When we remember the players who have pulled on the red shirt of Bristol City few can come close in terms of passion, heart and a connection with its loyal fans than Gerry Gow.
Gerry, one of the nicest guys to ever lace a pair of football boots was also one of the hardest men to ever play the game. He was a vital component in a side which remains the most successful in Bristol City’s history. Back in the summer a group of fans decided to put on his belated and long awaited testimonial year, to celebrate once more this popular hero. Last Friday evening November 18th will go down in the annuals of history as an event truly fit for purpose, 230 people from all over the country and as far as the United States and Brazil gathered at the sell out event at Bristol’s Marriott Royal Hotel. It was a fabulous evening of nostalgia and diners were treated to a sumptuous meal and were joined by a host of former City players from Gerry’s era and some from the modern day. Such is Gerry’s profile that our neighbours from across town brought 6 players from ‘back in the day’ including Gerry’s arch rival Frankie Prince to pay tribute. A highlight was the surprise introduction of Tony Collins, Tony had discovered Gerry via his scouting network in Scotland and brought him to Bristol with brothers Tom and Steve Ritchie. There were video tributes filmed over a two month period by organiser and Sounds Commercial Chairman Chris Bradfield and ‘City fan in the North’ Tim Hill, from Granada TV featuring Sir Alex Ferguson, Richard Scudamore, David Moyes, Peter Reid, Norman Hunter, Gordon Banks, Joe Royle, Andy Cole, Gerry’s manager at Man City John Bond and former Man City colleagues Paul Lake, Gary Owen, and Joe Corrigan, Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton & Glenn Catley and darts supremo Mark Dudbridge. The evening was expertly arranged with action from Gerry’s career as BBC Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce interviewed Gerry providing an insight into what made the ‘man of steel’ so popular with the City faithful. Eddie Large provided a comedy feature and talked of his admiration for Gerry Gow from his time at Man City.
The evening was a tremendous success and was completed with a superb memorabilia auction featuring some rare items. Nights like this don’t unfortunately don’t come along too often, this one however was worth the thirty year wait!
Next on the agenda for Gerry’s Testimonial year is a Celebrity Golf day, on Friday, 20 April 2012 which is taking place at Shirehampton Park Golf Club. His Testimonial football match will be taking place at Clevedon Town, on Sunday, 20 May 2012. Details of both events can be obtained by calling Mark Caswell on 07977831519 or by emailing Chris Bradfield at firstname.lastname@example.org