• Brian Godfrey

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    The email forwarded to us from Aston Villa Former Players Association regarding the death of former Preston North End goalscorer, Brian Godfrey, was very sad news indeed. Brian died on 11th February 2010 in hospital, near his home in Cyprus. He had been suffering from Leukaemia.

  • Early Talent

    Flint-born, Brian Cameron Godfrey, joined Everton as a 17 year old, initially as an amateur. After just one single appearance, against Fulham, he was transferred to Scunthorpe United where he blossomed as a footballer with an eye for goal. After three seasons with them, scoring 24 goals, he was off again, in the quest to better his career.

  • Signs for Preston North End

    Jimmy Milne signed him for Preston North End in October 1963 for a bargain price of £9,750. The season he signed was a season to remember, as North End narrowly missed promotion to the top flight, finishing third, and took West Ham United all the way in the 1964 FA cup final. Brian, in his first season at Deepdale, usually only played if Alec Ashworth or Doug Holden were injured. Although he scored in the 6th round of the cup at Oxford United, Brian was overlooked for both the semi-final and the final itself. Being 12th man was no consolation.

  • However, the following season proved to be his best for the Lilywhites as he forged a great understanding with centre-forward, Alex Dawson. They scored 53 goals between them that season (1964-65) with Brian scoring 26 of them. Whilst at Deepdale he scored two hat-tricks, one versus Ipswich Town away (5-1) and the other against Cardiff City (9-0) when he scored the 3 goals in less than 5 minutes. Brian gained three full international caps for Wales whilst at Deepdale, scoring two goals.

  • Villa and Beyond

    After 147 league and cup game scoring 57 goals, he was transferred to Aston Villa along with Brian Greenhalgh. Aston Villa used Brian in a slightly deeper role and in time he became the Villa captain, leading them to the 1971 League Cup final. He went on to give good service to Bristol Rovers and Newport County before having a stint in America with Portland Timbers. A footballing man, through and through, Brian turned his hand to management on retiring from playing in 1976. He settled in the ‘West Country’, managing Bath City, Exeter City, Weymouth and Gloucester City. Brian moved over to Cyprus to live a number of years ago. He was a guest at the Preston North End Former Players Association's 1964 FA cup final reunion in May 2004.

    • Our condolences go out to his family. Words by Ian Rigby.