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Shaun Goater

Shaun Goater
Shaun Goater at a book signing in September 2006
Personal information
Full name Leonard Shaun Goater[1]
Date of birth (1970-02-25) 25 February 1970 [1]
Place of birth Hamilton, Bermuda
Height 5 ft 11 12 in (1.82 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1978–1985 North Village
1985–1986 Boulevard
1986–1987 North Village
1988–1989 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Manchester United 0 (0)
1989–1996 Rotherham United 209 (70)
1993 Notts County (loan) 1 (0)
1996–1998 Bristol City 75 (40)
1998–2003 Manchester City 184 (84)
2003–2005 Reading 43 (12)
2005 Coventry City (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2006 Southend United 33 (11)
2007–2008 Bermuda Hogges 9 (3)
2008–2010 North Village Rams 7 (1)
Total 567 (221)
National team
1987–2004 Bermuda 36 (32)
Teams managed
2015– New Mills (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Leonard Shaun Goater MBE (born 25 February 1970) is a Bermudian footballer who is now retired. He played as a striker for a number of English clubs in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently assistant manager at New Mills.[2]

Goater's first professional club was Manchester United, but he did not reach the first team, making his League debut in 1989 after moving to Rotherham United. He played for Rotherham for seven years before moving to Bristol City in 1996. Two years later he moved to Manchester City for a fee of £400,000.

He is most well known for his time at Manchester City, where he scored over 100 goals between 1998 and 2003, finishing as the club's top scorer for four consecutive seasons. After leaving City, Goater had spells with Reading, Coventry City and Southend United, before retiring in May 2006. He represented Bermuda 36 times, scoring 32 goals.[3]


  • Early life 1
  • Club career 2
    • Early career 2.1
    • Manchester City 2.2
    • Later career 2.3
  • International career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Career statistics 5
    • International goals 5.1
  • Honours 6
    • Club 6.1
    • Individual 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Goater was born in the Bermudian capital Hamilton, living with his mother Lynette, his grandmother and two aunts.[4] His introduction to English football came in April 1987 when he was invited to join the Saltus Grammar School football and basketball tour. He spent two weeks playing against various English high school teams, including the Leicester City youth team. At the age of 17, he left home to further his education in the United States, where he had a soccer scholarship at Columbia High School, New Jersey. Whilst home in Bermuda during his Thanksgiving break, Goater was spotted by scouts from Manchester United, who invited him to England for a trial. With encouragement from his mother, who was a former football player herself, Goater accepted, forfeiting his scholarship by doing so.[5] At this time, Goater did not play as a striker, but instead played as a creative midfielder.[5]

Club career

Early career

Goater's trial resulted in the offer of a professional contract, but he did not break into the first team. In 1989, Goater signed for Rotherham United in order to play first team football. At this time, Goater suffered homesickness, finding it difficult to adapt to the English climate: "It took me a good two years to get used to life in England. At first I thought the sun never shone and it wasn't for me."[5] However, he gradually got used to living in England, and over the course of seven seasons at Rotherham he gained a reputation as a reliable lower division striker, scoring 86 goals in 262 appearances, with a winner's medal for the 1996 Auto Windscreens Shield the highlight. A 1992 League Cup tie against Everton gave Goater his first experience of playing against a Premier League team. In the first leg, Goater scored the only goal of the game as Rotherham won 1–0.[6] However, Everton won the return leg 3–0 and Rotherham were eliminated.[7] In 1993, Goater also had a brief loan spell at Notts County, though he made only one appearance for the Nottingham club due to a work permit problem.[8] Towards the end of the 1995–96 season, Goater had a disagreement with Rotherham manager Archie Gemmill, and decided his future lay elsewhere.[9]

