Tributes paid to former Lincoln United goalkeeper Barry Ramm
Tributes have been paid to Barry Ramm, a star goalkeeper in his youth, who has died aged 76.
Mr Ramm, who played for Lincoln United and top Sunday league outfit Adelaide Park in the late 1950s and early 1960s, passed away at Lincoln County Hospital on January 8 after a long illness.
Ilkeston-born Mr Ramm lived in Apple Garth, off Brant Road, Lincoln, with his wife Gill, after 45 years in the same house in Kingsway.
The keen sports fan was a member of Lincoln and District Indoor Bowling Club, based in Hall Drive, and a committee member of Lincoln and District Football Supporters' Club.
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Mr Ramm was a regular at the Moorlands and Railway Sports and Social Club, and before its demolition, the Lincoln Railway Sports and Social Club in Ropewalk.
There, he was famous for an incident involving his bicycle and too much festive spirit.
One Christmas Eve, he left his bike outside, chained up, went in and had a few drinks. Then he went outside and got on his bike to leave.
But he was a bit drunk and had forgotten to unchain his bike so as he went to ride off he went straight over the handle bars.
Ian Credland, who is married to Mr Ramm's niece Diane, said he was a colourful character.
"He had a heart attack in 1977 but still enjoyed life to the full," said Mr Credland, of Brant Road. "He had diabetes, heart problems and emphysema but it never slowed him down. During his working life he was a forklift and crane driver at Rustons.
"He was Ramm by name, ram by nature.
"At Rustons he once picked up a pallet of paint pots and the forks went right through the tins. He got called up to the office about it and denied everything, but there was a trail of paint."
Brian Baldam, 75, of Thurlby Crescent, Ermine, organiser of Lincoln and District Football Supporters' Club, shared his memories.
"I got to know Barry really well about seven or eight years ago when he used to support the bingo that we organised at Lincoln City FC," he said.
"He was so taken up with what we were doing he asked if he could join us as a helper.
"He had the voice for bingo calling and he supported the main bingo caller up until about six months ago when he became poorly."
A service was held at Lincoln Crematorium on January 23.