Rich started bowling in 1970 at Castlefields. And after 39 seasons, he is still there! He has become one of the best players in the league and the county over that time. He has won 401 games in the league out of the 572 he has played. In that time he helped Castlefields win 10 league titles, as well as 7 Alan Mayhew Trophies and 7 Pool A shields. They also have won the BCGBA Club Championship three times during his time there. Individually he won the League Averages in 1996, and the League Merit the year before. He has also reached the final of the Waterloo and Isle of Man, as well as winning the County Merit twice amongst other top titles.
|Name: Rich Goddard|
|Year started bowling: 1970|
|Clubs played for:
|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
|Favourite newspaper||Racing Post|
|Favourite Singer||George Ezra|
|Favourite Place||The Algarve, Portugal|
|Best Friends in bowls||Glyn Herbert & Callum Wraight|
|Sporting Hero||A.P. McCoy, Alex Ferguson & Ronnie O’Sullivan|
|Most Prized Possession||Trace & 2 12 bowls|
|Silliest thing you have ever done||Fell asleep in a phone box when I had too much beer!|
|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?
|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!
As a Shropshire county bowler and team player of Castlefields I have been very lucky to play with some great players along the way. They are too numerous to mention individually but they know who they are. Castlefields has now and in the past have a great team spirit and create an atmosphere to play in which we all know is from the heart which is what we as a team is all about!
My family are the other part of my bowling career who have been there for me through the highs and lows. We have a passion for the sport which can be seen whenever we are at a bowling green. These two parts of my bowling life have been to me what makes me the player I have been and still am. I will always be proud of this and thank them all. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is because of all them helping and supporting me to the player I am today!