He was at the Crown Inn in Goostrey with Cynthia. The pub actually closed down on Weds this week and the place was packed with his friends for one final time. It was a real party atmosphere and despite the financial pressures of the whole situation he was his happy, bubbly self. Now this has happened it's such a terrible shame for such a lovely bloke.
He use to run The Old Swan Inn on Hartshill Road on Newcastle road out of Stoke . We use to go in there before Stoke's home matches many moons ago . He played quite a few first team games in the old first division .
Gutted to hear of this .Knew Gerry well from the Greyhound at Yarlet when a load of the lads played footy for them. We stopped at Goostrey on my stag day 10 years ago,coach pulled up on the car park at 10.00 and Cynth was shouting no stag partys until she saw who it was . Gerry was delighted to see a coach of the old lads. RIP Gerry. www.crowninngoostrey.co.uk/about.html
Remember Gerry playing against Everton at Goodson park, I,m sure he hit the bar with an overhead kick, that day. We ended up drawing 1-1, and I Remember Maurice Setters punching a goal bound shot over the bar. Everton missed the penalty, hence the 1-1 score.
Met him a few times in the Greyhound on yarlet bank..always happy to talk football, even when I reminded him of the time paul reaney put him in the butler street paddock! Revenge was sweet, he said, as one of his team-mates "sorted reaney out" ;D top man, will be missed, thoughts are with his family, very sad.RIP Gerry.
Remember the days when you used to beat George Best as the best looking footballer in the Football Review...lol.Feel sure you will meet up & have a drink with George...RIP
Long before the days of the Interweb and text voting, polls in those days relied on manuscript signatures. One of my best friends at the time (and still) schlepped round the streets and collected votes for the Football League Review best looking player.
Very fond memories of those days.
My sister in law lives in Goostrey and we popped into the pub after the Bolton game (final game of 09-10 season). He (and Cynthia) were looking terrific - and a very warm welcome.