In the 1995–96 close season, Goater received offers from Spanish club Osasuna and newly formed South Koreans Suwon Samsung Bluewings, but having recently married, he decided to stay in England.[10] Shortly after, he moved to Bristol City for a fee of £175,000.[11] Goater's Bristol City debut came against Gillingham. Goater scored, but Bristol City lost 3–2. City finished the season in fifth, qualifying for the playoffs, but lost to Brentford. The following season Bristol City were pushing for promotion into the First Division, and Goater scored regularly, eventually being named in the PFA Team of the Year for the division. In a little under two years with the Bristol City, he scored 45 goals in 81 appearances.[12] On 26 March 1998, transfer deadline day, Goater signed for Manchester City, who paid Bristol City £400,000 for his services.[11]

Manchester City

Goater joined Manchester City at a turbulent point in their history, with newly appointed manager Joe Royle battling to save the club from relegation to Second Division. Goater scored three goals in the seven remaining matches of the 1997–98 season, but this was not enough to prevent the club from being relegated to the third tier of English Football for the first time ever. Fans were initially sceptical as to Goater's ability,[13] but as goals were scored supporters were gradually won over, creating a song in his honour, "Feed The Goat And He Will Score" (to the tune Cwm Rhondda). The 1998–99 season saw Goater score 21 goals, finishing the season as Manchester City's top goalscorer. The last of these was the winning goal in a play-off semi-final against Wigan Athletic, sending Manchester City to Wembley Stadium for a playoff final which saw City promoted after a penalty shootout.[14]

The Kevin Keegan. In the 2001–02 season, Goater became the first Manchester City player since Francis Lee in 1972 to score more than 30 goals in a season. City were promoted as champions, and he was the club's top scorer for the fourth time in a row, as well as being the top scorer in the division.[16]

Over the summer of 2001–02, there was speculation that Goater would be transferred, as Manchester City had twice broken their transfer record by buying strikers Jon Macken and Nicolas Anelka.[17][18] Goater stayed, but opportunities were limited. He started just 14 games, but scored seven goals, including his 100th for the club, which came in a derby match against local rivals Manchester United. In February 2003, Goater struck against the same opposition to score the fastest goal by a substitute in Premier League history, just 9 seconds after coming onto the pitch.[19] He also scored a goal that would have won City the match, but it was disallowed.

Shortly before the end of the 2002–03 season, Goater announced his intention to leave Manchester City when the season finished in order to seek regular first team football. In his final match for Manchester City, he was asked to captain the side in Manchester City's final game at Maine Road.[20] In total, Goater scored 103 goals in 212 appearances for Manchester City. Since ending his footballing career, Goater has been critical of both Kevin Keegan, who he claims never praised him and Nicolas Anelka, who he feels wanted to be 'the daddy' of Manchester City.[21]

Later career

Goater moved to Reading on 1 August 2003. Reading chairman John Madejski described the transfer as "the biggest in Reading Football Club's history",[22] but Goater's time there was not a happy one. Shortly after Goater's arrival, Reading manager Alan Pardew left for West Ham United, and Pardew's replacement, Steve Coppell, did not regard Goater as part of his plans. In his second and final season at Reading, Goater played just four times, and was loaned to Coventry City. Goater then considered retirement,[23] but instead moved to League One club Southend United for a final season as a professional. The move, a free transfer, was completed on 3 August 2005. At Southend, Goater acted as a mentor for young striker Freddy Eastwood, and contributed towards a second successive promotion for the Shrimpers, scoring 11 goals. His final appearance before retirement was on 6 May 2006, when Southend played Bristol City, one of Goater's former clubs. The crowd included an estimated 400 Manchester City fans who travelled to Southend to mark the occasion.[24]

After retiring, Goater returned to Bermuda, receiving an official welcome from the Premier of Bermuda United Soccer Leagues announced that Bermuda would receive a professional football team that would play in the third division of American football, the USL Second Division.[3] Goater had roles as both a director and player of the team,[28] the Bermuda Hogges. Goater left Bermuda Hogges in 2008, to concentrate on youth coaching with North Village Rams in his home town.[29]

Goater and three other partners in the Bermuda-based East End Group Limited announced an amalgamation with Telecommunications Networks Limited (now renamed East End Telecom) on 9 November 2007, which added to the group's two other business subsidiaries, East End Asphalt and East End Aviation. Goater serves as the group's Business Development Manager.[30]

When in England, Goater has made regular appearances in local media covering the Manchester area. These have included a column entitled "Read the Goat" in the official Manchester City match programme, and a regular guest spot on the BBC Radio Manchester programme Blue Tuesday.[31]

On 8th August 2015, it was announced that Goater would join Northern Premier League Division One North club New Mills A.F.C. as assistant manager.[32] In September 2015, he left New Mills.

