Kintyre pays tribute to Andy ‘The Goalie’ Goram

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The Kintyre community paid tribute to former Rangers and Scotland goal keeper Andy Goram as hundreds of mourners worldwide said their final farewells to the 43-capped football legend on Monday.

Known fondly to many as ‘The Goalie’, the 58-year-old died on July 2 following a short battle with oesophageal cancer.

Goram made 260 appearances for Rangers, was part of the team’s nine-in-a-row squad and also played for a number of other clubs including Oldham, Hibernian and Motherwell.

While he was known as a ‘larger than life’ figure on the football stage, The Goalie has been enjoying ‘quiet’ visits to Kintyre since 1997 and made many friends in the process.

Making friends with Russell ‘The Postie’ Mclafferty.

Staying in the Saddell home of a friend, The Goalie would enjoy the mile-long walk to the bay alone – meeting tourists and lodgers at estates cottages, who would ask him for directions to places in Kintyre unknown to him.

Many were from other parts of the UK and did not recognise him. Friends saw him giving directions with such confidence and could only guess whether he was sending them in the right direction.

Along with his private visits, The Goalie also made many official ones and raised an estimated £10,000 for local causes. His first charity visit was to switch on the Campbeltown Christmas lights in 2006.

Everyone talked of Andy Goram’s 43 caps for Scotland at football. He would regularly say that he had seven international caps for cricket so with 50 in total, he should have been in Hampden’s Hall of Fame by default.

This week some of the people he met on his visits have been sharing their memories of The Goalie.

Chelsea Willis.

Chelsea Willis – ‘My mum socialised with Rangers players as a teenager so, growing up, I often got to have conversations with legends such as Andy Goram.

‘The Goalie frequently visited Campbeltown and would be always known to drop in to many of the bars.

‘We would often have a pint with him in the Ailsa or the Kilbrannan where he had made lots of friends.

‘Goram was jokingly known for being ‘tight’ so we always had a laugh and a cheer when he bought a round. Having done spells of shifts on both bars, I haven’t only drunk with Andy but poured him a pint or two as well.

‘The last time I saw him in the Ailsa was almost exactly a year before his passing, and I video called my mum for them to have a chat – I couldn’t get them off the phone for ages.

‘Andy also regularly supported Campbeltown Loyal Rangers Supporters Club charity events, happily taking part in the matches and question and answer sessions for dedicated fans.’

Graham Ellis.

Graham Ellis, bar supervisor at the Black Sheep pub and Old Clubhouse restaurant – ‘What can I say about the legend The Goalie?

‘The night the picture was taken he was full of stories and laughs that I will treasure as he was a hero to many Rangers fans around the world and will be sadly missed. Rest easy Goalie.’

Scott Shields.

Scott Shields, of the Ailsa Bar – ‘He was a true gentleman, he always had time to sign autographs or have photos taken with people, it didn’t matter what team they supported.’

Jamie MacLean, keeper at Kilchrist Castle, became a close friend of The Goalie over the last five years. The Goalie enjoyed Jamie’s quiet company, mostly spent in bars, people-watching – ‘It was a privilege to have known Andy since he came to enjoy the quiet life in Saddell.

He loved to pop in to town to socialise with the locals where he loved the craic.

‘I had a good brief friendship with Andy and always enjoyed his company. Rest in peace, Andy, until we meet again, Wee Jamie.’

Alison Semple.

Alison Semple, whose son Daniel was always excited to meet Andy – ‘Andy Goram was ‘simply the best!’

‘He always made time for the people. He spoke honestly, enthusiastically and positively, inspiring both young and old with his knowledge and love for the game.

‘He will be sorely missed by us all.’

Andy 'The Goalie' Goram, centre, in yellow, regularly supported Campbeltown Loyal Rangers Supporters Club charity events.
Andy ‘The Goalie’ Goram, centre, in yellow, regularly supported Campbeltown Loyal Rangers Supporters Club charity events.