'Supporter Spotlight' on Dave Goody...
When Dave Goody attended his first Southend game with his dad Jim aged just four years old, little did he know that it was just the beginning of a lifelong love that still burns brightly to this very day.
"I don’t know which match it was unfortunately, but I know it was sometime during the 1968/69 season which just about makes me part of the Billy Best era. We stood on the South Bank and dad sat me on top of one of the crash barriers to watch the game,” he remembered.
"Dad followed Southend from after the war and I have been a season ticket holder at Roots Hall for almost 50 years. I sit with my wife Karen and son Sam in the East Stand, so the tradition of supporting the club spans three generations now," he added.
In addition to his many years of support, Dave is recognised not only as Southend’s club historian (“not actually official but they always ring me up if they want to know something”) but for having written several books on the club (the majority with his writing partner Peter Miles) including the highly acclaimed “A Century United – The Centenary History of Southend United” in 2005.
A massive collector of anything connected to the club, Dave has amassed possibly the finest collection of Southend memorabilia in existence, including every first team home match programme back to the war & around 50 pre-war (only 26 post-war away programmes are required to complete that particular collection also) 2 1980/81 players 4th Division Championship medals, 80+ shirts (including many match worn), players contracts, tickets, autographs, photos, picture cards, stickers, signed balls and even former manager Dave Smith’s notebooks from his time with the Shrimpers.
"I also have a quite extensive collection of trophies and medals from our former goalkeeper, Ted Hankey. My dad and myself met him at an away game at Aldershot and got to know him quite well. When he died, I bought all his memorabilia from his brother – only one is Southend related, a Football Combination Cup runner up medal, but I have all his other medals and mementos from his army days and when he played for Kent and Tonbridge. He was a lovely man and I am very proud indeed to own these now.
“I also used to know Alan Moody very well. Alan lived about 200 yards from me and back then, he worked at Salmons shoe shop in Hockley during the Summer and after training to make his money up. Often when he had finished and I was on my way home from school, I’d bump into him and we’d walk home together. I was 10 at the time and I used to think to myself how lucky I was to be talking to a professional footballer and he was just the greatest man."
"When we played Derby County in the cup the first time, he asked me if I was going to the game and I told him no, I can’t get there – little knowing that my dad was actually taking me. On the Monday, I met Alan again on my way home and when we got to his house, he told me to hang on while he went inside before coming back out with a programme that he’d had signed by both teams for me. Derby were the real deal back then and I have never forgotten how in one of the biggest games of his career, he had taken time to do this for me and I still treasure it to this very day.
"I can remember my dad and myself going to Chester during the Bobby Moore era when we were the only two Southend fans there. These days, Sam and I still follow the club away, but we also enjoy our ground hopping trips to watch non-league football. Although I haven’t kept records, Sam does and has clocked up 149 grounds to date, so we have travelled pretty extensively over the years,” he laughed.
"My favourite ever Shrimper? Without a doubt, David Crown. Not only a top-class player but such a fantastic bloke too.”
After asking for some time to think about the composition of his Southend United All Time Great XI, Dave, whilst stating that they are "not the best players I have seen in a Southend shirt but the ones who have given me most enjoyment, for many different reasons,” came up with the following selection -
Goalkeeper - Neil Freeman
Defender - Micky Stead
Defender - Alan Moody (captain)
Defender - Dave Cusack
Defender - Peter Johnson
Midfielder - Anthony Wordsworth
Midfielder - Mike Marsh
Midfielder - Kevin Maher
Attacker - David Crown
Attacker - Stan Collymore
Attacker - Marc-Antoine Fortune
Sub – Mervyn Cawston
Sub – Dorian Dervite
Sub – Gary Deegan
Sub – Barry Corr
Sub - Simon Cox
Manager – Phil Brown
It is fair to say that very few have contributed anywhere near as much to the club’s cause over the years as Dave Goody.
A true-blue Shrimper in every way. #COYB
This Supporter Spotlight was featured in the Bolton matchday programme. Click here to buy a copy.