A Man for All Seasons

Written by: Brian Gittins
Date: 21/01/2020

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Following Godfrey's appointment as President of the League for a second year in 2020, Kidderminster C.C. Press Officer Brian Gittins has submitted the following appreciation: -

Godfrey started playing cricket at St. George's school and began to show promise when he moved to the Secondary Sion Hill school with John Harradine in charge of games. He joined Victoria C C at 13 where he played in the 2nd XI. He kept wicket and also played for British Rail. Godfrey joined Kidderminster when he was 15 and played in the 3rd XI in the Kidderminster League. He also played for Worcestershire Schools at both Under 16 and 19 levels and county 2nd XI cricket. Godfrey captained both Worcestershire Cricket Association and Midland Counties Cricket Conference teams.

He played in the Kidderminster team that won the Championship in 1973 and by 1974 he was the 1st team wicket keeper. KCC won the Championship again in 1975 with Roy Barker as captain. They have not been Champions since.  Always a consistent performer, he became club Captain in 1979 and again in 1987. Asked to name the best team of men from regular club players during his playing years in the 1st XI. He listed the following. STEVE JOHNSON, PETER HARRIS, KEITH WILKINSON, MARK MANSELL, JONATHAN WRIGHT, ERNIE KING, PETER RADBURN, JAMES RALPH, MERVYN BROOKER, PAUL HUMPHRIES and as the writer of this story I have added Godfrey’s name to the list. He told me had played against some great Internationals during their time in the league including Imran Khan, Alan Donald, Brian McMillan, Mushtaq Mohammad, Steve Waugh, Graham Yallop and Vanburn Holder. 

A superb clubman and a distinguished sportsman; always “walked” without argument when given out. He set a good example to every player. He was elected a Vice President of the Birmingham league some years ago and this year he is now President. A well-deserved honour for an “Honourable Sportsman.” His service to both his club and cricket in general reflects on a real “Man for all Seasons.”