Mick Gooding

Years at the club: 1989 - 98
Date of birth: 12/04/1959
Birth place: Newcastle
Position: Midfield
Appearances: 371 + Manager(116)
Goals: 30
Clubs: Rotherham Utd., Chesterfield, Wolves., Southend Utd.

Gooding started his professional career at Rotherham United in 1979 spending 3 years and making over 100 appearances for the Yorkshire club.

He moved to Chesterfield in December 1982 where he was restricted to only 12 appearances before moving back to Rotherham in 1983 and where he made a further 187 appearances. In 1987 Mick moved to Peterbrough United for £18,000. He scored 27 times in 60 appearances for the"Posh".

He moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1988 for £85,000, making 52 appearances before joining Reading in 1989.

Manager Ian Porterfield signed Gooding for a fee of £65,000.

In the twilight of a successful playing career, Gooding was appointed joint player-manager of Reading with Jimmy Quinn when manager Mark McGhee acrimoniously left to take the reins at Leicester City. Under their guidance, Reading finished second in the First Division, but were left to battle for a place in the Premier League through the playoffs, as the Premier League was being reduced in size from 22 teams to 20. Reading were beaten 4-3 by Bolton Wanderers in the playoff final at Wembley.

Gooding and Quinn remained in charge at Elm Park for two seasons afterwards, until they were replaced by Terry Bullivant after failing to mount any further promotion challenges.

After Reading, Gooding had a short spell at Southend United, before retiring from football. He remained at Roots Hall for a while as a coach.

He has since carved himself a career as a radio commentary pundit, performing such roles as co-commentator for BBC Radio Berkshire's coverage of Reading's Premier League matches, while also working as an estate agent in Mortimer.

Despite playing 701 league games in a career stretching 20 years, Gooding never played top division football - the closest he came to reaching the top flight was with Reading when they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League in 1995.

Did you know?

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