This weeks “Blast from the Past” #28 is a dedicated Tiger and a great club man, the most popular and unselfish player, Syd Godfrey.
Syd played for the Tigers for 16 seasons from 1992/93 to 2009/10, he was a reliable steady batsman who could bat at any position and a very handy opening or 1st change swing bowler. Syd has played in 229 games (12th best) with the Tigers. With the bat he has scored 2200 runs (28th best) at an average of 10.91 with 1 fifty and a highest score of 52 vs Riverton in 1994/95 season. With the ball Syd has taken 146 wickets (29th best) at an average of 29.22 with 2 five fors and a best of 5/18 vs Leeming in 1999/00 season. It was off the field that Syd was at his best for the Tigers as a dedicated clubman, he made sure, along with his wife Glenda, that the club was running smoothly. Syd would do anything for any team he played for and always in the right spirit, so the Syd Godfrey “Spirit of Cricket” award was named in his honour and he was the first recipient of the award. Syd and Glenda have been named the “Frank MacGrotty Club Person of the year” between them 5 times and “Social Supporter” 4 times, which shows how much work they both did behind the scenes. Syd also had the unenviable honour of recieving the “Clayton Brown Duck Award” in 2003/04. The whole Godfrey family was a regular sight at Tigerland and the club would have been lost without them.
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