Mick makes first trip to Oakwell since loss of mentor
The Town boss takes his side to his hometown club Barnsley for the first time since the passing of the man he considered a mentor during his career, Norman Rimmington.
The former Barnsley ‘keeper went on to work for the club for 65 years after his own playing career ended, holding down roles as a coach, assistant manager, groundsman, physio and kit man before seeing out his last years working in the laundry room.
He was still working at the club when he passed away aged 93 and Mick spoke at his funeral in January.
“It will be bitter-sweet going back there on Saturday. Everyone knows what the club means to me but it will be the first time I have gone there in 42 years and Rimmo won’t be there,” Mick, who made more than 250 League appearances for the Tykes, told Ipswich Player HD.
“He was the first person I went to see whenever I went back there. I’d go straight into the laundry room and say ‘where’s Rimmo?’
“Everyone needs good advice from people they trust at some stage in their life. They don’t put themselves up as a mentor but they give you the right advice at the right time. It might not be what you want to hear but it’s the right thing to hear and Rimmo was always good with that.
“He was at the club when I was there at 16 years old and it will be strange and sad without him there on Saturday.”
Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Mick on Saturday’s game, the challenge of this season and what lies ahead for Town.