Goodwin, Fred

Birthplace

Macclesfield

Occupation

Winger

Biographical Text

Fred Started his career at Burnley joining them in November 1906 where he only made one senior appearance.

He then joined Leek (5th Cheshire Volunteers) before moving to Congleton Town.

Macclesfield signed him from Congleton in the summer of 1907 going straight into the side missing only one league match in his first season with the club. He was described as a robust, clever forward who was a fast runner and a skilful dribbler of the ball.

He featured for Congleton Town at the start of the 1908-09 season returning to Macclesfield in February 1909 helping the team win the Manchester League Championship, however, he only made two mid-season appearances in his last season at the Moss Rose, re-joining Congleton Town in April 1910.

He re-joined Leek in July 1910 and then signed for Brighton (May 1911) and West Ham United (April 1913) before moving to Exeter City in December 1913.

Goodwin went straight into the Exeter City side for a 2-0 home win over Southampton in a Southern League fixture.

After appearing in 14 Southern League matches and scoring two goals in 1913-14, he followed that up with a further three goals in 26 league starts in 1914-15.

Whilst at Exeter the team was chosen by the Football Association to take part in a tour to South America in 1914.

The team toured Argentina as a 'typical' team and on the return journey stopped off in Rio to play three matches against what is now considered to the first Brazilian national team.

In the First World War he joined the 17th Service Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, known as the Football Battalion because it was made up primarily of professional footballers.

Fred was injured during fighting and never played again.

(Some of this information was obtained from the Macclesfield Town Football Club Archives - http://www.silkmenarchives.org.uk/index.html)

Appearances

40

Goals

5

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Paul Farley:

In the First World War he joined the 17th Service Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, known as the Football Battalion because it was made up primarily of professional footballers. Fred was injured during fighting and never played again.

Died in 1945.

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