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Luton, England, native Godfrey Ingram made headlines as a celebrated footballer in both the U.S. and the U.K., playing on teams including Luton Town Football Club, Peterborough United, the New York Cosmos, San Jose Earthquakes, Minnesota Strikers, and Pittsburgh Spirit. Over the course of his career playing for professional indoor and outdoor football clubs, Ingram made 276 goals in 442 league games.
Godfrey Ingram’s athletic career spanned nearly a quarter of century and included a number of highlights. As a loan player with the New York Cosmos in 1979, Ingram became well-known on the field and off, often seen out with friends Tony Curtis and Mick Jagger around the city. His fame continued to rise as did his prowess as an athlete; in 31 appearances with the San Jose Earthquakes in 1982, Ingram scored 17 goals, the majority of which singlehandedly determined the team’s victory. Later that year he returned to the U.K., signing a £200,000 deal with Cardiff City Football Club, a record contract for the team that stood until 2000. From 1986 to 1987, to the delight of Tacoma Stars fans in Tacoma, Washington, Godfrey Ingram scored 59 goals in 59 appearances on the field. Ingram spent the remaining years of his U.S. career entertaining fans of the St. Louis Steamers, Dallas Sidekicks, and St. Louis Storm. In the UK, he returned to league football with Peterborough United and played non-league football for a short time with St. Albans City and Buckingham Town.
Godfrey Ingram retired from the sport in 2001, but remains a presence in the football world as one of the original investor responsible for saving his hometown team Luton Town F.C. from extinction. Passionate about translating his talents to the benefits of others, he also offers his wisdom to young players as a mentor.