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Freddie Goodwin

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Freddie Goodwin (20.4K)

Position Centre back
Born 28 Jun 1933, Heywood (England)
Height 186 cm
Weight 84 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Manchester United 01 Oct 1953 16 Mar 1960 95 7 £10000
Leeds United 16 Mar 1960 01 Dec 1964 120 2 £0
Scunthorpe United 01 Dec 1964 01 Jun 1966 6 1  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1959 - 1960 10   0   0   0   0  
1960 - 1961 36 2 1   4   0   0  
1961 - 1962 41   2   4   0   0  
1962 - 1963 8   0   0   0   0  
1963 - 1964 12   1   1   0   0  
Total 107 2 4   9   0   0  

Jabba's Comments

Lancashire lad who was on the fringes of Matt Busby's Manchester United side until afforded his main chance in the first team as a result of the Munich disaster. Joined Leeds in 1960 and linked up with Jack Charlton at the centre of defence. When Norman Hunter arrived on the scene Goodwin found himself moving to the periphery of the first team, but an injury to Jack Charlton had let him back into the side in 1963-64 when his career was ended by a horrific injury - a triple fracture of the leg picked up in an FA Cup tie against Cardiff and caused by Elland Road legend John Charles.

He did play at a lower level after recovering, acting as player-manager at Scunthorpe, managing Brighton and winning promotion to the First Division while in charge at Birmingham in 1972 (the photo above shows him when he was in charge of the Blues on a visit to Elland Road). From the mid-1960s to the 1980s he also spent several periods in the USA in various roles for some of the attempts to popularise the game over there. Goodwin also had a summer job for a time - playing first class cricket with his native Lancashire.

Dennis Rolls says: I always supported Birmingham City until Freddie took over.When he did his team selection was incredibly bad and his signings worse. For my own credibility I could not go on supporting a club that lost all credibility and became a joke during his time there

anon says: is dennis rolls p***ed freddie took the blues to 2 fa cup semi finals & promotion to division 1 his front line was bob latchford !bob hatton!! & trevor francis!!! with gordon taylor(pfa) & alan campbell on the wing.

Freddie Goodwin says: Your biography on myself was recently brought to my attention. I was outraged that you would include such a biased and inaccurate letter from a person claiming to be a Birmingham City fan. Given the circumstances at that time,I am proud of my record as Manager of Birmingham City. I was appointed Manager in the summer of 1970 after the club had nearly been relegated to the third division and whose home crowds had dropped to 13,000. In my second season,we were promoted to the First division,as it was then called and also reached the semi final of the F.A. cup. In the next three seasons we maintained our First Division status even though we suffered numerous injuries.We also appeared in the semi final of the F.A.cup again in 1975. Unlike today, when teams can take players on loan and also sign foreign players,it was impossible to strengthen your team by these means.The average attendance during this time was nearly 30,000 and transfer transactions IN/OUT of the club showed a surplus. I accept every fan is entitled to their opinion,however to present a balanced viewpoint,I request you remove the letter from Dennis Rolls or include my record at Birmingham as outlined in my letter.

BlueSka says: I too, am a Birmingham fan and remember the Freddie Goodwin era with great happiness, Latchford, Hatton & Francis, I've never seen a better forward line since! Thanks for the memories Freddie

Dennis Rolls says: sorry if if offended you. I just remember it as a bad time. You do not mention some of the bad signing you made- like goalkeepers

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