THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
Full Name:
Raymond Goddard
Date of Birth:
13 February 1949
Place of Birth:
Fulham, London
Date of Death:
11 December 2007
Place of Death:
Spain
Ray Goddard
(1977/78 - 1980/81)
After starting out as an amateur at Fulham, goalkeeper Ray Goddard signed professional for Orient in February 1967. He stayed at Brisbane Road for seven seasons and appeared more than 275 times before being transferred to Millwall in November 1974. He had played more than 80 times for the Lions by the time he signed for Wimbledon for £4,500 in February 1978.

Manager Dario Gradi needed an experienced custodian to shore up his leaky defence and after making his debut in a goal-less draw with Scunthorpe United that month he went on to be virtually ever present for the next four seasons as the club yo-yoed between the Fourth and the Third divisions.

Dave Beasant replaced him during the 1980-81 campaign but he was recalled on the last day of the season to take a final bow and signed off his football career in style by firing a penalty past Bury's Neville Southall. He played out the remainder of his career with non-league side Wealdstone and after working in the building trade when his playing days were over, he retired to run a bar in Spain. He died from a stroke in December 2007 at the age of 58.

1967-1974 : Leyton Orient 278 (0)
1974-1978 : Millwall 80 (0)
1978-1981 : Wimbledon 119 (1)
1981-???? : Wealdstone
1984-1985 : Tooting & Mitcham 2 (0)
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Raymond Goddard (13 February 1949 − 11 December 2007) was an English football goalkeeper, who played for three London clubs between 1967 and 1981.

Goddard began his career as a member of Fulham's youth team, but was released without being offered a professional contract. He subsequently joined Orient, where he spent eight seasons. In 1967 the entire Orient squad was transfer-listed to ease the financial plight of the club, with the exception of Goddard. He was a member of the Orient side that won the Third Division title in 1969-70, and narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight in 1974. In total, he played 278 league games for the O's. Having kept young reserve keeper Steve Bowtell out of the first team for several seasons, Goddard unluckily lost his place to the newly signed John Jackson in October 1973. However, he returned to the first team after an injured Jackson was dropped in the O's failed promotion campaign of '73-'74. He suffered a strained relationship with manager George Petchey after first learning of Jackson's promotion, and his own demotion, on the team bus. Before leaving the O's he even joined Greenock Morton in Scotland for a month before finally deciding to leave Orient.

In November 1974, Goddard joined Millwall, but Petchey became the Lions' boss and after their history, Goddard's days were obviously numbered. In February 1978 he joined Wimbledon who had only recently been elected to the league. He spent four seasons at Wimbledon and was part of the team that won promotion to the Third Division in 1979, relegated back to the Fourth Division the following year, and then promoted back again in 1981. In his final match for the Dons, Goddard scored from the penalty spot in a 4-2 defeat against Bury.

After leaving Wimbledon, Goddard finished his career at non-league Wealdstone. After his retirement from football, Goddard moved to Spain where he ran a bar. He died from a stroke in December 2007, aged 58.

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1977/78: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0
1978/79: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0
1979/80: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0
1980/81: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0
- Total: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0