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tribute to
Friday May 18 2007
in goals
HEARTS goalkeeping coach Jim Getting in
Stewart has hailed Craig Gordon
for the way he bounced back
after the intense speculation
surrounding his future during the
January transfer window.
Gordon was the subject of a
failed £2.5million bid from
Fulham in January and he turned
down a £5m move to Spartak
The Scotland No.1 was then
omitted for the matches against
Falkirk, Rangers, Dunfermline
and Inverness despite being fully
fit, with Steve Banks replacing
Andrew’s team are up to par
him in goal.
However, the Jambos skipper
OOTBALL stars and
has since reclaimed his place
Hearts legends past
and has led Hearts back into
contention for a UEFA Cup spot.
and present took part
Stewart said: “Again it’s been
in the official HMFC
annual golf day this
week at the Marriott
Dalmahoy course in Edinburgh.
Andrew Driver
And it was Young Player of the
’s team which teed up
a sweet victory with 95 points to leave
his colleagues caddy whacked.
Craig Gordon who ended up second
His side out-clubbed team captain
finishing with the Rough – former
BANKS: Excellent run in goal
Scotland goalkeeper
Scott Crabbe, John Robertson,
Alan that is.
one of these seasons where he’s
Derek Ferguson and others from
shown his capabilities both at
the Hearts teams of yore
club and international level.
showed that they’ve still got
“He’s had a tough period and
a few tricks up their sleeves.
he’s come through and shown
the resilience he has as a
assistant coach Steve
They joined the likes of
goalkeeper and it augurs well for
Frail, on-form Michal
Hearts in the future and the
Pospisil and
national team as well.
Christophe Berra for
“It was a difficult period. We
the event which proved
didn’t really know exactly what
just as popular as ever
was happening in terms of
Craig’s future. But through the
swing that victory on
Now, if only they can
efforts of Craig and also Stevie
Sunday too…
Banks we managed to keep him
calm and focused on the job.
“He was very supportive when
Stevie was in the team and that
was important for the camaraderie
of the goalkeeping group.”
Banks excelled during his run,
keeping three clean sheets in
four games, and Stewart heaped
praise on the 35-year-old for his
role as back-up to Gordon.
“He’s been fantastic and he
really helps to keep Craig on an
even keel in match situations.”
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