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
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]


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] 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.[7] He was sold to Rangers in 1991 for £1 million and went on to help the club win six of their nine Scottish League successive titles between 1989 and 1997. He was also involved in their notable run in the 1992–93 UEFA Champions League, when Rangers came within one point of reaching the 1993 European Cup Final, finishing second to Marseille in Group A.

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".[8] This chant quickly gained popularity, and became the title of a book documenting humorous football chants.[9]

Goram had a loan spell with Manchester United during their 2000-01 title run-in,[10] playing in two games. In the summer of 2001, he had a spell on trial with Hamilton Academical[11] then signed for Coventry City and made seven appearances.

Goram signed for Dumfries club Queen of the South in July 2002,[12] 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.[13][14][15][16] 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.[17]

In 2010, Goram was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, which is located in the Scottish Football Museum.[18] He was the fourth goalkeeper to be inducted, after Jimmy Cowan, Jim Leighton and John Thomson.[citation needed]


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

Goram won his first Scotland cap and was selected for the 1986 World Cup squad while at Oldham Athletic. Goram was an important player for Scotland, winning 43 caps.[13] 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,[19] 15 days before Scotland were scheduled to play Brazil in the opening game of the World Cup.[13]


Goram has also worked as a goalkeeping coach. He took on part-time coaching duties when he returned to Motherwell in 2002.[20] He later coached at Airdrie United in March 2006 and then Clyde in February 2008.[21] Goram left Clyde in September 2008.[22] In January 2012, Goram helped Hamilton Academical with their goalkeeping coach crisis.[23] In January 2014, Goram took up the role of goalkeeping coach in the coaching staff at Ayr United,[24][25] joining up again with godson David Hutton, as he did at Clyde and Hamilton.


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.[26] Goram is the only person to have played in a first class cricket match and a full international football match for Scotland.[27]

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.[27] Goram made a cricketing comeback after ending his football career,[28] finally playing for Freuchie Cricket Club in their centenary week matches versus Cricket Scotland President's XI, Falkland Cricket Club and Sussex Ladies.


Queen of the South


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  1. ^ "The Goalie joins Queen of the South". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 July 2002. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Dick, William (18 June 2008). "Goram answers call to return for Freuchie". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lewis Goram". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Smith, Paul (2007). Rangers' Cult Heroes. United Kingdom: Know The Score Books. ISBN 978-1-905449-07-1. 
  5. ^ "United's Goram gamble". BBC Sport. 21 March 2001. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "The storms, the scandals and the saves of Andy Goram". Daily Record. 28 May 1998. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Paul, Ian (22 March 2001). "A career salvaged by saving graces Controversy on and off the field was always part of The Goalie's scene". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  8. ^ O'Connell, Christian (18 February 2006). "Catsuit, goggles, tea tray - all you need for gold". The Guardian (London a: Guardian News and Medi). Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Two Andy Gorams: The Funniest Football Songs Ever (ISBN 1-902927-53-2).
  10. ^ "Man Utd sign veteran Goram". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 March 2001. 
  11. ^ "Goram to play as Hamilton trialist". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 August 2001. 
  12. ^ "The Goalie joins Queen of the South". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 July 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "World Cup Doonhamers" on
  14. ^ "Club History". Queen of the South FC. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  15. ^ "Queen of the South lift Bells Cup". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 October 2002. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Connolly hails cup triumph". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 October 2002. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Elgin rescue Goram career". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 October 2003. 
  18. ^ a b Strachan, Colleen (15 November 2010). "Caldo hails Hibs spirit after fightback". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Press). Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "Goram recounts Scots walk-out". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 March 2007. 
  20. ^ "Goram rejoins Well". BBC Sport. 17 July 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Goram comes in, Clyde F.C.
  22. ^ Andy Goram leaves the club, Clyde F.C. official website.
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  24. ^ "Former Scotland keeper Goram joins Honest Men". Ayr Advertiser (Romanes Media Group). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Match Preview vs. Brechin City". (Ayr United FC). 17 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Andy Goram". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  27. ^ a b Mitchell, Andy (23 June 2012). "Cricket and football double internationals". Scottish Sport History. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  28. ^ [1], Scottish cricket.

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