By Tom Caldwell.
Shaun Goater enjoyed a great and varied football career for club and country, playing for sides including Manchester City, Rotherham, as well as his beloved Bermuda.
Throughout his career, he wore many brilliant kits as he scored goals for fun. Here’s a look at some of the iconic, and some of the less well-known kits he wore while doing so.
Rotherham United 1989-1996:
Goater started his professional career at Rotherham United in Division 3 (now League 1) and led the club as high as Division 2 in these brilliant kits, scoring 70 league goals across seven seasons and 209 games.
Shaun Goater in his Rotherham United days#rufc #Rotherham pic.twitter.com/0rkVPIOTXF
— Football Memories (@footballmemorys) December 16, 2014
Bristol City 1996-1998:
After a short spell with Notts County, Goater joined his third club — the red half of Bristol — scoring 40 goals in 75 league games which is one of the best records in his career. He did this playing in a couple of traditional Bristol City home kits.
Shaun Goater – Striker
1996-98 Bristol City
2003-05 Reading #BristolCity #readingfc pic.twitter.com/DkwhZHRQMq
— Martyn Bishop (@MartynBCFC) December 30, 2015
Manchester City 1998-2003
Arguably his best spell and his best-remembered, Goater was affectionately known by the Citizens faithful as ‘the Goat’ as they sang ‘feed the Goat and he will score’.
He scored 84 goals in 184 league games, including a memorable brace in the last Manchester derby at Maine Road.
Goater scored a respectable 12 in 43 games for the Royal Blues, in a classy hooped kit sponsored by Westcoast.
Bermudas já teve jogadores nas duas equipes. Shaun Goater (Reading/03-04) e Nahki Wells (Hud./atual) #ChampionshipNaEPSN #PlayOffFinal pic.twitter.com/1wrEtPEIPB
— Revista Série Z (de 🏠) (@revistaseriez) May 29, 2017
Coventry City 2005
A brief and but fairly unsuccessful loan spell for Goater, who playing six games and failed to hit the back of the net, though he did get to don another classy and iconic sky blue shirt.
Coventry City FC
Shaun Goater (Loan) pic.twitter.com/Fwt8Dql8LH
— Superb Footy Pics (@SuperbFootyPics) August 29, 2016
Southend United 2005-2006
Next was Southend United, where he scored 11 goals in 34 league games — respectable for a 35-year-old.
Southend United cult figure Shaun Goater has been appointed the new manager of non-league Ilkeston FC @SUFCRootsHall pic.twitter.com/T0mItefRah
— The Football League Paper (@TheLeaguePaper) February 17, 2017
Goater is famously from the Caribbean nation of Bermuda. He is adored in his home country thanks to his football exploits in Europe and for the Bermuda national team, for who he scored 32 goals in 36 games.