Bobbie Goulding

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
04-02-1972
N/A
04-07-1994
Widnes
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
21-08-1994 v Doncaster
Wigan Warriors
1998- Huddersfield Giants
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1994-1998
117 (2)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
25
548
13
1209

BIOGRAPHY

Bobby Goulding by Dave Dooley:

He was signed from Widnes for £185000 in 1994. Bobbie skippered the Saints during their inaugural season in Super League which ended with Saints’ first Challenge Cup and Championship double for thirty years. Goulding was a superb mid-field general with an excellent tactical kicking game. He was one of the best exponents of the crossfield dart bringing into play dummy runners and receivers which bewildered and tormented defences. Paul Newlove was a particular beneficiary of Bobbie’s reverse passes in these plays. His place kicking was of the highest order and he topped the league’s goalkicking charts in the 1996 campaign. When you toss in great support play and the ability to drop vital goals there emerges one of the most influential half backs ever to play in Saints’ colours – the chief stoker behind Saints’ Super League Revival Show.

Bobbie’s first campaign was an absolute cracker as he amassed 347 points in the 1994/5 season. Some of his contributions were instrumental in Saints ending on the right side of the score-line. Such a match was the 30 points to 22 away league victory over Halifax when Bobbie ruled the roost and collected a brace of tries and five goals to lead the side home. Later on in the season Bobbie showed his dead-eye accuracy with the boot when Saints demolished Hull by 54 points to 18 and Bobbie landed 10 goals!

Bobbie Goulding was appointed captain of the club at the commencement of the 1995/6 season. The Saints were building towards the Super league era at this time and Bobbie was very much characteristic of a side that was assembled to attack the opposition. Although the side wasn’t winning any trophies their potential was there for all to see. The truncated centenary campaign of 1995/6 was very much a final training session for the full professional era. The measure of the quality of a St Helens side is how well it performs against its deadly rivals from Wigan. In the third game of the season Saints were thrashed by the Riversiders by 52 points to 20 at Knowsley Road. With the recruitment of Paul Newlove and the maturation of other personnel, by the end of the campaign Saints were running Wigan close in a tightly fought Regal Trophy Final, that featured some great leadership and attacking prowess by Goulding. Two top team performances against Warrington and Sheffield featured Bobbie’s creativity and goalkicking expertise. He kicked 12 goals in the 80 points to nil semi-final win over the Wire in the Regal Trophy. Another ‘sign’ of things to come was in evidence as Saints demolished the Eagles by 62 points to 20 with Goulding slotting over 11 goals.

The introduction of summer rugby during Super League One was tailor made for a scrum half with the attacking qualities of Bobbie Goulding. Saints preparations for the Challenge Cup run under Shaun McRae went without a hitch apart. Bobbie controlled the play in the semi-final win over Widnes and was then on hand to star in a feast of attacking rugby which saw Saints prevail by 40 points to 32 in one of the greatest Challenge Cup Finals of all time. Goulding’s involvement in the Saints’ tries that day were critical in the final outcome. His first classic intrusion first was initiated by a brilliant Goulding cross kick which was skilfully knocked back by Danny Arnold to Scott Gibbs. The Welshman showed tremendous strength by holding off the Bulls’ defence with one hand and delivering a perfect inside pass to the supporting Prescott who triumphantly slammed the ball down for Saints first points of the Final. Minutes later a Bobbie Goulding chip close to the Bradford tryline bounced back of the crossbar as Prescott was mid-air. Unfortunately the woodwork robbed Steve of his second try. The same combination however was on hand soon after as Bobbie chipped over the Bradford defence forty metres from the Bulls’ tryline. Amazingly Steve Prescott volleyed the ball as it fell to earth and followed up magnificently to tap the ball over and dive on the ovoid for a breathtaking score. A stunning Bradford comeback inspired by Robbie Paul saw the Yorkshiremen leading by 26 points to 12 five minutes into the second stanza. Then in a spectacular five minutes episode, that semmed to be taken straight out of ‘Groundhog Day’, Bobbie launched a bomb that Nathan Graham the Bulls full back failed to defuse. A young Kieron Cunningham was on hand to touch down. On the next set of six tackles Goulding launched his second ‘up and under’ from the 20m line. This time Simon Booth capitalised on the Bradford’s defensive confusion as he scored close to the posts. By the time Bobbie launched his third aerial assault the result was almost inevitable. The emotional roller coaster had reached top speed as Ian Pickavance grabbed the ball and spun over the tryline to put Saints in the lead. Goulding complemented each try with a simple conversion. The game ebbed and flowed dramatically up to the last few minutes when Apollo’s killer punch finally domesticated the gallant Bradford Bulls. Bobbie marched proudly up the Wembley steps picked up his son, wiped his hands and collected his winner’s medal and a long overdue Challenge Cup bearing the St Helens colours.

