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A look back at the career of Arthur Bartman

17:14 GMT+3 20/03/2019
Arthur Bartman, April 2018
Following the untimely passing of Arthur Bartman on Tuesday, Goal looks back at his career and contribution to the South African football

On Tuesday night, March 19, 2019, South African football fans were left devasted by the sad news of the passing of former goalkeeper Arthur Bartman.

The news was broken by his former club, Maritzburg United, the team which he served both as a player and goalkeeper coach over two spells. 

Details of Bartman's untimely death are still unknown at this stage, but everything is expected to become clearer in the near future.  

Bartman was born in Pietermaritzburg on the 26th of March 1972, and he began his football career at African Wanderers as a teenager in the late 1980s. 

He made his professional debut in the 1998/97 season and after almost a decade with African Wanderers, Bartman joined Kaizer Chiefs in July 1998. 

However, he didn't have a successful first spell with the Soweto giants as he returned to his old club the following season. 

In July 2001, Bartman moved to the Eastern Cape to join Umtata Bush Bucks, only to return to Gauteng to sign with Moroka Swallows on July 1, 2002. 

He spent a season with the Dube Birds before moving to SuperSport United where he also lasted for a season. 

Dynamos came knocking for his signature in 2004, and Bartman spent two full seasons before moving to Bay United where he spent four years. 

In August 2009, Chiefs re-signed Bartman following an injury to Itumeleng Khune, and that is when he rose to fame and won the hearts of many Amakhosi supporters with his stellar displays. 

Bartman won back-to-back Telkom Knockout Cup titles with the Naturena-based between 2009 and 2010, and he was also named the goalkeeper of the tournament in one of the editions. 

In 2013, Bartman called time to his career before resurfacing at Golden Arrows as a player in January 2014. 

Nonetheless, his career at Arrows lasted for six months as age started to catch up with him. 

He retired completely from professional football in June 2014 to take up the role of goalkeeper coach at Maritzburg United. 

It was Ernst Middendorp who gave him his first coaching job at the Team of Choice where he worked alongside the likes of Fadlu Davids among others as part of the technical team.   

The only disappointing thing about Bartman's career is that he never got the opportunity to represent his country at international level despite serving the game with so much professionalism during his playing days.