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Aardvarks: Walwyn - 'A human goal-machine'

Aardvarks: Walwyn - 'A human goal-machine'

Decent football-themed recordings are typically few in number and most are usually comfortably wide of the mark. But it turns out there was actually a little-known song produced that suitably finds the back of the net every single time.

The Rugged Aardvarks were a skiffle group busking around York during the very early nineties, and came up with a tribute song titled Keith Walwyn, in glowing testament of the legendary centre-forward who scored 140 goals in 291 games for the Minstermen between 1981-87.

Such were the levels of commitment and consistency from the magnificent Walwyn, who went on to become York's second highest goalscorer in history, that he was voted as their 'Clubman of the Year' in both his first and last seasons with the club.

That kind of contribution was clearly regularly witnessed and massively recognised from within the Aardvarks' membership, as they recollected:.

"He was long, he was tall, he was brilliant at football,
"He was big, he was mean, he was a human goal-machine.
"Many a man would stand in his way,
"But they soon moved aside when Keith began to play.

"He was never that mobile and technically weak,
"But no-one ever touched Keith Walwyn at his peak.
"He was strong and determined and fearsomely bold,
"And I cried the day that Keith Walwyn was sold."

The local group was listed as comprising of Torgil Benigh, Simon Guppy, Tim Newton and Paul Butler, the latter of whom is believed to have been a regular visitor to Bootham Crescent.

They also later include an appropriate historical reference within their lyrical content, when relating to the subject controversially having a winning goal ruled out in a famous FA Cup replay at Liverpool in February 1986.

"Well soon there came a fateful day,
"When he faced Liverpool in a fourth [ed. fifth] round replay.
"Grown men wept and cried aloud,
"When Keith's late winner was disallowed."

Were you a Rugged Aardvark or know anything about the composition or history of this terrific song?

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Writer:Vital York City
Date:Wednesday February 21 2018
Time: 7:00AM

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