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Friends pay tribute after former footballer Galloway dies at 65

Tributes have poured in for late footballer Philip (Stickman) Galloway.

The diminutive goalkeeper, who had playing stints with Somerset Colts, Somerset Trojans and Devonshire Colts during his heyday between the posts, passed away at the weekend following a bout with illness just weeks prior to his 66th birthday.

During his football career Mr Galloway earned the respect of his teammates for his goalkeeping ability and humorous nature.

“He liked to joke about and always had a lot of jokes,” recalled Trojans teammate Lionel (Baldy) Smith. “You could always depend on Stickman for a good laugh but he was also stern when he wanted to be. He was the type of guy who kicked up to you if you were not doing your job.”

Former Trojans and West Ham star Clyde Best also has fond memories of his late schoolmate.

“We went to the same school (Prospect for Boys) together and he was a fantastic little fellow,” he said. “He was very nice and polite.

“He was a goalkeeper who done well for his size. He wasn't the tallest fellow in the world, but he had good hands. He came over to England to watch me play (for West Ham) — him, Red Dowling and John Scotland and we had some good times together. My condolences go out to his family.”

Former Devonshire Colts striker Albert Dowling recalled one game in particular playing alongside the late Mr Galloway.

“I remember playing at BAA and Stickman was in goal,” he said. “We were playing St George's Colts and we had two short people challenging each other — ‘Sub' Smith (Noel Smith) and Philip Galloway. And the funny thing about it is that ‘Sub' took advantage of Philip's shortness and was able to pop the ball over his head and outstretched arms to score a goal. That particular game stands out in my memory.

“He loved the game very much and was a person that understood it well and dedicated his time to the position he played. Irrespective of how short he was it never affected him and I think that gave us confidence.

“He was one that gave instruction and if you didn't follow then you knew you would hear his voice. He was well disciplined and that came from home. He was also a very humorous individual, he always cracked jokes.”

Former Devonshire Colts coach and educator, Donald (Dick) Dane, characterised his late player as a hard working, fun loving individual who gave his all to the team.

“He was a team player and whether he was playing or not he was very much involved in the team and in the playing of the game,” he recalled. “He was a wonderful player and easy to coach and if he wasn't chosen or reserve he would still be out there supporting the team. During the warm up he would be there working with the goalkeeper.

“He was short for a goalkeeper but he didn't let that affect him. He worked very hard in training, was there on time and whenever called upon was there to perform. He was a very easy and loving person who always had this big smile on his face and was very quick to crack a joke. I was shocked to hear he passed.”

Mr Dane added: “There were some complaints when I went up to Sandys Secondary School to teach. We were able to use Sandys gym for training so the Devonshire Colts used to train there and we got Stickman and Albert Dowling and two other players and it was a big fuss about us coming to Somerset and stealing their players.”

Beyond the football pitch the late Somerset resident taught bar tending at the old Stonington Beach Hotel.

“He was a very good bartender and spent a lot of time in the hotel industry,” Mr Best added.

In more recent times Mr Galloway was employed at White's Grocery and also drove a taxi (T1157).

In his heyday: Philip Galloway (front row, centre) during his playing days with Somerset Colts, who later amalgamated with West End Rovers to become Somerset Trojans

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Published October 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 17, 2013 at 12:46 am)

Friends pay tribute after former footballer Galloway dies at 65

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