Chris Godfrey
London based journalist with experience covering LGBT issues, sport, architecture, politics and more.

Entries by Chris Godfrey

Ched Evans and Football's Culture of Denial

(53) Comments | Posted 20 October 2014 | (01:00)

Whether Sheffield United take him back or not, Ched Evans looks set to join the ignominious list of footballers who've returned to the game having served a custodial sentence. Whichever club takes him, it's a decision which will rightly cause moral outrage throughout the sport.

For PFA chief executive,...

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No LGB in Team

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (13:31)

For a moment it looked as though Michael Sam would be deemed surplus to requirements, not just by the St. Louis Rams, but by the entire NFL, before the Dallas Cowboys (eventually) rescued the sport from ignominy. During the waivers there was an undeniable air of reluctance from clubs to...

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Beware the 'It's Our Year Brigade'

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (10:19)

If you believe what's pumped out of the football family's haggard PR machine then the FIFA World Cup brings people together like no other sporting festival. And who can argue with them? Just look at the way its consolidated Brazil's impoverished population against the grotesque $11 billion bill (and counting)....

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David Cameron: Zacchaeus Reborn?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (16:33)

This is definitely not the last we will hear of David Cameron's evangelical Christian faith. An impending election normally evokes candidate affirmations of belief and spirituality, they are as inevitable as awkward baby cradling photo opportunities and nostalgic sauntering through home towns. It's probably a little too soon for the...

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50%? Grin and Bear It

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2014 | (22:24)

These days, the political scene is more akin to Wrestlemania than a ground for reasonable discussion. The public pick their favourite privileged champion and become the partisan side-line cheerleaders, blindly adopting every stance they can of their preferred political wing. Meanwhile the wrestlers engage in exaggerated, farcical showpieces; staged battles...

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Not (Just) Another Tom Daley Blog

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (21:46)

This is aimed at the ignorant trolls amongst us who were confused as to why Daley's coming out caused such a huge splash last week. If you think you fall into this category and have arrived on this page serendipitously then please; don't click away just yet, I will try...

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Russell's Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (21:18)

"What's that tumultuous uproar I can hear emanating from the streets, it's Monday night for God's sake?" Lethargically I peel myself away from the sofa and peek through the window.
"Sweet Jesus it's the zombie apocalypse! I knew it was only a matter of time, but wait...what's this..."...

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The Fickle Association

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (23:32)

Even the most pious football supporter would be hard pressed to admit they didn't enjoy the "other" side of football - you know, the stuff which has very little to do with kicking a ball and more to do with selling papers. Not a week goes by where the latest...

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The Burka Paradox

(1) Comments | Posted 22 September 2013 | (22:01)

The status of the Burka's legality has evolved into one of those controversial issues which galvanises the public into the sort of hysterical mob mentality normally reserved for paedophiles and rapists. A recent Yougov poll states that 61% of the British public would agree with the decision to ban the...

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The Isolation of Sports and Politics

(1) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (01:00)

The disappointment that reverberated around the country when England's 2018 World Cup bid failed emphasises the passion people have for global sporting celebrations. These festivals are as much a commemoration of local culture as much as they are of the sporting elite that participate. While I would've loved a British...

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Pandering to the Masses FC

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2013 | (00:30)

As an Arsenal fan the importance of commercial viability in maintaining a successful football team has of course been rigorously drilled into me by the flagging PR machine of AFC. Yes Ivan, yes Arsene, I get it - financial sustainability and mercantile opulence can be celebrated like a trophy; forgive...

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Media Sensationalism and British Ignorance

(9) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (14:36)

Recent figures published by a leading market research organisation portray the British public as grossly out of touch with reality when it comes to their understanding of topics such as Islam and benefits. The research published by Ipsos MORI highlights the disparaging misconceptions and inept ignorance of the British public,...

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The Customer Is Never Right

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (22:15)

Tesco today announced that it would be providing customers who forgo their pleases and thank-yous with double club card points. Not to be outdone Morrisons have decided to provide customers who queue jump with a discount on their groceries and Sainsbury's, in a bid to completely upstage their competitors, have...

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Being Bisexual

(24) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (01:00)

Despite paramount improvements to the equality and tolerance of the gay community in Britain it is fair to say that being gay still has its difficulties. Being bisexual though is just bloody awkward. You'd think the opposite; without the limitations of gender to hold you back you seemingly have double...

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