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Tributes to His Honour Herbert (Bert) Henry Andrew


Dear Paul

Thank you for your email regarding the death of ‘Bert’ Andrew. As you say, he was a lovely man, with a perpetual mischievous grin! My abiding memory of him is a match for the 3rd eleven against Malvern, long before motorways and of course he was late! We had a new member, Colin Brain and as captain I asked him to play in goal. When Bertie arrived we were down 2 - 0 and I had scored both; own goals of course!! We lost 3 - 2 and so I was able to blame Bertie twice!!

See you in September and a Happy New Year to all my Rambler friends, old and not so old!

Kind regards,
Geoff Thomas

I played many times with Bert and he really was a very nice and very amusing man.
Berts usual time for appearing on the pitch was just before half time or during the interval and he could never quite understand why everyone used to get so annoyed with him because as in his own words “You know I would not let you down”.
May he rest in peace.

Dick Harper

Very sad.
I have some wonderful memories of Bert.

John Craven

Dear Paul

My favourite memory of Bert was a 4th XI fixture at Huddersfield again, decades before the M62.

As always the Amateurs had provided some entertainment for us, this year in the form of a movie! While the projector was being set up Bert and I and a few others were enjoying a pint in the ‘undarkened’ part of the bar. When all was ready Dick Heron, who I think was 1st XI captain at the time, rushed over to exhort us to join the group.

Slowly Bert turned his head and looking at Dick over his right shoulder from his chair said ’ Dickie lad, I’m a doer not a viewer’. We carried on with our pints!

Great man

Happy New Year to all

Simon (Marsh)  

An extract from the Ramblers Book……

Bert Andrew was a well-known barrister and judge, a popular character with a great sense of humour, and a raconteur of risqué stories who loved to lead a singsong at every opportunity. Bert was equally noted for his total inability to arrive at a match in time for the kick-off. No-one can remember him lining up for the start of a game. It seems to have been the same on the Northern circuit, where he was known as ‘the late Mr Andrew’.

In October 1955 the Committee decided to send Bert a letter about his lateness, which obviously had no effect, as a second letter was written the following January after he had again been late, this time at Manchester GS. As punishment, he was dropped from the 2nd XI for the next two games. In 1960 it was reported at a committee meeting that for the fifth time Bert Andrews had held up the start of a recent match through being late. The only solution was to tell him the kick-offs are half-an-hour earlier than arranged. But Tim White, then team Secretary, said this still made no difference.

At half-time in a game at Bootham School there was a team discussion about how the ball was bouncing all over the place. Barry Burns mentioned that it was similar to their practice balls, to which Bert responded, I wouldn’t know, I’ve never arrived early enough for a kick-in.’

At Malvern in 1963 he arrived at the school in good time, but was still late for the match as he had gone off to get measured for a suit. Another time he claimed that he was late because his wife, Nettie, had burnt his trousers. A week later, at Oswestry School, Bert appeared after half-time. The excuses were endless.

Playing Crewe Nomads at a very smart Nantwich Stadium, Ramblers’ 4th XI kicked off without Bert. It was Peter Gray’s first game for the Club and he was startled to witness the arrival of Bert just before half-time. He was in his football kit, but wearing Hush Puppies, claiming he had lost his boots. It certainly succeeded in putting off the Nomads. Held to a 1-1 draw, thanks to Terry Needham performing heroics in goal, Crewe chose not to renew the fixture.

When Nicko Williams first saw Bert he could not believe his reputation as a really quick winger, as he was of seriously unathletic build. He arrived ten minutes after the kick-off, which I later gathered was par, or even slightly under for the course, played for ten minutes, was dreadfully ill in the ditch which separated the two pitches and then proceeded to play a blinder.’

On his first team talk when he became captain of the 4th team in 1968, he announced to the startled players that the team would now be playing ‘push and run’. ‘This means I push and you run.’

Off the pitch, he was renowned in the changing room for sitting ‘bollock-naked and holding court’, and for breaking into song at any opportunity. At the Colwall Park Hotel in Malvern he was on a table, singing his favourite Alouette and performing an Irish jig. The landlord took exception and threw everybody out. According to Peter Gray, while everybody was standing in the carpark wondering what to do next, the landlord had second thoughts about the loss of revenue over the weekend and readmitted everyone except Bertie.

Best wishes,

Jo Russell


His Honour Herbert (Bert) Henry Andrew


It is with deep regret that Liverpool Ramblers must announce the death of His Honour Herbert (Bert) Henry Andrew who passed away on Christmas day. He had not been well for some time.

A Prestonian, he was more than a useful footballer and (save for his life long lack of appreciation of time) a true Rambler playing in the fifties and the sixties.

Those that knew him well and those who played with him were always richly entertained in his company.

He was a lovely man.


Ramblers Santa - Post Vacant

Nominations are open for the post of Santa for the Ramblers Children’s Christmas Party at the clubhouse on 27th December 2014, 12pm to 2pm. Here are some of the applications received so far;



If you would like your child to meet Santa please fill in the online form to ensure they don’t miss out! The cost is £10 per child to include party food and a present from Santa.


The Captains are Back

As part of their new pre season training campaign, veteran Rambler captains Ben Hood, Darren Moorhouse, Tim Crutchley, Matt Gray and Jo Brough took part in the Abersoch 10k running on behalf of the Edwina Lilley Foundation.

All participants finished the gruelling course albeit not at the same time!

The Captains and Other Rambler Members are shown below.

To make a donation please email Tim Crutchley


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