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Last Updated: Friday, 13 June, 2003, 22:59 GMT 23:59 UK
Goater awarded MBE
Shaun Goater was a cult hero at Man City
Goater has been told he can leave Man City
Manchester City striker Shaun Goater has been honoured with an MBE for services to sport and young people in his home country of Bermuda.

Goater, a 33-year-old Bermudan international, has played in English football since 1988 and has been at City since 1997.

In Bermuda, he is as famous and popular as David Beckham is in England, so it is fitting that the pair received awards in the same Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Goater was born in Hamilton, Bermuda, and maintains strong links with the island.

He married his high school sweetheart there, was given the freedom of Bermuda in 2000 and was once celebrated by a national Shaun Goater Day.

Ironically, given his later cult status at Man City, it was Manchester United who first brought the 18-year-old Goater to English football.

He was given a trainee deal at Old Trafford in 1989 after being spotted while playing on tour in the UK in 1988.

But he never made a first team appearance and was moved on to Rotherham then Bristol City before joining City in 1998 for 400,000.

He scored three goals in seven games at end of the 1997-98 season but could not stop City going down.

But the following season he scored 21 goals, giving rise to a 'Feed the Goat' chant which would endure.

In 1999/2000 he scored 29 goals, in 2000/01 he hit 11 and the following season he hit 32 as City finally returned to the top flight under Kevin Keegan.

In the season just gone Goater scored seven goals this year - including two against United in the last derby at Maine Road which City won 3-1.

He also netted a dramatic late equaliser at Old Trafford in the return.

Nevertheless Keegan has told him he can leave Man City, despite having a year to go on his contract.

Bidding farewell to the club - almost certainly to drop down to Division One - he captained City on his final appearance which was also the last ever game at Maine Road - a 1-0 defeat by Southampton.

But this award is mainly down to his work in Bermuda.

He was the official ambassador for his country during the Commonwealth Games in Manchester last year.

Goater also runs a summer soccer school each year and is a figurehead for football in Bermuda, aiming to raise the profile and standards of the game of there.

This summer will see the first annual Shaun Goater Grassroots Soccer Festival on the island, with over 1,000 expected to participate.

Manchester City will be sending their Academy team to take part.




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