Name: Eddie McGoldrick
In his 1990s prime for: Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Manchester City
Lowdown: Kettering Town, Nuneaton Borough, Northampton Town, Crystal Palace, Arsenal. You just don’t get career progression like that these days. But that’s the path Republic of Ireland international Eddie McGoldrick took to the disappointing pinnacle of his career at Arsenal. Struggles with injury and general concerns around Highbury that he was a bit rubbish meant McGoldrick never really established himself with the Gunners. Despite this, he did manage to find himself on the pitch when Arsenal defeated Parma to win the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup. In 1996, he moved to Manchester City for £300,000, becoming the only player Steve Coppell found the time to sign during his 32-day stint in charge. He is also notable for possessing one of football’s greatest monobrows.
Now: McGoldrick saw out his career as player-manager of Corby Town, and also had a brief spell in charge of Bashley FC. He also took charge of Northampton Town’s youth team for a while in 2008 and has talked about working in the property business. But all of those details go back at least a couple of years and it all goes a bit quiet after that. Let us know if you’re aware what Eddie’s up to at the minute.
Update: A few people have been in touch to reminisce about McGoldrick’s 1993 strike against Standard Liege in the Cup Winners’ Cup. So here it is: