Hall of Fame No. 18

Flying winger joins our 50th anniversary Hall of Fame

Harry Godbold (Winger 1964 - 68)

Many of the early stars of Boston FC had already had glittering careers before they arrived at our club.

One such was the talented Tyneside winger Harry Godbold.

Signed as a teenager by Sunderland, he made his first team debut for the Rokerites as an 18-year-old alongside future international managers Don Revie and Billy Bingham.

An impressive first Division One game against Portsmouth in front of 25,000 fans had the local paper enthusing: "Godbold, deceptive in his easy control of the ball and surprisingly accurate with his on-the-run centres, earned the warm reception which was extended to him by the Roker crowd."

His Sunderland career stalled and after a spell at Hartlepools, he dropped into non-league football.

with his pedigree, it was no wonder that Godbold, aided and abetted by the likes of Bert Linnecor, Colin Smith and Mel Smith, pretty much ran riot a handful of seasons later for Boston FC in the Lincs League and Central Alliance.

Equally unsurprising was the fact that Lincoln City snapped him up for a return to Football League action.

Harry did come back to play again for Bosotn in the Eastern Counties League in 1967-68 but in his relatively brief stint at Tattershall Road, he made enough of an impression to have earnt a special place in supporters' hearts, his creative build-up and goals playing a significant role in the trophies won in style in those first two seasons.

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