Goodman, Don

Birth Date

9th May 1966


Leeds, Yorkshire



Biographical Text

Don Goodman who initially made his name at Bradford City - and later played for West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers - appeared a dozen or so times for Exeter City during 2002/03 towards the end of his career. 

Don began his career at Bradford City and his debut season saw him win a Division Three championship medal. After almost three seasons with the Bantams he moved to West Bromwich Albion in March 1987 for £50,000 and went on to score 60 league goals during his time at the Hawthorns. Then, in December 1991, Don joined Sunderland in a £900,000 deal and netted forty league goals for the Wearside club before a £1.1m move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in December 1994. Don’s time at Molineux saw him hampered by injuries, including a fractured skull, and after around forty goals in all competitions he moved to Japan in May 1998 to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Quickly loaned back to Barnsley, followed by Motherwell, Don signed a permanent contract with the Scottish club in July 1999 and remained at Fir Park until March 2001. He then had a fifteen-month stint at Walsall before his contract wasn’t renewed at the end of the 2001/02 season. 

It was at this stage that Don, then aged thirty-six, arrived at Exeter City in August 2002 in something of a fanfare of publicity. Making his debut at Shrewsbury on 10 August, and going into a team that was destined to struggle during troubled times for the club, Don only showed glimpses of the form that had taken to the top levels of the game during his career. Scoring just the once for City, Don made fourteen league and cup appearances for the club - the last being at Bournemouth on 22 February 2003 - before departing to Doncaster Rovers, then in the Conference, in mid-March. 

After finishing the campaign in Yorkshire, Don had a season with Stafford Rangers and later became a co-commentator for Sky Sports and BBC Radio 5 Live.


Exeter City

League 13; Cups 1 (14)


League 1



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