Freddie Goodwin (footballer, born 1944)

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Freddie Goodwin
Personal information
Full name Frederick James Goodwin[1]
Date of birth (1944-01-04) 4 January 1944 (age 71)[1]
Place of birth Stockport, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1965 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 (0)
1965–1970 Stockport County 176 (20)
1970–1971 Blackburn Rovers 64 (4)
1971–1972 Southport 12 (0)
1972–1973 Port Vale 27 (2)
1973–1974 Macclesfield Town 32 (6)
1974–1975 Stockport County 29 (1)
New Mills
Ashton United
Stalybridge Celtic
Stop Out
Total 385+ (33+)
Teams managed
Hunt Valley United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Frederick James "Freddie" Goodwin (born 4 January 1944) is an English former footballer who scored 27 goals in 353 league games in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stockport County, Blackburn Rovers, Southport, and Port Vale in the 1960s and 1970s. He won the Fourth Division title with Stockport County in 1966–67, and played in all of the top four divisions of English football.

Playing career[edit]

Goodwin began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, who finished 18th in the First Division in 1961–62 under the stewardship of Stan Cullis. Wolves went on to finish fifth in 1962–63, and 16th in 1963–64, before suffering relegation in 1964–65 under new manager Andy Beattie. Goodwin played 45 league games during his time at Molineux. He then dropped down two tiers to sign with Fourth Division side Stockport County. Eddie Quigley's "Hatters" finished 13th in 1965–66, before winning the league title in 1966–67 under the stewardship of Jimmy Meadows. County finished 13th in the Third Division in 1967–68, then ninth in 1968–69, before suffering relegation in last place in 1969–70 under Meadows's successor Walter Galbraith. Goodwin scored 20 goals in 176 league games in his time at Edgeley Park. He joined Blackburn Rovers in a move which reunited him with former manager Eddie Quigley, though Rovers would themselves be relegated out of the Second Division in 1970–71 under new boss Johnny Carey. Goodwin played 64 league games in his time at Ewood Park. He ended the 1971–72 season in the Fourth Division with Southport, who were managed by former Stockport manager Jimmy Meadows. Goodwin played only 12 league games in a brief stay at Haig Avenue. He joined Gordon Lee's Port Vale in July 1972.[1] He played 27 Third Division games in the 1972–73 season, but was given a free transfer away from Vale Park in May 1973.[1] He moved on to Macclesfield Town, who would finish eighth in the Northern Premier League in 1973–74.[2] He left Moss Rose and returned to the Football League with former club Stockport County, now managed by Jimmy Meadows, scoring one goal in 29 Fourth Division games in the 1974–75 season. He went on to play for Cheshire County League sides New Mills, Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United, before moving to New Zealand and joining Lower Hutt side Stop Out. After retiring as a player, Goodwin became the assistant coach of New Zealand, then Papatoetoe, before becoming the coach of Hutt Valley United. He later emigrated to France.[3]


with Stockport County


  1. ^ a b c d e Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 113. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Freddie Goodwin". Retrieved 17 January 2013.