Rangers players past and present pay tributes to Andy Goram at ‘unique’ funeral

The former Scotland international footballer and cricketer died aged 58 earlier this month following a short battle with oesophageal cancer.

By Press Association Published: 18 July 2022 - 8.45pm

Andy Goram got the farewell he requested as former Rangers team-mates Ally McCoist and John Brown paid tribute to him at a funeral service in Glasgow.

Former Ibrox director Donald Findlay QC also spoke at the service at Wellington Church in the west end of the city.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who gave goalkeeper Goram his Scotland debut and signed him for Manchester United, was among the mourners at the church in the environs of the University of Glasgow.

The former Scotland international footballer and cricketer died aged 58 earlier this month following a short battle with oesophageal cancer.

Before arriving at the church, the funeral cortege drove by Ibrox Stadium, where hundreds of people lined both sides of Edmiston Drive to pay their respects.

Floral tributes were left on the main steps of the stadium, including one in the shape of a pair of goalkeeper gloves and others that spelled out ‘Goalie’ and ‘Papa’.

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A crowd paid tribute at Ibrox (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A lone piper played ‘Scotland the Brave’ as Goram’s coffin was carried up the steps of the church. McCoist, Brown and former goalkeeper Alan Rough, who played alongside Goram for Scotland and Hibernian, were among those carrying the coffin into the church.

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

Brown said: “He was a guy who was loved by everyone. Even opposing players and managers, they respected Andy Goram. He was an outstanding goalkeeper.

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Giovanni van Bronckhorst were among the mourners (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“Not only that, he was a wonderful personality. He wrote me a letter, which I still have, when he was leaving the (training) camp in America, and it’s a delightfully written piece of prose, and from his heart. And I think you could sense today that he was in everyone’s heart.

“It was a superb celebration. The sincerity, the touch of humour, it was very apparent.

“It was a unique service, I haven’t been at a similar service in the past. Andy had a big say in that apparently. He knew what he wanted for his service and I think he got it.

“There were very good speakers, eloquent guys. We were treated to several outstanding contributions from outstanding people.

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A tribute banner outside Ibrox Stadium ahead of the funeral (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“When Donald Findlay speaks, for example, you could be in the courtroom, because he is very compelling. Everyone was.”

About 20 fans who had gathered to pay tribute outside the church were ushered inside to hear the service after the coffin was carried in.

“He was very close to the fans,” Brown said. “He was so likeable. He was a wonderful personality and that’s the main thing I remember about him, apart from his outstanding goalkeeping.

“The statistics tell you that but they don’t tell you he had a wonderful sense of humour, they don’t tell you he was a genuine guy.”

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Former Rangers players Mark Hateley (front left), Trevor Steven (centre left) with former Rangers manager Alex McLeish (front right) and Kimarnock manager Derek McInnes (back centre) leave the church (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Other former Gers team-mates of Goram who attended included Richard Gough, Stuart McCall, Mark Hateley, Gordon Durie, Trevor Steven, Derek McInnes, Charlie Miller, Ian Durrant and Barry Ferguson.

Former Ibrox managers John Greig and Alex McLeish, who played alongside Goram for Scotland, were also present as was Archie Knox, the assistant of late Rangers manager Walter Smith, who signed Goram.

Other former Rangers players to attend included Willie Henderson, Peter McCloy, Alex Rae, Derek Ferguson, Colin Hendry and Alex Miller, who was Goram’s manager at Hibernian.

Former Scotland team-mates included Jim Leighton, who vied for the goalkeeper’s jersey with Goram for more than a decade, and Tosh McKinlay, a former Celtic left-back.

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Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor (centre) leaves the church (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Current Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst attended with a number of his first-team squad, including goalkeepers Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin and Robby McCrorie plus captain James Tavernier.

A floral tribute from Sir Rod Stewart was placed inside the hearse.

Bury-born Goram started his career with Oldham before following in the footsteps of his father, Lewis, and becoming a Hibs goalkeeper.

He signed for Rangers in 1991 and won five Scottish titles and five domestic cups, helping the team to a record-equalling nine consecutive league triumphs.

After leaving Ibrox and quitting international football in 1998 with 43 caps and appearances at European Championships in 1992 and 1996, Goram went on to play for Notts County, Sheffield United, Motherwell, Manchester United, Coventry, Queen of the South and Elgin City.

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