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Arthur Goodyer

Nottingham Forest FC

1 appearance, 1 (debut) goal

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  Arthur Copeland Goodyer
Birth October 1854 on Ironmonger Street in Stamford, Lincolnshire [registered in Stamford, December 1854].
Baptism 23 October 1854 at St. Michael's Church, Stamford. His father is stated as being a sadler, living at Ironmonger Street.

According to the 1861 census, the young Arthur C. is the third of six children to Henry Alfred and Annie. They live on Fulforth Terrace in St. Mary's in Nottingham, with one servant. His father is an agent for the Land and Genral Commission.


According to the 1871 census, Arthur C. and his siblings are still living with their parents in Albany Road, Basford, with one servant. His father is an Estate Agent.


According to the 1881 census, Arthur C. is the eldest of the four remaining children living with their parents at 2 Whitbread Street in Basford. Arthur is a manager of the Lace Frilling department. His father is still an Estate Agent.  They live with one servant and three other members of his father's family.

Marriage to Elizabeth Angrave [registered in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire, March 1883]. Three children, Arthur Angrave, Bessie G., and Annie.
Arthur Angrave Goodyer is buried in Jordan cemetery in Waterford, Connecticut. Born on 26 April 1886, died 1978. 

According to the 1885 list of Nottingham Voters, as well as County Directories, Arthur was living at 46 Noel Street in Radford.
He had emigrated to USA in 1888. He was naturalized on 8 December 1893 in Illinois.
According to passenger lists, Arthur was a saleman, left New York on board the Etruria bound for Liverpool on 10 August 1901 with his wife and children, Bessie and Annie, he returned, alone, on the Philadelphia leaving Southampton bound for New York on 6 September 1902.
Returned to New York again, from Liverpool, alone, on 16 December 1903 on board the Cedric. He is still a salesman.

According to the 1910 US census, Arthur C. and his wife are living in East Haven, in New Haven, Connecticut, with his two daughters, Annie and Bessie.
Death Friday, 8 January 1932, in Grace Hospital, New Haven, USA, aged 77 years nk days [no registration in the UK]. Buried in East Lawn Cemetery.


"Less than 24 hours after the death of Mr. Arthur Copeland Goodyer in Grace Hospital, New Haven, America, his family received an elaborately illuminated greeting card which was sent to him by the members of Nottingham Forest Football Club of England.
"It was the first official communication which had been addressed to Mr. Goodyer by the group which he represented more than half a century ago, when he wore England's colours in international 'soccer' matches―and it had been addressed just 24 hours too late to bring joy to the intended recipient.
"Mr. Goodyer died a week ago to-day as a result of an accident on December 23rd, when he was struck by an automobile at the corner of Whalley-avenue and Pendleton-street. He had been employed at Wichester's in recent years, and since moving to New Haven in 1903, had not actively participated in sporting events, although he was interested in all kinds of athletics until his death.
"In 1875, when in Nottingham, Mr. Goodyer first attracted attention as an athlete. He had completed his schooling, and entered a lace manufacturing business when his ability as a quarter and half-mile runner, as a hurdler, and at cricket, won the admiration of his fellow townsmen. His reputation spread to amateur clubs all over England, and in 1878 he had also became a 'soccer' star. He was selected to play for England in 1879 against Scotland, being the first member of the Nottingham Forest Club to win that honour.
"Apparently the members of the Forest Club have been delving into history recently for the first time, for Mr. Goodyer's picture appeared in the October 17th, 1931, issue of the 'Football Post,' with the caption stating that he played for the club 1878. The message for Mr. Goodyer received after his death was signed by the present officers of the football club.
"Mr. Goodyer married Elizabeth Angrave, of Woodhouse Eaves, in 1883, and five years later they went to America. Mr. nad Mrs. Goodyer lived in Chicago, New York City, and Albany, before moving to New Haven. While in Chicago, Mr. Goodyer played cricket, and was forced to decline an invitation to play in the all-American cricket team because of other activities.
"Surviving Mr. Goodyer are his widow and three children, Arthur A. Goodyer, of West Haven, sales manager of the Southern New England Telephone Co.: Mrs, Bessie G. Foster, of 22 Whittlesey-avenue, and Mrs. Alfred W. (Annie) Andrews, of Larchmont, N.Y."
Friday, 15 January 1932, The Nottingham Post


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played for Nottingham Forest FC from February 1876 to March 1880.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Turned down the opportunity to play for the American Cricket team.
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 62nd players (67) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right.
Only match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 24 years n/k days. 60 min
Individual honours None

Beyond England

He was employed in the lace trade, according to the 1881 census, he was the manager of the Lace Frilling department.  Emigrated the U.S. in 1888, firstly to Chicago, then New York City and Albany, then he had moved to New Haven in 1903 and was employed by Winchester's. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.109./Nottingham Post

The Numbers

Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain
1 1 90 0 none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1

Match History
 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - one full appearance (90 min), one goal

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min), one goalx

Age 24
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start 60 or