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Andy Goram
Personal information
Full name Andrew Lewis Goram
Date of birth 13 April 1964 (1964-04-13) (age 45)
Place of birth Bury, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Oldham Athletic 195 (0)
1987–1991 Hibernian 138 (1)
1991–1998 Rangers 184 (0)
1998 Notts County 1 (0)
1998 Sheffield United 7 (0)
1998–2001 Motherwell 57 (0)
2001 Manchester United (loan) 2 (0)
2001 Hamilton Academical 1 (0)
2001–2002 Coventry City 7 (0)
2002 Oldham Athletic 4 (0)
2002–2003 Queen of the South 19 (0)
2003–2004 Elgin City 5 (0)
Total 620 (1[1])
National team
1985–1998 Scotland 43 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew Lewis Goram (born 13 April 1964 in Bury, Lancashire, England) is a former Scotland international association football goalkeeper. He started his career with Oldham Athletic and Hibernian, but he is best remembered for playing for Rangers during the 1990s, when he earned the moniker "The Goalie".[2] In a 2001 poll of Rangers fans, Goram was voted Rangers' greatest ever goalkeeper.

After his time with Rangers, he played for many clubs, most notably at Motherwell and a brief loan spell at Manchester United. Goram also represented Scotland at cricket.[3]

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Early life

The son of Edinburgh-born Lewis Goram, who had played professionally in the 1940s and 1950s for Leith Athletic, Hibernian, Third Lanark and Bury,[4] Goram was born and raised in England, although he was brought up self-identifying as Scottish.[5]

Football

Goram joined Oldham Athletic as a teenager and spent seven years with the English club, winning his first Scotland caps and selection for the 1986 World Cup. In 1987, he moved to Hibernian, where his father had also been a goalkeeper, for a fee of £325,000. He was a great success at Hibs and achieved the remarkable feat of scoring a goal in a Premier Division match, against Morton.

He was sold to Rangers in 1991 for £1 million and went on to help the club to win six of their nine Scottish League titles in a row between 1989 and 1997. He was also involved in Rangers' notable run in the European Cup in 1992-93, as they came within one point of reaching the final.

Goram (number 12) playing for Scotland against Netherlands at Villa Park during Euro 96

Goram was also an important player for the Scotland national team, winning 43 caps. He had a long-running rivalry with Jim Leighton for the goalkeeping position in the Scotland team. Craig Brown controversially selected Goram ahead of Leighton for Scotland's matches in Euro 96, despite the fact that Leighton had played in most of the qualifiers. Brown then selected Leighton for France 98, which prompted Goram to walk out of the squad completely.[6]

After it was reported in the press that Goram had a mild form of schizophrenia, fans responded with a chorus of "Two Andy Gorams, there's only two Andy Gorams".[7] This chant quickly gained popularity, and became the title of a book documenting humorous football chants.[8] Goram had a loan spell with Manchester United during their 2000-01 title run-in,[9] playing in two games. He then signed for Coventry City and made seven appearances.

While playing for Dumfries club Queen of the South in 2002, he won the Scottish Challenge Cup. This made Goram the first player to collect a full set of winners medals from the four senior Scottish football competitions.[10][11][12] A four-game return to Oldham Athletic followed, and he finally retired at the end of the 2003-04 season after a season-long spell at Elgin City, where he played just five league games.

Goram is now an after-dinner speaker and regularly attends Rangers' fan gatherings. He has also worked as a goalkeeping coach, joining Airdrie United in March 2006 and then Clyde in February 2008.[13] Goram left Clyde in September 2008 due to personal and business reasons.[14]

Cricket

Also a cricketer, Goram represented the Scottish cricket team four times: twice (1989 and 1991) in the annual first-class game against Ireland and twice (again in 1989 and 1991) in the NatWest Trophy. A left-handed batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler, he never achieved any great success, his most significant act was probably to bowl England Test player Richard Blakey in a NatWest Trophy game against Yorkshire in 1989.

He was also a league cricketer, appearing as a wicket-keeper and batsman for various Oldham clubs in the Saddleworth League including Delph & Dobcross, Moorside and also East Lancashire Paper Mill in Radcliffe, Bury. Goram made a cricketing comeback after ending his football career,[15] playing for Freuchie Cricket Club.

References

General
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2.  
Specific
  1. ^ ANDY GORAM, Newcastle Fans.
  2. ^ The Goalie joins Queen of the South, BBC Sport, 26 July 2002.
  3. ^ Dick, William. Goram answers call to return for Freuchie, The Herald, 18 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Lewis Goram". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/player3/lewisgoram.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-18.  
  5. ^ Smith, Paul (2007). Rangers' Cult Heroes. United Kingdom: Know The Score Books. ISBN 978-1-905449-07-1.  
  6. ^ "Goram recounts Scots walk-out" BBC Sport website (27 March 2007)
  7. ^ "The Guardian". Sport.guardian.co.uk. http://sport.guardian.co.uk/turin2006/story/0,,1712472,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-18.  
  8. ^ Two Andy Gorams: The Funniest Football Songs Ever (ISBN 1902927532).
  9. ^ "Man Utd sign veteran Goram" BBC Sport website (22 March 2001)
  10. ^ ""Club History" on the official Queen of the South website". Qosfc.com. http://www.qosfc.com/AboutUs/ClubHistory/tabid/164/Default.aspx. Retrieved 2009-06-18.  
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT | Scotland | Queen of the South lift Bells Cup". BBC News. 2002-10-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/2340231.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-18.  
  12. ^ "Connolly hails cup triumph". BBC News. 2002-10-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/2344677.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-18.  
  13. ^ Goram comes in, Clyde F.C..
  14. ^ Andy Goram leaves the club, Clyde F.C. official website.
  15. ^ [1], Scottish cricket.

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