Although born and raised in England, the Scottish goalkeeper was in his blood. He was born Andrew Lewis Goram in Bury, then Lancashire, on April 13, 1964; his Scottish father Lewis had played in goal north of the border before spending five years at Bury FC and staying in the city.
Young Andy was a sporting double from the start, captain and wicketkeeper for Lancashire schoolboys: his great sporting hero was not a footballer but Clive Lloyd, the great batsman of Lancashire and the West Indies.
He played for various local teams and would later play in the Scottish leagues, as well as for Scotland on four occasions. One was against Allan Border’s powerhouse Australian side in Glasgow in 1989. The first ball he faced was a Merv Hughes bouncer.
“I slipped away as he hissed past my throat. If it had hit me it would have killed me,” he wrote. Hughes smirked and said, “You should have stuck with football.”
By then football had taken precedence and he was signed aged 15 by West Bromwich Albion. But when their manager Ron Atkinson left for Manchester United, his successor, Ronnie Allen, thought Goram was too small for a keeper, and he was released.
In 1981 he joined Oldham Athletic, spending seven successful years at Boundary Park, including being named in the Second Division Team of the Year at the end of the 1986-87 season.