Clayton Goodwin is an English journalist, married to a Jamaican for over forty years, and has written about matters of Caribbean and Commonwealth interest (especially cricket) since the early 1960s.

Former Editor of the prestigious The Caribbean Handbook 

Former Editor of Cricinfo/ECB – the sports website with the most hits worldwide

Author of the books “Caribbean Cricketers from the Pioneers to Packer” , “West Indians at the Wicket” and "Sorry, but I thought you were black: 50 years with the West Indian press"

Regular writer for the national, international and specialised press on matters of Caribbean and Commonwealth interest since the early-1960s

Contributor of obituaries to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent

Historian of the Caribbean community in the United Kingdom

Founder and director of CaribCommx online journal and Caribbean and Commonwealth News Service

Presented Centenary service in St Martin’s-in-the-Field to celebrate a hundred years of West Indies cricket tours to England

Founded and directed several musicians and entertainment acts including the Saffrons dancers and Dimplettes singers

Promoted and directed several hundred shows, including the prestigious Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth (1981-2012) fashion show and beauty contest, since the mid-1960s

Promoted and directed the Maid in Kent

Promoted and directed the Carnival on the Water

He is also co-founder of the:

Commonwealth Sports Awards

Western Union Cricket Trophy


 Personal Life:

Clayton Goodwin was born in October 1942 in the small hamlet Stony Corner near Gravesend in Kent. After village primary school he was educated at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School (1953-1960) in Rochester and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (1960-1964), University of London. Clayton came into journalism in June 1961 as a messenger (during college vacation) for Reg Hayter (Hayter’s Sports Reporting Agency), and while struggling to establish his career before becoming a fulltime self-employed journalist on 1st June 1976 - he worked in various jobs including travel agency clerk, asbestos/bitumen welder, AA (Automobile Association) Emergency Service telephonist, civil servant, and market researcher in the building industry.
Clayton has been married to Hopelyn (nee Mills), who was born in Jamaica, since June 1967. They have two children, Elaine, who is married to Paul Parsons and has three children - Evelyn, Vivien and Lucien, and Robert, who is married to Netta (nee Makkonen). Clayton is a former secretary of the national Liberal Party Community Relations Panel (now the Liberal Democrats), and represented the party as candidate in Erith & Crayford for the GLC in 1977 and in Gravesend in the General Election (1979). He still lives in North-west Kent.
Clayton has had some poems published and had a play accepted by (Lord) Bernard Miles in 1968 for production at the Mermaid Theatre, but he could not get time off from his then employment to attend the necessary production meetings.

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 Clayton Goodwin has a life-long experience in journalism and the media including:

Cricinfo / ECB (sports website with most hits in the world), Caribbean Handbook, Saffron, Uralite View, CaribCommx website

Chief contributor:
Property Market

Founder / Director:
Caribbean and Commonwealth News Service

Contributor to:
UK national newspapers - Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Times
Caribbean national newspapers - Barbados Advocate, Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Star, Guyana Chronicle, Trinidad Guardian
UK Caribbean heritage  publications - Caribbean Times, Contact, Daylight International, Flamingo, London Extra, Magnet News, Race Today, Weekly Gleaner, West Indian Digest, West Indian Gazette, West Indian World, The Voice
African magazines - New African, New African Woman, Punch, Top Life
Agencies - CANA, Express Features, Hayter’s Sports Reporting Agency, Independent Publications
German press - Frankfurter Abendpost
In-flight publications - Air Jamaica, BWIA, BWIA Sunjet Reunion, LIAT Islander, Nigerian airways
Media publications - British Journalism Review, Broadcast, Campaign, UK Press Gazette
Medical journal - The Lancet
Sport publications - Boxing News, The Cricketer, Pelham Cricket Year, The Test Match Year, Wisden Cricket Monthly
UK regional newspapers - Kent Messenger, North London Journal, South London Press, Bradford Argus
Radio -  BBC World Service, BBC Radio, Colourful Radio, Power Radio Jamaica
Television -  Channel 4 News


