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Rover of the Day: Syd Goodfellow

6 July 2020

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Syd Goodfellow born July 6,1915

Staffordshire-born Syd joined Port Vale in November 1936 when he was 21, following service in the Royal Artillery. He spent a season with Rochdale and then signed for Chesterfield in 1939 just before World War Two broke out.

In 1946-47 he helped the Derbyshire side to fourth in Division Two, their highest-ever League placing. In May 1948, the midfielder signed for Rovers and he had two good seasons at Belle Vue, helping Peter Doherty’s charges to the Division Three (North) Championship in 1949-50.

Thereafter Syd featured for Oldham Athletic and Accrington Stanley and he was playing non-League football for Oswestry Town into his forties. In 1961 he emigrated to Australia and he died in 1998. His record for Rovers was 71 appearances and two goals.


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