John Gorman visits our Sandhurst Club

Former player and manager John Gorman made the trip to visit out Club in Sandhurst, Hampshire, in October as he shared tales from his lengthy career in football.

John’s involvement in football spans over 40 years, having started his career as a defender at Scottish giants Celtic, before moving to Carlisle in 1970, a club at which he is still fondly remembered to this day, having racked up over 200 appearances for the Cumbrians.

He eventually made the move south to Tottenham Hotspur in 1976, which saw the beginning of a long professional and personal association with Glenn Hoddle.

After retiring from playing in 1991, John was invited to be Assistant Manager by Hoddle for Swindon Town. When Glenn left to join Chelsea, he took over as the Swindon Manager.

In 1996 he rejoined Glenn as the England Assistant Manager. The match everyone remembers in this era is the 1998 World Cup match England v Argentina. David Beckham’s dismissal is still discussed in Sporting Memories clubs up and down the country.

At his time with our Sandhurst club, John shared anecdotes and memories of his career playing, his close connection to Hoddle and his various roles in coaching and management, having last been involved in the sport at MK Dons.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable session for our Club member, with Gareth Heard, one of our Trustees for The Sporting Memories Foundation who also helps to facilitate the club in Hampshire, appreciating John’s visit.

“The Sandhurst Club would like to thank John for visiting us and look forward to his return. Living locally, he may even be persuaded to join in one of our meetings.”

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