Johnny Goddard Player Profile
Debut: Accrington Stanley (A, 2-3), 03/02/2018
Johnny Goddard came in almost at the 11th hour during the January 2018 window; arriving from fellow League Two side Swindon Town with the deadline nearing. Boro’ boss Darren Sarll secured the services of the midfielder for an undisclosed fee; snaring the talents of a midfielder appearing most for the Robins during their ill-fated 2016-7 League One campaign.
It was also an undisclosed fee that had taken Goddard to Swindon in the first place; in May 2016 if you want dates. Since our promotion from the Conference, it hasn’t been a surprise for ex-Boro’ players to wind up at Woking. In a rare flip-reverse of that situation, his arrival here at the Lamex meant it was us signing a former Card instead. Nobody’s perfect…
With Boro’ looking for fresh impetus for the second half of the 2017-8 campaign, Goddard was one of three midfielders signed towards the end of the January window. That said, he was the only one to sign on a permanent deal. Such is that very fact that boss Darren Sarll thought him worth laying out the cash for. And give a few players already at the club plenty of food for thought too…
His time at the club only lasted a year, not helped by the departure of Sarll as manager in March 2018. New boss Dino Maamria didn’t take to Goddard; the midfielder going out on loan to Bromley in the second half of the year, before leaving for good in the January 2019 transfer window.
Johnny Goddard: Before Boro’
Of course, we hope he turns out to be near-enough perfect. He must, to be fair, be worth a fee! It was at Kingfield where Goddard made a name for himself, too. In a three-year stay with the Conference side, he racked up over 100 outings and won their Player of the Season award for 2015-6. it’s about this point we’d make a joke about there not being much competition…
The midfielder had to turn out for a number of trials before signing Woking in summer 2013. It was a relatively short move (geographically) for Goddard, who had spent the previous season at Hayes & Yeading. And he’d only been at United for a year, having signed on a one-year deal after being released by Reading. He’d been with the Royals since the age of eight, but was not quite able to break through the ranks at the Madejski.
Hayes & Yeading United
Bromley (loan) (2018)
Aldershot Town (2019)
Ebbsfleet United (2019)