Yeovil Town Commercial Manager talked to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, on Saturday 15th October 2016, reflecting on the life of former Yeovil Town manager Gerry Gow.
CS: You played under Gerry Gow, both for Yeovil and for Weymouth. Just what was Gerry Gow like?
DL: He was an inspirational character. He led by example. He was a tough tackler, but he was also a very good footballer. He was like that off the field as well. He expected people to put the foot in where it was there to put in.
CS: Everybody knows him as a player at Bristol City, and as a player in the FA Cup Final for Manchester City, but he came here as a player-manager, so what was he like as a manager, and what was he like to play for?
DL: He was very good. He wanted to play football and his style was that he wanted to play - he was no long ball merchant. He was a physical player, but he brought some good players here, with acquisitions from Bristol City, a chap called Alan Pardew from Dulwich Hamlet, and Ian Botham. He brought some characters to the team, and he was a character himself.
CS: Yeovil Town were obviously a non-league side. But it must have put Yeovil Town on the map nationally, with those names coming in, who Gerry knew when he was manager.
DL: It did, because it was not that long after the escapade that went on at Bristol (when they nearly went out of business due to financial problems). He brought a lot of those players with him, so it got a lot of PR, and the papers got hold of it with Ian Botham coming as well. So it highlighted the club, and it put us on the map.
CS: On the pitch he was renowned for his tough tackling. Was he renowned as a manager who would rant and rave at half time if he wasn't happy?
DL: Oh yes, there were a few cups of tea thrown up the wall from time to time. But that was Gerry - he expected people to do what he did. If you didn't, then he certainly let you know.
CS: He stayed locally, and he lived in Dorset, and I think that even up to the last few years, he was a visitor to Huish Park, wasn't he?
DL: He was. I only saw him a few months ago. I didn't recognise him at the time. But yes, he stayed in Dorset. He left here in 1987 I believe, and then eventually got the job at Weymouth. I was grateful at that particular time as he took me to Weymouth as a player. He then made his home down in Weymouth. He lived on Portland, and I think that is where most of his family live now.
CS: You're going to be making an announcement as you always do, and you're going to be leading the minute's applause, so everyone here today can show their appreciation.
DL: Absolutely. We want to show our appreciation to Gerry. Although he was only here for three or four years, he was an inspirational character, and for me personally it is a little bit poignant for myself. It will be nice just to show our respects to our former manager here.
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