Goodwillie in 2012 with Blackburn
|Full name||David Goodwillie|
|Date of birth||28 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Stirling, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
(on loan from Aberdeen)
|2007–2008||→ Raith Rovers (loan)||21||(9)|
|2012||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||1||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Dundee United (loan)||19||(3)|
|2014||→ Blackpool (loan)||13||(3)|
|2016–||→ Ross County (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:56, 1 February 2016 (UTC).
David Goodwillie (born 28 March 1989) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker for Ross County on loan from Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. Goodwillie has previously played for Dundee United, Raith Rovers (loan), Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace (loan) and Blackpool (loan). He has also played for the Scotland national team.
Goodwillie was playing as a youth for Carse Thistle in his native Stirling before joining Dundee United as a 14-year-old in 2003, being spotted playing in a Scottish Youth FA trial in Dundee. In signing from Carse Thistle, Goodwillie followed in the footsteps of Duncan Ferguson who also played for the Stirling-based boys club. In July 2004, Goodwillie played for the first team in the pre-season City of Discovery Cup, appearing as a 77th-minute substitute in the tournament win.
Dundee United (1st spell)
He signed professional forms with United in March 2005. On 31 December 2005, Goodwillie made his competitive debut for United, appearing as a late substitute in the defeat to Rangers at Ibrox. On 4 March 2006, in his fifth appearance for United, Goodwillie came off the bench to score a late goal for United against Hibernian at Easter Road. During the 2005–06 season, Goodwillie made ten substitute appearances for the first team, with the majority coming in the final few minutes of each match.
In October 2006, Goodwilie signed a new contract until May 2010 and started his first match for the club, against Falkirk. Goodwillie started twice more under Craig Levein in the following two months, due to the injuries of other strikers. Following signings made in the January transfer window, he found himself largely an unused substitute for the remainder of the season, featuring just six times after New Year.
Goodwillie made two substitute appearances at the start of 2007–08 season, then joined Scottish Second Division side Raith Rovers on a two-month loan in November 2007, which was subsequently extended until the end of the season. Goodwillie scored nine goals in 21 league appearances for the Kirkcaldy side. In June 2008, Goodwillie was arrested after assaulting a man in a Stirling nightclub, which resulted in a £250 fine.
He featured for Dundee United in the early rounds of the 2008–09 League Cup, scoring three times against lower league sides. He added to his solitary SPL goal in the latter stages of the 2008–09 season, scoring a last-minute equaliser against Hibernian at Tannadice, then netting again against Hibernian later that season and also against Aberdeen. In September 2009 Goodwillie was arrested after a nightclub doorman was knocked unconscious. Two months later, Goodwillie received a £200 fine for his part in the incident. Dundee United manager Peter Houston placed Goodwillie under a "house arrest" scheme to avoid further trouble.
In the 2009–10 season, Goodwillie began as a regular starter for United, scoring three goals in the first five matches of the season. Notching twelve goals by mid-April, Goodwillie's performances were recognised with the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Year award. In May 2010, Goodwillie scored the opening goal as United won the 2010 Scottish Cup Final by 3–0 against Ross County.
Goodwillie scored in six consecutive league games early in the 2010–11 season, prompting United chairman Stephen Thompson to slap a £3m price tag on the 21-year-old. Goodwillie signed a one-year extension to his contract with United in March 2011. Two days after signing an extension to his contract, Goodwillie scored the winning goal for United against Rangers at Ibrox. Goodwillie's performances were rewarded with the SPFA Young Player of the Year award for 2010–11.
Championship side Cardiff City, opened talks with Dundee United about transferring Goodwillie on 23 June 2011. The following day, United received bids from Rangers and Blackburn Rovers, both of which were rejected. On 31 July 2011, Blackburn Rovers and Dundee United agreed a fee for Goodwillie with an upfront fee of £2 million plus £800,000 in clauses, giving the striker permission to discuss terms with the Lancashire club.
Six months after Goodwillie had moved to Blackburn, Dundee United received the payment for the player. Dundee United contacted the Scottish Premier League for assistance after Blackburn missed the deadline for the payment. The money, due for 13 February did not appear until 11 days after the scheduled date, with a later payment of £250,000 rescheduled for 1 March.
