Godfrey Evans Cricket Memorabilia
Godfrey Evans has been described as probably the finest Wicketkeeper in the world of cricket in both post and pre-war periods.
I personally only have small amount of Godfrey Evans Cricket memorabilia a signed photo and a pair of keeper gloves, which is a shame as he stayed at my parents’ house in July 1958 at the time England played New Zealand in the fourth test at Old Trafford, he must have enjoyed it England won by an innings and 13 runs.
Sports memorabilia obtained from cricket test series especially The Ashes is ever popular and there are some good examples available.
Godfrey (1920-1999) was a charismatic, inspirational person both on and off the field, always known for his good humour and seemingly endless energy he was more often associated with his time behind the stumps yet he was a also a very capable lower order right hand bat who demonstrated his fast scoring abilities in both test and county cricket he was born in Middlesex and played for Kent 1939-1967.
His Test debut came in 1946 against India at the Oval and ironically his last Test in 1959 was against the same opponents this time fittingly at Lords.
During his Test career he was responsible for taking an outstanding 219 wickets in a total of 91 test appearances if you take into account first class matches this total goes up to an enviable 1066 dismissals, in 1951 he was honoured as Wisden Cricketer of the year.
With the bat he achieved an average of 20.5 and 21.5 in Test and First Class cricket respectively, this included two test centuries and eight 50s, in First Class cricket a very respectable 7/62. His top score in Test Cricket was 104 and 144 in First class matches.
In later years whilst enjoying his retirement Godfrey could be found in the Ladbrokes betting tent at Lords where he usually applied his astute cricket opinions to a variety of betting odds which he would often chalk on the board himself.
I can’t finish this article without recalling the 1981 Test at Headingley when with Australia firm favourites Godfrey offered 500/1 England to win. The second innings was the occasion of Botham’s mesmerising performance at the crease, batting at number 7 he scored 149 not out in the finest style, Bob Willis then took 7 wickets and the rest is history as they say.
Sports Memorabilia from the Headingley Test is fairly prevalent but must surely bring back some fantastic memories for the owner.
I have recently written an article rare autographs real or fake which I would strongly advise prospective collectors to read prior to purchasing any hand signed item of memorabilia.
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