International career

Goater has also played for the Bermudian national team 36 times, scoring 32 goals,[33] though due to Bermuda's lowly standing in world football he never played in a major international tournament. He made his first international appearance at the age of 17 against Canada,[34] During the 1992–93 season, Goater missed eight weeks of the club season in order to represent his country in qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. However, Bermuda finished bottom of a group containing El Salvador, Canada and Jamaica.[35] His final appearance was in 2003 against El Salvador.[36]

When playing for Bermuda, Goater was often the only professional player in the team. Bermudian journalist Chris Gibbons described the difference between Goater and his team-mates: "He's a class above every other player on the island. Before he went to England he was just quick, but now he's a totally different player, a lot more aggressive and a much better header of the ball. The problem has been that he sets up chances for the others without them being on the same wavelength."[35] However, Goater noted that this had a detrimental aspect: "My fitness dropped off while I was with Bermuda. It was like being on holiday. The team just ate what they liked. I kept to my professional diet for about two or three weeks until peer pressure took over."[35]

Personal life

Goater is married to Anita, his childhood sweetheart, and has two daughters, Amaya and Anais (born 3 October 2000 in Wythenshawe, Manchester). He was awarded the MBE in 2003 for services to sport and young people in Bermuda.[37] His autobiography, Feed the Goat: The Shaun Goater Story was published in September 2006.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1989–90 Manchester United First Division 0 0
1989–90 Rotherham United Third Division 12 2
1990–91 22 2
1991–92 Fourth Division 24 9
1992–93 Second Division 23 7
1993–94 39 13
1993–94 Notts County First Division 1 0
1994–95 Rotherham United Second Division 45 19
1995–96 44 18
1996–97 Bristol City Second Division 42 23 1 0 4 1 47 24
1997–98 33 17
1997–98 Manchester City First Division 7 3 0 0 0 0 7 3
1998–99 Second Division 43 17 4 1 3 2 50 20
1999–2000 First Division 40 23 2 3 3 2 45 28
2000–01 Premier League 26 6 3 3 3 2 32 11
2001–02 First Division 42 28 2 2 2 2 46 32
2002–03 Premier League 26 7 1 0 2 0 29 7
2003–04 Reading First Division 34 12
2004–05 Championship 9 0
2004–05 Coventry City Championship 6 0
2005–06 Southend United League One 33 11
Bermuda League FA Cup League Cup North America Total
2007 Bermuda Hogges USL Second Division 8 3
2008 1 0
2008–09 North Village Rams Bermudian Premier Division
2009–10 1 1
Total England 551 217
Bermuda 16 4
Career total 567 221

International goals

Scores and results list Bermuda's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 April 1989 Barbados National Stadium, Waterford  Barbados 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 13 May 1990 Bones Park, Castries  Saint Lucia 1–0 2–0 1990 Caribbean Cup qualifier
3. 2–0
4. 26 April 1992 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton  Haiti 1–0 1–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
5. 24 May 1992 Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince Haiti 1–0 1–2 1994 World Cup qualifier
6. 4 July 1992 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton  Antigua and Barbuda 1–1 2–1 1994 World Cup qualifier
7. 2–1
8. 1 November 1992 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador  El Salvador 1–4 1–4 1994 World Cup qualifier
9. 8 November 1992 Independence Park, Kingston  Jamaica 2–2 2–3 1994 World Cup qualifier
10. 15 November 1992 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby  Canada 1–3 2–4 1994 World Cup qualifier
11. 5 March 2000 Sherly Ground, Road Town  British Virgin Islands 3–0 5–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
12. 4–0
13. 5–1
14. 31 March 2004 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton  Nicaragua 1–0 3–0 Friendly
15. 2–0



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