10 December 2006

Manliffe Goodbody

Name: Manliffe Francis Goodbody
Born: 20 November 1868, Dublin
Died: 24 March 1916, English Channel*
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Weight:
Position: Right-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1889-1891).

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Dublin.University
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Amateur
0/0
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Corinthians
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Amateur
0/0
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-
TOTALS
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£0
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-
-

Biography:
Manliffe Goodbody was capped twice by Ireland while attending Trinity College, Dublin. He typified the gentleman player of the game in Dublin at the time and also played for the famous Corinthians club while studying in England.

Famed for his fitness levels, Goodbody was also an excellent tennis player, he was runner-up at the 1894 US Open Championship (then called the US National Championships) and he enjoyed many matches against the Hamilton brothers.

Goodbody was killed aboard the SS Sussex, a passenger ship which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat while crossing the English Channel in 1916. He left behind his widow, Margarita, and effects valued at £45,806 0s. 4d.

Tennis Archives


Ireland Cap Details:
02-03-1889 England. A L 1-6 BC
07-02-1891 Wales... H W 7-2 BC

Summary: 2/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Selected Tennis Honours:
United States National Championships Runner-Up 1894
French Covered Court Championships Winner 1896, 1897
Queen's Club Championships Runner-Up 1895
Dublin University Lawn Tennis Club Tournament Winner 1887
East of Ireland Championships Runner-Up 1887 (lost to Willoughby Hamilton)
Waterford Cricket Club Tennis Tournament Runner-Up 1888 (lost to Drummond Hamilton)
Lansdowne Lawn Tennis Club Championships Runner-Up 1888
North of Ireland Championships Winner 1889, 1890, 1893
Kings County and Ormonde Tournament Winner 1892
County Dublin Championships Winner 1893

Notes:
* Some sources state the Goodbody died in 1915 while serving in Egypt. However, records confirming his death at sea in 1916 have been kindly forwarded by Chris Goodwin of England Football Online.

Photo kindly forwarded by Cris Freddi.

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