Jon Goodman

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Jon Goodman
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Goodman
Date of birth (1971-06-02) 2 June 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Walthamstow, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1989–1990 Leyton Wingate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 Bromley 0 (0)
1990–1994 Millwall 109 (35)
1994–2000 Wimbledon 60 (11)
Total 169 (46)
National team
1997 Republic of Ireland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jonathan "Jon" Goodman (born 2 June 1971) is an Anglo-Irish former professional footballer, and was the Sports Scientist at Reading before leaving to concentrate on his consultancy business. He left his role as Fitness Coach at Leeds United in May 2014.

Playing career[edit]

He was born in Walthamstow.

During the 1989–90 season, Goodman was playing non-league football at the now-defunct Leyton Wingate. At the end of the season he signed, along with the team's manager George Wakeling, for Bromley where he was immediately put on a contract. After playing well in just a handful of pre-season friendlies, he was signed by Millwall for a £34,500 fee in August 1990. Goodman made his Millwall debut on 26 December as a substitute at The Old Den against Leicester City.

Goodman played 110 overall games for The Lions, scoring 37 goals. He moved to Wimbledon in November 1994 for the joint fee of £1,300,000. which included Kenny Cunningham. He spent six seasons at Wimbledon, scoring 11 goals in 60 games. He was injured in a match against Chelsea in 1997, and never truly recovered. After two short-lived comeback attempts, he retired through injury at the end of 1999-2000 when Wimbledon were relegated from the Premier League after 14 years of top flight football. Despite rarely having a long run in the first team and leaving the club at one of the lowest points in their history, he was a key squad player in some of their best seasons in the top flight, particularly their 1996-97 campaign where they finished eighth (having spent most of the season in the top five) and were semi-finalists in both of the domestic cups.

He was capped four times for the Republic of Ireland at the height of his success for Wimbledon in 1997.

Coaching career[edit]

He joined Reading as a sports scientist in the summer of 2005 following the departure of Niall Clark to West Ham United. Goodman has a sports science degree from the Roehampton Institute.

Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez included Goodman in his team as a conditioning coach for the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.[1]

Jon now runs the sports performance company Think Fitness working predominantly in professional football. [1]

It was announced by Leeds United manager Brian McDermott on 25 April 2013, that Goodman would join the club as a fitness coach.[2] In May 2014, Goodman announced he was leaving Leeds United to pursue his business interests.


  1. ^ Perry Crooke (2006-08-31). "Sanchez picks another Wimbledon veteran". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 28 December 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  2. ^ "JON JOINS UP AT THORP ARCH". Leeds United. Retrieved 25 Apr 2013. 

Jon also coaches at a Chigwell-based youth football club, Colebrook Royals FC

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