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Jeremy Goss

Jeremy Goss - Hero of Munich 93
Norwich Career: 1984-1996 (188 appearances, 14 goals), 1999-2010 (Various Roles), 2010- (Coach)
Current Club: Norwich City (Coach)
Date of Birth: 11/05/1965 
Nationality: Welsh

Biography

Jeremy Goss was a Youth team product who for many years was Norwich City's nearly man plying most of his trade in the reserves or from the substitutes bench. Despite playing for Wales (his birth in Cyprus enabling him to play for any of the Home Countries) his moment of fame came when he scored in both legs of Norwich's UEFA Cup Second round victory over Bayern Munich. He totalled 188 league appearance for the Canaries in this time scoring 14 league goals. Norwich's financial vulnerability in the summer of 1996 saw them release many players and Jeremy joined Scottish side Hearts. However injuries blighted his time in Edinburgh.

Tabloid rumours linked him with a move to Chelsea in March 1997. He then had a two week trial with Huddersfield in October 1997 and was offered a contract until the end of the season but this offer was later withdrawn. Although Millwall showed an interest, Goss opted to try his luck with Northampton Town. Hearts later cancelled Jerry's contract and he sought to regain his footballing career in East Anglia with Colchester United with whom he joined on a week's trial in January 1998. The Pink Un reported on January 10th 1997 that King's Lynn manager Peter Morris was observing Jeremy's situation and would consider signing him for the Linnets. In February 1998, Jeremy joined Gillingham on trial but did not meet the grade or fitness to join Kent's ex-Canary contingent of Ade Akinbiyi, Adrian Pennock and Simon Ratcliffe.

According to an item posted on the Unofficial Norwich City Message Board, Gozza swapped Southern England for Southern China. "Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reports Goss, 33, who recently left Hearts, is currently on a two-week "get to know you" session with Guangzhou Apollo". He was also offered a player-coach position in Sweden. However Jerry instead signed up with Colchester for the remainder of the 1997/98 season. In the summer of 1998, he had a trial with GM Vauxhall Conference side Stevenage but rejected an offer to sign a contract with them, preferring instead to concentrate on an UEFA coach's qualification. Gozza has also been commentating at Carrow Road for radio and assisting in the club's soccer schools.

On March 20th 1999, Jerry signed for King's Lynn and made his debut in the 1-0 defeat of Bath City on 23rd March 1999. He was soon appointed club captain. In August 1999, Jeremy returned to Carrow Road as a part time coach to the Football Academy, working under Assistant Academy Director Dave Stringer with the 12-16 year olds. He left Kings Lynn at the end of October 1999 after 21 games for the Linnets. Writing in his Hot Gossip column in the Pink UN, Goss revealed that he could no longer commit himself 100 per cent to the football club as his priorities began to revolve around other matters. Hence he and Lynn manager Gary Mills agreed it was best for him to step down so that the club could pursue other players in their quest for promotion into the Football Combination.

Goss then worked for Norwich City as a sales executive before replacing Bryan Gunn as Community Ambassador in 2007. In January 2010, Goss left Carrow Road as the Community Ambaador role was cut in light of financial restraints at the club. Goss, who has also acted as Gunn Club host on match days, revealed he had turned down the offer of an alternative job within the club's Football in the Community department. "They offered me something else but I felt it was the wrong job at the wrong time for me and I turned it down. But I have no bad feelings at all about the club and the staff. We've left on good terms. I wish the club, the staff, the players and the manager all the very best."

Goss, who has a UEFA B coaching licence, has not ruled pursuing a different career in sport as he looks at job options. "I'm in a position now that I've never been in. I've spent nearly all my life working at Carrow Road and now I've got to see what's out there. I've got a family to support, a lovely wife and twin boys and a mortgage to pay like everyone else.But I am excited by what I can offer a future employer - sport is in my blood and fitness is in my blood and it may be in one of those areas."

He returned to Norwich in March 2010 to become a coach with the reserve team.


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