Published: Saturday, December 19th 2015
Super Kev: 30 Years A Rebel
Written by Matt Webb, John Tebbit, Various contributors
'Super Kev' celebrates 30 years as Slough Town's physio.
There cannot be many physiotherapists that stay with a football club for thirty years, but in Kevin McGoldrick we have a special man who has achieved this remarkable fact for the benefit of the players who have turned for our club during that period of time.
Kevin was handed a special award for his service to the club at our recent home game against St Neots Town, and then on Tuesday evening he was given a ‘guard of honour’ by players and staff from both Slough Town and Merthyr Town in honour of his achievement.
It was on 10 December 1985 that Kevin McGoldrick stepped into his role, when Slough faced Orient (now Leyton Orient) in an FA Cup Second Round replay at Wexham Park, a match played in front of a crowd of 3,086. Previously we enjoyed an excellent run of results to reach that milestone having defeated Merstham Town, Woking, Welling United (after a replay), Kingstonian (after two replays) and Aylesbury United (after yet another replay in a blizzard at Tring), so Kevin duly arrived at Wexham Park when we were on the crest of a wave and enjoying life there.
John Tebbit reflected back on Kevin’s time with the club in the Merthyr match day programme:
"If we turn back the many pages of our recent history, I believe that his predecessor was a certain Dick Errington who was on the scene when Terry Reardon, and David Kemp were managers here and when they carried a rather smaller amount of baggage onto the pitch at the beginning of the nineteen-eighties.
“During those thirty years that Kevin has been with us it has certainly been a period of ups and downs that would be a trial to many other physios, but Kevin has smiled his way throughout triumph and tribulation through those years, taking great care of a remarkable number of players who certainly have been grateful for his medical knowledge that continually ensures that they are as fit as possible to complete in the many games necessary on the lengthy fixture list that continually to grows from year to year.
“He was with us when we finished third in the Isthmian League for three years running shortly after he joined us, and was there when we were promoted for seven seasons when we were playing in the GM Vauxhall Conference, reaching the semi-finals of the FA Trophy in 1998, the season when we were relegated back to the Ryman League.
“He was at Stag Meadow when we pulled off that great FA Cup triumph over Walsall, and at Staines where we won the Ryman League Cup against Hampton and Richmond in 2005; later on he was at Mansfield Town where the Japanese referee continually tried to make him place our injured players on the stretcher that was easily available.
“Also he was with us in our very worst moments when we struggled to keep our place at Step Four thanks to Halifax Town who were also in difficulties as well hundreds of miles away, and fortunately only one club went down.
“His loyalty to Slough Town FC has been unflinching over the time that he has been with us at Wexham Park, Stag Meadow, and Holloways Park, and now we are very much looking forward to seeing him carrying his increasingly large baggage onto our new home in the Stoke Road when we move in there as well. If his baggage gets any larger as he gets a bit older he might need the assistance of a trolley!
“I was trying to work out how many managers he has served over the years. It all began with Howard Kennedy at Brisbane Road on that wintry afternoon followed by some top names like Brian McDermott, and Graham Roberts, both of whom made their personal mark with the ‘Rebels’ during their years with the club. Eddie Denton was another manager who worked well with him as was Steve Bateman as well. I wonder how many managers we have had since Kevin first arrived here, and how many players too! It would be interesting to find out.
Understandably, the tributes came flooding in from current and former colleagues, and supporters alike:
Jake Parsons: A true Gentleman. Will go to any lengths to help anybody. He certainly helped me in recent seasons. Congratulations!
Alex Brown: A story that comes to mind is I had left the club and was injured playing for Chesham and hospitalised. The very next day I receive a call from Super Kev to make sure I was OK and to see if I needed advice on rehab. Says it all for me really. Not only a top physio but a true Gentleman, and one of life's true good guys. Congratulations on 30 years, unbelievable achievement.
