Date of birth
The wiry Bermudan frontman was brought to Madejski Stadium on a three-year deal from Manchester City, where he had become one of the club’s cult heroes.
Off the field, he was the nicest of guys. Handed an honorary MBE in 2003 for his charity work, Shaun Goater Day is a national holiday every June in his native country.
On the pitch, the Manchester United trainee scored 86 goals for Rotherham United before 45 more in less than two full seasons with Bristol City.
In March 1998 he was signed by City for the sum of £400,000 and he scored 21 goals in his first full season to earn his new side a swift return to the second tier.
29 goals the following season returned Manchester City to the Premier League at the start of the new millennium and ‘Feed the Goat, he would score’ continued to ring out as he notched three goals against arch rivals Manchester United during his time at Maine Road.
As City departed their old ground, Goater left the north-west and penned a contract with Alan Pardew’s Royals, striking up a good partnership with Nicky Forster to score six goals in his first six games for Reading.
He scored his 200th career league goal whilst in the blue and white hoops and went on to join Coventry City on loan before a move to Southend that summer.
His final game before retirement was against Bristol City in May 2006, Southend won 1-0 and approximately 400 Man City fans turned out to mark the occasion – the 45 year old also had his own column in the City programme entitled ‘Read the Goat’.