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Goodman: Cup goal earned me new set of wheels

Don Goodman will never forget the day he fired Wolves into the FA Cup semi-finals – not least because the feat won him a set of new wheels!

The 52-year-old former striker scored the only goal in 1998 as Mark McGhee’s Championship side overcame the odds to beat a star-studded Leeds who would finish fifth in the Premier League.

Goodman is hoping Wolves can repeat his memorable feat on Saturday night when they face Manchester United at a sold-out Molineux at the same stage of the competition.

Fans still speak to him about that day at Elland Road more than any other.

The Leeds-born ex-forward knows any Wolves matchwinner will be guaranteed their place in club folklore, just like he was.

It was a special goal. I enjoyed it and it’s fundamentally the thing that Wolves fans speak to me most about,” he added.

There are three things they talk to me about – the Sheffield Wednesday penalty shootout, the diving header that David Kelly scored (from Goodman’s cross) against Leicester in the FA Cup and Leeds. But I would say the Leeds game is top of the list by some way. I will never forget it.

It was unfortunate for the fans, because they were attacked afterwards and they often tell me about that, but I don’t think it didn’t douse their enjoyment of the occasion.”

Goodman had another pleasant surprise still to come, however.

The next morning I woke up feeling 10 foot tall and there was a knock at the front door and it was a gentleman who owned the bike shop in Wolverhampton,” he said.

I can’t remember his name but he brought me a brand new mountain bike to thank me for making the whole of Wolverhampton’s day.

I still have that bike and every time I look at it, it reminds me of that day. It was fantastic, and I have some wonderful memories.”

The goal at Leeds takes special place in Goodman’s heart too, ranking alongside his most important, which helped Walsall beat Reading 3-2 after extra-time to win promotion to the Championship in the play-off final in 2001.

I think it’s up there. The only one that would rival it in my career was the one I scored for Walsall at the Millennium Stadium,” he remembered.

I have scored more spectacular goals but those two are the ones that really meant something to those great football clubs.”

Leeds and Goodman are again linked this Cup quarter-final weekend, when he hopes to catch at least part of the Wolves-United tie.

I’m covering the Leeds v Sheffield United game that tea-time so I’ll be just leaving Leeds as the Wolves game kicks off,” he said.

I might have to stop on the way home to see if I can take some of it in because it would be amazing for Wolves to get to Wembley.”