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 51)
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger, Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Northampton Town
(Youth Team Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 Kettering Town 110 (9)
1985–1986 Nuneaton Borough 82 (4)
1986–1988 Northampton Town 107 (9)
1988–1993 Crystal Palace 147 (11)
1993–1996 Arsenal 38 (0)
1996 Manchester City (loan) 5 (0)
1996–1999 Manchester City 34 (0)
1998 Stockport 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– Northampton Town (Youth Team)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2007.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 January 2007

Edward John Paul "Eddie" McGoldrick (born 30 April 1965) is a former professional footballer who played as a winger and central midfielder from 1981 until 2000. He is currently youth team manager of League Two side Northampton Town.

He played in the Premier League for Arsenal and Crystal Palace, as well as playing in the Football League for Manchester City, Northampton Town and Stockport County. He also played non-league football for Kettering Town, Nuneaton Town and Corby Town.

Despite being born in London, he was also capped at international level for the Republic of Ireland on 15 occasions due to his Irish ancestry; he was a member of Ireland's 1994 World Cup squad though he did not play in the tournament.

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, before moving into the Football League with Northampton Town, where he collected a Fourth Division title medal in 1987.

McGoldrick then had a successful spell at Crystal Palace where he played 147 times, scoring 11 goals; he is best remembered by Palace fans for the cross that set up Ian Wright's goal to secure promotion to the First Division in Palace's 4–3 aggregate victory over Blackburn Rovers in the 1988–89 Second Division playoff final. He also won a Zenith Data Systems Cup winners medal in 1990–91, when Palace also recorded their best-ever finish of third place in the league. He did however miss out on Palace's appearance in the 1990 FA Cup Final.

McGoldrick moved to Arsenal after Crystal Palace's relegation from the Premier League in 1993, linking up with Wright once again, and made his debut in the Charity Shield against Manchester United on 7 August 1993. However, his time there was less successful; after playing 38 games in the 1993–94 season, including a substitute appearance in Arsenal's European Cup Winners' Cup final win over Parma, he was less of a regular the following season due to the arrival of players like Glenn Helder, and in 1995–96 he played only one match. McGoldrick took Arsenal 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.

He left Arsenal for Manchester City in the autumn of 1996. The move was initially on loan, becoming permanent in 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,[1] 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.

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 commercial manager. In 2008 he was confirmed as the under-14s manager at Northampton Town,[2] and the following year he stepped up to become manager of the club's youth team.

Now plays veterans football for Great Wakering Rovers


Northampton Town
Crystal Palace
Manchester City


  1. ^ Baskcomb, Julian (ed.) (1997). Manchester City F.C. Official Handbook 1997–98. Leicester: Polar. 
  2. ^ "McGoldrick joins Cobblers staff". BBC. 5 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

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