Veteran forward Roy Godden is making his final season one to remember after scoring seven times in one game – at the age of 44.
Godden promised his wife Amanda that he would retire and while this is a conversation they have already had, it really is.
It will be a relief for Farnborough OB defenders after his efforts in New Romney’s 9-0 Kent County League Premier League win on Saturday.
He was only on the pitch for an hour, but it was long enough for the former Dover, Deal and Hythe forward to work his magic.
“It was extremely unexpected to score seven points in a game, but it was a good thing to do,” said Godden.
“I’ve played every game this season, but it’s really only been the last two weeks that I’ve been without a problem.
“This is one of them where I couldn’t have done it without the guys’ help.
“I’m not going to overtake people at my age anymore, so I’m counting on their service.
“I’m really a little embarrassed by people who come and say well done.
“I know I marked them, but it’s not all because of me.
New Romney has won five straight games since the start of the season with three losses, with Godden on 11 goals.
He intends to add a few more before finishing.
“The wife told me it was definitely my last season,” said Godden, who also played for Dartford and Tonbridge.
“She put up with me playing for 25 years.
“I was supposed to retire a few seasons ago and then Covid started with 10 games to go, so she said I could do one more.
“Last year started and ended after nine games, so she said I could do this one, but it definitely is.
“She’s the boss, you have to do what she says!”
“I’ve been playing football for so long that I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself on Saturdays next season. Maybe play some golf or something.
“To be honest, this is my last season for about 10 years now, so it’s a standing joke with my mates.
“I don’t want it to be, but this is definitely my last.
“Sometimes I’m like an iron man coming down the stairs in the morning after a game, but I’m generally pretty good, I keep fighting.
“I’ve been at New Romney for seven seasons and it’s a great club, with a real family atmosphere.
“I also played here when I was young, so it’s good to go back and end where it all started. “
Godden is well known in Kent’s non-league circles, but considers Hythe to be the highlight of his early days.
He said: “I’ve had great experiences at every club I’ve been to, but I’m from Hythe so it was nice to play for my hometown club.
“Paul Fisk was the manager and we had a great group of guys there.
“It’s not just about football, it’s the friends you make along the way and that’s what I’ll miss when I hang up my shoes, the locker room before and after games and the social side.”
Godden’s seven goals saw him named KentOnline’s Team of the Week.
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