Caribbean Cricketers, West Indians at the Wicket, Sorry but I thought you were black - 50 years with the West Indian press

Ghosted for:
athlete Lorna Boothe, cricketers Clive Lloyd and Roland Butcher, businessman Tony Wade


Clayton has also promoted events at the following venues - and may have forgotten some, as it has been a long time (smile):

Ashford, The Mill - Beauty contest (1988)
Bexley, Crest Hotel - Fashion show (1989)
Dartford, Zen - Beauty contest (1989
Dover, Images - Beauty contest (1988)
Earl Granville ship - Beauty contest (1986)
Folkestone, Tonight - Beauty contest (1988-90)
Gillingham, The Avenue - Beauty contest (1987-90)
Gillingham, Black Lion Gymnasium - Beauty contest (1989)
Gillingham, Catch 22  - Beauty contest (1988)
Gillingham, King Charles Hotel - Beauty contest (1995-96)
Gravesend, Bat and Ball ground - Cricket match (2000)
Gravesend, Holy Trinity School - Fashion show, beauty contest (1982-86)
Gravesend, General Gordon - beauty contest (1988)
Kemsley Arms - Beauty contest (1988-90)
London, Club Ramara - Fashion show, press conference, beauty contest (1973-81)
London, Dougie's Club - Beauty contest (1989-91)
London, Dutch Inn, Mottingham - Beauty contest (1988)
London, Empire Rooms - Beauty contest (1967)
London, Goldsmiths College - Beauty contest (1998)
London, Flamingo club - Music (1965)
London, Greenwich Town Hall - Music (1971)
London, Lawrie Grove Baths - Talent contest (1965)
London, New Ambassador Hotel  - Beauty contest (1981)
London, Pinks - Beauty contest (1988-90)
London, Podium - Beauty contest (1982-1985)
London, Polish Centre  - Beauty contest, press conference (2004-2012)
London, Poplar Town Hall - Fashion show, Awards Evening (1977-1978)
London, Porchester Hall - Beauty contest (1968-72)
London, Shady Grove Club - Beauty contest, Awards Evening (1983-92)
London, St Martin in the Field – Commemorative church service (2000)
London, St Mary’s church, Clapham - press conference (2007)
London, Surrey Rooms  - Fashion show (1979)
London, Tulse Hill Baptist church hall - book signing (2015)

London, Twilights - Beauty contest (1988)
London, Wandsworth Civic Centre - Beauty contest (2002-04)
London, Windies Cove restaurant - press conference (2005-2009)
Luton, Thistle Hotel - Beauty contest (1985)
Margate, Football Club - Beauty contest (1988)
Margate, Franks Club - Beauty contest (1988-90)
Medway, Crest Hotel - Fashion show (1989)
Olau ships - Beauty contest, Carnival, Fashion show (1987-1991)
Ramsgate, First Impressions - Beauty contest (1988)
Sheffield, City Hall - Beauty contest (1971-72)
Sittingbourne, works hall  - Beauty contest (1988)
St Nicholas ship - Beauty contest (1985-88)
Note: Major beauty contests have included several other activities such as fashion show, talent show, art exhibition, music

And is association/partnership with other promoters:
Birmingham, Digbeth Hall - Beauty contest (1972)
Bradford, Midland Hotel - Beauty contest (1972)
London, Anerley Town Hall - Music (1970)
London, East Dulwich Baths - Awards Evening (1971)
London, Hilton Hotel - Fashion show (1972)
London, Islington Town Hall - Sports Awards (1980)
London, Lewisham Town Hall - Music (1971)
London, Lyceum - Music (1970)
London, Seymour Hall - Beauty contest (1972)
Manchester, Bellevue - “ Beauty contest (1972)
Rotterdam, Hilton Hotel - Beauty contest (1993)
Rotterdam, Tropicana  - Beauty contest (1993)
Slough, Wexham Hall - Beauty contest (1972)
Western Union Cricket Trophy - Founding committee member (2000-2002)
Commonwealth Sports Awards - Co-founder (1980)

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