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Author Topic: Gordon Cowans  (Read 4100 times)

Offline Pat McMahon

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Re: Gordon Cowans
« Reply #60 on: March 12, 2020, 10:26:10 PM »
One of the very few that truly deserves the title ‘professional footballer’. I never saw him tackle high, argue with a ref, feign injury, attempt to get an opponent booked or sent off, cheat or give anything less than 100%.

Ha! Let's just say his goal celebration was slightly understated. If somebody else scored he was climbing all over them. I will always love Sid.

My favourite memory of Sid, among a wonderful collection of memories, is of him, Shaw and Withe hugging each other and collectively dragging themselves to the ground after the goal in Rotterdam.

Offline Mister E

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Re: Gordon Cowans
« Reply #61 on: March 13, 2020, 08:45:00 AM »
Sid is a man that should have been an England legend: that he wasn't was down to narrow-mindedness ("we can't possibly have two ball-players in the side, and we already have Glenn"). He and Hoddle together would have been awesome; sadly, it only happened a few times.
I think Cowans signalled his greatness to the world when - on a balmy August evening in North London, in 1978 - Spuds paraded their 2 new Argentinian midfielders to an expectant White Hart Lane. Ardiles and Ricky Villa had recently arrived after helping their country win the world cup. Aston Villa was their first home game.
We stuffed 'em 4-1 and Cowans was the architect of their destruction!

He was pure class: as Virgil Caine said above - the definition of 'professional'.

Offline russon

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Re: Gordon Cowans
« Reply #62 on: March 30, 2020, 07:02:12 AM »
Bumping this thread because I couldn’t stand it lying on page 2 beneath ones labelled ‘Scott Hogan’ and ‘Danny Drinkwater’.

Offline sirlordbaltimore

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Re: Gordon Cowans
« Reply #63 on: March 30, 2020, 03:53:24 PM »


The best Villa player i've ever seen, ever met, and ever will.

For a kid to grow up idolising a midfielder rather than the amazing strikers or wingers we had at the same time tells it's own story. Just a wonderful footballer.

Thoughts with Sid and his family. Fight on.


Offline kieron

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Re: Gordon Cowans
« Reply #64 on: March 30, 2020, 09:16:30 PM »
Nice bump, which reminds me that I saw him in Aldi Lichfield last week.

Offline Pat McMahon

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Re: Gordon Cowans
« Reply #65 on: March 30, 2020, 10:08:25 PM »
Nice bump, which reminds me that I saw him in Aldi Lichfield last week.

I wonder how many modern footballers shop in Aldi.

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Re: Gordon Cowans
« Reply #66 on: March 30, 2020, 10:13:36 PM »
Bumping this thread because I couldn’t stand it lying on page 2 beneath ones labelled ‘Scott Hogan’ and ‘Danny Drinkwater’.

Quite right too.