Vital Football

Latest Walsall FC News

Saddlers Legends

Saddlers Legends

When Ray Graydon unveiled veteren striker Don Goodman as a Saddlers player in March 2001, many fans (myself included!) thought he'd lost his mind.

At the time Goodman was 35 and had a good 500 games behind him since his career began at Bradford in 1984. What made it worse for some fans was that arguably his best moments had come at Wolves- always risky signing a former Wolves man.

Goodman didn't however come to Walsall just to see out the rest of his career. He made it clear early on that with Walsall riding high in the league, he had come to get promoted and claim a medal.

Despite only playing 25 games in a Saddlers shirt and scoring just 3 times, it is fair to say Goodman played as big a part in our journey to Cardiff as any other player that season.

Goodman became the Emile Heskey to our Michael Owen, Jorge Leitao, and brought the best out of the him. His crowning moment came in the play-off final with the first equalising goal a few minutes into the second half.

And it has to be said, Goodman deserved that kind of moment for the passion and never-say-die attitude he put into every game. This having missed a great chance in the first leg of the play-off semi final at Stoke, that could have haunted him. Not a bit of it for a true professional like Goodman.

Since retiring in 2003 Goodman has had a dabble in the media and is often used as a pundit by Sky- much better than Alan Hansen if you ask me!

If you have any memories of Don Goodman let us know on our forum.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Cannock Saddler
Date:Friday September 14 2007
Time: 7:03PM

Comments

0
What a good old war horse and did the buisness for you lot.
Dicksy
18/09/2007 17:11:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Walsall Articles

500,000+ Season Tickets Sold In 2016/17

More than 500,000 Season Tickets were sold in the Football League pyramid for the 2016/17 season.

How Do Walsall Fare In The BBC's 2016 Survey?

The BBC's Price Of Football survey for 2016 was released a week last Wednesday evening and as ever they looked at everything from the price of tickets through to the price of pies...

Etheridge In Team Of The Week (28/11/16)

Walsall are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Sheffield United v Walsall - PREVIEW

We travel to Sheffield tomorrow facing one of the most in form teams in the division as the Blades finally look like mounting a serious promotion push this term.

Archived Vital Saddlers Articles

Vital Saddlers articles from

Site Journalists

Kev
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Will Walsall Finish?
Suggested By:
Automatic Promotion9%
Play Offs25%
Mid Table Medicority45%
Relegation21%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Scunthorpe 20 13 5 2 44 24
2 Bolton 20 12 4 4 40 12
3 Sheff Utd 20 11 5 4 38 12
4 Bradford 20 9 8 3 35 9
5 Rochdale 20 9 3 8 30 2
6 Peterborough 19 8 5 6 29 7
7 Wimbledon 20 7 8 5 29 6
8 Fleetwood 20 8 5 7 29 5
9 Millwall 19 8 4 7 28 1
10 Southend 20 7 7 6 28 -1
11 Charlton 19 6 9 4 27 7
12 Port Vale 20 7 6 7 27 -5
13 Bristol Rovers 20 7 6 7 27 -6
14 Oxford 20 7 5 8 26 0
15 Gillingham 20 7 5 8 26 -3
16 Walsall 20 6 8 6 26 -5
17 Northampton 20 6 6 8 24 0
18 Swindon 20 6 5 9 23 -7
19 MK Dons 20 5 6 9 21 -5
20 Bury 20 6 2 12 20 -10
21 Coventry 20 4 7 9 19 -8
22 Chesterfield 20 5 3 12 18 -10
23 Oldham 19 3 8 8 17 -10
24 Shrewsbury 20 3 6 11 15 -15
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Walsall Results (view all)

Walsall Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Fleetwood Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Bradford City (H)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Port Vale (a)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Oxford United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Rochdale (H)
Sky Bet League One
Jan 7 2017 3:00PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Vital Football Comment