The 1996 League campaign also bore witness to the high quality of Bobbie’s all round game. The penultimate match of the campaign against Sheffield Eagles ably demonstrated the full range of Bobbie’s attacking prowess. He was involved in most Saints’ tries that day and began with a fabulous Prescott pick up and score of a Bobbie dazzler grubber kick. Another saw him ‘Precky’ leap like a salmon to pluck a ‘Bobbie Bomb’ out of the air and fall over the line to score. From their own tryline a few timely passes found Anthony Sullivan on the left wing. Following involvement in tries for hat trick heroes Hammond and Sullivan, Goulding’s greatest intervention was saved for the last try of the match. Sully sped down the flank and before being tackled, offloaded to Goulding on the halfway line. Bobbie’s little legs carried on the move and were rotating like an Isle of Man badge when he realised with 20 metres to go that the Eagles’ defence was closing in. Goulding released a magical chip over the Sheffield defence and a diving Steve Prescott collected the ball and plunged over in one movement. Goulding also added 10 goals in the same match. The following week against Warrington saw Bobbie and the lads seal the Championship with a dazzling attacking display and ‘doubles’ were the order of the day. One of the loudest cheers of the afternoon was reserved for Bobby as he intercepted a Warrington pass in grand ‘Artful Dodger’ style to race over for a late try. In the summer Bobbie toured Australia with the Great Britain side to further his international honours.

The 1997 season started off in a similar vein as Saints marched to Wembley for a second successive year. This time the road to the ‘Twin Towers’ was reached without Bobbie as he was dismissed in the fourth round match against Wigan. Goulding however returned for the Final and his tactical leadership was instrumental in subduing the Bradford efforts that afternoon. The 32 points to 22 final score provided Bobbie with a second Challenge Cup winner’s medal. Bobbie was also on form with the boot as he coaxed and encouraged six goals over the cross bar. Goulding’s generous nature was on show as he promoted vice captain Chris Joynt to receive the Challenge Cup. As Bobbie and the lads celebrated who would have thought that Saints fortunes were about to change. The team did not win another match in May and six consecutive World Club Challenge defeats provided an unwelcome culture shock for the Saints and the British game in general.

The 1998 campaign Saints were very inconsistent at the start of the year. Things looked somewhat brighter as Bobbie and the team found some form in the July match against Salford when two Goulding tries and 8 goals seemed to put the lads back on the right track. Notwithstanding the contests with Wigan provided the performance barometer. July 26th, 1998 witnessed Saints fourth loss to Wigan that season. This hapless display on the road at Swansea was Bobbie’s last in a Saints’ shirt.

