John Godden: A Life in Folkestone Cricket


John Godden: A Life in Folkestone Cricket


John Godden


From scoring matches as an 11-year-old in the mid-1950s, to serving as Captain in the 1970s, to becoming club President in 2020, John Godden has done it all at Folkestone Cricket Club. John spoke to us about some of his many cricketing experiences, his family's long and extensive association with the club, and how the game has changed in his lifetime.


Michael Romyn


Kent's Sporting Memories


John Godden; Michael Romyn

Collection Items

A recording of an oral history interview with John Godden

A summary of an oral history interview with John Godden

Leslie Todd Benefit Day, 1947
A photograph of John Godden's father, Len Godden, and uncle, Jack Godden, alongside Les Ames (far left), Cecil Blacklocks (far right), and Leslie Todd (centre), at a match at Folkestone Cricket Club held as part of Todd's 1947 benefit season.

'Two of the Greatest': Jack and Len Godden
A photograph of a Kent Messenger newspaper article (c. late-1970s) covering the cricketing lives of Jack and Len Godden - 'two great men of cricket'. The article states that Colin Cowdrey described Jack and Len as the 'second most famous twins in…

John Godden at Doug Wright's cricket school, Folkestone, c. 1955
A photograph of John Godden (batting) with Kent and England cricketer, Doug Wright, at Wright's cricket school at Shorncliffe, Folkestone, in c. 1955.

Folkestone Cricket Club, Yorkshire Cup Match, Folkestone, 1961
A photograph of Folkestone Cricket Club and its opposing side (possibly Thanet) at a Yorkshire Cup match in Folkestone, in June 1961. John Godden sits front row, third from right.

John Godden, Folkestone Cricket Club, 1977
A photograph of John Godden (centre, arms crossed) and a team from Folkestone Cricket Club in January 1977.

'Farewell to Our Old Pavilion': Folkestone Cricket Club, 2012
Photographs of a commemorative 'keepsake programme' to mark the 'last game from the old pavilion' at Folkestone Cricket Club, held in September 2012. John Godden played a large part in the establishment of the new pavilion.

John Godden: A Life in Folkestone Cricket
A photograph of John Godden at Folkestone Cricket Club on 21 September, 2020.

An excerpt of an oral history recording with John Godden, in which he describes how he capitalized upon a fortuitous opportunity to open the batting. He also speaks about how former club President, Bill Hewson MBE, was a mentor to him.
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