Goodison playing for Tranmere Rovers in 2011
|Full name||Ian De Souza Goodison|
|Date of birth||21 November 1972|
|Place of birth||Montego Bay, Jamaica|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Current club||Tranmere Rovers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:53, 28 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Nicknamed 'Pepe', the big Jamaican made his first foray into English football via then Third Division side Hull City, when he was signed along with fellow countryman and good friend Theo Whitmore by Brian Little. The Jamaican impressed during his time at Hull, epitomised by the fact that he was their Player of the Season for the 2000–01 season (his first in English football). Despite his impressive start Little's departure as manager was followed by that of Goodison who returned to Jamaica to play for Seba United.
Goodison joined Tranmere in February 2004 under Brian Little and was an instant success at the heart of the defence. The former Jamaican international has since played more than 350 times for the club has been named supporters' Player of the Season three times, and has won the North West League One Footballer of the Year award on a hat-trick of occasions. His consistent excellent performances and ability to manage Tranmere's defensive line have led to Goodison becoming a cult hero, and for many seasons the team failed to win a game without the big Jamaican commanding the back line. Goodison played in the Tranmere team which reached the quarter final of the FA Cup in his first season, whilst with his second season at the club Tranmere finished third in League One and entered the end of season play-offs, losing in the semi-final to Hartlepool United F.C. on penalties. Despite joining the club at the age of 31, Goodison has continued to improve with age, and at the end of the 2011–12 season signed a one-year contract extension which kept him at the club beyond his 40th birthday. He was the first player ever to play for Tranmere while in his forties: Eric Nixon previously held the record for the oldest Tranmere player. Many Tranmere fans[who?] regard him as one of the greatest defenders to ever play for the club and he has been one of the top centre backs in the league for the entirety of his career.
He has more than 100 international caps to his name, the most of any Jamaican, and is a fan favourite at Prenton Park. Strong in the air and hard in the tackle, the veteran - who featured for his country in the 1998 World Cup – has scored more than a dozen goals for Rovers.
In May 2013, Goodison signed another year extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2014. The deal includes an option for a testimonial, which the club has provided the use of Prenton Park. On Tuesday 27 August 2013 Ian Goodison played 120 minutes against Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup. His performance has been praised by fans on various fans' forums and was labelled as the 'best player on the park' by manager Ronnie Moore. This was in stark contrast to Goodison's rival centre-back Stephen Foster's performance against Peterborough in the SkyBet League 1 on Saturday 24 August, which was not the greatest in the eyes of Ronnie Moore following a 5-0 defeat for Tranmere. On 13th October 2013 Goodison made his 400th appearance for Tranmere and captained them to a 1-0 win at Bradford City.
He made his debut for the Jamaica national football team in a March 1996 friendly match against Guatemala and immediately scored his first international goal. As of November 2008 he has collected a country all-time record of 113 caps and scored nine goals. Forty-five of those games were in FIFA World Cup qualification and in the 1998 tournament. Goodison was included in the 23-man squad named by "Reggae Boyz" boss Theo Whitmore for the 2011 Gold Cup in the USA, though he was later dropped after failing to report for pre-tournament training in Brazil.
- As of 30 November 2013.
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- Ian Goodison – Century of International Appearances – RSSSF
- Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
- "Ash Taylor career statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- Player profile – Tranmere Rovers
- Player profile – ReggaeBoyz
- Player profile – ReggaeBoyz Supporters Club
- Ian Goodison & Theo Whitmore – Hull City
- Ian Goodison career stats at Soccerbase
- Ian Goodison at National-Football-Teams.com