Time to say goodbye to Twiggy ….. October 16, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
So after months of speculation its now official…
Gary Twigg’s last home game for the Hoops will be on Friday v’s UCD…..
Shamrock Rovers Football Club can confirm that striker, Gary Twigg will leave the club at the end of the current season.
Speaking ahead of his final home game for the Hoops, Gary said: “I want to thank everyone at the club, the manger who brought me in, and those I’ve played under this season, for everything they have done for me over the past four seasons. And I especially want to thank the fans, they have been brilliant to me and I couldn’t have achieved what I did at the club without them.
“I also want the fans to know that I am only leaving to be nearer my family. I don’t want to leave the club and wouldn’t be if it was only a football decision, but it isn’t. My family is the most important thing to me and I had to make this decision for their sake. I loved played for Rovers and have great memories from my time here.”
So Friday I’ll trudge up to Tallaght (and its been a trudge lately… when you find yourself going to games out of guilt) knowing that it will be the last time I’ll see the great man wearing the Hoops.
In his time at Rovers Twigg has scored 78 goals in 88 games. Amongst those goals the first goal for the Hoops in Tallaght.
Twigg is a hero, a legend, an idol to Rovers fans. His goals, his rapport with the fans, the joy he gets from scoring goals.
As someone on the Rovers Forum put it… “He has been the first LOI icon in years. Fans, especially young kids came to watch Gary Twigg as much as they came to watch Rovers. His signing coincided with our move to Tallaght, and Twigg and Tallaght Stadium went hand in hand as far as people who were new to Rovers were concerned. Ask a kid in general his favourite player and he’ll tell you someone from the premiership. Ask any kid who was caught up in the Rovers/Tallgaht hype he’ll tell you Gary Twigg. He done as much as anyone to raise the profile of this club, simply by scoring goals….”
I remember the thrill when my son got his autograph as we spotted him leaving training when we were up at the stadium buying something in the club shop. He was walking on air for days afterwards.
Twigg is a gent off the pitch and on it too.
Just before he signed for Rovers, he supposedly was going to give up the game but Michael O’Neill persuaded him to follow him from Brechin City over to Rovers.
He will be missed.