The son of William Henry and Sarah Needham, Archie was born in Sheffield on 24 May 1881. He became a professional footballer, playing for Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, and Glossop North End, before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1910. In 1911, he was boarding in the home of William Griffiths at 78 Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton. In 1911, he moved to play for Brighton & Hove Albion.
During the war, Archie served with the Royal Flying Corps, later the Royal Air Force (number 6666). He married Ethel Margaret Bacon in Horsham, Sussex, on 5 December 1915. Archie survived the war.
By 1939, they were still living in Horsham, and Archie had become a textile engineer, but was retired by that date. Archive died on 29 October 1950, when his address was 17 Hangleton Road, Hove, Sussex. The value of his effects was £13115 8s. 8d.