Andy Rammell was born on February 10th, 1967 in Nuneaton. He went on to score 111 league goal in 409 games for his 5 clubs. He takes up the story of how it all progressed for him..
"I started out at Atherstone , scored a fair few goals for them and was starting to attract attention from a few clubs, Coventry, Birmingham and I think Leicester. It was scout and World Cup winner Nobby Stiles who came and watched me and a deal was done for me to join Manchester United. Atherstone got £40,000 for me and they used that money to build a new stand at their ground and I was honoured for them to name it after me. It got featured in Shoot magazine, about half a page!"
"I only played in Man United's reserves, (7 goals in 26 apps) with Bryan Robson, but the move to Barnsley was good for me, I was signed by Mel Machin. I picked up a few injuries but I scored goals. ( 44 in 185 games. ) Then came Southend which was littered with injuries. Signed by Ronnie Whelan and there was a double relegation."
"As for Walsall, what can I say. Brilliant experience. Loved it. The fans were brilliant and really took to me. And to think we were the bookmakers favourites to go down before the season started! I'd had a couple of offers to go abroad, in Cape Town and China, but after talks with Paul Taylor I settled on Walsall. I didn't fancy going to such far away places anyway. I enjoyed the celebrations after the Oldham game in the stand with my team mates and I have a picture of that. I also remember the goal I got against Stoke - a low stooping header at a packed stadium."
In that 1998-99 season he banged in 18 goals in 48 games in all competitions. The following season wasn't so good for player or club but, like the fans, he enjoyed some moments from the 1999-00 season. "Wolves away, yes! I did purposely run towards the Wolves fans arm aloft I knew you lot were down the side!" The West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City wins were mentioned with fondness too.
He was left out of the side and spoke of this part of his time at Walsall, " Brett Angell was brought in but I felt a bit hard done by. Ray never really explained why I was left out. I don't think there was much loyalty shown by the board to some of the players. After the promotion there was only short contracts handed out. It did leave a bit of a sour taste." The board held out for a transfer fee for him despite what he had done for the club and was by now in his early 30's and he finally got his move to Wycombe in the September.
" I enjoyed my time at Wycombe - especially when I put two past Jimmy Walker! The Walsall fans were amazing that day, giving me a great ovation and chanting 'Rambo!' at me as I walked off the pitch." After a couple of good seasons with Wycombe in which there was an FA Cup Semi Final and a promotion push, next stop was Bristol Rovers who were managed at the time by Ray Graydon.
"When Ray signed me for Bristol Rovers and I was fit enough to play we were 7 points adrift and I scored 4 goals in 3 games to help Rovers to stay up. I think maybe Ray realised then that you can't buy experience." At Rovers he failed to score in his first 4 games and then came that purple patch. He scored twice in a 3-1 win over Cambridge, got the only goal against Oxford and netted in the 2-1 victory over Darlington to help preserve their FL status. The following season he scored two against Darlington again and his league record there was 6 goals in 12 games.
"I was thinking about retiring after I left Bristol Rovers but I decided to continue and signed for Forest Green Rovers who were in the Conference. From the pre-season Matt Gadsby - God rest his soul - and I used to car share. After a short time there my knee was that bad I was told I'd need an operation so I decided to call time. I went to the board and to their amazement I ripped my contact up before them and told them to buy a couple of players with the money instead."
"After football I took a couple of years off. I took up golf and was on the course for 5 or 6 days a week. I became a postman for some years. In recent times I've worked for Wise Ability helping people with spinal injuries and Ucan. That's about it really."
Rambo puts the ball in the Dingle net.