Manchester City FC Celebrate Shawn Goater Day

June 21, 2013

Bermuda’s own Shaun Goater is being feted today [June 21] as Manchester City FC celebrate “Shaun Goater Day”, citing him as “one of greatest goalscorers to ever wear the sky blue shirt.”

Various social media networks erupted with posts about the legendary Bermudian footballer, who served as a star striker for the UK club scoring over 100 goals.

#ShaunGoaterDay, #GoaterDay, #HappyShaunGoaterDay, and #FeedTheGoat are all being used on Twitter, and statistics show that those hashtags — plus terms like “Shaun” and “Goater” — are trending among Twitter users based in Manchester, UK.


The photo above was tweeted by the official account of Manchester City FC, which has close to 1 million followers and referred to Goater as “Bermuda’s finest”.

The Club has also called for their fans to post photos using the hashtag #MeAndTheGoat, and fans responded by posting a steady stream of photos.

The Club has also posted “Shaun Goater Day” photos and updates to their 5 million plus Facebook fans today, which have attracted thousands of likes, shares and comments from fans around the world.

Fans have also taken to the popular photo, and now video, sharing app Instagram to celebrate Shaun Goater Day, with a number of hashtags being used including #FeedTheGoat.

The Manchester City FC website said, “With 103 goals in 189 games, Goater became an iconic figure over the course of his five year association with the club and can be considered one of greatest goalscorers to ever wear the sky blue shirt.

“Why today? Well, Bermuda’s most famous son was toasted with the first ‘Shaun Goater Day’ after he was awarded the freedom of the island on 21 June 2000.

“Some 13 years later, Shaun is arguably one of the club’s most influential players in recent history, thanks to his goals which helped to fire City back into the big time after years in the abyss.

“But it isn’t just goals that make Shaun’s legacy so enduring with supporters, but also his fun-loving personality, generosity and passion for the game.

“These qualities and his commitment to raising footballing standards across the board in his home country earned Shaun an MBE for services to sport and young people in 2003.”

You can watch a video clip that Manchester City posted of Goater’s ten greatest goals here.

Goater made his international debut for Bermuda at age 17, and scored over 30 goals for the island in international matches. He was awarded the MBE in 2003 for services to sport and young people in Bermuda.

Update 10.04am: Social networks continue to be filled with Shaun Goater mentions, with Manchester City FC tweeting the infographic below, saying: “Did the Goat really score with every part of his body?”


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  1. Cal Blankendal says:

    Congratulations Mr. Shaun Goater!

  2. Nathelee Simons says:

    Congratulations Mr Goater, you have been a true inspiration to our sons and daughters. Your hard work and commitment to excellence must be emulated by all which will lead to a better society. All the best to you and family.

  3. Bermyman says:

    What a legend he is. We don’t appreciate how much of an important role he played for a club who is now one of the best in English football. Without him, City could still be in the Championship or even 1st division for that matter.

  4. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Back then Shaun Goater single handedly destroyed UNITED!

  5. MJR says:

    You are a legend in Manchester.
    Dude, you are about as near to man-love as I get.
    Happy SGD

  6. Eyeinthesky says:

    Masters and Corona player sat in the changing room with a legend! If only they knew how LARGE you were!

  7. Raymond Ray says:

    “Give it to the goat!!!” :-) Congratulation Shawn