DERBY County are to honour club stalwart Gordon Guthrie by naming a stand after him .
The South West corner at Pride Park Stadium will be renamed “the Gordon Guthrie Stand” after a man who has served the Rams for six decades in a number of roles, including reserve-team player, coach, physio and kit man – although he has been away from the club recently recovering from a bout of illness.
He was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to the Rams and the 82-year-old says seeing his name on a stand is a huge honour.
“I am very proud,” said Guthrie. “Derby has been my life for so long and it’s unbelievable to have a stand named after me.
“This is a special club and I would like to thank everyone for their best wishes while I have been unwell and also for the amazing reception I got at the Millwall game at the end of last season. I had a lump in my throat.”
Guthrie has worked under more than a dozen Derby managers including Brian Clough and Dave Mackay during the glory days of the 1970s, and Arthur Cox in the 1980s when the club won back-to-back promotions.
Current Rams boss Nigel Clough says honouring Guthrie in this way is fully deserved.
“You tend to see high-profile ex-players and managers get stands named after them nowadays but I think it is just as important the people behind the scenes like Gordon are recognised for their achievements,” he said.
“It is a wonderful honour for Gordon and recognition for all he has contributed to the club over many, many years.
“He is a wonderful man who is loved by everyone at the club and a stand named after him is the least he deserves.”