Arthur Goddard retires from football

August 20, 1919
This is in some respect a retiring age. Jimmy Galt, the Everton captain, has, as stated some days ago, decided to give up football. Harry Makepeace, another local, has given up playing, but would be an admirable coach to any class side; and now I learn from first-hand information that Arthur Goddard has finished his football career.

Goddard was ever truly popular with crowds and opponents. He never remembered fouls that were perpetrated upon him, and he was always clean in his game. His innings was a long one and an honourable one, and although he was not fashionable when selections for big matches were made, there was no doubt about his class being international.

Grace abounded in his every movement, and his centres from the right wing were a study of strength and direction. If anything he courted the corner flags a trifle too much, but that is an arguable matter. The old Stockport and Liver man finished with Liverpool some four years ago, and hied himself off to Cardiff City, but he did not stay there long, and when he returned to Liverpool he surprised everyone by developing into a worthy half-back.

It was curious that this should be so, and it would never have been found out but for an accident. A player was injured, and Goddard fell back to centre half’s post, and made such a great show that the home directors settled upon a course of pivot work for him. His second coming, as it were, was signalled at Blackpool, and one of the spectators was John Cox, the international winger, who joined in the congratulations. I met Cox at Blackpool a few weeks back, and he then said that in all his career he had seen nothing more startling in its unexpectedness than the appearance and success of his old clubmate at centre half.

Mayhap, said he, the footballer sticks to stated positions too often, and does not allow himself a sufficient trial in unusual berths. Cox, himself, an outside forward for many, many years, had spells at centre-forward work, but somehow he did not seem to catch one’s eye as a leader of attack – he needed a clear run in order to bring out his best, and he was crowded when playing centre-forward.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 20, 1919)

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