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Jon Goodman

Personal information
Full nameJonathan Goodman
Date of birth2 June 1971(age 45)
Place of birthWalthamstow, England
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionForward (retired)

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Jonathan "Jon" Goodman (born 2 June 1971 in Walthamstow) is an Anglo-Irish former professional footballer, and was the Sports Scientist at Reading before leaving to concentrate on his consultancy business.

During the 1989 90 season, Goodman was playing non-league football at the now-defunct Leyton Wingate. At the end of the season he signed, along with the team's manager George Wakeling, for Bromley where he was immediately put on a contract. After playing well in just a handful of pre-season friendlies, he was signed by Millwall for a £34,500 fee in August 1990. Goodman made his Millwall debut on 26 December as a substitute at The Den against Leicester City.

Goodman played 110 overall games for The Lions, scoring 37 goals. He moved to Wimbledon in November 1994 for the joint fee of £1,300,000. which included Kenny Cunningham. He spent six seasons at the club, scoring 35 goals in 109 games for them before retiring through injury at the end of 1999-2000 when Wimbledon were relegated from the Premier League after 14 years of top flight football. Despite rarely having a long run in the first team and leaving the club at one of the lowest points in their history, he was a key squad player in some of their best seasons in the top flight, particularly their 1996-97 campaign where they finished eighth (having spent most of the season in the top five) and were semi-finalists in both of the domestic cups.

He was capped four times for the Republic of Ireland at the height of his success for Wimbledon in 1997, scoring once.

He joined Reading as a sports scientist in the summer of 2005 following the departure of Niall Clark to West Ham United. Goodman has a sports science degree from the Roehampton Institute.

Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez included Goodman in his team as a conditioning coach for the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

Jon now runs the sports performance company Think Fitness working predominantly in professional football.

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