(1931 – 2009)
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(1931 – 2009)
This is an obituary to Geoff Barrowcliffe, who died at the age of 77. Geoff Barrowcliffe was a great Derby County player. Derby had 111 goals and promotion in 1956-57, with gates averaging more than 19,000. Ray Straw, like Barrowcliffe a native of Ilkeston, equalled Jack Bowers' club record by scoring 37 times. Barrowcliffe was an integral part of that side, either at right or left-back and missed only one game. After the flourish, Storer and his successor Tim Ward were hampered by lack of cash and the Rams did little more than mark time in the Second Division until they were galvanised by Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. By then, Barrowcliffe had run his course after 503 appearances. He is one of only seven to
play for Derby more than 500 times. That record marks him as a superb signing. He made only a handful of appearances for Ilkeston Town but scouts from League clubs were quickly aware of him. He was still playing â€“ and playing well â€“ for the ex-Rams into his 60s. He was as surprised as he was proud to be presented with a Merit Award at a Former Players' Association dinner. Geoff could have played at a higher level but was happy to stay at the Baseball Ground. His final years were blighted by Alzheimer's Disease but he is a Rams legend who will be remembered with affection, for his modesty and pleasant personality as much as his skill. This memorial is to honour Geoff Barrowcliffe's life and
his acheivements both on and off the pitch. Rest in peace.
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