William Henry Gooing (1874–1969) was an English footballer.

Bill Gooing
Personal information
Full name William Henry Gooing
Date of birth 1874
Place of birth Penistone, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
Date of death 1969 (aged 94–95)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Penistone Wath
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1895–1897 Sheffield Wednesday 3 (1)
1897–1901 Chesterfield 63 (25)
1901–1905 Woolwich Arsenal 94 (45)
1905 Northampton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Penistone, near Barnsley, Yorkshire, Gooing started his career at junior side Penistone Wath before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 1895. A centre forward, he spent two seasons with Wednesday, but only played three First Division games with them during this time, scoring one goal in a 1–1 draw against Birmingham City. In 1897 he moved on to Chesterfield, making his debut against Burton Wanderers on 4 September 1897. During his time with the Spireites they were elected to the Football League's Second Division in 1899, and Gooing became a regular goalscorer, notching 25 goals in 63 league appearances.

In November 1901 Gooing moved to Woolwich Arsenal, making his debut on 16 November 1901 against Newton Heath, a match which Arsenal won 2–0. A regular over the next three seasons, Gooing spearheaded an Arsenal attack (along with Tim Coleman and Tommy Shanks) that won the side promotion from the Second to the First Division in 1903-04, the three of them scoring 66 goals between them in that season.

However, after Arsenal's promotion Gooing was replaced by Charlie Satterthwaite and spent much of the 1904-05 as Satterthwaite's understudy, although he did feature in Arsenal's very first First Division match, against Newcastle United on 3 September 1904. In early 1905 he left Arsenal for Northampton Town, but later retired the same year. In total, he played 106 times for Arsenal, scoring 48 goals.

He died aged 95, in 1969.


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