It is inconceivable that Saints would have had the success at the start of the Super League if Bobbie had not been at Knowsley Road. He provided the leadership and on field tactics that saved many a game for the Saints. In 117 matches Bobbie scored 25 tries, 458 goals (7th) and 13 drop goals for a fabulous tally of 1209 points (7th). Supporters will long associate Bobbie with a beaming sunshine smile – especially after lifting a trophy!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1994~95 11 148 7 36
1995~96 3 121 0 21
1996 6 153 4 26
19972 77 1 20
19983 49 1 14
TOTALS:25 548 13 117
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1994~950201
1995~960702
199711102
19980902
TOTALS:12907

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
21st Aug 1994 L 7 Doncaster L 1994~95 H 20 29 VIEW
24th Aug 1994 L 7 Warrington L 1994~95 A 10 31 1 VIEW
28th Aug 1994 W 7 Halifax L 1994~95 A 30 22 2 5 VIEW
4th Sep 1994 W 7 Salford L 1994~95 H 34 28 5 VIEW
11th Sep 1994 W 7 Workington Town L 1994~95 A 30 25 1 3 VIEW
18th Sep 1994 W 7 Castleford L 1994~95 H 47 14 7 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1994 W 7 Sheffield Eagles L 1994~95 H 26 10 3 VIEW
2nd Oct 1994 D 7 Oldham L 1994~95 A 18 18 1 3 VIEW
9th Oct 1994 W 7 Leeds L 1994~95 H 25 18 4 1 VIEW
16th Oct 1994 W 7 Bradford Northern L 1994~95 A 51 12 7 1 VIEW
8th Nov 1994 W 7 Doncaster L 1994~95 A 24 5 1 2 VIEW
13th Nov 1994 W 7 Halifax L 1994~95 H 18 14 1 VIEW
27th Nov 1994 L 7 Salford L 1994~95 A 12 39 2 VIEW
4th Dec 1994 W 7 Huddersfield RT2 1994~95 A 52 11 5 VIEW
11th Dec 1994 W 7 Workington Town L 1994~95 H 48 10 8 VIEW
18th Dec 1994 D 7 Batley RT3 1994~95 A 22 22 3 VIEW
20th Dec 1994 W 7 Batley RT3rep 1994~95 H 50 22 1 8 VIEW
26th Dec 1994 L 7 Wigan L 1994~95 H 25 32 4 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1995 W 7 Widnes L 1994~95 A 20 10 4 VIEW
8th Jan 1995 L 7 Wigan RT4 1994~95 A 22 24 5 VIEW
11th Jan 1995 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1994~95 A 0 15 VIEW
15th Jan 1995 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1994~95 H 26 20 5 VIEW
22nd Jan 1995 W 7 Hull L 1994~95 H 54 18 10 VIEW
11th Feb 1995 D 7 Wigan CC4 1994~95 A 16 16 3 1 VIEW
15th Feb 1995 L 7 Wigan CC4rep 1994~95 H 24 40 1 3 VIEW
19th Feb 1995 W 7 Oldham L 1994~95 H 32 22 4 VIEW
12th Mar 1995 W 7 Hull L 1994~95 A 43 32 5 VIEW
17th Mar 1995 W 7 Bradford Northern L 1994~95 H 36 27 6 VIEW
22nd Mar 1995 W 7 Leeds L 1994~95 A 31 20 5 1 VIEW
26th Mar 1995 L 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1994~95 A 27 34 3 1 VIEW
2nd Apr 1995 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1994~95 H 56 14 8 VIEW
14th Apr 1995 L 7 Wigan L 1994~95 A 18 34 3 VIEW
17th Apr 1995 W 7 Widnes L 1994~95 H 54 22 2 1 VIEW
21st Apr 1995 W 7 Warrington L 1994~95 H 31 12 1 3 VIEW
7th May 1995 W 7 Halifax PT1 1994~95 H 32 16 6 VIEW
