Former ECU player to watch Rams v Gers

Former ECU player to watch Rams v Gers

Posted on August 1, 2014 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup winger Ted ‘Tinman’ McMinn will be at the iPro Stadium on Saturday afternoon when two of his other former clubs Derby County and Rangers play a pre-season friendly. 

McMinn will appear on the pitch prior to the game getting underway and is assured a fantastic reception from both sets of fans.

McMinn spent a season in the WA State league with ECU, (Third player from the right top row – Photo of the 1997 ECU side), and one player who is still friends with him is former ECU Joondalup Coach Paul ‘Geordie’ Simmons, and he still has some special memories of ‘The Tin Man’.

“Ted was and probably still is, the best player ever to come and play for a full season in WA,” Simmons said. “I think he was 34 when he got here and was still playing at Burnley. He had had a tremendous career at Rangers, Seville and Derby County where he was a star at all. The star didn’t fade when he got to WA it shone and he won the Player of the Year and got us promotion as Champions from Division 1 to the Premier League.”

The Scottish talisman was an instant hit here, and Simmons recalled some of the special memories, of his time in WA. “I remember a game played against Perth City at Sorrento and Ted wasn’t having the best of games there was about five minutes to go and the Perth supporters were starting to take the mickey out of him,” he said.
“He picked the ball up about 10 yards inside our half, on the left as usual, and set off. He beat about 5 to 6 of the Perth Players and rifled an unstoppable shot into the net, he spun and ran towards the Perth supporters jumped the fence into them and celebrated. The Perth boys congratulated him and praised him, that’s the sort of guy he was, respected for his prowess.”

“Another was when he was invited to go and trial with Perth Glory, I broke the news to Ted and he laughed he said he had never had a trial in his life and wasn’t about to go looking now.“I convinced him to go down and went with him he was told that Glory they were going to end up with a training game and Ted was told they were concerned was he was that he was a left winger, he said play me in the middle. They did and he was the best player by a country mile. He wouldn’t go back for seconds.”

Now 51, McMinn was a huge fans’ favourite whilst on the books at the Baseball Ground between 1988 and 1993 and made over 150 appearances for the club, while he also enjoyed a spell working in Derby’s kit department after hanging up his boots.
His playing career began north of the border with Queen of the South in 1982 before he moved to Rangers in 1984. He made over 60 appearances for the Ibrox club and helped them to the league title in 1986/87, making himself a popular figure with their fans in the process. After Rangers he went on to play for Sevilla in Spain, then Derby, Birmingham City, Burnley, ECU Joondalup and then, finally, Slough Town.

In the early 2000s his life took a dramatic change as a serious infection picked up while on holiday led initially to his right foot being amputated, then more of his leg was removed beneath the knee to allow him to have a prosthetic limb fitted.

Simmons was invited back by McMinn for his benefit match in Derby back in May 2006, which drew a crowd of 33,475 people as Derby and Rangers went head-to-head at Pride Park. “I was honoured when he contacted me and asked that I go and play in the Derby v Rangers benefit match for him when he lost his leg.  I was unfortunate that at that particular time I had a lot of commitments with starting a new business,” he said.

“He is still a top bloke and one statement he made to me which I will always remember he said. ‘Geordie people thinks it’s hard to get to the top, it’s a lot harder coming back down.’  Ted McMinn simply Quality