Ty Gooden

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Ty Gooden
Personal information
Full name Ty Gooden
Date of birth (1972-10-23) 23 October 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth Canvey Island, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Arsenal 0 (0)
1992–1993 Wycombe Wanderers 0 (0)
1993–2000 Swindon Town 146 (9)
2000–2003 Gillingham 59 (5)
2003–2005 Canvey Island 3 (0)
Total 208 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ty Gooden (born 23 October 1972) is an English former professional footballer. Gooden, who played as a midfielder, featured for teams Arsenal, Wycombe Wanderers, Swindon Town, Gillingham and Canvey Island. He was the first player to be signed in the new millennium in all the British leagues, when he signed for Gillingham in 2000.

Playing career[edit]

Gooden started his playing career at Arsenal, where he featured regularly for the club's academy teams. He then joined up with clubs Wycombe Wanderers, where he again failed to make a senior appearance.

Gooden then joined Swindon Town. He made 26 league appearances in the 1995–96 season which saw the Wiltshire side win the Division Two title.[1]

Gooden was then signed by Gillingham manager Peter Taylor for £100,000, in a deal that saw Swindon teammate Iffy Onuora join the Kent club as well.[2][3][4][5] Later that year Gooden won promotion to the First Division with Gillingham, after they beat Wigan Athletic 3–2 in the Division Two play-off Final at the old Wembley Stadium. During the game Gooden provided a cross to Andy Thomson for him to score the winning goal.[6] He went on to have a successful first season in the First Division with Gillingham, helping them to finish 13th in the league. He also scored in an FA Cup tie against former club Arsenal, in a 5–2 defeat away at Highbury.[7]

However, injury hampered the rest of his time at the Gills and, in 2003, he was sold to Canvey Island.[5][8] In March 2004 he suffered a pull to his hamstring during Canvey's FA Trophy quarterfinal win over Maidenhead United. This injury thus ruled him out of the Gulls Essex derby and for three weeks altogether.[9] Gooden then went on to earn a winners medal as the club won the 2004 Isthmian Premier League title.[10]

Scouting career[edit]

Gooden was the scout for Reading in Europe while based in France.[11] Gooden eventually left Reading after they failed to gain promotion to the Premiership. He soon afterward linked up with Sunderland as their French scout. After a brief spell with the Black Cats, Gooden then signed a deal which saw him work as a scout for Arsenal firstly within Belgium and thereafter in France.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Ian, played for Canvey Island.[14]


Canvey Island


  1. ^ "England 1995/96". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ "IN DEPTH WITH... Jimmy Quinn". Swindon Advertiser.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Ty Gooden Midfielder". SoccerBase. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Player Profile: Ty Gooden". Swindon Town Football Club. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Ty Gooden". Football Database.eu.
  6. ^ a b "Gills edge out Wigan in a Wembley classic". The Guardian.com. 28 May 2000.
  7. ^ "Arsenal 5-2 Gillingham". ESPN.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Gooden's omen for Canvey". Telegraph.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Soccer: Gooden sits out Gulls' Essex derby". Gazette News.co.uk.
  10. ^ a b "19:30 Kick Off For Gillingham XI Match Tonight". Canvey Island FC.com.
  11. ^ "Scout - We beat off clubs to sign Fae". readingfc.co.uk. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  12. ^ "Quand la Premier League pille les clubs français". Lensois.com (in French).
  13. ^ "Gunners scout Gooden eyes young trio". Club Call.com.
  14. ^ "Canvey Island Football Club First XI 2003 / 04 Season". Canvey Island FC.com.