14th May 1995 L 7 Leeds PTSF 1994~95 A 26 30 1 3 VIEW
24th May 1995 W 7 Castleford* Fr Benefit 1994~95 H 40 28 2 VIEW
6th Aug 1995 W 7 Hull* Fr Testimonial 1995~96 H 64 16 5 VIEW
11th Aug 1995 W 7 Salford* Fr 1995~96 A 32 22 2 VIEW
20th Aug 1995 W 7 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 H 55 10 8 VIEW
23rd Aug 1995 W 7 Oldham L 1995~96 A 44 18 7 VIEW
28th Aug 1995 L 7 Wigan L 1995~96 H 20 52 2 VIEW
3rd Sep 1995 L 7 Leeds L 1995~96 A 24 36 2 VIEW
10th Sep 1995 W 7 Workington Town L 1995~96 A 66 22 8 VIEW
13th Sep 1995 W 7 Sheffield Eagles L 1995~96 H 62 20 11 VIEW
17th Sep 1995 W 7 Castleford L 1995~96 H 35 18 1 VIEW
1st Nov 1995 W 7 London Broncos L 1995~96 A 50 34 1 7 VIEW
5th Nov 1995 W 7 Halifax L 1995~96 H 58 20 9 VIEW
11th Nov 1995 W 7 Keighley Cougars RT2 1995~96 A 42 14 1 5 VIEW
17th Nov 1995 W 7 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 A 32 18 4 VIEW
26th Nov 1995 W 7 Hull RT3 1995~96 A 38 26 5 VIEW
29th Nov 1995 L 7 Sheffield Eagles L 1995~96 A 18 32 1 3 VIEW
3rd Dec 1995 W 7 Workington Town L 1995~96 H 58 10 7 VIEW
10th Dec 1995 W 7 Halifax RT4 1995~96 H 46 18 7 VIEW
13th Dec 1995 W 7 Oldham L 1995~96 H 32 22 4 VIEW
1st Jan 1996 L 7 Leeds L 1995~96 H 14 20 3 VIEW
4th Jan 1996 W 7 Warrington RTSF 1995~96 H 80 0 12 VIEW
7th Jan 1996 W 7 Warrington L 1995~96 H 54 14 8 VIEW
13th Jan 1996 L 7 Wigan RTF 1995~96 N 16 25 2 VIEW
17th Jan 1996 W 7 London Broncos L 1995~96 H 48 18 6 VIEW
4th Feb 1996 W 7 Castleford Tigers SCCC4 1996 A 58 16 9 VIEW
11th Feb 1996 W 7 Rochdale Hornets SCCC5 1996 A 58 20 5 VIEW
24th Feb 1996 W 7 Salford Reds SCCC6 1996 A 46 26 7 VIEW
9th Mar 1996 W 7 Widnes SCCCSF 1996 N 24 14 4 VIEW
31st Mar 1996 W 7 Workington Town SL 1996 A 62 0 9 VIEW
5th Apr 1996 W 7 Wigan Warriors SL 1996 H 41 26 6 1 VIEW
8th Apr 1996 W 7 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 A 46 24 9 VIEW
14th Apr 1996 W 7 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 H 26 20 5 VIEW
21st Apr 1996 W 7 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1996 A 30 28 5 VIEW
27th Apr 1996 W 7 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1996 W 40 32 4 VIEW
5th May 1996 W 7 Oldham Bears SL 1996 H 66 18 1 8 VIEW
12th May 1996 W 7 London Broncos SL 1996 H 24 22 4 VIEW
17th May 1996 W 7 Warrington Wolves SL 1996 A 25 24 6 1 VIEW
27th May 1996 W 7 Castleford Tigers SL 1996 H 62 24 11 VIEW
16th Jun 1996 W 7 Workington Town SL 1996 H 60 16 1 8 VIEW
21st Jun 1996 L 7 Wigan Warriors SL 1996 A 19 35 1 3 1 VIEW
30th Jun 1996 W 7 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 H 42 16 2 VIEW
14th Jul 1996 W 7 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1996 H 58 20 1 7 VIEW
19th Jul 1996 W 7 Oldham Bears SL 1996 A 54 18 7 VIEW
27th Jul 1996 W 7 London Broncos SL 1996 A 32 28 4 VIEW
2nd Aug 1996 W 7 Castleford Tigers SL 1996 A 20 16 2 VIEW
