n the 12th June 1946, Bobby Gould was born in Wyken, Coventry. He started his playing career with his home town Coventry at the age of 16, playing as a striker from 1963 till 1968, playing 82 games and scoring 40 goals and helping them with the Second Divison 1966-1967.
Bobby moved to Arsenal from 1968 till 1970 for £90,000 but couldnt hold a first team place. He also scored a goal in the League Cup final in 1969. Bobby played no part in the 1969-1970 European final.
In 1970 Bobby moved to Wolves for £55,000, but after only 15 months moved to West Brom for £66,666. He went on to score 12 goals in his first season at West Brom, in his time there he only scored 19 goals in 60 games for the club. He was sold to (my home town team) Bristol City for £68,888 scoring 15 in 35 games for the club, only spending one season at the club.
Also, Bobby spent his time at other teams, but the one that really sticks in the mind is when he evenaully signed for Bristol Rovers, they are only across the river that divides the two teams. Bobby retired at Hereford. Over his career he played 440 games and scored 160 goals. For me that is a decent record back in those days. I think its a good record because they played with harder balls and the conditions were different from what we have today.
After retirement, Bobby went on to manage Chelsea but only as caretaker boss. He started his manager career by joining Bristol Rovers for one season before returning to Coventry City as boss in May 1983. He remained there till December 1984, when he was sacked. The highlight of his time there was when his beloved Coventry beat Liverpool 4-0. Liverpool went on to win the League, the League Cup and the European Cup that season. He returned to manage Bristol Rovers in 1985 and left two years later. Also Bobby managed teams like West Brom and Wimbledon.
In June 1995, Bobby landed the Welsh job, he wasn't highly regarded by the fans because of dubious tactics and major fallings out with players, such as Nathan Blake and Robble Savage. Nathan Blake refused to play as he accused Bobby of making a racist remark in training, as well as falling out with Mark Hughes. Bobby spent four years as manager and he quit due to failure in getting Wales to the 1998 World Cup Finals. Bobby's record as manager is 24 games, 7 wins, 4 draws, 13 losts. 32 goals for, 47 agaisnt. win % is 27%. Bobby went on to manage teams at club level until 2003.
I'd like to wish Bobby a happy retirement and wish him well for the future.