 2019 Soccer Aid for UNICEF match against Soccer Aid World XI at Stamford Bridge on June 16, 2019, in London. Photo by Alex Pantling.
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Seaman was born and raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in England. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire awardee is one of the numerous soccer players who grew up poor.

According to the Sun, David Seaman's family lived in a terraced house that did not have an inside toilet or bathroom until he was fourteen. In his book, Save It Like Safe Hands, he recognised the sacrifices his father, a steelworker and his mother, a barmaid, made for him and his brother, saying,

"That was the way it was in Yorkshire. There was not a lot of money around. The mines were closing down. My parents were hard workers, which is what is engrained in me."

Who is David Seaman married to?

The legendary goalkeeper is married to Frankie Poultney. The couple tied the knot on 7 February 2015 at the Dormy House, a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. The surprise wedding saw the couple's Dancing On Ice colleagues put on a flash mob performance.

David Seaman and Frankie Poultney attend the Best FIFA Football Awards
David Seaman and his wife, Frankie Poultney during the Best FIFA Football Awards at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018, in London, England. Photo by Michael Regan/FIFA.
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David Seaman's wife, Frankie Poultney, is a professional ice skater and an actress known for her appearances on Annual Getaway and Dancing on Ice Friday. According to various accounts, the couple's love story began after they were partnered on Dancing On Ice in 2008.

David Seaman's net worth

According to various reports, at the time of his second divorce, Seaman had accumulated £4 million ($5.1 million in January 2024). As of January 2024, Celebrity Net Worth and Idol Net Worth estimate his financial portfolio to be $14 million. However, other sources report that his net worth is $17 million. Speaking to the Telegraph, he shared his beliefs on wealth, saying,

England's David Seaman and Germany's Mehmet Scholl in action during a 2000 European Championships match
England's David Seaman foils Mehmet Scholl's goal during a European Championships match at the Stade Communal in Charleroi on June 17, 2000. Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport.
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"Do not spend money before you earn it. I have always been stable financially because I have been prudent. If you look after your money, it will look after you. There are only so many properties a person can humanly use; beyond that, it is just greedy and expensive."

Salary

David's journey in football started as an apprentice at Leeds FC, where he earned $15.90. After moving to Peterborough United in the Fourth Division, his earnings were slashed to zero except for bonuses whenever they won matches. According to ABTC, he received £30,000 ($38,228 in January 2024) as Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper.

Endorsements

Other sources of income for the goalie, considered the best keeper in Premier League history, include appearances in adverts, reality shows, films and speaking engagements. He has signed endorsement deals with brands such as Umbro, Gillette, Carlsberg, Kellogg, and Reebok throughout his career.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper posing at the poses at the Arsenal training ground
Former goalkeeper David Seaman poses at the Arsenal Training Ground on February 7, 2002, in St. Albans, England. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC.
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Dancing On Ice

Although his income from Dancing On Ice has not been revealed to the public, tabloids reveal that participants of the show may earn between $25,000 and $127,000, with celebrity dancers such as Pamela Anderson receiving up to $150,000 (191,161 in January 2024). According to sources, his Safestyle advertisement feature that ran through April 2019 and May 2020 is believed to have earned him £50,000 ($63,700 in January 2024).

Career

Who is the most legendary goalkeeper of Arsenal? Safe Hands earned his nickname in the '90s when he led Arsenal to three English Super Cups, four English FA Cups, and three English championships, among other titles.

Arsenal's former goalie David Seaman blocks a goal during a match against Charlton Athletic
Arsenal's former goalkeeper, David Seaman, jumps to foil a score during a Barclaycard Premiership match against Charlton Athletic in London on March 2, 2003. Photo by Mark Leech/Offside.
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Which clubs did David Seaman play for?

David was an athletic child, excelling in sports in school. He was scouted by various teams, including Rotherham, Sheffield United, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and the Yorkshire Cricket Club. A lifelong Leeds United FC fan, Seaman rejected their offers to join the Peacocks as an apprentice, learning the ropes of goalkeeping in 1979.

In 1981, the 60-year-old English football player joined the Leeds United senior team. Until 2004, he played for Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers, Arsenal FC and England's national football team.

David Seaman's last club was Manchester City. On July 1, 2003, he signed with Manchester City on a free transfer. However, he could only play half of the one-year deal because of a lingering shoulder injury, leading to his retirement on January 1, 2004.

Arsenal's former goalie David Seaman dives for a ball during a match against Sampdoria
Arsenal's David Seaman pulls off a save during the European Cup Winners Cup match against Sampdoria at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy on April 20, 1995. Photo by Gary M. Prior.
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David Seaman's stats

Seaman is one of the legends of Arsenal, Manchester and QPR. He made 750 match appearances, conceding 722 goals with 289 clean sheets throughout his career. Sports Brief has used data from credible sources such as Transfermarkt to prepare a summary of his club and international performance statistics between 1984 and 2004.

Team

Debut

Appearances

Goals conceded

Clean sheets

Manchester City

August 14, 2003

26

29

9

Arsenal FC

August 25, 1990

536

457

223

England's national football team

November 16, 1988

75

45

40

England's B Team

October 14, 1987

2

1

1

Queens Park Rangers

August 23, 1986

145

161

49

Birmingham City

August 28, 1982

43

75

8

England's Under-21 Team

October 16, 1984

2

3

-

Frequently asked questions

In 2017, the English legend was ranked seventh among Gunner's greatest football players. Here are more interesting facts about the world-class football player known for his signature moustache and ponytail.

England's former keeper David Seaman dives for a ball during a match against Wales
England's keeper David Seaman in action during a match against Wales at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016, in Lens, France. Photo by VI Images.
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1. Who was David Seaman's first wife?

David was married to his first wife, Sandra, between 1985 and 1995. The childhood sweetheart has two children, Dan and Thomas. On July 15, 1998, he married his second wife, Debbie, with whom he has two children, Robbie and Georgina. The couple divorced in 2010.

2. Where does David Seaman live?

David Seaman and his wife, Frankie, bought a home in Reading in 2013. Reports suggest he previously owned a riverside apartment in Buckinghamshire worth $637,110. Following his second divorce, his ex-wife retained their 5-acre home in Sarratt, Herts.

3. Who lobbed David Seaman?

During the 2002 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and England, Seaman was hit by Ronaldinho's free-kick. The goal shot in the 45th minute became Brazil's second goal.

England's keeper David Seaman was hit by Ronaldinho's free kick during a match against Brazil in 2002
England's goalkeeper David Seaman was hit by Ronaldinho's free kick during a FIFA World Cup match against Brazil on June 21, 2002, in Shizuoka, Japan. Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Laurence Griffiths.
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Final word

David Seaman’s net worth is a testament to athletic success. With decades of club and international career experience in the uprights, he has earned legendary status in the sport.

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Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.