Ernie Gregory remembered

They really don't make them like Ernie Gregory any more. Gone are the days when a man stays with his first club for over 50 years.

My euphoria at the current squad finally getting to the Championship summit this weekend was wrecked by the sad news of Ernie's passing.

He was the first goalkeeper I knew as a boy watching the Irons in the late '50s and early '60s, and there is a serious discussion to be had as to whether he was the greatest servant ever to turn out for the club, despite the glory and honours achieved by the Moore, Hurst, Peters era.

The next time we are all assembled at the Boleyn, and that's for the Millwall game, I pray the club have mark the passing of a great servant properly, and that our 'friends' from across the water can manage to take part in a fitting memorial. I'm sure they will.

It is also good that we have as owners now two men who remember the great days of our past and the players that made it possible. David Gold has already expressed his sympathies, I'm sure David Sullivan feels the same.

Big Ern in action

Articles elsewhere have recorded his history with the club, quite amazing. For me, I can only recall standing next to my dad and him telling me Ernie was the best goalkeeper he'd ever seen.

He was part of the side that took us back into the top flight in 1958, and had a genuine impact on young men coming through the ranks for many years after.

I was amazed to read a few years back when Ernie was taken ill, that he did not believe people would remember him. The deluge of good wishes that followed hopefully made him realise just how much he was held in our affections.

RIP Ernie. There are very few left now of that '50s side, and you will always stay in my memory and I'm sure many thousands of others.

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