Ronnie Moore praises 'quiet assassin' Ian Goodison as defender prepares to mark up 400th game for Tranmere Rovers (From Wirral Globe)
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Ronnie Moore praises 'quiet assassin' Ian Goodison as defender prepares to mark up 400th game for Tranmere Rovers
10:12am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
TRANMERE Rovers boss Ronnie Moore paid tribute to Ian Goodison as the defender moved to the verge of 400 games for the club.
Goodison’s appearance at Swindon Town on Saturday was his 399th in a Tranmere shirt and he could complete his fourth century at Bradford City on Sunday.
Moore, who has managed the Jamaican international in 162 of his Rovers games, said: “To still be playing and playing the way he is playing at 40 is remarkable.
"He’s an out-and-out legend.
“He’s a quiet assassin, he’s very clever in what he does.
"He throws fear into strikers’ hearts and that’s something that in the modern day you don’t see very often.
“He’s still a massive, important player for us. He’s a one off. He hardly trains and then comes and plays on a Saturday and produces what he produces.
“People say 'legend' a bit lightly, but he is a legend.
"He’s a fantastic player and a fantastic person as well.”
Sunday’s game away to Bradford will be the 83rd meeting between the two clubs.
They have not gone head-to-head since an FA Cup tie in December 2007, a match Rovers won 3-0 at the Coral Windows Stadium.
The last league game between the two was a season earlier, with the sides drawing 1-1 at Prenton Park after Bradford had won 2-0 at home earlier in the campaign.
The 2007 FA Cup win was one of three 3-0 Tranmere wins at the Coral Windows Stadium, the other two coming in 1980-81 (Lumby 2, Beamish) and 1963-64 (Dyson 2, Manning).
Players who have represented both clubs include Paul McLaren, Gareth Edds, Simon Francis, Ian Nolan, Tommy Mycock, Stan Storton, Abe Rosenthal and Eric McManus.