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Player Profile 3 of 25: Rich Goddard

Name: Rich Goddard
Year started bowling: 1970
Clubs played for:


Major  Honours:
Individual: Team:
Shropshire Senior Merit twice

Premier League Merit

Wharton Conservative winner

Rudheath Open winner

Tetley Walker winner

Lune Road winner

10 Premier league titles

7 Alan Mayhew Trophy wins

7 Pool A wins

Numerous County Cup wins

British Team Championship winner three times


Who was the biggest influence on your bowling career?

Eric Wycherley who first brought woods to my attention when I was very young and took myself and others to Ditherington Bowling Club and spent endless hours with us practising and learning the game.

What do you consider to be your best individual performance in the Premier League?

Beating Callum Wraight at Castlefieds and Rich Lawson at Bowring.

What do you consider to be your best team performance in the Premier League?

To be consistent as a team player over the last 25 years and winning the league as a player in each of the ten times Castlefields have won the league.

What was the highlight of your bowling life?

To play at the highest level both here in Shropshire and competively all over the Crown Green Competition circuit. To watch Callum win an All England at both Junior and Senior level.

What has been the lowlight of your bowling life?

Having my set of bowls which I won so much with smashed to pieces at the Raikes in Blackpool.

What are your favourite/most memorable greens in the Premier League?

Castlefields & Chester Road

What are your least favourite/least memorable greens in the Premier League?

Wrockwardine Wood

What nicknames do you have?


What annoys you most in the Premier League?

Not to be able to have a cigarette – it’s a social sport – played outside!

What changes would you like to see to improve the Premier League?

Practice for away teams – 15 minutes

My ambition within bowls is to …

To stay healthy and continue to play at a decent level and hopefully win a few games on the way! To watch both Callum and Trace play competitively and maybe even our Granddaughter Olivia. To try and win an Isle of Man which would be great or a Waterloo, both of which I have lost in the final of!

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