Robert Dennis "Bobbie" Goulding (born 4 February 1972), also known by the nickname of "Bobbie Dazzler", is an English former professional rugby league footballer, and coach, who played in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, and has coached in the 2000s and 2010s.

Bobbie Goulding
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Goulding in 2009
Personal information
Full nameRobert Dennis Goulding[1]
Born (1972-02-04) 4 February 1972 (age 48)
Widnes, Lancashire, England
Playing information
PositionStand-off, Scrum-half
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–91 Wigan 45 11 33 4 114
1991–92 Leeds
1992–94 Widnes 67 9 89 4 218
1994–98 St. Helens 117 25 548 13 1209
1998–99 Huddersfield Giants 29 4 78 4 176
2000 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 13 3 25 3 65
2001–02 Salford City Reds 33 2 59 4 130
2002 Leigh Centurions
2003–05 Rochdale Hornets
2014 Barrow Raiders 3 0 0 0 0
Total 307 54 832 32 1912
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1990–97 Great Britain 17 6 26 1 77
1995–96 England 5 2 18 1 45
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2004–05 Rochdale Hornets
2007–08 Rochdale Hornets
2014 Barrow Raiders
Total 0 0 0 0
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2009–2011 France
Source: [2][3][4][5]

He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Wigan (Heritage No. 848) (with whom he won the 1990 Challenge Cup and 1991 Challenge Cup),[6] in Australia for Eastern Suburbs (Reserve Grade), and Leeds (Heritage No.), Widnes (Heritage No.), St Helens (Heritage No. 1162) (with whom he won the double of the 1996 Challenge Cup and 1996's Super League I Championship as captain, but lost the Premiership to the Wigan Warriors (the League Leaders' Shield was not introduced until 2003's Super League VIII), and the 1997 Challenge Cup), Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Heritage No. 1162), Salford City Reds, Leigh Centurions (Heritage No. 1198),[7][8] the Rochdale Hornets and after a 9-year hiatus the Barrow Raiders, usually as a scrum-half, but also as a stand-off, and has coached at representative level for France, and at club level for the Rochdale Hornets and the Barrow Raiders.


Goulding was born in Widnes, Lancashire, England, and he is the father of the rugby league footballer; Bobbie Goulding Jr.

Playing careerEdit

Goulding made his senior début for Wigan at the age of 16, scoring a try in a 20–16 victory over Halifax. In 1990, he became the youngest ever Great Britain Lions tourist at 18 years of age. In 1991, he moved to Australia to play for Eastern Suburbs, but returned to Wigan a few weeks later without making a first grade appearance.[9] Unable to establish a regular place in the first team ahead of Andy Gregory and Shaun Edwards, he joined Leeds later that year for a fee of £100,000. He spent one season at Leeds before moving to his hometown club Widnes in 1992.

Goulding transferred from Widnes to St Helens in 1994 for an initial fee of £135,000, plus an additional £25,000 after four international appearances.[10] He once kicked 11 goals in a Super League match for St Helens.[11] Goulding captained St Helens at scrum-half in the 1996 Challenge Cup Final, kicking four conversions and helping his team to a 40–32 victory over Bradford Bulls.[12]

Bobbie Goulding played scrum-half, and scored 2-conversions in St. Helens' 16-25 defeat by Wigan in the 1995–96 Regal Trophy Final during the 1995–96 at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 13 January 1996.[13]

Goulding represented England at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. He was selected to play for England in the 1995 World Cup Final at scrum-half but Australia won the match and retained the Cup. He set the record as the highest points scorer in one game for Great Britain – 32 points V Fiji in 1996. At the end of Super League's first season, Goulding was named at scrum-half in the 1996 Super League Dream Team. He was the 1996 Great Britain Lions tour's top point scorer.

