One of the truest unsung heroes of Gloucester City Football Club has left the club after 30 years with the Tigers.
Ade Tandy is hanging up his shorts following the Tigers final day defeat at Braintree Town as he calls time on a 25 year career as a club physio for the first team.
With his departure, it marks the end of a near 60 year era of the Tandy family’s association with the club, with Ade’s father Bernard his predecessor for almost three decades before him.
In a heartfelt message posted to supporters on the City Open Forum, Tandy said
As quite a few found out today, Braintree was my last game for the club. I am really sorry for not announcing it but I want to leave quietly. A few people were aware of my decision but kept it quiet at my request which I really appreciate.
Eleven years of every game being an away game has finally taken its toll and unfortunately, Evesham is a ground too far. I know some will argue that we have had “homes” but i have to store and transport a load of stuff to every game. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to turn up to a game with just my kit! Something that people will forget is that all the First team equipment has to be stored somewhere. Quite a bit of it at my house. Footballs are easy, they can go in the garage but the Medical kit is more delicate so into the house it goes.
For those that don’t know, Gloucester City, for almost 60 years has not just been about Dad and I, it has been a family affair. My Granddad worked in the office (yes, the club used to have an admin office!), Mum washed the kit. My Brother helped out when we were kids. He has even been named as a sub a couple of times! Jess and Sam you will be aware of. Jess selling the programmes and Sam being part of the back room staff. I’ve even got Julie involved on occasions.
It is going to be weird. I definitely know that. I guess I have been around for about 45 years since Dad first brought me to a game. I’ve done all sorts at the club as well. Ball boy, selling programmes (guess that’s where Jess gets her talent from), being on the turnstiles and I’ve even done a 2 week stint helping the Groundsman at Horton Road! And, of course, there is the Physio role which I have been extremely proud of.
I now have to say a Massive Thank-You to the Supporters Trust. They have been brilliant at covering the medical bills for years. I think Trev dreads when he gets an email from me but bless him he is always quick to repay me. The thing I find odd is that it is the Trust that has to foot the bill rather than the club. Hopefully, that will change.
Fans were quick to send their messages in on Twitter, as they reacted to the news that Tandy was leaving the club.
You've done a brilliant job Ade following on from your dad. I spent many happy times with Bernard covering City.
— Nigel Dean (@Deano230) 28 April 2018
True Gloucester City legends!
— Marc Richards (@MarcRichards10) 28 April 2018
You will be truly missed (and those legs!)🏃♂️🏃♂️ 🐯⚽️🐯
— Sally Medcroft (@SallyMedcroft) 28 April 2018