On 6 August 2011, Goodwillie scored a debut goal on a 76th minutes for Rovers in a friendly against Kilmarnock which Blackburn won 4–1. He made his competitive debut for the club on 13 August, on the opening day of the 2011–12 season, against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ewood Park, replacing Morten Gamst Pedersen in the 72nd minute in a 2–1 defeat, and scored his first competitive goal in the 3–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the second round of the League Cup. In January 2012, Goodwillie scored his first Premier League goal at home to Stoke City FC. This was followed up five days later with his first FA Cup goal away to Newcastle United. Again in January, Goodwillie scored his second goal in the Premier League at away to Everton in a 1–1 draw.
In 2012, the player was convicted of assault following an incident involving fellow players John Friel and Danny Swanson at a late night takeaway in Glasgow in 2010. At Glasgow Sheriff Court on 30 April 2012 he was sentenced to a 12-month probation order and to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.
On 31 August 2012 Goodwillie signed on loan at Championship side Crystal Palace until January 2013. However, he cut his loan spell short in mid-October after featuring in very few games, with the Eagles' Assistant Manager Lennie Lawrence stating that Goodwillie had "struggled to settle in London".
On 20 June 2014, Blackburn Rovers and Goodwillie came to a mutual agreement to terminate the remainder of his contract.
Dundee United (2nd spell)
Goodwillie returned to Dundee United on 2 July 2013 on a six-month loan deal until 13 January 2014. He scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 win against Partick Thistle in the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup on 25 September. Goodwillie scored the fourth goal in a 4–1 win against Kilmarnock in December 2013, which extended a run of United scoring 4 or more goals in a game. On 12 January 2014, Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson confirmed the club would not be extending his loan deal, stating that the decision was not budget related but "much to do with what he's done since he came back, it's been a bit of a disappointment."  Goodwillie scored six goals in 22 appearances in his return to Dundee United.
Goodwillie signed a one-year contract with Aberdeen in July 2014. On 17 July 2014, he made his debut, coming on as a substitute against FC Groningen in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg. On 13 September 2014, he scored his first goal for the Dons in a 2–1 defeat away to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. On 21 January 2015, having scored 5 goals and established himself in the first team, Goowillie signed another one-year contract keeping him at Pittodrie until the summer of 2016.
Goodwillie made his debut for the Scotland national under-21 football team in November 2008. He received his first call-up for the senior side in November 2010 for a friendly against the Faroe Islands. He made his debut in that match, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute for Kris Commons.
His international career stalled after that, however, because the SFA were reluctant to select Goodwillie while he underwent a legal process. Goodwillie was charged with sexual assault, but the case did not proceed to trial due to there being insufficient evidence to prove the allegation. After it was announced that Goodwillie would not be prosecuted, Scotland manager Craig Levein recalled Goodwillie to the national squad.
He scored his first goal for Scotland on 11 October 2011, from a penalty kick in a 3–1 defeat against world champions Spain. Goodwillie scored with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute. Later in the same game, Goodwillie missed a glaring opportunity, as he shot wide of the goal instead of setting up the unmarked Craig Mackail-Smith.
|1.||11 October 2011||Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante||Spain||1–3||1–3||Euro 2012 qualifying|
- As of 1 February 2016
|Raith Rovers (loan)||2007–08||21||9||0||0||0||0||2||0||23||9|
|Crystal Palace (loan)||2012–13||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Dundee United (loan)||2013–14||19||3||1||0||2||3||0||0||22||6|
|Ross County (loan)||2015–16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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- Scottish FWA Young Player of the Year (1): 2011
- SPL Player of the month (1): March 2011
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Goodwillie scored 19 goals for United last season and made his Scotland debut in a friendly win over the Faroe Islands in November. The striker's Scotland career was put on hold after he was charged with a serious sexual assault in January, but the charge was dropped last week because of insufficient evidence. That development sparked increased activity on the transfer front for Goodwillie, who has two years left on his Tannadice contract.
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- David Goodwillie profile at the Dundee United website
- David Goodwillie career statistics at Soccerbase
- ESPN Profile