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Len Goulden

West Ham United FC

14 appearances, 4 goals

P 14 W 10 D 1 L 3 F 45: A 22
75% successful

1937-39

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1260

Profile

Full name Leonard Arthur Goulden
Born 9 July 1912 in Hackney, London [registered in Hackney, September 1912]. Raised in Plaistow.
Often stated as 16 July.
Married to Irene D. Hamilton [registered in West Ham, Essex, June 1936].
Two sons, Roy L. (1937) and Paul (1944).
Died 14 February 1995 in Plaistow, aged 82 years 221 days [registered in Enfield, London, February 1995]. The death registration states that Len's date of birth was 9th July 1912.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st. 2lbs [1938].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began as a schoolboy in West Ham and was an amateur with West Ham United FC in 1931, who sent him to Chelmsford FC and Leyton FC before he became a professional back with the Hammers in 1933. And he remained at the Boleyn Ground until the war. He guested for Chelsea FC during the war and signed for them afterwards, in December 1945, for a £5000 transfer fee. He remained at Stamford Bridge until his retirement, despite joining Chelmsford City FC to manage in June 1949, but returned to Chelsea after receiving a better offer. He retired a year later.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) On 8 June 1949, Goulden was appointed secretary-,manager of Southern League side, Chelmsford City FC. But after a couple days, his present club, Chelsea, offered him lucrative terms to stay at Stamford Bridge. He remained at Chelsea FC and joined their training staff, until he was appointed manager of Watford FC on 3 November 1952, appointed General Manager in October 1955 until February 1956, when he dropped back down to just managing the team until July 1956. He returned to Watford FC as coach in July 1959, until October 1962. Later coached in Libya. Returned to coach Banbury United FC in 1965 until March 1965. Coached Oxford United FC from January 1969 for a period.

England Career

Player number One of three to become the 633rd players (635) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left/right
First match No. 209, 14 May 1937, Norway 0 England 6, an end-of-season tour match at Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo, aged 24 years 309 days.
Last match No. 226, 24 May 1939, Romania 0 England 2, an end-of-season tour match at Stadionul Agenţia Naţională de Educaţie Fizică, Bucureşti, aged 26 years 319 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1937-38, 1938-39;
Team honours British Championships winners 1937-38, shared 1938-39;
Individual honours England wartime (four appearances), England Schoolboy (two appearances)
Distinctions Len's son Roy, would also be an England schoolboy international

Beyond England

Outside the game had worked as a postmaster and at a Northamptonshire US Air Force base. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.110.

 

Len Goulden - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
15 14 4 1260 4 315 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Len Goulden - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 3 0 0 10 5 +5 0 1 3.333 1.667 100.0 +3
Away 11 7 1 3 35 17 +18 0 3 3.182 1.545 68.2 +4
All 14 10 1 3 45 22 +23 0 4 3.214 1.571 75.0 +7

 

Len Goulden - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 4 3 0 1 11 7 +4 0 0 2.75 1.75 75.0 +2
Friendly 9 7 1 2 34 15 +19 0 4 3.778 1.667 83.3 +5
All 14 10 1 3 45 22 +23 0 4 3.214 1.571 75.0 +7

 

Len Goulden - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1937-38 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1938-39 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1 0 0 2.00 2.50 50.0 =0
BC All 4 3 0 1 11 7 +4 0 0 2.75 1.75 75.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 3 0 1 11 7 +4 0 0 2.75 1.75 75.0 +2
All 4 3 0 1 11 7 +4 0 0 2.75 1.75 75.0 +2

 

Len Goulden - Match History
 Club: West Ham United F.C. - 14 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 14 full capsx

Age 24
1 209 14 May 1937 - Norway 0 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo tour AW Start 85 11
2 210 17 May 1937 - Sweden 0 England 4, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna AW Start 11
- 211 20 May 1937 - Finland 0 England 8, Töölön pallokenttä, Helsinki AW reserve
Age 25
3 212 23 October 1937 - Ireland 1 England 5, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 10
4 213 17 November 1937 - England 2 Wales 1, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough HW Start 10
5 214 1 December 1937 - England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 10
6 216 14 May 1938 - Germany 3 England 6, Olympiastadion, Berlin tour AW Start 85 il
7 217 21 May 1938 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich AL Start il
8 218 26 May 1938 - France 2 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Start il
Age 26
9 219 22 October 1938 - Wales 4 England 2, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL Start 10
10 220 26 October 1938 - England 3 Rest of Europe 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 73 10
11 223 15 April 1939 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 10
12 224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Civico San Siro, Milano tour AD Start 10
13 225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL Start 10
14 226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW Start 8 8

Notes

Len Goulden was a captivating footballer, a richly creative inside-forward whose flowing skills earned him a regular place in the England side for two years before the Second World War. But for the conflict, it is probable that the genial Londoner would have added considerably to his tally of 14 caps. Indeed, a telling measure of Goulden's stature is that his international honours were won when he was a player with West Ham United, then in the middle reaches of the Second Division. He specialised in switching the point of attack, suddenly and dramatically, with raking left-foot passes that could render helpless several opponents at a stroke.

Born in Hackney and raised in Plaistow, Goulden progressed rapidly as a teenager, winning selection for England schoolboys in 1926 and joining the Hammers as an amateur five years later. As was then the custom, he was farmed out to gain experience with local non-league clubs, in his case Chelmsford and Leyton, before turning professional at Upton Park in the spring of 1933. So eyecatching was Goulden's talent that he was pitchforked immediately into senior action, emerging as his team's star performer for the remainder of the decade.

Yet despite Goulden's frequently brilliant efforts, West Ham failed to gain promotion, and his only club honour was a Football League wartime cup medal, received for his part in victory over Blackburn Rovers at Wembley in 1940. There was stirring consolation in his country's colours, beginning with a scoring debut in the 6-0 thrashing of Norway in Oslo in 1937 and ending prematurely with the outbreak of war in 1939.

After the hostilities, during which he served in the police force, Goulden realised, then 33, that if he was to sample life in the First Division he would have to forsake the Hammers. Accordingly in 1945 he joined Chelsea in a £5,000 deal.

At Stamford Bridge, Goulden spent five largely fulfilling seasons, including a two-year stint fashioning bullets for the great centre-forward Tommy Lawton to fire and a later productive spell as a wing-half. Sadly, though, his trophy cabinet remained devoid of medals, the nearest he came to glory being an FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal in 1950.

That year Goulden retired as a player, joining the Chelsea coaching staff before becoming boss of Watford in 1952. Alas, despite guiding the Hornets to fourth place in the Third Division (South) in 1954, he proved too easy going for management and was dismissed in 1956. There followed three years as a sub post master before a three-season return to Watford as part-time coach, two years passing on his knowledge in Libya and a spell in charge of non-league Banbury Town. A final coaching post with Oxford Utd in 1969 signalled his farewell to the game. Thereafter he worked on a United States Air Force base in Northamptonshire before retiring to Cornwall. Goulden, whose son Roy played briefly for Arsenal and Southend Utd, will be remembered as one of England's most cultured schemers and a humourous, immensely popular man. - The Independent Obituary

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