Cometh the hour, cometh the man, or more accurately cometh the 120th minute, cometh the substitute goalkeeper.

Andrew Redmayne was the hero for the Socceroos this morning as they booked their sixth trip to the World Cup and fifth in a row.

Many were baffled when Graham Arnold opted to replace his captain Mat Ryan right before the shootout with his backup shot stopper and it worked a treat.

But what is there to know about the Sydney FC shot stopper turned national hero?

Well look no further because we have you covered!

1 – He Has Form in Shootouts

Flashback to the 2019 A-League Grand Final between Sydney FC and Perth Glory.

It was the first time we were treated to Redmayne’s Wiggles-esque routine in a shootout and it worked wonders, with the Glory failing to convert two of their three spot kicks.

2 – His Socceroos Career Has Seen Limited Opportunities

It was a ballsy move from Arnold reminiscent of Gordon Bombay’s brave call to substitute Goldberg for Julie “The Cat” Gaffney against Iceland in the gold medal shootout of the Junior Goodwill Games.

But subbing in a cold goalkeeper who has played a grand total of 173 minutes of international football for a penalty shootout with a spot in the World Cup on the line worked wonders.

Redmayne’s debut came in a friendly against South Korea in 2019 before a cursory 83 minute run out in a dead rubber qualifier against Nepal before being substituted for Lawrence Thomas.

3 – He’s From Gosford

Growing up on the New South Wales Central Coast, Redmayne was plucked out of Gosford and began his career with the NSW Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.

After coming through the Mariners youth ranks, he eventually earned a first team contract with his home town club.

The Mariners are more than happy to claim him as one of their own!

4 – He Almost Signed for Arsenal

As a 15 year old with the AIS, Redmayne caught the eye of Arsene Wenger and the French boss was close to offering him a contract with the Gunners academy.

Instead, they opted to sign Czech goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny but you can’t help but wonder what could have been if they offered Redmayne the deal instead.

Not sure if this comment from 2017 is an indictment on Szcezny or genuine praise from Wenger though.

Interestingly enough, the man Redmayne replaced today Mat Ryan had a brief loan spell with Arsenal for the second half of the 2020-2021 Premier League campaign.

5 – He Has Started for 5 A-League Clubs

It took a while for Redmayne to find a home in the A-League with a few backup stints starting things off.

His A-League debut came for the Mariners as a 19 year old in relief of Mark Bosnich during the 2008-2009 A-League season and he made his first start the next week.

It would be over a year before he saw the field once again before departing the Mariners who had one Mat Ryan coming through the goalkeeping ranks ready to take on the backup role.

His move to Brisbane for the 2010-2011 campaign was made with an eye on getting more playing time but the arrival of Michael Theo limited him to just two appearances and one start over two seasons.

In three seasons with Melbourne City/Heart he finally earned a starting role making 48 A-League appearances before a season and a half spent in Wanderland.

At Sydney FC he has amassed a further 160 first team appearances to date.

6 – He Almost Gave it All Away

In a different world, Redmayne would have been preparing to teach a class today instead of sending Australia to the World Cup.

In the midst of his time at Western Sydney, Redmayne very nearly quit football entirely and took up a career in education.

If P.E. was his subject of choice, you get the feeling he would have dominated games of dodgeball.

7 – His Move to Sydney FC Was An Afterthought

After starting in the 2016 A-League Grand Final for Western Sydney, Redmayne began the following season as the club’s goalkeeper of choice but they quickly soured on him.

He made eight appearances before the club decided to move for disgruntled Sydney FC shot stopper Vedran Janjetovic in the January transfer window.

That left Redmayne as the odd man out with Jerrad Tyson firmly entrenched in the backup role, however a swap of sorts took place with Redmayne allowed to leave and sign for Sydney FC, taking the place of the departed Janjetovic and backing up Danny Vukovic.

Safe to say he rewarded Arnold’s faith in him after being handed the starting job the following season though.

8 – He Has A Surprisingly Large Trophy Collection

Despite having a bit of a journeyman career at club level, Redmayne has been part of some of the best teams in the competition’s history.

He was the backup for Michael Theo in the Roar’s glory days winning a premiership and two grand finals before claiming the double in his first season with Sydney FC.

After taking over for the departed Vukovic, Redmayne was the man with the gloves for most of Sydney’s dominance, where they won another two premierships, two grand finals and an FFA Cup between 2017-18 and 2019-2020.

If you’re counting at home that makes for four premiership medals, five grand final honours, an FFA Cup and a pretty impressive resume when you put it all together.

9 – He’s Had a Few Eccentric Hairstyles

Redmayne has rocked several different hair and beard styles over the course of his career, starting out with long locks in the early days but nothing can top this in terms of out there.

10 – He Will Never Have to Buy a Drink Again

Can it get any better than this for him?

We doubt it.

But just enjoy the moment.