Andy Goram

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Andy Goram
Personal information
Full name Andrew Lewis Goram
Date of birth (1964-04-13) 13 April 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Bury, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
West Bromwich Albion
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)
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) is a former Scotland international association football goalkeeper. Born in Bury, Lancashire, England, 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".[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

The son of Edinburgh-born Lewis Goram, who had played professionally in the 1940s and 1950s for Leith Athletic, Hibernian, Third Lanark and Bury,[3] Goram was born and raised in England, although he was brought up self-identifying as Scottish.[4]

Football career[edit]

Club[edit]

Goram began his career at West Bromwich Albion but was released by them as a teenager.[5] He then joined Oldham Athletic in 1981 and spent nearly seven years with the English club, making 195 appearances for them in the league.[6] His performances saw him voted into the PFA Team of the Year for the English Second Division in 1986-87.[7]

In 1987, he moved to Hibernian for a fee of £325,000, where his father had also briefly been a goalkeeper.[6] He was a success at Hibs and in 1988 achieved the unusual feat of scoring a goal in a Premier Division match, against Morton, with a huge kick out.[8] He also scored for Hibernian in a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw against Clydebank in a League Cup tie in August 1989, Hibs winning 5-3.[9] Goram further boosted his reputation during this time at Easter Road, and one save in a European tie against Standard Liège was described as having "defied logic"; Goram twisting in mid air to touch a header from Angelo Nijskens away for a corner kick.[10]

In the summer of 1991, Goram signed for Rangers in a £1 million transfer deal.[11] He made his debut in a 6-0 win over St. Johnstone on the opening day of the season. However, having replaced the respected and successful Chris Woods in goal at Rangers, Goram found himself under scrutiny in his first few months, and was criticised for goals conceded against Hearts and Sparta Prague which some regarded as being "soft".[11] Goram soon settled at Ibrox and established himself as an excellent shot-stopper, playing in all 55 of Rangers competitive games and keeping 26 clean sheets during his first season there. He helped Rangers win the 1991-92 Scottish Premier Division title.[11] He also helped them win the Scottish Cup for the first time in several years; defeating Airdrie 2-1 in the final to clinch a league and cup double.[11][12]

The following season, 1992-93, saw Rangers take part in the newly revamped UEFA Champions League. Goram played in all 10 of their European fixtures that season, conceding only 7 goals.[13] These games included home and away wins over Leeds United and an unbeaten run that saw the club narrowly miss out on a place in the final.[13] Rangers swept to a domestic treble that season, winning their fifth consecutive league title and defeating Aberdeen in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup Finals.[13] Goram's performances and importance to Rangers success was acknowledged at the end of that season when he won both the Scottish Football Writers and Scottish Professional Footballers Association player of the year awards.[11]

Goram underwent knee surgery in the summer of 1993 and missed most of the following season whilst recovering, making only 10 appearances.[11] Amidst concern at Ibrox over his fitness and professionalism, and increasingly lurid press coverage regarding his private life, Goram was placed on the transfer list by manager Walter Smith in the summer of 1994.[11][14] However, Goram was allowed to remain at Rangers when he proved his fitness and commitment during pre-season training, and he returned as first-choice goalkeeper for season 1994-95.[11] Goram continued to excel in goal for Rangers, with Celtic manager Tommy Burns lamenting in January 1996, "If anyone gets round to doing my tombstone, it will have to read: Andy Goram Broke My Heart."[15] Goram went on to win a further three league titles, a Scottish Cup and a Scottish League Cup in his time at Rangers.[11]

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".[16] This chant quickly gained popularity, and became the title of a book documenting humorous football chants.[17]

On leaving Rangers at the end of season 1997-98, Goram had brief spells at Notts County and Sheffield United before signing for Motherwell in January 1999.[18] In 2000 he helped Motherwell to fourth place in the league.[19]

Goram had a loan spell with Manchester United during their 2000-01 title run-in,[20] playing in two games. In the summer of 2001, he had a spell on trial with Hamilton Academical[21] then signed for Coventry City and made seven appearances.

