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Andy Goram

Born: April 13, 1964, Bury

Occupation: Goalkeeper

Challenges overcome: Mild Schizophrenia

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Andrew Goram, more commonly referred to as Andy, was born in Bury in 1964. He was born and raised in England, but was brought up self identifying as Scottish by his Edinburgh born father, Lewis Goram, who was also a former professional footballer.

During his career he began playing for West Bromwich Albion as a teenager before moving on to play for Oldham Athletic in 1981 and Hibernian in 1987. In 1991, Andy moved to Glasgow Rangers, in a £1million transfer deal. His work at Rangers helped them to win the 1991/92 Scottish Premier Division and the Scottish Cup. The following season, Andy won the ‘Scottish Football Writers’ and ‘Scottish Professional Football Players’ Player of the Year awards.

He left Glasgow after the 1997/98 season, and played for a number of teams including Nott’s County, Sheffield United, Motherwell and Manchester United. Goram played a number of friendly games as goalkeeper for Scotland between the years 1985 – 1996.
Andy was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in the Scottish Football Museum in 2010. He was the fourth goalkeeper to be inducted.

As well as a professional goalkeeper, Andrew also played league cricket. He played for a number of Oldham teams and also represented Scotland a number of times. Goram is the only person to have played in a first class cricket match and a full international football match for Scotland.

Goram has also worked as a goalkeeping coach. He took on part-time coaching duties when he returned to Motherwell in 2002, and is currently coaching at Dunfermline Athletic.

Challenges Overcome

Andrew Goram was diagnosed with a mild form of schizophrenia and was unfortunately subject to abuse from home and away fans when the news broke. Despite the abuse Andrew Goram triumphed and consistently played his beloved sport successfully until he retired and has in January 2015 returned back into football as goalkeeping coach at Dunfermline Athletic.

Disability Definitions

Schizophrenia

One of several brain diseases whose symptoms may include loss of personality (flat affect), agitation, catatonia, confusion psychosis, unusual behaviour, and social withdrawal.  The illness usually begins in early adulthood.  The cause of schizophrenia is not known, but there appears to be both genetic (inherited) and environmental components to the disease.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia
www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=547
www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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Andy Goram. (2015, February 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:39, April 2, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Andy_Goram&oldid=648366477

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-transfer-news/andy-goram-returns-football-goalkeeping-5072940

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