Gerry Sweeney

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10 July 1945

Born: Renfrew, Glasgow
Signed from: Morton, 1971
Position: Right-back
Seasons played: 1971-82
Appearances: 490
Goals: 29

After a brief spell at Celtic, Gerry launched his career with Greenock Morton where he spent four and a half enjoyable seasons, playing in every outfield position and even going in goal for the last 20 minutes of a match against Kilmarnock.

He has described the fee City paid to sign him from Morton in 1971 as “a quart of dolly mixtures”. It was actually £22,000 and proved one of the best investments in the club’s history.

Originally recruited to play in midfield after being spotted by City chief scout Tony Collins, Gerry soon developed into one of the most reliable right-backs to represent the Robins and was a first team ever-present for four of his seasons with the club.

His attacking skills brought vital goals in the 1975-76 promotion season, including the winner in a key game against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, while his incredible fitness led team-mates to nickname him ‘Yifter the Shifter’ after the great African athlete of the time because he won all the cross-country runs in training.

Also renowned for taking penalties without a run-up (he reasoned it gave goalkeepers less time to move), Gerry was a regular in Alan Dicks’ First Division side of the late 1970s, locking horns with the top attacking players in the country and relishing every moment.

A fierce competitor, who hated to lose even training games, he possessed a wicked sense of humour and would often have team-mates in stitches with his mimicry and practical jokes. Young players in particular needed to be wary if Sween was on the warpath!

After leaving City, Gerry ended his playing career by spending the remainder of that season at York City and then dropping into non-League football. Later he returned to Ashton Gate as a coach, working under manager and fellow Scot Joe Jordan in the 1996-97 season.