I first met Andy on an away trip to Streatham in 1981 and we hit it off straight away. We spent many an hour in the early 80s pounding the road, drinking lots of beer and singing lots of songs. Most of the time Panthers got hammered, and so did we.
We worked together as off-ice officials for 24 years, not just at Panthers, but at championships, cup finals and internationals. He knew his job and wasn't afraid to make the right decision, sometimes to the annoyance of players, home or away.
Above all he was a top top bloke and probably my best mate in hockey. Right now I'm devastated by what's happened.
Love to all the family.
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My thoughts go out to Andy's family. I remember Andy from back in the old stadium days and more recently. He has been the "stripey" pressing the goal judge button every since I can remember. He used to remind me that he was one of the off ice officials when I played for the Nottingham Cougars (Under 16's) back in 1989 at the Wembley Arena when we beat Fife 3-1 to win the British Championship.
A very sad day for all he knew him - RIP Andy.
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Very sad news - Andy will be missed around the arena and in the hockey world at large.
Condolences to his family from everyone involved with the Cage.
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I am both shocked & deeply saddened. My thoughts, love, sympathy & prayers are with his family & friends.
I didn't know Andy very well, but i knew him to say ''hello'' too & he seemed a bloody good & decent chap. I mainly knew him through my time as PAWS, when we'd meet up at the back door to the NIC, during period breaks. He'd always have an opinion on something & it was usually VERY funny. he made me laugh, & he made me smile - I will miss him. I last saw Andy immediatley after his surgery, through actually working here at the QMC Operating theatres - whilst he was in pain, he seemed to be doing well, so this has knocked the (ample) stuffing out of me.
Love & thoughts with his nearest & dearest. I hope Panthers MORE than blow a horn for the guy.
Im truely shocked at the news as well. Like Tony said above, although in pain after surgery it seemed all had gone well. Last time I saw him he was still laughing and joking, asking how my hockey was going etc. Hadnt known him long, but will miss him all the same. My thoughts go out to Fran and the rest of the family. xxx
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I didn't know Andy very well - not at all from the Panthers, mainly from bumping into him in the Olympic Rink. Nice bloke, a true stalwart of Nottingham ice hockey. From what I saw, he had loads of friends - and that's the truest test of anyone.
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Very sad news our thoughts are with you all, RIP Andy!
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Andy was a fantastic brother and a best mate. Walking away from hospital today was the hardest thing I have ever done.
Hockey nights will never be the same for me and I’ll miss the ribbing and his laughing face from across the ice and between the periods if one of us made the dreaded mistake of flicking the light on when the puck hadn’t gone in, I know if I make that mistake in the future it’ll put a big grin on my face because I know he’ll be watching and laughing just like we used to. It was Andy who introduced and trained me as a goal judge and for that reason I feel it only right I should give up residence of the stage end box and move into what was considered Andy’s second home in front of block 10, that first game back is going to be my hardest yet but I’m looking forward to it. Thanks to every whose text me over the weekend and everyone whose posted on here.
The last time I saw Andy was at QMC last Tuesday. He got up out of his wheelchair and we shook hands. It is difficult to comprehend how he can so suddenly be taken from us.
Andy was one of life's gentlemen, and sometimes life can be so unfair. He was single handedly responsible for getting me into goal judging. He spent many hours with me down at the juniors and gave both his time and experience unselfishly.
I sat with Andy and family at the play-off final last year. When that penalty save was made we looked at each other as tears rolled down our faces and hugged. I was proud to share that moment with him. I can hear him shouting down my ear now.
Every time in the future that I flick that red light on mate I'll be thinking of you. God speed.
I got to know Andy after we moved to the new place and I started as an official. He was just one of the nicest people I have ever met. Whenever I had an off-day, he was always there with some comforting words, and then he made me laugh in one way or another. I shall miss him like crazy. My thoughts are with all his family. Love Karen xxx
last time i saw andy was after the plaoffs in april. i hadnt seen him in awhile and it was lovely to see him. like most people we spent a lot of times drinking in the 8o,s after matches and on the bus on the way home. i am shocked to hear of his passing and my thoughts are with him and all who knew him. you will be sadly missed.
could i ask a favour, do any of you have any old photo,s of andy. we would like to make up a album of andy,s life. if you do have any pictures of andy down the rink, on away trips ect could you please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org thank you.