Farnworth, Lancashire born left half or centre half Ted Goodier began his football career with Worsley Primitive Methodists and played for Brookhouse United in 1921 before signing for First Division club Huddersfield Town in May 1922, spending 1922-23 on their books and 1923-24 on the books of Bolton Wanderers without appearing for either club’s first eleven. Released by Bolton he returned to non league football with Lancaster Town in 1924, from where he was signed by Second Division club Oldham Athletic in June 1925, making his Football League debut, and only appearance of his debut season, in a defeat at Fulham in January 1926.
He spent three seasons on the fringes at Boundary Park before breaking into the first team on a regular basis in November 1928 and he missed only 4 matches in 1929-30 as The Latics finished fourth in the Second Division. He remained a regular in Oldham’s first eleven until he was signed by Third Division (South) club Queen’s Park Rangers in November 1931, having scored 3 goals in 116 appearances for Oldham Athletic, and he was a fixture in the first eleven for the Loftus Road club for the next three and a half seasons, missing only one match in their 1932-33 campaign and two in their 1934-35 season.
Having scored twice in 156 appearances for Rangers, he joined Watford in June 1935 but he only made one appearance for The Hornets before moving to Third Division (North) club Crewe Alexandra exactly a year later, where in contrast he only missed one match of their 1936-37 campaign, playing 47 times for The Railwaymen during a single season at Gresty Road. He joined Rochdale in June 1937 and missed only 3 matches of their 1937-38 campaign, and he was appointed player-manager at Rochdale in September 1938, finishing his playing career at the end of the 1938-39 season having scored twice in 71 appearances for ‘Dale, and continued as their manager during the Second World War until 1944.
He then took over as caretaker manager of Birmingham City, a post which he held for six months before returning to Rochdale in 1945, remaining their manager until June 1952. He went on to manage Wigan Athletic until 1954 and returned to Oldham Athletic as their manager in May 1956. He spent two seasons as Oldham’s manager but with little success, and he left the club in June 1958, retiring from professional football.