26 October 2017
Like father, like son
Joe Taylor, following in his father's footsteps....but that's bad news for our kitman!
Loyalty in football. A phrase heard almost as often these days as ‘Arsenal, league champions’ or ‘the referee got that decision spot on’! Thankfully there are a few individuals still in the game for whom the thought of changing clubs as regularly as the weather holds no appeal. For some, like Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs, the decision is an easy one. In playing for one of the most famous and successful clubs in world football, while earning a small fortune and collecting trophies along the way, he had what one might term ‘a cushy number’. Contrast that with going knee deep in dirty kit, often working late into the night to get it cleaned for the following day’s match, and cleaning out the dressing rooms – all on a voluntary basis – and it’s a surprise that anyone would last long in one of the game’s less glamorous roles.
In all honesty, Darren Etheridge was probably thinking along the same lines as he laid out the Horsham players’ strips at Tooting & Mitcham’s Sandy Lane exactly twenty years ago today. Yet two decades, ten managers and more than a thousand matches later, ‘Dazza’ is still going strong and, true to his taxi driving profession, shows little sign of stopping! Also known to have made the odd appearance in goal in his *ahem* ‘more athletic’ days, we salute Darren’s dedication, commitment, and loyalty to the Hornets and look forward to the next twenty years!
Photo: members of Horsham’s ‘Lardy Army’ pay their own tribute to our popular kitman on the occasion of Darren’s 1,000th match in charge of the Horsham kit