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Happy To Be Blue! MCFC Player Profile: Shaun Goater

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Shaun Goater
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Written by Happy Axeman

The Bermudian international, started his career as a trainee at Manchester United, and joined Bristol City from Rotherham United during the summer of 1996 for £175,000.
He soon showed what a bargain buy he was, as he spearheaded the Bristol club's promotion push.

With Goater's contract due to expire at the end of the 97/98 season Bristol were forced to sell him and for just £400,000 Joe Royle managed to scoop the striker just before transfer deadline in March 1998, in a last ditch attempt to shoot City out of the relegation zone.

Although City were relegated three goals in seven games showed that Goater has the firepower to power a title challenge. His eye for goal, coupled by his physical presence, will worry many a defender in Division Two.

Shaun heralded in the new season by openly setting himself a target of 25 goals and grabbed his first towards that total on the opening day of the season against Blackpool. The quick fire return continued with a brace against Notts County in the Worthington Cup, and a fortnight later in the League against Walsall.

He found the net in the closing minutes at Macclesfield to earn three valuable away points and with a minute on the clock blasted home at Northampton to secure a draw. By the end of September he was more than a quarter of the way to his target with eight goals. But he knows it should have been more having missed a penalty against Chesterfield and a couple of chances from close range in other home matches.

A graceful header of the ball and powerful runner he is a great team player with an amiable and engaging personality.

He has been on fire since his first goal of the season against Burnley in the Worthington Cup in City's second game of the season. He has refused to set himself a target for this season but says that he is out to achieve consistency.

He has successfully won over the doubters among the Blues faithful and by the end of February was topping the Division's scoring chart with twenty three goals.

His most important goal of the season was undoubtedly the winner against West Bromwich Albion which came in the ninetieth minute at Maine Road on March 25th. It got City back to winning ways after a wobble in their promotion run in and took them on a run of seven wins and two draws in the remaining nine games.

He was the Division's leading goalscorer with 29, 4 ahead of his nearest rival Andy Hunt of Charlton. The supporters voted him City's Player of the Year.

It has been a stop start first season in the Premiership for Shaun. He didn't come into the reckoning until the middle of October after being sidelined with a knee injury in pre season which required an operation.

His first goal in the Premiership came against Everton in City's 5-0 win at the start of December. Shaun's stop, start first season in the Premiership finally took off on February 24th at St.James's Park when his strike gave City three precious points.

He knocked in five League and Cup goals in the space of eight games leaving everyone to wonder the striker might have achieved if he had not been sidelined for four months at the start of the season.
He was City's top scorer for the third successive season.

Rumours abounded in pre season that the Bermudian was on the wanted list by Wolves. The striker was adamant that he was going nowhere and relished working with new boss, former England striker, Kevin Keegan in pre season. Scored the opening goal in City's 3-0 win over Watford on the first day of the 2001/2 season.

Made a proflic start to the season with a hat-trick at Burnley and in the first nine League and Cup games rattled in eleven goals.

He scored his fifteenth goal of the season in City's 4-0 win over Grimsby at Maine Road in Ocotber. It was a landmark for the Bermudan as it was his eightieth goal in his City career and took him into the list of top twenty all time goal scorers at the club.

Shaun's second hat-trick of the season, his third of his City career, against Gillingham took his goal tally for the season to twenty.

The, "Goat" reached the magical total of thirty for the season at Crewe in March to become the first City player since Francis Lee in 1971 to score thirty in a season.

One week later the striker was sent off for the first time in his career when he was red carded for a deliberate hand ball on the goal line in the local derby at Stockport. He served a one match ban sitting out the game against Barnsley at Maine Road when the Blues secured the Division 1 title.

The striker broke a toe in a pre season friendly forcing him to sit out the start of the season. It was a repeat of the last time City were promoted when an injury kept the Bermudian out of contenion for two months.

In his second appearance as a second half substitute he scored a vital equaliser against Blackburn Rovers in the last minute of the match. It was his first goal of the season.

Made his first start of the season in City's second round Worthington Cup victory over Crewe. Scored his second of the Premiership campaign to take his club tally to 98 in the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns at the start of November.

The striker then reached his milestone 100th goal for the Blues in City's historic 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United. The former Old Trafford trainee forced Gary Neville into an error, took the ball at an acute angle and fired it past Barthez in the United goals.

His scond, and one hundredth, came when Eyal Berkovic played a ball into the box. Shaun ran on to the pass and lobbed the ball beyond the advancing keeper.

Was among the goals in early December with a classy finish against Sunderland in the closing minutes to take the final score to 3-0. He Bagged his sixth of the season in the win over Leeds at Maine Road but with the arrival of Robbie Fowler the striker had to be happy with a place on the bench.

He Further enhanced his City Legend reputation by heading home the equaliser in the Old Trafford derby just four minutes from time after he had replaced Robbie Fowler.

But weeks before the end of the season the striker announced that he wanted to leave the Blues despite the fact that he had another year to run on his contract in his search for regular first team football.

The "goat" was given an emotional farewell at Maine Road when he led out the team in their final game in the stadium. He admitted afterwards that the emotion got to him on the day and affected his form. And so his five year career ended with a hundred and three goals in two hundred and eleven appearances.