Born in Birmingham, Edmund Goodman 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 and was hired by the manager of Crystal Palace, Mr J H Cozens, through his friendship with the Villa chairman to set up the club.
He became the club secretary, recommended Sydney Bourne to be chairman and John Robson the first manager of Crystal Palace, while incorporating Villa’s claret and blue as club colours. This is where the present day football club begins. They applied to join the Football League but were rejected. Instead they were forced to join the Second Division of The Southern League.
Robson was a successful manager of Middlesbrough and took a bunch of players with him to Palace. Mixed with some local youngsters, The Glaziers got off to a great start. The team finished unbeaten and were Second Division Champions in their first season, and were promoted to the First Division of the Southern League. Edmund Goodman took over as the club’s manager in May 1907. He was still both secretary and manager of the club when the First World War forced the suspension of peacetime football at the end of 1914-15.
After the War Goodman resumed his duties as manager and led Crystal Palace to Football League status in 1920. They finished that inaugural League season as Third Division Champions, winning promotion to the Second Division. Goodman remained the club’s manager until November 1925, when he was replaced by Alex Malee after 18 years in the job, and is still Crystal Palace’s longest serving manager. He remained as the club’s secretary until 1935 before his retirement, having served the club for 30 years. During that hime he oversaw our ground moves from The Crystal Palace to Herne Hill, then to The Nest and finally to Selhurst Park. He was given credit that he ‘had practically organised the Club since its founding in 1905′ and is considered one of the greatest figures in Crystal Palace’s history.