Rangers and Scotland legend Andy Goram has passed away from cancer at the age of 58. The goalkeeper also turned out for Manchester United, Hibernian, Motherwell and Coventry City among a host of other clubs. But it is Glasgow where his influence was most keenly felt. His contributions were so comprehensive that he was known at Ibrox simply as ‘The Goalie’.
The Bury-born stopper was released by West Bromwich Albion as a youngster before making an impact at Oldham Athletic. After 195 league appearances for the Latics, he moved to Hibs. Goram was a hit at Easter Road, and even scored a goal for the club against Morton, when a monstrous punt found its way in the opposing net.
Ibrox beckoned, and it was there that Goram would become part of the very fabric of modern Scottish football. Between 1991 and 1998, the Scotland international lifted five league titles and five domestic cups. He was recognised as both Footballer of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year for his incredible efforts in the 1992-93 season that saw Rangers land the domestic treble.
💙 The Goalie
He is perhaps best remembered on English shores for a loan spell at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson turned to the veteran keeper when a spate of injuries to United’s goalkeepers left the club struggling during the 2000-01 Premier League run-in. Goram played twice for the Red Devils as they went on to win the league. So grateful was Ferguson for Goram’s contributions, he arranged for his on-loan custodian to receive a Premier League winners medal.
Spells at Coventry and Queen of the South would follow, along with a brief return to old stomping ground Oldham. Goram ended his playing career at Elgin City in 2003-04. As well as his remarkable club exploits, ‘The Goalie’ would retire with 43 Scotland caps, and having been part of the squad at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups as well as the 1992 and 1996 European Championships. He also holds the unique distinction of having turned out for both the Scottish national football and cricket teams.
Goram revealed in April he had been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. That rotten disease has tragically now ended his life. Everyone at The Sportsman would like to extend their deepest condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.