10th Aug 1996 W 7 Paris St.Germain SL 1996 A 32 12 4 VIEW
18th Aug 1996 W 7 Sheffield Eagles SL 1996 H 68 2 10 VIEW
26th Aug 1996 W 7 Warrington Wolves SL 1996 H 66 14 1 7 VIEW
1st Sep 1996 W 7 London Broncos PTSF 1996 H 25 14 1 4 1 VIEW
8th Sep 1996 L 7 Wigan Warriors PTF 1996 N 14 44 3 VIEW
12th Jan 1997 W 7 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge 1997 H 44 12 1 6 VIEW
24th Jan 1997 L 7 Leeds Rhinos* Fr 1997 H 30 36 5 VIEW
8th Feb 1997 W 7 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 1997 H 26 12 3 VIEW
5th Apr 1997 W 7 Paris St.Germain SL 1997 A 44 6 6 VIEW
11th Apr 1997 L 7 Leeds Rhinos SL 1997 A 12 13 1 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1997 W 7 Salford Reds SL 1997 H 19 12 3 1 VIEW
20th Apr 1997 W 7 Warrington Wolves SL 1997 H 60 16 8 VIEW
27th Apr 1997 W 7 Castleford Tigers SL 1997 H 42 16 7 VIEW
3rd May 1997 W 7 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1997 W 32 22 6 VIEW
11th May 1997 L 7 Bradford Bulls SL 1997 A 18 38 3 VIEW
16th May 1997 D 7 London Broncos SL 1997 H 22 22 1 5 VIEW
22nd May 1997 L 7 Salford Reds SL 1997 A 26 39 5 VIEW
26th May 1997 L 7 Wigan Warriors SL 1997 H 12 65 2 VIEW
1st Jun 1997 W 7 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1997 A 26 18 2 VIEW
6th Jun 1997 L 7 Auckland Warriors WCC 1997 H 14 42 2 VIEW
13th Jul 1997 W 7 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1997 H 38 20 4 VIEW
21st Jul 1997 L 7 Cronulla Sharks WCC 1997 A 12 28 2 VIEW
25th Jul 1997 L 7 Auckland Warriors WCC 1997 A 6 70 1 VIEW
4th Aug 1997 L 7 Penrith Panthers WCC 1997 A 26 32 3 VIEW
10th Aug 1997 W 7 Oldham Bears SL 1997 H 36 26 6 VIEW
25th Aug 1997 W 7 Leeds Rhinos SL 1997 H 25 18 2 VIEW
31st Aug 1997 W 7 Paris St.Germain SL 1997 H 26 14 5 VIEW
18th Jan 1998 W 7 Lancashire Lynx* Fr 1998 A 34 14 5 VIEW
25th Jan 1998 W 7 Swinton Lions* Fr 1998 H 50 28 4 VIEW
15th Feb 1998 W 7 Featherstone Rovers SCCC4 1998 A 56 24 1 8 VIEW
1st Mar 1998 W 7 Warrington Wolves SCCC5 1998 H 35 22 7 1 VIEW
15th Mar 1998 L 7 Wigan Warriors SCCC6 1998 A 10 22 1 VIEW
5th Apr 1998 W 7 Salford Reds SL 1998 A 18 14 3 VIEW
10th Apr 1998 L 7 Wigan Warriors SL 1998 H 18 38 3 VIEW
19th Apr 1998 W 7 Huddersfield Giants SL 1998 A 26 24 5 VIEW
26th Apr 1998 W 7 Warrington Wolves SL 1998 H 36 14 5 VIEW
10th May 1998 L 7 Bradford Bulls SL 1998 A 4 18 VIEW
17th May 1998 W 7 Hull Sharks SL 1998 H 28 18 6 VIEW
24th May 1998 L 7 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1998 A 10 16 1 VIEW
14th Jun 1998 W 14 London Broncos SL 1998 H 58 6 VIEW
20th Jun 1998 L 14 Sheffield Eagles SL 1998 A 17 18 1 VIEW
28th Jun 1998 W 7 Salford Reds SL 1998 H 48 12 2 8 VIEW
26th Jul 1998 L 7 Wigan Warriors SL 1998 N 2 36 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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