^^^ This 100%Was fortunate enough to meet him on a few occasions.
Even in the first team dressing room after training one day, which was a privilege.
He was a phenomenal goalkeeper.
Best on the planet at his peak probably.
And do you know what I really loved about him?
He didn’t give one single fuck about how people judged him - he was unashamedly proud of who he was & what he stood for. Never batted an eyelid.
He loved us, he loved our Club & he loved our way of life…
But we love(d) you more Goalie.
Announced by club
First person to deny God one on one. They are considering changing Jesus saves to ”The Goalie” saves.Announced by club
There was another aspect to his goalkeeping. The passback rule was made for him.Symbolic of one of our greatest teams ever. It’s hard to explain to those who didn’t live through it but for a couple of years, when a striker went through on goal you didn’t get that nerve or panic. Totally relaxed and confident the goalie had it.
Although I am from the generation just before you, that was my first thought when I woke up yesterday morning. So many of my first heroes are gone; Sandy, Bomber, Big Tam, Coop tragically too, but this felt so different. This is the 9 in a row legend, and that was only yesterday it seemed. Heart breaking.Player wise this is probably the first real hero of my era to go, and although he was only 58 and of no age at all, it’s still one of those things that makes you think about your own mortality too.
It’s really gutting, to me - 9 in a row honestly doesn’t feel like that long ago, so to lose Walter, Goram and Jimmy Bell within a year is actually really hard to take for so many reasons. But that’s life, if you never experienced these lows then you also wouldn’t get the experience the extreme highs that come from having idols and sporting heroes.