Paul GODDARD

Paul Goddard - Ipswich Town FC - Career at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Photo/Foto: Nigel French

Date: 12 September 1993

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    • POSITION
      Forward
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 12 October 1959
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Harlington, England.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
  • CLUBS
  • Ipswich Town FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1991-1994
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 2nd February 1991 as a sub in a 3-0 defeat at home to Millwall (Aged: 31)
    • Club Career
      59 League apps (+13 as sub), 13 goals
  • West Ham United FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1980-1986
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th August 1980 in a 2-1 defeat at home to Luton Town (Aged: 20)
    • Club Career
      159 League apps (+11 as sub), 54 goals
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Paul GODDARD - Ipswich Town FC - Career at Ipswich Town Football Club.

After a miserable stay at Millwall, a free transfer to Ipswich in January 1991 reunited Paul Goddard with his former West Ham manager, John Lyall. He came off the bench to make his Ipswich debut - coincidentally against Millwall - on 2 February 1991, but could do little to prevent a 3-0 home defeat. He marked his full debut, though, with both goals in a 2-0 win over Hull.

 

His prolific goalscoring days were behind him by the time he arrived at Portman Road, but his experience was to prove invaluable. He certainly brought the best out of the previously shot-shy Chris Kiwomya, who finished the 1990/91 season with a goalscoring flourish. Goddard began 1991/92 as impressively as the team, his three goals in four games putting Ipswich on top of the Second Division. Injury was to keep him out for the best part of four months, however, and with Ipswich maintaining their promotion challenge in the meantime, he struggled to reclaim his place on his return to fitness.

 

But when a recall did arrive, he helped the team record five consecutive victories that effectively secured promotion to the Premier League. A regular in the team during Ipswich's successful first few months back in the top flight, he was less involved following the arrival of Bontcho Guentchev. Town's form rather fell away at this time and a memorable display from Goddard in the FA Cup against Grimsby suggested he should perhaps have been more involved.

 

His playing career ended during 1993/94, when the signing of Ian Marshall further limited his opportunities. His final appearance came as substitute in a 1-0 win at Southampton, but he remained at the club for several more years, first as joint first-team coach with John Wark, then as a successful youth-team coach under George Burley. (Csaba Abrahall)

 

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)