Simon Goodwin

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Simon Goodwin
Photographed in March 2008
Personal information
Full name Simon Goodwin
Nickname(s) Goody
Date of birth (1976-12-26) 26 December 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team South Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft #18, 1996 Pre-Season Draft
Height/Weight 185 cm / 86 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1997-2010 Adelaide 275 (162)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2013 Essendon 1 (0-1-0)
Career highlights

Simon Goodwin (born 26 December 1976 in Adelaide, South Australia) is the senior assistant coach of the Essendon Football Club.[1][2] He is a retired professional Australian rules footballer, a former dual premiership player for the Adelaide Crows, a multi-time All-Australian player and a former captain of the Adelaide Crows. Goodwin played a total of 275 senior games in his AFL career, all for the Adelaide Crows.[2][3]

AFL career[edit]

Early career (1997–1999)[edit]

Prior to embarking on his successful AFL career, Goodwin was an accomplished junior cricketer, co-captaining the South Australian Under-19 cricket team. Recruited from South Adelaide in the SANFL with pick No. 18 in the 1996 Pre season Draft, Goodwin made his debut in Round 1, 1997, however his day was marred by a severe quadriceps injury which kept him out for months.

Goodwin returned to the side in Round 14 to face West Coast, holding his position until he was omitted following the Round 18 victory over Carlton at Football Park. Goodwin earned a recall prior to the beginning of the 1997 finals series, returning solid performances in all four of Adelaide's wins, including 19 possessions and a goal in the victorious Grand Final.

After a poor start to 1998 Goodwin blossomed in the second half of the season, showing glimpses of the prolific ball-winner he would become in later years and once again playing a solid role in all four finals on the way to Adelaide's second Premiership win in as many years.

1999 was to be a year of disappointment however, as Goodwin's performances mirrored that of his club. Despite featuring in 19 of Adelaide's 22 games, Goodwin's progress was marred by inconsistency as Adelaide finished a lowly 13th in what was the club's worst ever finish to a season.

Rising career (2000–2004)[edit]

Following his disappointing 1999, Goodwin emerged as a star in his own right in the 2000 season with a string of assured midfield displays earning both his first All-Australian guernsey and Gold Jacket as Adelaide Club Champion. Goodwin capped this watershed year with selection to the Adelaide Football Club Team Of The Decade.

Another All-Australian selection followed in 2001 with consistently good performances alongside fellow star midfielders Mark Ricciuto, Andrew McLeod and Tyson Edwards pushing Adelaide back into the Premiership reckoning for 2002 after three seasons where the club had finished no higher than eighth.

In 2002 Goodwin struggled for consistency, in part due to the extra attention he was receiving from opposition taggers. Highly prolific games such as his 39 possession/1 goal game against Collingwood in Round 14 were contrasted by his 17 possession game against Fremantle in Round 7. After suffering an injury in Round 19 against Essendon, Goodwin returned to the team in time for the finals, where despite high expectations the Crows were defeated at the Preliminary Final stage.

A member of Adelaide's pre season Premiership winning team, Goodwin's highly promising 2003 was marred by a broken arm suffered early in the Round 11 clash with Hawthorn at the MCG when he collided with the boundary fence following a contest. Upon his return to the side in Round 17 Goodwin looked to be far from his best, able only to provide a series of steady displays as the Crows, despite being one of the hot Premiership favourites, were knocked out at the Semi Final stage.

As with 1999, Goodwin endured another horror year to mirror that of Adelaide's in 2004. Sidelined with an adductor injury between Rounds 4 and 16, by the time Goodwin returned Gary Ayres had resigned and been replaced by Neil Craig as the Crows languished near the lower end of the ladder. To further rub salt into the wound Goodwin was cited for tripping Roger James and suspended for one week in Adelaide's 25 point loss to eventual Premier Port Adelaide in Round 22.

Career high (2005–2007)[edit]

Goodwin and Adelaide's fortunes turned around completely in 2005 as the side unexpectedly won the Minor Premiership despite being tipped by many for the wooden spoon. Individually Goodwin capped a superb return to top form, winning his third All-Australian guernsey and capturing his second Club Champion award. His stellar form continued in 2006, first winning the Michael Tuck Medal for best afield in Adelaide's pre season Grand Final loss to Geelong (the only player thus far to do so in a loss), before again performing brilliantly in the season proper, winning his fourth All-Australian selection and third Gold Jacket.

Captaincy (2008–2010)[edit]

In early December 2007, Goodwin was named the captain for Adelaide for the 2008 football season. This coincided with a move into the forward line to allow the club's young midfielders to gain experience and bolster a struggling attack. The move paid dividends with Goodwin enjoying a seven-goal haul in Adelaide's crushing victory over the West Coast Eagles, and ever since Goodwin has rotated between the forward and back half, increasingly the latter in order to allow young forwards to stake their claims for a permanent spot.

In Round 2 2008, Simon Goodwin kicked a career best seven goals in Adelaide's big win over West Coast. The Crows destroyed them by 76 points after their shattering Bulldog loss in Round 1. Score: 21.7 133 to 8.9 57.

In Round 15, 2009, Simon Goodwin played his 250th game. The Adelaide Crows celebrated by defeating Fremantle by 117 points, 19.16 (130) to 1.7 (13), shattering a number of records in doing so.


On 25 May 2010, Goodwin announced he would retire at the conclusion of the 2010 AFL season.[4]

International Rules[edit]

Goodwin served as the Australia international rules football team's goalkeeper for the 2004 International Rules Series.

Coaching career[edit]

On 30 September 2010, Goodwin announced his appointment as assistant coach at Essendon Football Club. On 27 August 2013, it was announced that Goodwin would take over as Essendon's caretaker senior coach for the final round of the 2013 season following the 12 month suspension of James Hird as a result of the Essendon Football Club supplements controversy. On 10 October 2013, Goodwin was promoted to the role of senior assistant coach for the 2014 season, following Mark Thompson's appointment as interim senior coach for the period of James Hird's suspension.[1][5]

On 18 September 2014 Goodwin signed a five-year contract with the Melbourne Football Club which will see him serve for two years as an assistant coach to Paul Roos before taking over as head coach for three years from 2017.[6]


On 1 March 2007, Goodwin was fined a record $40,000 and ordered to undertake compulsory counselling for placing four bets involving AFL matches totalling $16,024.58. Goodwin, along with three other players, became the first players in AFL history to be caught for betting on AFL matches.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Mark Thompson named Essendon coach as Bombers confirm James Hird won't return to top job in 2014", Herald Sun, 10 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b [Devaney, J (n.d), Simon Goodwin: Biography, Australian Football, retrieved 12 Oct 2013]
  3. ^ Simon Goodwin
  4. ^ Goodwin announces AFL retirement
  5. ^ "Thompson named Senior Coach for 2014", Essendon Football Club, 10 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  6. ^ Succession plan complete as Goodwin gets five-year deal with Dees, official website, 18 September 2014
  7. ^ Le Grand, Chip (2 March 2007). "Goodwin cops $40000 gambling fine". The Australian. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Ricciuto
Captain of Adelaide F.C.
Succeeded by
Nathan van Berlo
Preceded by
Ben Hart
Mark Ricciuto
Malcolm Blight Medal
Succeeded by
Andrew McLeod
Andrew McLeod
Preceded by
Brendan Fevola
Michael Tuck Medal
Succeeded by
Nick Stevens