I have known Gordon for 35 years....my wife has known him all her life,addressing him always as 'Uncle Gordon'. In all that time,I never once heard an unkind remark made of Gordon. He will be missed and our thoughts go out to both Thelma and Russell.
'One moment in the first half summed up the bond that exists between Stoke's players and the supporters who follow them so fervently. To an almost bullring roar from The Britannia, Liverpool were pressed further and further back into their own territory by a chasing pack of opponents and an increasing sense of panic. The crowd loved it and so did Pulis and his players.'
Very raw this, still, but as is tradition with our regular posters I would just like to say after your sudden passing yesterday whilst on holiday in north wales aged 77 that "i love you dad".
Season ticket holder for years sitting with his son (me) and his new season ticket, just delivered, won't get used by him this year.
I have lost my best mate without having the chance to say goodbye.
It's a hard thing to take especially as I have been by your side with your battle against cancer (unrelated to passing) for the last 18 months every step of the way.
At least you got the chance to see stoke in the top league again which I know you thought you would never see again.
I will look after mum I promise.
I know when stoke walk out against Chelsea and we'll be with you is played and I look down to see you not there it will never be the same and I will be in bits. I just hope the lads perform on that day and every other day for you because I will be asking them to for every game from now on.
What manner of men are these who wear the red beret?
They are firstly, all volunteers and are then toughened by hard physical training. As a result they have that infectious optimism and that offensive eagerness which comes from physical well being. They have jumped from the air and by doing so have conquered fear.
JSU - going slightly against the grain here. Having lost my dad much too soon, be strong for your mum, but dont be strong for yourself. When you want to let it out, cry, shriek or whatever, just let it happen, let if flow over and through you and then turn and see it gone and the lovely memories remain and your family.
Post by johnsmithsupper on Jul 13, 2011 13:42:24 GMT
A friend of mine who can't log on has just emailed me wanting me to post this
Been reading the tributes on the Oatcake to your Dad after your moving note. I've tried to post but unable to create a new account as these are disabled by the admin/staff members
Anyway what I wanted to post was
'I was devastated to hear the news about Gordon and my deepest sympathy and condolences are sent to the whole family
The promotion of Stoke to the championship coincided with my finally being in a job which meant no more weekend working and so I was able to buy a season ticket in the John Smiths Upper. Having been an exile for over 20 years I had lost touch with most of the people I knew in and around Stoke and my family were either too ill or scattered around the globe to come with me. So I went to the matches on my own sitting in a block surrounded by empty seats - those were the days eh! Taking pity on a lonely exile I was invited to sit with Gordon, Thelma and Russ (and Ray -before he joined the dark side and went to the Seddon Stand) - these are my adopted Stoke family. The past years have been fantastic for us stokies and it has been a privilege and a delight to share these with my Stoke family. Gordon was not only a gentleman he was a true stokie. He was always considerate and concerned about my drives up and down the M1; particularly given some of the weather and my depression after our defeats. He had pretty firm views on some of the Stoke players and the sound system at the Brit.and I enjoyed our chats and the banter. I will remember him with great affection and I will miss him. Thank you for everything Gordon, god bless mate.'