Wayne Goodison Interview
Wayne Goodison was born on the 23rd September 1964 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He started his career at Barnsley Football Club in the youth team between 1980 -82. He then signed a full-time contract at Oakwell in 1982, were he made 36 appearances as right-back before leaving the club in 1986.
Wayne then signed for Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 1986 where he spent three seasons making 96 appearances, scoring 1 goal in his time at the club. Goodison was also part of the Crewe side that won promotion to the old Third Division in the 1989 season.
A move to Rochdale then followed in the summer of 1989 where he spent two seasons making 79 appearances, scoring 4 goals for the club, before leaving Spotland in 1991.
Goodison then had spells playing non-league football at Hyde United, Accrington Stanley and Buxton, before becoming an assistant manager at Trafford FC, Chorley FC, Salford City and Rossendale United. He then returned to Salford City for a six-match spell as caretaker manager in October 2008.
Wayne has now returned to Rossendale Valley as first team coach of Ramsbottom United in the Evo Stik Premier League. He is also a key member of the management team that is developing and coaching the junior players of the future as part of the clubs community projects.
Biggest Influence on your Career?
The biggest influence in my careers was Bobby Collins, my coach at Barnsley Football Club. He shaped my approach to football and also my personal outlook.
My career highlight was winning promotion to the Third Division with Crewe Alexandra in the 1989 season. It was the first time in many years that the club had gained promotion.
I don’t consider my career to have had an lowlights, as I believe that every experience in football is an educational opportunity.
My league debut was on the 14th January 1984, Barnsley played at Craven Cottage against Fulham, but we lost the game 1-0.
Best Manager you played for and why?
The best manager I played for was Bobby Collins and Dario Gradi, Bobby for his will to win at all costs and Dario from a technical angle how he made you think about the game.
Best Play you played with and why?
The best player I played with was Mick McCarthy in my Barnsley days, taught me the “art” of defending. Geoff Thomas at Crewe Alexandra got the maximum out of himself by sheer determination.
The toughest opponent I faced was Paul Simpson from Manchester City. He was very quick and direct.
How has the game changed from when you were playing?
No one is coached to defend or tackle properly anymore. Also it used to be that you didn’t let your opponent know if he had hurt you, now it’s embarrassing to watch players scream and feign injury.
When you were playing, the apprentices would clean the pro’s boots and paint the ground in pre-season etc. Do you think that was a good grounding to becoming a pro?
Absolutely, as an apprentice you learnt that to achieve anything at all it involved you having to do work and following instructions. Even as a Professional, you were always striving for the next contract and a win bonus. Not sat on a fat contract and driving a Bentley with zero appearances in the first team
Best highlight / achievement in football management?
Again, I don’t see things in terms of individual achievements, I prefer to see something we worked on in training start to take effect and improve the team. I would class that as an achievement.
Best player you have signed in football management?
Will Ahern and Rory Fallon at Trafford Football Club, both talented in their own rights but also with great attitudes.
If you could change one law in the game what would it be and why?
Have the advantage rule as they have in Rugby Union, where the referee can let play go for a good period of time before deciding to go back.
You are now coaching at Ramsbottom United, what do you think the club can achieve going forward?
As a club, whilst it has been torrid on the pitch the last 12 months, there is a great infrastructure in place to bring young players through and have a competitive side next season, plus the ability to generate better community links.