Ricky Perks: Kev was always very friendly, very approachable and determined to get you back to fitness as soon as possible. A very loyal servant to the club and a proper unsung hero. Thanks for all the treatment you gave me and my dodgy knee! 30 years incredible service. Well done Super Kev xx
Trent Phillips: I first met Kev when my brother signed for Hampton FC and he was physio at the club. I had my broken my leg and Kev offered to see me and help with my rehab even though I was a player at another club. The type of thing we still see ex-players commenting on social media. He is a genuine special man who I have the utmost respect for. I would like to congratulate him on this wonderful achievement. Legend is a word used too often, but in this case it is spot on.
Neil Baker: Super Kev is an absolute delight to work with, one of the nicest guys I have come across in football and so passionate for the game, will do anything he can for current players and past. He made us very welcome and have enjoyed many a great day with him. Legend is bandied about far too often in football, however he must be up there with the greatest legends that Slough Town has ever had... top man and 30 years is a great achievement.
Eddie Smith: What a legend that man is, can never do enough for me. Always checking up to see if I'm OK. Just absolute legend!!
Stuart Swift: Super Kev what a legend. Will never forget even after I left Slough he kept in contact with me in regards to my knee op and even met me at the Polish Club when he didn't have anyone to see. A true gent. 30 years, well done Kev.
Luke Evans: What a top man, great achievement Kevin.
Reece Yorke: Top man and physio, one of the best around. Congratulations Super Kev.
Dan Burnell: Kev is the nicest person I have met within football, can't think of one person that gets near him. 30 years is an unbelievable achievement. I hope he enjoys many more years to come.
Paul Coyne: To an absolute legend, Kev the physio. A true gentleman and professional. 30 years is an amazing achievement. Not only inside the club but he also helped me outside the club. Absolute hero, huge congratulations.
Leigh Mason: The nicest and most respected guy I have ever met in nonleague football. He witnessed and helped me with my first serious injury, a broken nose away at Hitchin and medial ligaments in pre-season. His loyalty and commitment to Slough Town is beyond words!
James Pritchard: Kev has been an amazing and loyal member of Slough Town history and deserves all the praise he gets. A gentleman at all times and always willing to help. 30 years’ service is truly outstanding.
Ryan Fenton: What a great achievement Kev! The world would be a much better place with more Kevins! A true Gent with a mind-set to put everyone else first. All round great guy and a credit to the club.
Mark Bartley: Helped me massively when I had my first injury. Always helped and put yourself out many times to help players on the road back. They don't make them like you anymore! Congratulations on a wonderful achievement!
Jon Underwood: You simply will not meet a nicer person in football. Kev is an absolute Gentleman and is loved and respected by everyone in the changing room. He is totally professional and very serious about his job, but still retains a great sense of humour and fun and I really don't know what we'd do without him. Well done Kev, it's been a pleasure to be a small part of it, these past few years and many more to come.
Dave Deeney: To the kindest and most generous man I have met in football - enjoy this celebration. The successor to Sepp Blatter you would certainly have my vote. The world’s a better place with people like yourself.
Glen Riley: Super Kev has been physio for longer than I've been supporting! What a true legend he is... and a lovely person to boot. Congrats Kev on such loyalty to one club!
Mark Clements: Super Kev gave me a lot of help with my shoulder, and if it wasn't for Kev I would not be back playing golf. Thanks for all your help, you are true legend and here's to the next 30 years.
Gary House: He is the rock of Slough Town. He's always there for players/fans if needed. Including me over the years there are not many that would help you, but Kev is definitely one of them.
