25 Facts About Bobby Gould


Robert Hewitt Gould was born on 12 June 1946 and is an English former footballer and manager.


Bobby Gould was born in Wyken, Coventry, Warwickshire on 12 June 1946.


Bobby Gould is the son of Henry Gould and Helen McKellar Gould.


Bobby Gould spent his youth living in Wyken and attended Caludon Castle School for his secondary education.


Bobby Gould started his football career at Coventry City, making his debut for the club whilst still an apprentice at the age of 16.


Bobby Gould made two appearances and scored a goal earlier in the cup run against Glentoran.


Bobby Gould made his Albion debut at home to Ipswich Town in the same month, and partnering Jeff Astle in attack, went on to score 12 goals in his first season at the Hawthorns.


Bobby Gould joined Chelsea as assistant manager to Geoff Hurst in 1979.


When Hurst was sacked in April 1981, Bobby Gould took charge of first team affairs for the final two games of the season, before leaving the club shortly afterwards.


Bobby Gould began his managerial career with Bristol Rovers in October 1981 before returning to Coventry City as boss in May 1983.


Bobby Gould remained there until he was sacked on 28 December 1984.


Bobby Gould made a swift return to management after accepting an offer to return to Bristol Rovers.


Bobby Gould moved to the South Londoners in the summer of 1987 after their first season as a First Division club, in which they had finished sixth.


Bobby Gould remained with the Dons for two more seasons before quitting to make way for his assistant Ray Harford.


Bobby Gould lasted just two months at Loftus Road before accepting an offer to become manager of West Bromwich Albion.


Bobby Gould remained at Coventry City until October 1993, when he resigned despite defying all the odds and keeping them clear of relegation from the Premiership.


Bobby Gould's next stop was with the Welsh national team.


Bobby Gould became national coach in June 1995 but quit four years later after their failure to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.


Bobby Gould was not at all highly regarded by the Welsh fans, following questionable tactics and major fallings out with players such as Nathan Blake, when Blake refused to play after accusing Bobby Gould of making a racist remark in training, as well as Mark Hughes.


Bobby Gould initially dropped Savage from the squad for disrespecting Maldini, only to reinstate him the next day.


In September 2006 it was announced that Bobby Gould would be employed in assisting his son Jonathan who is head coach with Hawke's Bay United in New Zealand and now coaches the under 15's squad during the summer.


Bobby Gould appears periodically on BBC Five Live's Fighting Talk in which he has become most notorious for his dislike of being in the final or "Defend the Indefensible".


Bobby Gould is a regular presenter and pundit on talkSPORT Radio, and appears each Friday on the Andy Goldstein Sports Bar programme, where he is colloquially known as "The Gouldfather".


Bobby Gould was appointed as manager of Weymouth in the Conference National on 12 April 2009 for the final five games of the season.


Bobby Gould is assistant manager at Western League side Portishead Town.