Gregory Goodridge

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Gregory Goodridge
Personal information
Full name Gregory Ronald St Clair Goodridge
Date of birth (1971-07-10) 10 July 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Barbados
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brittons Hill
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Lambada
1994–1995 Torquay United 38 (4)
1995–1996 Queens Park Rangers 7 (1)
1996–2001 Bristol City 120 (14)
2001 Cheltenham Town (loan) 11 (1)
2001–2002 Torquay United 17 (1)
2002–2004 Ellerton United ? (25)
2005–2012 Brittons Hill United ? (31)
2013–2016 Rendezvous ? (3)
2017– Ellerton United ? (2)
National team
1992–present Barbados 63 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

Gregory Ronald St Clair Goodridge (born 10 July 1971 in Barbados) is a former professional footballer.

He has captained the Barbados national team and played professionally in the English Football League.

Club career

Nicknamed Lalu, Goodridge, a pacy winger, signed an 18-month contract with Torquay United on 7 February 1994, but due to work permit problems had to wait until 24 March to complete his signing from Barbados side Lambada F.C. the same team that Torquay United manager Don O'Riordan would return to a year later to sign Rodney Jack. O'Riordan was notified about Goodridge and Jack by the Lambada English coach Kevin Millard who later sent other talented players from the Caribbean to O'Riordan during his years as manager in Ireland with Galway United FC and Sligo Rovers FC.

He made his debut as a substitute in the 1–1 draw away to Bury and soon dislodged Scott Colcombe from the side, playing eight times that season, scoring once. He became both a regular and a crowd favourite the following year with his runs with the ball and occasional long-range shooting. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in August 1995 for a fee of £250,000, but struggled to settle at Loftus Road, only appearing in the league as a substitute on seven occasions, scoring once.[1]

In August 1996 he moved to Bristol City for £50,000 and became a regular in their side. He played a major role in the Robins 1997/98 promotion success, scoring stunning goals in home wins against Preston and Burnley. He lost his place in the 2000–01 season, and joined Cheltenham Town on loan on 23 February until the end of the season, when he returned to Ashton Gate and continued to try to win a place in Danny Wilson's side. In November 2001 he returned to Torquay United on a free transfer, signing a contract until the end of the season, but his second spell at Plainmoor was less successful than the first and he was released at the end of the season.

Subsequently, he returned to Barbados to play for Ellerton United F.C. and is currently player coach at Brittons Hill United F C where he won the 2009 Premier league.

References

  1. ^ [1]

External links

  • Gregory Goodridge at Soccerbase
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