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Blagdon Mike

Gerry Sharpe

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RIP Gerry,  an early City favourite of mine during my youth.. Was there in the enclosure on the fateful day vs Boro.. 

The sound of the crack still haunts me today when I remember it, was sickening then as it is in memory today... One of the saddest days watching City without a doubt... 

I'm saddened again today to hear of your passing at such a relatively young 73years of age.. Thoughts with your family and friends... 

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His career was cruelly cut short by one of the most appalling fouls I've ever seen. And not even a caution (no yellow or red cards at that time).

As a player, he was exquisite. Very good ball control, took goal scoring chances with aplomb and a turn of speed that left defenders wondering where he had gone.

My thanks for his contribution to Bristol City and condolences to his family.

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Its funny I always thought I had seen him play but if I did can only have been in a testimonial or whatever.

RIP Gerry.

Best wishes and condolences to the family. 

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We played Fulham away in a night match, can't remember the score, but it was a very hard fought game. Maybe a cup match and a draw?

On the way out talking to a few locals, one of them stated,  Your number 11 is a good player.    My reply... Yep, that's Gerry Sharpe!

RIP Gerry.

 

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Sad news.

Gerry was quick and skilful and weren't there rumours that some big clubs were keeping an eye on him? Of course, that became academic when he suffered his horrific injury.

Gerry was just a youngster when I first started watching City, so his passing certainly makes me feel old.

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8 minutes ago, BS4 on Tour... said:

A superb part of Bristol City’s history - rest easy fella, and thanks ...

Another small part of our lives gone, happening more and more the older I get, doesn't get any easier, feel very sad tonight.

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My dad used to live on the same street as him in Whitchurch and was good friends with him during his playing days and after. He always spoke highly of him as a person as well as as a player. They got back in touch a few years ago and met up at Ashton gate and exchanged mails and phone calls. He'll be gutted to hear this in the morning. I met him once and exchanged several mails with him and he seemed a great guy. Sad news.

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What a sad loss. He was a heck of a player and would only have got better but for the awful injury.

He may have worn 11 on his shirt but was no old fashioned winger, more a modern, all round forward.

As I recall, West Ham were heavily linked with him at the time. He would have had at least as good a career as the one and only Chris Garland but for wretched luck.

RIP Gerry.

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8 hours ago, Lanterne Rouge said:

RIP Gerry. Another player that I never saw play but wish I had.

RIP Gerry, great player

Regrettably I remember that Middlesbrough game well. It was in a tackle with Eric McMordie IIRC.

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16 minutes ago, BigTone said:

RIP Gerry, great player

Regrettably I remember that Middlesbrough game well. It was in a tackle with Eric McMordie IIRC.

Yes it was. In front of Dolman, just in from touchline in line with edge of penalty area. The crack was sickening - like the sound slamming down of one the old wooden seats in the stand at that time.

RIP Gerry .... good player

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1 hour ago, headhunter said:

Yes it was. In front of Dolman, just in from touchline in line with edge of penalty area. The crack was sickening - like the sound slamming down of one the old wooden seats in the stand at that time.

RIP Gerry .... good player

I was in the Dolman also. As you say the crack was awful. Remember the whole stand just going really quiet.

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11 hours ago, Blagdon Mike said:

Gerry Sharpe (1946-2019) – an appreciation

 

We are sad to announce the passing of former player (1963-71) Gerry Sharpe on 17th December at the age of 73.  He had been settled in the USA for over 30 years. Gerry was a very fast forward with an eye for goal.  Under manager Fred Ford, he made his City debut aged 18 against Carlisle at Ashton Gate on 23 October 1964.  In the next ten matches he scored six goals, playing up front alongside John Atyeo and Brian Clark.

 

Later, under manager Alan Dicks, he played increasingly at number 11, on the wing to better make use of his pace and he scored many goals by cutting in to shoot.  He was coming into his prime and in the sights of many top clubs, when his career was cruelly cut short by injury.  That was against Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate on 16 January 1971.  Fans at that match remember the sickening crack, heard around the ground as his leg was shattered.

 

Gerry Struggled for two years to get back into the game and played a few reserve matches but suffered a reaction each time.  He could bring himself to return to Ashton Gate for many years but eventually did so as City’s Youth Coach.  In the turmoil of Bob Houghton’s sacking in 1982, he acted as caretaker-manager for 19 days, during which City lost only one of their six games.  Three years later Gerry began a new career in the USA, where he remarried and settled.  Our thoughts are with his daughter Julie and his son Robert.

RIP Gerry, great player. I was nine years old and at the gate on the home game against Middlesbrough.

