Jeff Goulding started his career as a youth player with Reading and Crystal Palace, before dropping down into the non-league scene.|
He has since played for Aldershot Town, Clapton, Croydon, Molesey before being signed by Willy Wordsworth for Hayes in August 2005, having been top scorer at Egham Town. He then signed for Hayes’ local rivals Yeading in March 2006, where he scored 10 goals in the 2006/07 season.
After new Fisher Athletic boss, Wayne Burnett axed the entire squad at the start of the 2007/08 season, he signed Goulding for a nominal fee from the 'Ding before their merger with Hayes. Although this transfer was seen as a sideward move to another Blue Square South club, Yeading did not want to stand in Goulding's way to play full-time football with a club closer to where he lived.
The striker’s season started well, he scored 11 times for Fisher in 32 appearances during their 2007/08 Blue Square South campaign.
Goulding had a number of trials with League clubs, including Gillingham, Millwall, Leyton Orient and Watford. However Burnett was reluctant to see him depart Champion Hill and praised his attitude after returning from his trials;
"Jeff's a level-headed young man and I'm pleased to have him. Players either come back from trials thinking they have an opportunity to impress the watching scouts, or they think they're too good for this level. Jeff's attitude has been first-class."
During his spell at the Fish, Goulding caught the attention of England C manager Paul Fairclough who called him up into the squad to face Wales under-23's in February 2008, where he came on as a substitute in the 74th minute in the narrow 2-1 win at Exeter’s St. James Park.
Grays announced that Jeff signed from Fisher Athletic in late March 2008, initially on loan till the end of the season when the transfer window re-opens and the move will be made permanent.
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