Tributes To Former Boro Defender!

Last updated : 08 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Andy made two first team appearances for Boro during the 1981-82 season.

He was only 18 when he made his League debut at Anfield in a 1-1 draw against European Champions Liverpool in September 1981 in what was Boro's first game of the new campaign.

He then retained his place alongside established players such as Jim Platt, David Hodgson and Tony McAndrew for a 2-0 defeat at Brighton four days later before John Craggs returned to the side.

Billingham-born Andy, who lived in his hometown, leaves his partner Christine, 18-year-old daughter Amy and son Andrew, 10.

Boro's Chief Executive Keith Lamb (talking on the Boro official website): "I am sure many Boro fans will remember Andy playing for the club. On behalf of everyone at the club, I'd like to pass on our sympathies to his family and friends."

Gary Pallister: "I met Andy when I was a young lad at Billingham Town and we played in the Northern League together for 18 months.

"He used to tell us all about his days at Boro, which obviously meant a lot to him. He was a good pro who loved his football and was just a nice fella.

"I hadn't seen him for years but when I heard this news it completely knocked me for six. I'm just so shocked. I remember him as a very good trainer who always looked physically fit."