Ian Desouza Goodison
(born 21 November 1972 in Montego Bay
) is a football defender
. He has been playing for Tranmere Rovers
since 2004 and has amassed more than 300 appearances for the club.
Nicknamed 'Pepe', the big Jamaican made his first foray into English football via then Third Division side Hull City
, when he was signed along with fellow countryman and good friend Theo Whitmore
by Brian Little. The Jamaican impressed during his time at Hull, epitomised by the fact that he was their Player of the Season for the 2000–01 season (his first in English football). Despite his impressive start Little's departure as manager was followed by that of Goodison who returned to Jamaica to play for Seba United
He wasn't out of English football long though, and Goodison joined Tranmere Rovers
from Seba United on a short term deal midway through the 2003–04
campaign (February 2004) for his second spell in English football, again working alongside his former Hull boss Brian Little
. During Little's reign he spent most his time out of position at left back, but after an injury to former Tranmere captain Michael Jackson
(recently released from Blackpool), Goodison played centreback for the last few games of the 2005–06
season where he impressed with a series of man-of-the-match performances.
After Little's departure at the end of the 2005–06 season, Goodison briefly left the club when his contract was not renewed, before being re-signed... Read More