Cork soccer pays tribute to popular former Hibs and Everton player Good

Cork soccer pays tribute to popular former Hibs and Everton player Good
The Everton team from 1966 with John Good third from the left in the back row.

JOHN GOOD, a very popular former Cork Hibs player, went to his eternal reward at the weekend.

The strong, bustling centre-forward passed away at the Cork University Hospital.

After a promising underage career with South End Utd and Crusaders, he was scouted by Hibs and Evergreen. Particularly strong in the air, he caught the attention of the international selectors and was capped against Northern Ireland Juniors in 1960.

Hibs were the more persistent in his pursuit and he agreed terms with them in January 1961. He scored on his debut against Sligo after which he was delighted to form a striking partnership with brother-in-law, ace goal poacher, Tommy Collins.

After a season in the League of Ireland, John signed for Everton and was part of a very successful multiple trophy-winning team.

However, he suffered a major disappointment in 1966 when they were defeated by holders East Wall (Dublin) in the final of the coveted FAI Junior Cup at Dalymount Park.

John, who had the distinction of playing in the Oscar Traynor National Inter League Trophy with both the Cork AUL and Shipping League, transferred to Castleview and helped the northsiders win the AOH Cup in 1969.

Kevin O’Mahony, Cork AUL, and Jim Cashman, presents John Good with a distinguished service award in 2014. Picture: Eddie O’Hare
Kevin O’Mahony, Cork AUL, and Jim Cashman, presents John Good with a distinguished service award in 2014. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Football administrators didn’t forget John and he was honoured with an award for distinguished service to soccer in 2014.

May he rest in peace.

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