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Thomas Godfrey


Tom Godfrey is a Journalist in training, currently enrolled in the Sports Journalism Masters programme at the prestigious St. Mary's University. He writes about the Premier League, NBA, NHL, NFL, Boxing, and Cycling.

He is interested in investigating cultural identity and its effect on athletes and spectators. Previously, Tom was a Procurement Manager in the Oil & Gas Industry, giving him unique insight on class and fandom.

Tom is a contributor and site administrator for The West Ham Way, contributor to Football Banter, and creator of

Blog: Thor on Sport

Stories by Thomas

  • Julian Speroni – Positivity Personified
    Tuesday, 2nd May 2017. Crystal Palace have three games to play and, despite not being certain of their Premier League status next season, their goalkeeper Julian Speroni remains resolutely optimistic.
  • Too much too young?
    The late nineties saw the emergence of football academies in place of the Youth Training (YT) scheme. Twenty years on, how has this transition benefited English football clubs and the national side?
  • Serie A 2016-17 Season Review - Five Talking Points
    The days of boring Italian Catenaccio football are long gone. Football's biggest earners now play in England, but Calcio is resurgent even if some of its fans and governers remain in the dark ages.
  • Finals Season
    Be it on ice, hardwood or grass, June is finals season. With the help of Google News Lab Sports Gazette analyses the popularity of three major sports using the finals of each as a benchmark.
  • The state of football's mental health
    Ahead of mental health awareness week, the news of Aaron Lennon being treated for an unspecified stress related mental illness has got everyone talking about mental health in sport. Sports Gazette talks to his former teammate and Mental Health ambassador Clarke Carlisle.
  • British Basketball League Playoffs: Leicester Riders @ London Lions LIVE
    Live at the Copper Box arena as the London Lions host the Leicester Lions in the first leg of the British Basketball League Semi-Finals.
  • BBL Semi Final 1st Leg: London Lions Wounded Pride
    The Leicester Riders have one foot in the final of the BBL Play-Offs following a comprehensive 71-90 victory over the London Lions at the Copper Box Arena.
  • British Basketball League: Cheshire Phoenix @ London Lions LIVE
    Live at the Copper Box arena as the London Lions host the Cheshire Phoenix with playoff implications in the British Basketball League at stake.
  • The Purge On Ice
    The NHL playoffs will soon be upon us; the league will celebrate its most exciting phase of the season. But is there a widespread concern that the game's decline in enforcers could undermine the season’s greatest spectacle?
  • MIDWEEK MATTERS: David Haye vs. Tony Bellew- Who's going to win?!
    David Haye and Tony Bellew meet this Saturday at the O2 Arena in one of the most highly-anticipated British boxing clashes of recent years.
  • LA Galaxy Come Get Me!
    LA Galaxy announced on Thursday they are holding open trials in London and Manchester, with pro contracts on offer. Sports Gazette takes a look at the five best non-league players potentially on the Galaxy radar.
  • Racism - the ugly side of non-league football
    This year’s FA Cup has put lower league football on the back pages for all the right reasons. However, a recent interview with Bridlington Town manager Curtis Woodhouse, of the North Counties East Premier Division, served as a timely reminder that some non-league clubs are stuck in the dark ages.
  • MIDWEEK MATTERS: Who was better- Gerrard or Lampard?
    With Chelsea and West Ham legend Frank Lampard announcing his retirement last week, Sports Gazette takes a look at both sides of a long-standing argument.
  • Frank Lampard - The Last of the Golden Generation
    On Thursday England international and Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football. Sports Gazette profiles his prestigious career and contemplates a potential future in coaching.
  • Dimitri Payet - The Perils of a Late Bloomer
    Today an emotional Slaven Bilic confirmed the club’s talismanic playmaker Dimitri Payet no longer wishes to play for them.
  • Nico Rosberg In the Company of Legends
    Yesterday recently crowned Formula One champion Nico Rosberg retired from racing at the tender age of 31. With seemingly many years and potential championships to be won, he reminds us of similar athletes who walked away prematurely from their professions.
  • Box to Box: From the Premier League to British Boxing Champion
    Football biographies have been staple stocking fillers since the dawn of the Premier League and long before that. Boxing’s propensity for producing inconceivably dramatic stories make it an equally popular section in any bookstore. Box to box combines both stories and is not like any other book because neither is its author.
  • Son of God The Saviour of American Boxing
    Saturday night American Andre 'Son of God' Ward, became the new Unified Light Heavyweight champion of the world consolidating his position as his country’s finest boxer.
  • Burning Heart
    This Saturday at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, two of the world’s greatest boxers collide in a Light Heavyweight fight of the ages.
  • US Presidential Election: A Richmond Opinion
    Tonight heralds a new dawn for America, and Sports Gazette has gathered local opinion on the long-awaited US presidential election.
  • Can The NBA Become Number One?
    October signalled the start of the NBA season. Sports Gazette investigates if its surge in popularity means it can topple US sporting rival, the NFL.
  • Hunk Watch: The Premier League XI
    The Premier League is littered with hunks, Sports Gazette takes a look at the current crop of top flight stunners.
  • When Football Changed Forever
    Earlier this month ITV screened the documentary ‘When Football Changed Forever’ and for those under 30 it must have seemed like a spoof. However, as someone who can vividly recall pre-Premiership 'League One' days it made for fantastic viewing.
  • What Can Football Learn From Ice Hockey?
    The NHL season is now underway, how could the English Premier League learn from some of Ice Hockey’s core principles?
  • Debut Delight
    Auston Matthews shook the hockey world to its core scoring four goals on his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs, shattering a 100-year-old NHL record in the process.
  • 60th BFI London Film Festival : Top Picks
    Sport will feature strongly in a series of films at the 60th BFI London Film Festival. These are the Sports Gazette's top picks:
  • In a League of Their Own
    This weekend saw the Argentine duo of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain reek havoc at the expense of Serie A minnows Empoli. Sports Gazette pays tribute to the Juventus strike pairing by looking back at fellow ‘La Albiceleste’ hitmen to have terrorised Serie A defences
  • Ghosts of Green Street
    With Upton Park days away from demolition, Sports Gazette paid a visit to the famous old ground and West Ham's new stadium in Stratford ahead of their fixture with Southampton.