Andy Golam: Rangers players and fans pay tribute at funeral | Football News

17 Aug 2022 | 08:45 | Football

Rangers players and fans paid their final tribute to goalkeeper Andy Golam at his funeral in Glasgow.

The former Scotland international footballer and cricketer died earlier this month at the age of 58 after a brief battle with esophageal cancer.

Golam’s former Scotland and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson attended a funeral at Wellington Church in the city’s west end on Monday afternoon.

Former Rangers players Avery McCoist and John Brown and former goalkeeper Alan Low, who played for Scotland and Hibernian with Gorham, were among those carrying the coffin into the church.

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown said he felt the service was a “one-off”.

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Ex-Scotland boss Craig Brown pays tribute to Andy Goram after

“He’s a guy that everyone loves. Even opposing players and coaches respect Andy Goram. He’s a great goalie,” Mr Brown said.

“More than that, he was a great guy. When he left the[training]camp in the US, he wrote me a letter, which I still keep, and it was a pleasantly written prose that sent From his heart. I think you can feel him in everyone’s heart today.

“It was a great celebration. Sincere, humorous, very obvious.

“It’s a unique service that I haven’t done in the past. Andy obviously has a big say in this. He knows what he wants, and I think he gets it.”

A flower tribute to Sir Rod Stewart was placed inside the hearse. “One of the nicest men in Scotland. Rest in peace, Andy,” it said.

After the coffin was carried into the church, about 20 fans who had gathered outside the church to mourn were led in to listen to the service.

Earlier, the funeral procession drove past Ibrox Stadium, with hundreds lining up on Edmiston Avenue to pay their respects.

Sir Alex Ferguson attended the ceremony
Sir Alex Ferguson attended the ceremony

Fans applauded and many threw flowers at passing vehicles as the parade made its way down the road.

Floral tributes were left on the main steps of the stadium, including one in the shape of a pair of goalkeeper gloves and one that read “Goalie” and “Papa”.

Other former Rangers players arriving at church include Stuart McCall, Mark Hartley, Trevor Steven, Marvin Andrews, Alex Ray, Derek McGinnis and Barry Ferguson.

Rangers football club expresses condolences
Rangers football club expresses condolences

Current Rangers owner Giovanni van Bronckhorst also joined captain James Tavernier and a team including Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, John Lundstram, Alan McGray Go was in attendance with players including Robbie McCrory.

Born in Bury, Gorham started his career at Oldham Athletic before moving north to play for Edinburgh side Hibernian before signing for Rangers.

After playing for Ibrox, he played for a number of teams in Scotland and England, including Notts County, Sheffield United and Motherwell for three seasons, and for Manchester United, Coventry, South The Queen and Elgin City.

As well as representing Scotland in football, he also plays cricket for the country – and is the only person to have played a top-notch international in cricket as well as a major international football match for Scotland.

After his death, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praised Golam as “one of the greatest footballers in Scottish history”.

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