Former Claret lands a testimonial
By Tony Scholes
Updated Wednesday, 20th June 2012
If you are going down to the South West to watch the Clarets in pre-season action then you might wish to take in a game at Bristol City's Ashton Gate where one former Burnley player has been granted a testimonial.
He joined us from Rotherham where he'd played with little distinction but was a Manchester City old boy reuniting with new Burnley manager John Bond.
Despite all that, Gow had enjoyed a good career with five years in the top flight with Bristol City and Manchester City. He became a hero at Ashton Gate. He was an ever present as they won promotion to the old First Division (taking our place in 1976) and enjoyed four top flight seasons with them.
After relegation he moved on to Manchester City when Bond spent £175,000 to bring him in as a replacement for Steve Daley. He was an ever present in the side for over a year before signing for Rotherham.
It's the Bristol City and Manchester City fans who will remember him fondly and the game, on Saturday 28th July, is between two teams representing those two clubs.
Players from the past from both clubs will be there to play in the game. There's Brian Tinnion and Darius Dziekanowski from Bristol City along Manchester City's Peter Beagrie and Asa Hartford with the game being given a massive boost yesterday when Shaun Goater, who also played for both clubs, confirming that he'd be there.
There have been some real tributes paid to Gow. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "I remember Gerry when I was manager of St. Mirren and we played in the Anglo Scottish Cup final against Bristol City.
"Unfortunately we lost that game, but Gerry was always a tenacious tackler, a determined little lad who did not have a physique that would frighten you but he was a terrier, a real terrier."
One Bristol City fan, on a local message board, said: "How nice it is to see that we have finally become a team that feels that it is important to honour our legends, and Gerry was definitely one of them.
Another said: "Gerry is possibly THE most influential player in the history of our club and if I had my way there would be a stand called The Gerry Gow End. I don't care who we play in this game, just to see Gerry there in our midfield one more time would be priceless. Doesn't he just deserve this."
One of Bristol City's best known supporters is Premier League chief Richard Scudamore who said of Gow: "My favourite player playing for my favourite football team and let's not beat about the bush in the best era that any of us alive today can remember."
Each club has its heroes from different eras. Gerry Gow was very definitely not a hero at Burnley but clearly was at Bristol City where they are expecting a big attendance to support one of their former greats.
The game at Ashton Gate will be played on Saturday 28th July.