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Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 29 January 2021

jerome and gooden.pngJust over three months ago Iyrwah Gooden made his Clitheroe debut at Borough Park in a tense NPL top-of-the-table clash.

Two goals from Reuben Jerome, the second deep in stoppage time, earned the Reds a vital 2-1 win.

Now, fast forward to lockdown and with little chance  of the season being re-started and Iyrwah has signed for the Reds, very much with next season in mind.   

It looks as though Jerome has had a part to play, too, in the 20-year-old winger moving to west Cumbria for his football.

Jerome, who has struck up a fine and profitable partnership with Scott Allison, has clearly been enjoying his football with the Reds and has influenced Gooden’s decision to join him.

The pair were team-mates at Ramsbottom in the 2019/20 season when they were lying second to Reds and the season was voided.

In fact they both scored in a 3-0 win at Droylsden last February which briefly took Rammy top of the League – the only time Reds were knocked off the leading position.

He told the Workington AFC website today: "I was speaking to Reuben and he just said Workington were interested in signing me and we went from there."

Gooden had joined Clitheroe in October on a dual registration basis with National League North side Chester City. He had been on a similar registration arrangement between Warrington and Chester.  

It’s only two years since Gooden earned a professional deal at League Two outfit Mansfield Town at the time the Stags said they “needed to secure him as Premier League and Championship teams were sniffing around because of his technical ability and ability to score goals from nothing."

After being released by Mansfield he joined Warrington, and then had a spell with Ramsbottom United in the NPL NW Division last season, alongside Jerome, when he scored eight goals in 29 games.

Reds boss Danny Granger said: “I’ve seen Iyrwah play a few times now and I’ve always liked him. He’s impressed so I spoke to Reuben about him and as he was only on non-contract we put seven days notice in on him and were able to get him.

“Once we know what’s going to happen next season, whether we stand still or move up, will depend on how we go on recruitment.”

Picture - BEN CHALLIS - a sign of things to come!  Reuben Jerome and Iyrwah Gooden chat after the game at Borough Park in October. Now the pair are reunited at Reds.



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