Published in the Southern League Premier Division match v Merthyr Town on Tuesday 15th December 2015. We won 3-1 in front of 225
can’t be many physios that have their own football chants. But then
there can’t be many physios like Super Kev McGoldrick. Kev has been
with Slough Town for incredible 30 years and has seen it all from
Conference football to the club staring down the barrel of the dog
and duck league to losing our ground and nearly going bust. Words
like legend are branded around in football and life far too easily
but I think there's one person at this fine club of ours that really
deserves the title.
first match was something special. I was a fresh faced teenager at a
packed Wexham Park in a FA Cup replay against Orient on 10th Dec
1985. We had been leading 2-0 at half time in the first game but
eventually took us to our replay where they beat us 3-2 and once
again a Third Round FA Cup tie alluded us.
will be his 1,619 competitive game, but if you count friendlies it's
Kev has been a constant for the club, an approachable, top bloke
always with a smile on his face ready to help people out. Not just
players now, but former players are always singing his praises on
twitter – and quite a few fans have gone along with aches and pains
(mainly from watching Slough, but im not sure he's come up with a
cure for that yet).
I interviewed him a couple of years back when he'd just done 27 years
on the sick bed, but I think its worth repeating.
Why did you become a football physio?
At 24 I had suffered a few injuries as a local footballer and I was
receiving treatment with Owen Harris at Wimbledon and he encouraged
me to get involved in the treatment of injuries and I became a sports
therapist. After attending courses at Spurs and Lilleshall I was
approached to join Hillingdon Borough to look after their 2nd
Who do you support?
I only support Slough Town
How long have you been associated with Slough Town and who
introduced you to the club?
My first game was against Orient at home in the FA cup replay in
I was at Hillingdon Boro Youth with Alan Davies (who became Slough
manager) and a young Fred Cummings and Alan recommended me to then
manager Howard Kennedy.
From your perspective, who is the best Slough player you have seen
As I’m on my third decade with the club I have picked from each.
Keith White was a marvelous footballer
Les Briley such an important player for that time
Wilko and Daly
What they all had in common was great integrity
What's your most memorable match, good or bad?
Best matches Reading at home FA Cup (Slough were 3-1 down in injury
time and managed to draw 3-3). Stevenage away in the Trophy. Walsall
at Windsor in the FA Cup
The worst - hanging on to a 9-0 defeat at Wimbledon - the shame!
What single thing would make your job easier?
A football ground in slough
A club doctor
All players to have private medical insurance
Who has been the best manager you have worked with and are there
any that have made you not be part of the team?
Managers I’ve had the honour of serving under are Alan Davies,
David Kemp, Brian McDermott, Eddie Denton, Steve Bateman, Wilko. No
manager made me not want to be at the club
Are former players, especially those that come back as managers
surprised your still here?
Some people may be surprised, but I am surprised that other clubs do
not have longevity in their ranks
Have players attitudes changed much towards fitness and health?
Players are much more aware of preparation and conditioning
you ever feel threatened by the host of attractive young female
physios most clubs in our division seem to employ?
I might feel threatened if I was not maturely gorgeous with blue
Did you add a Mecano set to your physio bag to keep
on repairing Wilko's legs?
Wilko had his fair share of injuries but had total commitment on and
off the pitch
Are you optimistic about Slough Towns Future?
I remain optimistic because of the people associated with the club
and the ambitions they have to carry this club forward, but we do
need to recruit some younger blood.
What do you do outside football?
I have a wife Sue who hates football so I don’t have to have a
conversation when I get home! and two daughters Aimee and Laura.
Do you think you will ever hang up your physio bag?
never thought of quitting. I may be replaced one day for a newer
model but that's fine. I have been proud and privileged to serve this
great club. I have loved every minute and have made many lifelong
Thank you Kev for everything you have done for Slough Town. Let's
make sure he gets a song or two when he runs out at our new ground
More tributes to Kev are here