God­dard was gen­er­ous king of spin

Gloucestershire Echo - - NOSTALGIA -

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.

Tom God­dard

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