Andy Rankin

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by Dennis_Booth, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. Dennis_Booth

    Dennis_Booth Reservist

  2. Steel City Gold

    Steel City Gold First Year Pro

    A hero of mine.

    Are this lot legit?
  3. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Great keeper. Wish him all the best.

    Isn’t the former players club something Luther was involved in setting up? I may have got that wrong.
  4. hornetfan

    hornetfan Academy Graduate

    You are correct and Luther spoke with him after being put in touch through Everton (Rankin's first club). Andy Rankin (who played 299 games as a goalkeeper for Watford from 1971 until 1980) had a severe stroke 18 months ago. "The Former Players Club have pledged to raise funds to obtain some things to brighten Andy’s days and make him more comfortable where he is (in a special home). Having spoken with his family and the medical team we have been given details of what he needs, so we hope you golden hearted hornets can help us make that happen. A special chair and and iPad will make his life easier."
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  5. Teide1

    Teide1 Squad Player

    Although Andy was reserve keeper at Everton (actually made 85 appearances for them) and you would have thought in quite a comfortable position at Everton, he made the brave decision to join what were a run down second tier club heading towards relegation!

    Andy was a superb keeper, very steady, humble and calm without being flashy! After playing all those games for us (299 in the league) he had a spell at Huddersfield and I believe ended up working in a factory!

    Any donation however small would go to helping a former hero in their time of need!
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  6. westbridgfordhornet

    westbridgfordhornet Academy Graduate

    What a great cause. Thanks to Luther and the WFC Former Players' Club for alerting us all to this.

    I was privileged to see Andy's and Luther's starring roles in that incredible League Cup win. That game probably first put GT's Hornets on the nationwide map and showed the rest of the country that something big football-wise was taking shape in sleepy SW Herts. Through my very beery haze, I can still remember Andy's incredible save from McQueen and Luther's 2 headers...well I like to think so at least!
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  7. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    McQueen is now said to be suffering from dementia.
  8. Since63

    Since63 Reservist

    In McQueen’s words: ‘I knew I’d equalised, but then this green thing with a hand on the end appeared from nowhere and tipped it over the bar.’
  9. Lloyd

    Lloyd Reservist

    The last Watford player to pick up an injury getting the coal in?
  10. Johnny Todd Sings

    Johnny Todd Sings First Year Pro

    I was thinking that. He was living in a WFC owned house. Football has changed.
  11. Teide1

    Teide1 Squad Player

    I saw him once jumped out of his Beetle to pop into a newsagents, players don't drive the ilk of those sort of cars these days and most of them can't read haha!

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