Goulding was sent off in the 1997 Challenge Cup fourth round match against Wigan Warriors for a high tackle on Neil Cowie during February 1997. He initially received an eight-match ban, but this was reduced to six games following an appeal.[14] On his return to the side, he helped St. Helens win the Challenge Cup final for the second consecutive year, kicking six goals in a 32–22 victory over the Bradford Bulls. In August 1997, he was stripped of the St. Helens' captaincy for disciplinary reasons, and replaced by Chris Joynt.[15] Two weeks later, he was sent off for the second time in the season (on this occasion for a high tackle on Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Mathiou) and was suspended for a further four games.[16] Despite the controversies during the season, Goulding was selected to play for Great Britain at scrum-half in all three matches of the Super League Test series against Australia.

In 1998, following further disciplinary problems, and the emergence of Sean Long as a replacement for St. Helens at scrum-half, he moved to Huddersfield Giants on a free transfer.[17] He went on to play for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Salford City Reds before ending his career as a player-coach with Rochdale Hornets, with his final appearance as a player coming in 2005.

On 1 June 2014, Goulding came out of playing retirement (after a nine-year break) to play in for Barrow Raiders in their Championship fixture against fellow strugglers Rochdale Hornets. Goulding played with number 3+4 on his back, because the number 7 squad number was taken by Barrow Raiders Liam Campbell. Goulding helped the team to only their second victory at that point all season and lifted Barrow Raiders off the bottom of the table.[18] He was sent off for dissent in the next fixture against Doncaster, and received a five-match suspension for the incident.

Coaching careerEdit

He joined Rochdale Hornets initially as player-coach, and his playing career ended in 2005 after a biceps injury. He left his post at Rochdale Hornets in November 2005, citing frustration at the club's financial problems. During his two seasons in charge at the National League One club he had not had a proper contract, despite impressing and twice being nominated for coach of the year.

He rejoined Rochdale Hornets as a coach in September 2007[19] before departing again in May 2008.[20]

On 28 February 2009 Goulding was named the coach of France.[21]

On 31 March 2014 Bobby took charge as head coach of Championship side Barrow Raiders with the club routed to the bottom of the league. His job is to try to keep Barrow out of the bottom 5 relegation places as the leagues are being restructured in 2015.

Financial crisis at the Wakefield Trinity WildcatsEdit

In 2000, at the height of a financial crisis at the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, the contracts of all players aged over 24 were terminated during September 2000. The players affected were; Andy Fisher, Bobbie Goulding, Warren Jowitt, Tony Kemp (player-coach), Steve McNamara, Francis Maloney, Martin Masella, Steve Prescott, Bright Sodje, Francis Stephenson and Glen Tomlinson.[22]


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  7. ^ "They Played For Leigh (Statistics) at". 31 December 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Heritage Numbers at". 31 December 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Bobbie Goulding jnr looks to succeed where dad failed". 6 March 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  10. ^ Hadfield, Dave (20 July 1994). "Rugby League: Reilly denies Australian links: Halifax and Great Britain coach is keen to stay at home". The Independent. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  11. ^ Super League Records
  12. ^ "". Steve Prescott Stats. Steve Prescott Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  13. ^ "13th January 1996: St Helens 16 Wigan 25 (Regal Trophy Final)". 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  14. ^ Hadfield, Dave (4 September 1997). "Goulding pays a special penalty". The Independent. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  15. ^ Irvine, Christopher (14 August 1997). "Goulding's captaincy loss put in perspective - Rugby League". The Times. London. p. 38.
  16. ^ Hadfield, Dave (4 September 1997). "Goulding pays a special penalty". The Independent. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  17. ^ Hadfield, Dave (13 August 1998). "Rugby League: Goulding now made a Giant". The Independent. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Goulding returns as Barrow Raiders beat Rochdale". North West Evening Mail. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  19. ^ Hornets appoint Goulding – Rochdale Online
  20. ^ Goulding leaves Hornets – Rochdale Online
  21. ^ Bobbie Goulding appointed new coach of France – Telegraph
  22. ^ "Goodway calls for aid package". BBC. 24 April 2001. Retrieved 1 January 2010.

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