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Archie Goodall

Personal information
Full nameArchibald Lee Goodall
Place of birthBelfast, Ireland
Place of deathEast Finchley, England
Playing positionMidfielder, Forward

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Archibald Lee Goodall (born Belfast, Ireland, 19 June 1864; died East Finchley, London, England, 20 November 1929), commonly referred to as Archie Goodall, is a former Irish footballer who played for, among others, Derby County and Ireland. Goodall made 423 appearances and scored 52 goals for County. He also served as club captain and established a club record for consecutive league appearances. He was employed regularly as a centre-half and made great use of the shoulder charge. His stamina and shear physical presence also made him a very effective midfielder.

During his career Goodall also set three age records. He was the oldest player to score an international goal during the 19th century, the oldest player to score for Ireland and is the oldest player ever to play for Wolves. Goodall also proved to be a controversial character. In 1894 he refused to play an extra half-hour of the United Counties League Cup final against WBA because he said his contract ended after 90 minutes and in 1898 he tried to off-load his extra FA Cup final tickets to a ticket tout.

Goodall’s older brother, John Goodall, was also a notable footballer and played for Preston NE, Derby County and England. Despite having Scottish parents and being raised in Kilmarnock, the Goodall brothers were ineligible to play for Scotland because of their birthplaces. As a result they played for the countries of their births and thus became the first brothers in football history to play for different national teams.

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