FOOTBALL: Former Oxford City chief Les Goodchild dies at 76

Les Goodchild pictured during his days with City

Les Goodchild pictured during his days with City

First published in Sport

LES Goodchild, managing director of Oxford City when Bobby Moore and Harry Redknapp came to the club as the management team, has died, aged 76.

Goodchild gave up his job as principal engineer at Pressed Steel Fisher to become City’s managing director in November 1979.

Four years later, England’s 1966 World Cup-winning skipper Moore was unveiled as manager, with Redknapp his assistant.

Goodchild went on to become chairman in 1986, taking over from Tony Rosser, and was at the forefront of the fight to save the club from going under after the major shareholders Free Newspapers went into receivership.

He helped win that battle, but City’s troubles refused to go away as they attempted to persuade owners Brasenose College to renew their lease at the White House ground, which proved unsuccessful.

Born in Littlemore, Goodchild was at Headington United until a serious knee injury curtailed his playing days. He went on to coach youth teams at Marston Saints.

Cricket was also a passion.

An all-rounder for Pressed Steel, he also organised Cherwell League representative teams and ran youth teams at his club with Wilf Bennett, playing a leading role in the development of players such as Geoff Ford, David Hale and Stewart Laudat, who went on to play for Oxfordshire.

His son, Nick, also played cricket for Pressed Steel. Goodchild Snr was also chairman of the Oxford Deep Sea Angling Club.

Work saw him move to Shropshire in 1990 after getting a job as a tool estimator in Shrewsbury where he worked until his retirement.

He died in Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on May 23 after a short illness.

He leaves a widow, Pauline, three sons, Nick, Paul and Julian, two daughters, Jane and Claire, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The funeral service will be at Telford Crematorium on Friday, June 13 (2pm).

Latest Sport news

Draw leaves Michael Appleton nonplussed

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Michael Appleton thinks only time will tell if Oxford United’s 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United was a good point or a missed opportunity.

Oxford United fans' chat

Oxford Mail:

11:58am Monday 22nd December 2014

Have your say on the main talking points at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion for supporters.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's draw at Hartlepool United

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

OXFORD United came from behind to draw 1-1 at Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Jake Wright says a point was all Oxford United deserved

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Jake Wright admitted a point was all Oxford United’s performance deserved as they took almost an hour to find their feet against basement side Hartlepool United.

FOOTBALL Didcot denied victory by ten-man visitors

Oxford Mail: Luke Carnell heads Abingdon United ahead during their shock 2-1 win against Sholing

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Didcot Town extended their unbeaten run in Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West to 14 matches, but only after coming back two goals down at home to draw 2-2 with ten-man Bridgwater on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Brave Banbury thwarted by late goal

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Basement club Banbury gave Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division high-fliers Chesham a big fright before having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Cook and McNish double up as North Leigh rout Wantage Town

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Jamie Cook and Callum McNish both scored twice as free-scoring North Leigh added to Wantage’s recent misery with a convincing 5-0 victory in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West derby at Alfredian Park.

RACING: Bradstock praises Flintham

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Mark Bradstock believes Ascot winner Flintham could be even better than his illustrious relatives Carruthers and Coneygree.

Danny Rose urges Oxford United to tighten up defence

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Danny Rose says Oxford United need to kick the habit of conceding the first goal in games after they again had to come from behind, drawing 1-1 at Hartlepool United.

RESULTS: December 20-21

7:50am Monday 22nd December 2014

Oxford Mail: Ox Mail senior football wob

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree