Goddard was generous king of spin
GLOUCESTER born Tom Goddard was not only a fine bowler for the county, he was also a most generous man.
One of his acts of benevolence was to give a crown (25 pence) to every child born in Gloucester to mark the coronation of George VI in 1936.
Goddard was a formidable spin bowler. He made 558 appearances for Gloucestershire, taking 2,862 wickets at an average of 19.58.
On 16 occasions he took 100 wickets in a season and on four took 200.
His best performance was in 1937 when Tom amassed 248 wickets, including a career best 10 for 113 against Worcester.
He played for England in three Tests on the 1938/39 tour of South Africa.
Tom Goddard retired from first class cricket in 1952, then devoted himself to his furniture business in Gloucester.