‘More than a good player, a good man’ – tributes to former Port Vale midfielder Jimmy Goodfellow who has died aged 76



Former Port Vale midfielder Jimmy Goodfellow has died, aged 76.

The Sunderland-born player was released by Newcastle United as a youth player before beginning his career as an amateur with Consett in the North Eastern League while working as a draughtsman at Vickers Shipyard.

He scored for Crook Town at Wembley in their win over Enfield in the FA Amateur Cup final in 1964 then joined the Vale in 1966, aged 23, when taken on by manager Jackie Mudie and Sir Stanley Matthews. He would go on to make 95 appearances for the club over four years before spells at Workington, Rotherham and Stockport.

He would go on to coach at Newport County under Len Ashurst before joining Ashurst at Cardiff City. He managed the Bluebirds in 1984/85 and worked at Plymouth and Sunderland as a physiotherapist before returning to Cardiff in that role in 1986.

He then working at the club in different roles until the late 1990s.

His former Port Vale team mate Mick Cullerton told The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive: “He was a real strong character, and a good little player. In fact, he was more than that. He was a good man.

“I used to see him quite regularly because he ended up scouting for Cardiff so I would see when I was going around the country working for the radio.

“He put the miles in to sign players for Cardiff which typified the type of character he was. He was solid and you could rely on him.

“He was a central midfield player, a busy little player. He probably lacked a little bit of pace to go any higher but he was really solid. You knew you would get what he had got.

“He was a strong character, very down to earth. I always thought he would go into coaching. Unlike some people he paid attention to what the coaches said – I must be honest I never paid that much attention, I just went out and played!

“He was very well respected and very well liked as well.”





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