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Gerry Gow, who was with Burnley during the 1983/84 season, has sadly passed away overnight at the age of 64 following a battle with cancer.

He was one of John Bond’s signings who went on to make just nine league appearances for the Clarets in what proved to be his last season as a Football League player.

Gow, however, had enjoyed a very good playing career prior to joining us and was a big favourite at Bristol City where he was one of the star names in the side that won promotion to the top flight in the 1970s. He’d joined them straight from school in 1969 and went on to play 375 games for the Ashton Gate club before being lured to Manchester City by John Bond.

He was also a big success at Manchester City, playing a major role in the big improvement there as they dragged themselves off the bottom of the league to finish in mid-table. He also lined up for them in the 1981 FA Cup Final against Spurs.

A move to Rotherham followed, where again he was a success following the Millers’ promotion, but in 1983 he rejoined Bond at Turf Moor where things didn’t go as well for him. He wasn’t the same player and it was no surprise when he bowed out of league football at the end of his one season at Turf Moor.

He continued in league football, most notably at Yeovil when he replaced Ian MacFarlane as manager when the former moved to Burnley to become John Benson’s assistant. He took on the role of player manager , making some astute signings including Kevin Reeves from Burnley and a young Alan Pardew from Dulwich Hamlet. He went on to manage Weymouth and, in 2012, was granted a testimonial at Bristol City where he remained a hugely popular figure.

Burnley, sadly, was one club too far for a player who will be remembered fondly by the supporters of all the other clubs he played for, none more so than at Bristol City where he was such a major player in what was a golden era for the club as they reached the top flight of English football.

The sad news was announced this morning by his son Chris who said: “Today the world fell apart for our family. My beautiful dad passed away in the early hours of this morning; 64 years young, he lost his battle to the most disgusting disease. Me and my family are broken hearted and nothing will ever fill the void in our hearts. RIP my hero, my best mate, my dad.”

My thoughts are very much with his wife Joolz, his son Chris and daughters Rachael and Jennifer and their families at this sad time for them as another former Claret has left us far too early.

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