John Goodall

John Goodall ( born June 19, 1863 in Westminster, † May 20, 1942 in Watford) was known a famous English football players from the early years of the Football League and especially as a striker in the first championship team Preston North End and the England team.

Sports career

Fundamental to the first person and footballer stations

Goodall was indeed as a Scottish parents in London - or more precisely - born, but should henceforth stand as English football player for the local National Westminster. He was one of the first Südengländer that could pave a way for professional football back and helped on his way to the establishment of the game in the South, when he first coach in the history of FC Watford in 1903. In addition to football, he developed also in curling sport a certain reputation and also played cricket for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. Furthermore, he used an unusual hobby by keeping themselves domesticated foxes.

Early on in his life John Goodall was confronted with the Scottish passing game after his parents went with him to Kilmarnock. There he played at Kilmarnock Burns and Kilmarnock Athletic, before he later acted in Bolton for a club called Great Lever. Major William Sudell, the chairman and a kind of early prehistoric football manager of Preston North End, who also was one of the main champions of professional football, committed Goodall and built by a group of Scottish players one of the best football teams in the country on ( Sudell was later named the Football League and became the first treasurer of the Association ).

Preston North End

Goodall signed before the season 1885/86 a professional contract with Preston North End and should reach 50 goals in a total of 56 games for this club. He contested the FA Cup final in 1888 and lost there with his team against West Bromwich Albion 1-2. However, it then already directly after a huge success, as Preston North End with Goodall won the first season of the Football League 1888/89 English Championship and this remained unbeaten throughout the round. Added to this was winning the FA Cup, where you can even completely did not concede what the club ( German: " The Invincibles "), the former nickname "The Invincibles " earned. Goodall was with his 20 goals in 21 league matches in the 1888/89 season for the first scorer in the Football League and was subsequently also in 1888 against Wales on his international debut. Overall, Goodall played six times against Wales, seven times against Scotland and another game against the former IFA selection from Ireland, where he scored twelve goals. His last game he completed it in 1898 and had dressed nearly every time possible attack position as a center forward or as a left or right winger. An opposing player described here the movement talent Goodall with the words: "His feet seemed to move like mercury ".

Derby County

Somewhat surprising is that Goodall at the height of his fame after won 1889 Double directly moved to Derby County was. Being born in Ireland brother Archie - a later Irish national team - to play on the center half position in the defensive midfield (as "center - half" ) to the end of the 19th century together with him in the team. To make the two represents the first pair of brothers in the history of modern football, the team representing different countries selections.

John Goodall became a mentor of Steve Bloomer, who should be " superstar " of English football for the first and from the 1892/93 season was the best scorer of his generation later resistant. Bloomer led the power development in its early years mainly from the influence of his supporter back, but still not made ​​sure that this connection would have sporty Derby County made ​​a titleholder. The best results were at this time in two cases, the third place in the championship, in 1895, the runner-up and a final appearance at the FA Cup in 1898, and two indents the semi-finals of the cup competition to book.

At the last possibility of a Cup Finals Goodall did not participate in 1899 because he no longer belonged to the tribe formation at this time. For the 1900/01 season he joined the club New Brighton Tower - located in the district Wirral - to who wanted to be upgraded by the massive purchase of former national team players to participate in the Second Division. This engagement ended for Goodall but quickly, as the club despite his fourth place in the championship of the Football League because - according to the then owner - retired financial problems. His last years as a pure player ended up largely outside the public eye in the second- division club Glossop North End in Derbyshire.

Watford FC

He married in Glossop Sarah Rawcliffe Lancashire and moved towards the end of his playing career with her 1903 to Hertfordshire, where he assumed the role of a player coach in the Southern League with FC Watford. He held this function even after the end of his playing career until 1910 and was then groundsman.

A reporter for the British newspaper " Observer" in 1903 Goodall visited in May of 1903, when he was preparing for the new season and wrote inter alia:

Goodall was instantly successful at Watford FC, won in the 1903/ 04 season the championship in the Second Division of the Southern League, breaking some records. Overall, his team remained unbeaten and recorded a 6-0 on October 31, 1903 against FC Redhill in the FA Cup the highest FA Cup win in club history. In addition, Bertie Banks presented with 21 goals throughout the season and Harry Barton with six goals in the match against Wycombe Wanderers on September 26, 1903 more records on.

On September 14, 1907 Goodall came even at the age of 44 years and 87 days for the last time as a player against Bradford Park Avenue used and lived very modestly after football and finally impoverished later so that him and his family even food had to be allocated. He spent the rest of his life in solitude, where he attracted attention only by the habit of carrying out the foxes held by him in the city in its environment. In May 1942, Goodall died in Watford and was buried anonymously in the " North Watford Cemetery ".


  • English Champion: 1889
  • FA Cup winner: 1889