Darron Wilkinson: One of the nicest people you would wish to meet. One of the best physios I've had the pleasure of working with, believe me I've seen a few. Super Kev knew his job inside out and would do anything to get you fit and out on that pitch to play for Slough. As I spent nearly 9 years at the club with him we got on really well together, when he suggested to see a specialist or have another injection I trusted him with his decision and must have extended my playing career by another season. To use up so much of his family time extra nights in and Sunday mornings I couldn't speak highly of the man. Kev should be recognised as a true Slough Town legend for all the time and hard work he has given to the club. I congratulate you Kev and accept all the plaudits that come your way because you deserve it. Wilko x
Mark Betts: Well where do you start with a man like Kev. I have worked with Kev and known Kev for 11 plus years at all levels, a Manager/Assistant/Coach and Academy Manager. He has always been first in last out and never late. Kev's honesty and professionalism is second to none. If you want advice he is always there to listen and help may it be morning, noon or night, football related and even on the odd occasion with myself, personal. Kev is a very kind genuine bloke, he has watched my kids grow up from the ages of 7 and 5. Amy and Oscar who both hold Kev in high regard and always take time for him as he has them both (both with injuries) Kev sorted it no surprise there. I have had some great chats with Kev and laughs. The saying I love hearing from Kev!! in the Kev voice "I am not listening to this Mark keep me out of it" Kev will know what it means. Kev you are one of the best blokes I have met. Well done Kev on your years of service at the Best Non-League Club Slough Town FC. I am sure you will continue to carry all those bags and look after our lads for many years to come. Pleasure and an honour to call you a friend.
Roy Merryweather: Where do you start? When asked to write a few words as to the thirty years Slough have received the services of this legendary figure of a Gentlemen in Kevin McGoldrick. His records speaks for itself, a thorough professional physiotherapist in every sense of the word, never beaten by a challenge, never satisfied until every avenue of diagnosis has been examined, never happy until the player is back displaying his talents.
Being in the position I have been over the years both as a Player/Manager/Senior executive of two Clubs and a personal friend I feel fully justified in saying his ability ranks at the top of anyone I have been associated with Kevin is a one off in every sense of the word. Numerous more senior people than myself have tried unsuccessfully to entice him away from his beloved Slough Town football club. Whilst our future has not always looked that secure, he always politely responded with a similar remark, while the club wants me, that is where I want to stay. Where would you find any one as dedicated and professional as Kevin in this modern world, where would you find a nicer person than the guy he is? YES Kevin is a one off, I never want to visualise a time he won’t be fit enough to run on the pitch in all weathers and conditions to treat his lads. How lucky we are as a club to have his services and how envious many others throughout the country are as to his allegiance he has given us, long may it continue for many years to come. To have the opportunity of expressing my feeling towards the great man is an honour in itself.
Well done Kevin once again, the appreciation we give is truly from the heart Keep up the good work!
Dean Harper: Great to see Super Kev reach 30 years’ service. A true Gentleman who always makes time for everyone. As a player you always knew you were in safe hands if you had an injury. One man at the club who epitomises the club motto to serve with honour. Also when I returned to play against the Rebels Kev would always greet you with a handshake, big hug and the offer of treatment if you had a problem. A lovely man and true Slough Town FC legend who deserves all the kind words he will no doubt have said about him. Keep up the good work Super Kev, all the best, Harps.
Calvin Maye: They broke the mould with Super Kev. Never met anyone more dedicated to his club. Willing to help anyone and a general all round great person that is professional and willing to go that extra mile. Long may he continue.
Ollie Hayward: There is so much that can be said about Super Kev. He is such a modest man and there has been some wonderful tributes to his 30 years as club Physio, I feel that I just like to add a few words; Congratulations Kevin, terrific person to know and work with. I remember you first joining the Club and just where has the years gone since? Well done.
Paul, Debbie & Rachel: Congratulations on 30 years! Here's to 30 more. X
Mark West: Kevin, Congratulations on the last 30 years at Slough Town. A big thank you for looking after me for four years and my boys when they decided to play in the stinging nettles! Your commitment and dedication to the players and the Club have, and always will be, second to none. Here's to the next 30 years.
Steve Easterbrook, Chairman Slough Town FC: During my tenure as Chairman of Slough Town FC you have shown me nothing but respect and total loyalty. In an ever changing environment your uncompromising professionalism, dedication and willingness to help people is both inspirational and enlightening. You and your family should be very proud. You are a remarkable man, a special person and this club has indeed been very lucky. Thank you.