Goram signed for Dumfries club Queen of the South in July 2002,[22] where he won the Scottish Challenge Cup. This made Goram the first player to collect a full set of winner's medals from the four senior Scottish football competitions.[23][24][25][26] A four-game return to Oldham Athletic followed, and he retired at the end of the 2003-04 season after a season-long spell at Elgin City, where he played five league games.[27]

In 2010, Goram was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, which is located in the Scottish Football Museum.[28] He was the fourth goalkeeper to be inducted, after Jimmy Cowan, Jim Leighton and John Thomson.[citation needed]

International[edit]

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

In October 1985, Scotland caretaker manager Alex Ferguson named Goram in his squad for a friendly match against East Germany at Hampden Park. Goram made his debut in that game on 16 October 1985, coming on in the second half as a substitute for Jim Leighton.[29] In the run up to the 1986 FIFA World Cup Goram played the full 90 minutes in friendly matches against Romania and the Netherlands, keeping clean sheets in both games.[30] Goram travelled to Mexico in the summer 1986 as a member of Scotland's World Cup squad, although he was third choice behind Leighton and Alan Rough and did not play in any of Scotland's three games.[23]

Jim Leighton remained first-choice goalkeeper for Scotland in their qualifying campaigns for Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup, with Goram as his understudy. Goram only played one competitive game during this time; a 1-1 home draw against Yugoslavia in October 1988 during the qualifiers for the 1990 World Cup.[30] He did play in several friendly matches,[30] and was in the Scotland squad that took part in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, although once again he did not actually play in games there.[30][23]

After the 1990 World Cup, Goram established himself as Scotland's first-choice goalkeeper. He played in all eight of Scotland's qualifying ties for Euro 1992, helping them qualify for the finals of the tournament held in Sweden.[30] Scotland were unfortunate to find themselves draw in a group with the Netherlands and Germany and lost both games, but won their final group match 3-0 over the CIS (former Soviet Union). Despite failing to progress from the group, Scotland turned in impressive performances and Goram further enhanced his reputation as an outstanding goalkeeper.[30][23]

Scotland failed to build on their showing at Euro 1992 in the qualifiers for the 1994 World Cup. A poor campaign, which included a humiliating 5-0 defeat away against Portugal in April 1993, saw Scotland slump to fourth place in their group and fail to qualify.[30][31] The match against Portugal was Goram's last Scotland appearance for almost a year due to him undergoing knee surgery and a lengthy return to fitness.[30][11] He returned to the side in March 1994, playing in a friendly against The Netherlands, and played in a 2-0 win away against Finland on 7 September 1994 in the opening qualifying tie for Euro 1996.[30] Goram kept his place in the side and played in Scotland's next three qualifying ties.[30] However, in August 1995 days before a qualifying match against Greece, Goram withdrew from the squad stating that he was not "mentally attuned" to play.[32] Jim Leighton played against Greece and kept his place in the team for the remaining two qualifying matches, although Goram did play for the last 17 minutes of a friendly match against Sweden inbetween those final two ties.[33]

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. Goram justified his selection with an excellent showing at the tournament. He was solid throughout in the opening 0-0 draw against The Netherlands, including an excellent save to deny Clarence Seedorf.[34] Although Scotland dominated their final game against Switzerland, Goram was left increasingly exposed as his team-mates chased forward in search of the second goal needed to progress from the group. As such, he was required to make several important saves, notably when he clawed away a header from Kubilay Turkyilmaz in the final ten minutes.[35] Brown then selected Leighton for France 98, which prompted Goram to walk out of the squad completely,[36] 15 days before Scotland were scheduled to play Brazil in the opening game of the World Cup.[23]

Coaching[edit]

Goram has also worked as a goalkeeping coach. He took on part-time coaching duties when he returned to Motherwell in 2002.[37] He later coached at Airdrie United in March 2006 and then Clyde in February 2008.[38] Goram left Clyde in September 2008.[39] In January 2012, Goram helped Hamilton Academical with their goalkeeping coach crisis.[40] In January 2014, Goram took up the role of goalkeeping coach in the coaching staff at Ayr United,[41][42] joining up again with godson David Hutton, as he did at Clyde and Hamilton. Since October 2014 he is goalkeeping coach at Lowland League side BSC Glasgow.[43][44]

Cricket[edit]

Andy Goram
Personal information
Full name Andrew Lewis Goram
Born (1964-04-13) 13 April 1964 (age 50)
Bury, England
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1989–1991 Scotland
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 2 2
Runs scored 48 21
Batting average 16.00 21.00
100s/50s –/– –/–
Top score 32 21
Balls bowled 156 114
Wickets 2 3
Bowling average 39.00 24.66
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/16 2/42
Catches/stumpings 3/– 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 3 December 2013

Goram 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 played for Penicuik Cricket Club, Kelso Cricket Club, West Lothian County and Uddingston CC in Scottish cricket leagues. He 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.[45] Goram is the only person to have played in a first class cricket match and a full international football match for Scotland.[46]

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. Rangers manager Walter Smith effectively ended Goram's cricket career when he ordered Goram to concentrate on his football career.[46] Goram made a cricketing comeback after ending his football career,[47] finally playing for Freuchie Cricket Club in their centenary week matches versus Cricket Scotland President's XI, Falkland Cricket Club and Sussex Ladies.

Honours[edit]

Rangers
Queen of the South
Individual

References[edit]

General
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Specific
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