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9 hours ago, 42nite said:

We played Fulham away in a night match, can't remember the score, but it was a very hard fought game. Maybe a cup match and a draw?

On the way out talking to a few locals, one of them stated,  Your number 11 is a good player.    My reply... Yep, that's Gerry Sharpe!

RIP Gerry.

 

That would have been the League Cup quarter-final, yes I was there as well, hard fought 0-0 as you say.................pissed down all night, won replay 1-0 .

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Gerry was in the team when I first started watching City, he was the equivalent of Elliasson in those days. For those who haven't seen him he scores a penalty in this gabe against Charlton:

https://goblinrefuge.com/mediagoblin/u/bcfcarchive/m/bristol-city-2-charlton-2-1970/

Note: if this link doesn't work try goblinrefuge.com and search for bristol

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Cant open the attachment. Looks like it was 1970 against Charlton. It’s along time ago and i would of been 8 years old. It brings back many memories.

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RIP Gerry Sharpe and condolences to your family. 

Like many who have already posted, when I started watching City in 1967 Gerry was an established player. He glided past defenders and always scored his fair share. He reached double figures in each of his last three seasons. 

That terrible day against Middlesbrough is memorable for many reasons, none of them good.

The outstanding memory I have of Gerry was a goal against Blackburn in March 1970. City won 4-0 that day and I stood at the front of the East End behind the goal. I think we must have been at least two up when Gerry scored because instead of just slotting home from close range he flicked the ball up and headed it in. 

I should say this is my memory of it, from a few feet away. Part of the mystique of that era is we don't have multiple camera angles to confirm or perhaps spoil our recollections. 

It is, as many have said  very sad to read of Gerry's death. 

 

 

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One of the standout players in the first team I watched. I also remember his long fight to play again, like Cheesley a little later, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Also his work with the youth team players who were soon thrown into the first team due to the events of 1982. Plus his short, but fairly successful stint as caretaker manager when Roy Hodgson got the boot.

Very sad news RIP

 

 

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7 hours ago, BigTone said:

RIP Gerry, great player

Regrettably I remember that Middlesbrough game well. It was in a tackle with Eric McMordie IIRC.

Correct. He should still be having nightmares about that incident that ruined another fellow pro's career.

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Great player. I was at the Middlesbrough game and remember the awful sound of that ‘crack’ as if it were yesterday. My dad was almost in tears as poor Gerry was stretchered off, clearly in immense pain. I heard a story (no way of knowing if it is true) that McMordie’s team-mates wouldn’t talk to him in the changing rooms after the game due to the horrendous nature of the tackle and the horrible consequences. RIP Gerry - one of my favourite players when I was a lad.

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7 hours ago, ashton_fan said:

Gerry was in the team when I first started watching City, he was the equivalent of Elliasson in those days. For those who haven't seen him he scores a penalty in this gabe against Charlton:

https://goblinrefuge.com/mediagoblin/u/bcfcarchive/m/bristol-city-2-charlton-2-1970/

Note: if this link doesn't work try goblinrefuge.com and search for bristol

Great footage, thanks for that. Cant remember that match. The state of the pitch compared to now todays.

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Very sad news. I remember him as a very nice man and a excellent footballer. I seem to remember an League cup semi final away to Spurs. Gerry hit one, the ball hit the post. Had it hit the post an gone in we may have had a trip to Wembley.

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8 minutes ago, REDPJ said:

Great player. I was at the Middlesbrough game and remember the awful sound of that ‘crack’ as if it were yesterday. My dad was almost in tears as poor Gerry was stretchered off, clearly in immense pain. I heard a story (no way of knowing if it is true) that McMordie’s team-mates wouldn’t talk to him in the changing rooms after the game due to the horrendous nature of the tackle and the horrible consequences. RIP Gerry - one of my favourite players when I was a lad.

I think in fairness to McMordie it was the way the game was back then. All in the era of Gerry Gow, Chopper Harris, Norman Hunter etc etc. Proper football with proper tackles. Regrettably Gerry received an extra bad one.

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One of my boyhood hero's. When playing at school I always wanted to be Gerry Sharp. Although in my case I didn't have anywhere near the skill or ability. Such a shock when he retired early. R.I.P Gerry thanks for the memories. One of our few all time greats.

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Remember going down the reserve game which was his comeback from the injury. Didn't work out sadly. But there was an excitement that he could return. Would be in our team today. 

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21 hours ago, forbespm said:

I was always proud that he was a Gloucester boy,my dad spoke highly of Gerry Sharpe when he watched him play for city.

Rip  gerry

I went to school with his son but never knew who his dad was until much later. RIP

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