Freddie Goodwin
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Freddie Goodwin

Freddie Goodwin
Personal information
Date of birth (1933-06-28)28 June 1933[1]
Place of birth Heywood,[1] Lancashire, England
Date of death 19 February 2016(2016-02-19) (aged 82)
Place of death Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S.
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1.2 in)[2]
Position(s) Wing half
Youth career
Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953-1960 Manchester United 95 (7)
1960-1964 Leeds United 107 (2)
1964-1966 Scunthorpe United 6 (1)
1967 New York Generals 1 (0)
Total 221 (10)
Teams managed
1964-1966 Scunthorpe United (player-manager)
1966-1967 Scunthorpe United
1967-1968 New York Generals
1968-1970 Brighton and Hove Albion
1970-1975 Birmingham City
1976-1978 Minnesota Kicks
1980-1981 Minnesota Kicks
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Freddie Goodwin (28 June 1933 - 19 February 2016) was an English professional football player and manager. He also played county cricket for Lancashire.


A wing half, Goodwin was signed as a trainee from Cheshire Schoolboys by Manchester United on 1 October 1953 as one of the Busby Babes. He made his senior debut for the club on 20 November 1954 against Arsenal. He helped the club win the 1956 and 1957 league championships, and was a member of the United team that made a comeback from the Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of eight players and ended the careers of two others, to reach the 1958 FA Cup Final, losing 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers. He was not on the plane to Munich, having not been selected in the squad for the quarter-final second leg tie with Red Star Belgrade of Yugoslavia.

In his United career, he scored eight goals in 107 appearances. He was signed by Leeds United on 16 March 1960 for £10,000. In the 1963-64 season, a collision with former Leeds teammate John Charles in an FA Cup tie against Cardiff City caused him to suffer a triple fracture of his leg,[2] eventually resulting in his retirement from playing on 1 December 1964. He scored two goals in 120 appearances for Leeds.

Goodwin went on to become a player-manager at Scunthorpe United, although he did not play many games due to his injury,[3] making six appearances and scoring one goal for the club. He left Scunthorpe United on 1 June 1966 and then became manager for the New York Generals (appearing in one match)[4] and Brighton & Hove Albion, before becoming manager of Second Division club Birmingham City. It was at Birmingham where he introduced the young Trevor Francis into league football. At Birmingham, he was also known for introducing yoga, psychological testing and other new training techniques.[5]

Goodwin also made 11 first-class appearances for Lancashire County Cricket Club (1955-1956) as a right-arm fast-medium bowler.[1]

Later life

Goodwin later moved to the United States to coach and serve as president of the Minnesota Kicks. He later relocated to Washington state, where he coached Tacoma Stars and started a travel agency on Vashon Island.[6] He died of cancer[7] at Gig Harbor, Washington, on 19 February 2016 at the age of 82.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Fred Goodwin". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b Abbott, Jon (20 August 2006). "Freddie Goodwin". Leeds United: Player Statistics. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ "The men in charge". Scunthorpe United F.C. 25 June 2007. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007.
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  5. ^ "Facts & Figures: Birmingham City". News and Features - What the Papers Say. 18 December 2005. Archived from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "Obituaries: Freddie Goodwin". Star-Tribune. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Freddie Goodwin Passes Away". Manchester United. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Chapman, Joseph (21 February 2016). "Birmingham City: Former Blues boss dies aged 82". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2016.
  • Mourant, Andrew (1992). Leeds United: Player by Player. Guinness Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 0-85112-568-9.

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