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Peter Goring

Personal information
Date of birthJanuary 2, 1927
Place of birthBishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire, England
Date of deathDecember 1994
Playing positionCentre forward, right half

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Harry (Peter) Goring (January 2, 1927 December 1994) was an English footballer.

Born in Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire, Goring first played for local Southern League side Cheltenham Town, making a name for himself as a prolific centre forward. He was signed by First Division Arsenal in January 1948, although he spent the next eighteen months playing in the reserve side.

After impressing on the club's tour of Brazil in the summer of 1949, Goring made his first-team debut against Chelsea on August 24, 1949; Arsenal won 2-1. In his first season, Goring was the club's second-top goalscorer in the League, with 21 goals in 29 matches. Arsenal only finished fifth that season, but did win the FA Cup, beating Liverpool 2-0 in the final; Goring started up front but did not score.

Goring continued to play up front for the Gunners (scoring 16 times the following season), but was displaced by Cliff Holton in 1951-52, and his form noticeably dropped; he only scored five goals in 19 appearances that season. However, he fought his way back into the side the following season, where he scored ten goals in 29 appearances, as Arsenal won the League on goal average.

However, in 1953-54 his goalscoring touch deserted him entirely, and he only played nine matches without scoring a single goal. Arsenal manager Tom Whittaker still had faith in Goring, and after switching him to right half, Goring became a first team regular once again. He missed only six matches over the next two seasons, and was picked for a Football Association XI that toured the West Indies in the summer of 1955.

The latter years of Goring's career were afflicted by age and injuries; in his final three seasons at the club, between 1956 and 1959, he only played 25 times - only twice in 1958-59 - as he gradually dropped down to the reserves. In all he played 240 matches for Arsenal, scoring 53 goals. Goring moved on in the summer of 1959 to Boston United in a swap deal that took Alan Ashberry to Arsenal, before retiring from playing.

After retiring from football Goring returned to Cheltenham to run the family butcher's shop, Wheeler & Goring on Tewkesbury Road. In September 1968 Goring was appointed manager of Forest Green Rovers he stayed in charge of the club for 11 seasons until he resigned in October 1979, during which time he took them from the Gloucestershire County League to Hellenic League. He died in 1994, aged 67.

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