Edmund Goodman
Crystal Palace's longest serving manager


Date of birth - 8 October 1873
Place of birth - Birmingham, England
Club Secretary - 1905-1933
Club Manager - 1907-1925
Edmund Goodman (born 8 October 1873 in Birmingham UK died 1960) was an English football manager. He had his playing career cut
short by an injury, sustained playing for Aston Villa reserves, which meant he had to have his leg amputated. After this he became
assistant secretary to Aston Villa. When Crystal Palace F.C. was founded Aston Villa was asked for help in setting up the club;
Villa offered Goodman to Palace and he helped to appoint the first manager and found the first Chairman. After two seasons he
became manager and remained so for 18 years, becoming Crystal Palace's longest serving manager in the process. Goodman could be
said to be the founding father of Crystal Palace F.C.

Under Goodman's management Palace was the runner up in the Southern League in 1914, behind Swindon Town, on goal-average, and won
the inaugural Third Division title in 192021. Palace was relegated in 1925 and in October that year Goodman resigned and
reverted to his original position of club secretary. He retired in 1933 and subsequently ran a grocery shop in nearby Anerley,
South London.
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