Born in Leeds, the Yorkshireman began his career as a youth player at Manchester united, just years before the class of ’92 made that particular academy famous.
Despite featuring for the England Schoolboy’s, Karl did not make the grade at Old Trafford, and after an apprenticeship at Leeds United he signed for Bradford City in the summer of 1986, going on to feature in 73 league matches for the Bantams.
Joining a number of other loan signings, Karl teamed up with the Exeter City squad in December 1989, and made his one and only appearance against Torquay United at St James Park on new years day.
To be fair, it was a good game to have featured in, as St James Park saw its highest attendance for seven years when 8,154 spectators packed the stands to kick off the decade with a Devon derby match.
The headlines after the game simply read ‘City, You’re Brilliant’ as the Grecians cruised to a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Jim McNichol, Darran Rowbotham, and Clive Whitehead.
Less was naturally said in the report about Goddard’s cameo. Coming on as a substitute in the 78th minute for Ian Benjamin, Karl made his brief contribution to the cause in a game that was described Express & Echo reporter, Trina Lake, as ‘men against boys’.
Soon after Karl moved on to Colchester United, where he featured in 16 league games, including the April meeting with City at Layer Road, which means that he joins Mark Cooper in the list of players who played both for, and against, our champions.
He joined Hereford United in September 1990, where he netted once in nine league outings. After two seasons at Edgar Street, Goddard returned to West Yorkshire to link up with Bradford Park Avenue.
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