Paul Goddard

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Paul Goddard
Personal information
Full name Paul Goddard
Date of birth (1959-10-12) 12 October 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Harlington, Middlesex
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1980 Queens Park Rangers 70 (23)
1980–1986 West Ham United 170 (54)
1986–1988 Newcastle United 61 (19)
1988–1989 Derby County 49 (15)
1989–1991 Millwall 20 (1)
1991–1994 Ipswich Town 72 (13)
National team
1980–1982 England U21 8 (5)
1982 England 1 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Goddard (born 12 October 1959 in Harlington, Middlesex) is an English former professional footballer and manager.

Biography and career[edit]

During his playing career, he gained caps for England U21s (scoring five times) and earned a single full cap for the England team against Iceland in June 1982 (scoring once).[2] In his fifteen-year career as a centre forward, he played for Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Derby County, Millwall and Ipswich Town.

A QPR youth, Goddard was West Ham's record signing when he moved to Upton Park for £800,000 in 1980.[3] He was West Ham's top scorer in the 1982–83 season, and scored 71 goals in 213 League and Cup matches for the club. One of these goals was in the replay of the 1981 Football League Cup Final defeat to Liverpool. At the start of the 1985-86 season he partnered Tony Cottee in the West Ham front line, but injury ruled him out after one game. This led to Cottee being partnered by Frank MacAvennie, and the MacAvennie-Cottee partnership yielded 54 goals in one season, taking West Ham to 3rd place in the league.

He then moved to Newcastle United in October 1986.[3] He then moved on to Derby County in 1988 before signing for Millwall for a club record transfer fee in December 1989.[4]

In 1991 he moved to Ipswich Town on a free transfer and enjoyed a few more years in the Premier League before retiring in 1994. During the 1994/95 season, he was temporarily caretaker-manager with old team mate John Wark between the departure of John Lyall and the arrival of George Burley and went on to become the club's youth team coach.[5]

Later he worked as assistant manager at West Ham United for Glenn Roeder, a former team mate when he played at Newcastle United. He left that post on 20 January 2004, shortly after the arrival of new manager Alan Pardew.

As of 2008, Paul lives with his family in East Bergholt, Suffolk and since 2005 has worked for the Stellar Group[6][7] for their football agency.

Goddard was capped once for England at senior level, on 2 June 1982, a 1-1 friendly draw against Iceland, during which he scored England's only goal. Despite this successful appearance, he was not selected for the World Cup squad that summer and never played a senior match for England again.[8]


  1. ^ "England Players – Paul Goddard". England Football Online. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Paul Goddard". The FA. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Dyer, Ken (11 July 2001). "James completes Hammers move". Evening Standard. ES London Ltd. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Record bid turned down". Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
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  6. ^ "Goddard moves on". Ipswich Town F.C. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  7. ^ "Stellar Representatives". The Stellar Group. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  8. ^ [1]

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