Fred Goodwin (footballer)

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Fred Goodwin
Personal information
Full name Fred Goodwin
Date of birth 1888[1]
Place of birth Congleton, England[1]
Date of death 1945 (aged 56–57)[1]
Place of death Macclesfield, England[1]
Playing position Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1906 Burnley 1 (0)
1906 → Leek ? (?)
1907–19?? Congleton Town ? (?)
19??–1910 Macclesfield Town ? (?)
1911–1913 Brighton & Hove Albion ? (?)
1913 West Ham United ? (?)
1913–1915 Exeter City 40 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fred Goodwin (1888 – 1945) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside forward. He joined Football League First Division side Burnley in November 1906.[2] He played his only league match for the club on 8 December 1906 in the 1–2 defeat against Stockport County at Edgeley Park. It was the only match of the 1906–07 season that regular outside-left Albert Smith missed, as Goodwin was unable to replace him in the starting line-up.[3]

He left Burnley in 1906 to play for Leek. There was a dispute with Burnley over his transfer fee. Between 1907 and 1910, Goodwin turned out for both Congleton Town and Macclesfield Town. In April 1911, he was working as a silk and cotton carrier whilst living in Leek. In May 1911, he was transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion from Burnley. In April 1912, Goodwin was involved in an incident during Brighton's game against Luton Town, which led to the death of Luton's Sam Wightman. A late challenge caught Wightman in the stomach and he died from peritonitis and shock, following a rupture to his small intestine. Goodwin was exonerated from all blame following the coroner's recommendation, who stated "that the kick was done purely accidentally".[1]

One year later, he joined West Ham United. In December 1913, he joined Exeter City in exchange for full-back Joseph Goddard. During Exeter's 1914 tour of South America, Goodwin was involved in every single game, which included the Brazilian national team's first ever game.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hamilton, Aidan (2014). Have you ever played Brazil?: The story of Exeter City's 1914 tour of South America. Exeter City AFC Supporters Society. ISBN 0992967600. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Ray (2007). The Clarets Chronicles: The Definitive History of Burnley Football Club. Burnley: Burnley Football Club. p. 486. ISBN 978-0-9557468-0-2. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Ray (2007). The Clarets Chronicles: The Definitive History of Burnley Football Club. Burnley: Burnley Football Club. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-9557468-0-2.