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Tranmere Testimonial for ‘Pepe’

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Ian Goodison

Lion-hearted central defender, Ian 'Pepe' Goodison, will be rewarded for his 10-year stay at English League Two side, Tranmere Rovers, with a Testimonial on May 4.

According to a thefootballnetwork.net website, the Rovers legend, Goodison, will finally get the testimonial game he deserves, and one which the Rovers fans have long waited for.

"I think many Tranmere fans will believe he deserves a testimonial and a proper send off," commented the website.

A player qualifies for a testimonial game when he has completed 10 or more seasons with one club.

The testimonial for the former Reggae Boy central defender was approved by the Tranmere Testimonial Committee last week and is set to take place at Prenton Park, with kick-off set for 3 p.m.

The match will feature an Ian Goodison International All-Stars team up against a host of former Tranmere players who his teammates during his time at Prenton Park. However, the full line-ups are yet to be confirmed.

Goodison spent the majority of his career at Tranmere and is hailed as a legend, making more than 400 appearances, and winning three Player of the Season accolades.

At 42, he was the oldest to play in the Football League.

He joined Rovers in February 2004 and his first match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Goodison retired last June when his contract ran out, this following allegations and charges of spot-fixing, for which he was arrested in December 2013.

However, he was later cleared of all charges.

Before joining Tranmere, Goodison represented Hull City and local clubs Seba United (now Montego Bay United) and Olympic Gardens (where he started his career).

He is Jamaica's most capped player for the national senior men's team, with 120 caps. Goodison was also a key member of the team that qualified for the 1998 World Cup.

In the same year, that team also finished fourth at the Gold Cup in the United States.

Premier League referee and Tranmere supporter, Mike Dean, will be the man in the middle for the contest.

The testimonial will be played just two days after the 2014-15 League Two season comes to an end, with Rovers hosting Bury on the final day.