Don Goodman

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Don Goodman
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Personal information
Full name Donald Ralph Goodman[1]
Date of birth (1966-05-09) 9 May 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Bradford City 70 (14)
1987–1991 West Bromwich Albion 158 (60)
1991–1994 Sunderland 116 (40)
1994–1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers 125 (33)
1998–1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 10 (2)
1998–1999 Barnsley (loan) 8 (0)
1999 Motherwell (loan) 8 (1)
1999–2001 Motherwell 47 (8)
2001–2002 Walsall 25 (3)
2002–2003 Exeter City 13 (1)
2003 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2003–2004 Stafford Rangers
Total 586 (162)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Donald Ralph Goodman (born 9 May 1966) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker.

His professional career spanned for 20 years, during which he played nearly 600 Football League games and scored 162 goals.


Born in Leeds, Goodman played for the Hunslet Club as a child before going on to Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Barnsley, Motherwell, Walsall, Exeter City, Doncaster Rovers and Stafford Rangers.[2][3][4]

On 11 May 1985, his ex-girlfriend died in the Valley Parade fire disaster.[5] He was playing in that match, as Bradford won promotion as Third Division champions.

He was Sunderland's record signing in December 1991 when he was signed from West Bromwich Albion, the last signing of manager Denis Smith, who was sacked later that month.[6]

Goodman joined Walsall in March 2001.[7] At the end of that season Walsall were promoted via the play-offs and Goodman scored one of the goals in the final as they beat Reading.[8]

He is currently a Championship pundit for Sky Sports.


  1. ^ Don Goodman at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. ^ Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database profile
  3. ^ Don Goodman at Soccerbase
  4. ^ Japanese Career Statistics
  5. ^ Rick Broadbent (9 May 2005). "Tragic day that left a city scarred for life". The Times.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Goodman saddles up at Walsall". BBC. 22 March 2001. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Walsall break Reading hearts". BBC. 27 May 2001. Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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