Eddie McGoldrick

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Eddie McGoldrick
Personal information
Full name Edward John Paul McGoldrick
Date of birth (1965-04-30) 30 April 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Islington, England
Playing position Winger, Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
(Foundation Academy Head Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Kettering Town 110 (9)
1984–1986 Nuneaton Borough 81 (4)
1986–1988 Northampton Town 107 (9)
1988–1993 Crystal Palace 147 (11)
1993–1996 Arsenal 38 (0)
1996Manchester City (loan) 5 (0)
1996–1999 Manchester City 34 (0)
1998Stockport County (loan) 2 (0)
2000 Corby Town 0 (0)
Total 352 (22)
National team
1992–1995 Republic of Ireland 15 (0)
1992 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
Teams managed
2000 Corby Town (player-manager)
2003 Bashley F.C.
2009–2012 Northampton Town (Youth Team)
2013–2014 Crystal Palace (Youth Team)
2014– Crystal Palace (Foundation Academy Head Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 December 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 December 2016

Edward John Paul McGoldrick (born 30 April 1965) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a Winger and a central midfielder. He is currently the foundation academy manager of Premier League side Crystal Palace.

McGoldrick played for clubs Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Northampton Town and Stockport County. He also featured for sides Kettering Town, Nuneaton Town and Corby Town.

McGoldrick was capped as an international for the Republic of Ireland's national football team.

Club career[edit]

He started out at non-league side Kettering Town, but following a transfer to Nuneaton Borough he established himself as a utility player in the early 1980s. He went on to move into the Football League with Northampton Town, where he collected a Fourth Division title medal in 1987.

McGoldrick then went on to have a spell at Crystal Palace. Whilst with Palace he played in the 1988–89 Second Division playoff final. During the game he supplied the cross which set up Ian Wright's goal which secured promotion to the First Division in Palace's 4–3 aggregate victory over Blackburn Rovers. He also won a Zenith Data Systems Cup winners medal with the club in the 1990–91 season. During that season, Palace also recorded their best-ever finish of third place within the league. He did however, miss out on the club's appearance in the 1990 FA Cup Final. All in all with Crystal Palace he was capped 147 times, scoring 11 goals altogether.

McGoldrick moved to Arsenal after Crystal Palace's relegation from the Premier League in 1993. At Arsenal, he linked up with Wright once again, making his debut in the Charity Shield against Manchester United on 7 August 1993. He played a total of 38 games in the 1993–94 season, which included a substitute appearance in Arsenal's European Cup Winners' Cup final win over Parma. McGoldrick was thereafter less of a regular due to the arrival of players like Glenn Helder. He was also known for taking Arsenal's corner kicks with an unorthodox 'looping' style, by lofting the ball high into the air before it dropped in the penalty area. In all he played 57 times for Arsenal, scoring one goal; his goal coming in the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup against Standard Liège.[1]

He left Arsenal for Manchester City in the autumn of 1996. The move was initially on loan, becoming permanent on 18 October 1996 following a £300,000 transfer. McGoldrick joined the club amid a whirlwind of managerial changes. Initially signed on loan by caretaker-manager Asa Hartford (who took over from Alan Ball), his permanent move was the only signing of Steve Coppell's 32-day reign,[2] and he played under two more managers before the end of the season. McGoldrick spent two seasons with City, but was consigned to the reserves for much of his final season at the club, a loan spell at Stockport County providing his only first-team action for 1998.

He stayed on the payroll at Manchester City until retiring as a player in 1999. He afterwards played veterans football for Great Wakering Rovers.

International career[edit]

He was capped at international level for the Republic of Ireland; he was a member of Ireland's 1994 World Cup squad though he did not play in the tournament.

Management career[edit]

After retiring as a player, he had short spells as manager of Corby Town in 2000 and Bashley in 2003.

Prior to becoming player-manager at Corby Town he had a brief spell as the club's commercial manager. In 2008, he was confirmed as the under-14s manager at Northampton Town.[3] During the following year he stepped up to become manager of the club's youth team.

However, after a spell at Northampton, McGoldrick's old club Crystal Palace sought to appoint him as one of their youth team managers in 2013. However, in that year he instead opted to establish a football academy at the Thomas Becket Catholic School, based in Northampton, Northamptonshire. Wherein the school players aged 16 years and over would have the opportunity of pursuing a full-time footballing scholarship along with a triple BTEC Sport diploma. At the start of the 2016–17 season, McGoldrick was again offered by Crystal Palace a post at the helm of the side's academy. McGoldrick went on to accept and take up the position as the manager of the club's academy.



Northampton Town
Crystal Palace
Manchester City


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "European Football: Inspired Arsenal catch fire to raze Standard". Independent. 4 November 1993. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ Baskcomb, Julian (ed.) (1997). Manchester City F.C. Official Handbook 1997–98. Leicester: Polar.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "McGoldrick joins Cobblers staff". BBC. 5 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013.

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