Sadly the march of time has caught up with Norman Golding and another ex-QPR player of the 1959/61 era is no longer with us.
Norman Golding burst upon the Loftus Road scene during the early stages of the 1959/60 Division 3 season. He was one of several fresh faces installed into the first team squad under the new regime of Alec Stock.
His initial impact was eye catching indeed. Here was a young, sharp, dangerous goal scoring right-winger who gave opposing defenders plenty of problems.
I recall one midweek Division 3 league fixture at home to Coventry City on the 28thSeptember 1959, where he was absolutely outstanding. That night he seemed to run the show all by himself and scored both goals in a 2-1 victory for the R’s. The 16,000 plus crowd were in awe I can tell younone more so than myself!
However in subsequent months like some shooting star in the heavens, his brilliance faded and eventually his right-wing spot was taken over by Mark Lazarus. This was perhaps a classic case of what might have been. What a shame he could not maintain his early form. Was this due to burn out or injury problems? Who can say? In any event, following his departure from Rangers in 1961 he never played for a football league club again.
Another strange anomaly was that in all of the QPR FC match programmes of the period, he was always listed as ‘Norman Golding’ whereas in PFA and other records his name reads either ‘Jimmy’, ‘John’ or ‘William’ Golding. To this very day I have never understood that discrepancybut the name will be forever ‘Norman Golding’ to me.
Bernard Lambert (Kerrins)
(The above images have been taken from the 1960/61 Official Handbook and the caption reads as follows: ‘Phew, but this training is hot! When the kick-off looms near and players train to attain peak fitness, the sun invariably appears most frequent. Caught by our cameraman doing a little lone arm stretching, Jimmy Golding found it more comfortable to work minus his shirt. And, as he relaxed a little tired and perhaps, thirsty, Jimmy might well have been pining for a sparkling one of those things publicised on the advertisement board a little to his right in the bottom picture.’)
Norman/Jimmy Golding was born in Southwark on 23rdJanuary 1937. After a brief spell at Crystal Palace, he was signed up from Tonbridge in August 1959. He made his 1stteam debut the following month in the home game against York City on 14thSeptember.
The match finished goal-less, but he then went on to score 5 goals in the following 4 matches. However, he was to only score one more goal in his next 27 appearances for the R’s. He was transferred to Kettering Town in 1961.
When news broke that he had sadly passed away, I assumed that it was fairly recently. But when I contacted Ian Taylor at the Club he told me that he had been informed that he had in fact died some time last year. Apparently he had been in the pub trade and had run a Young’s pub in Putney for over 25 years.
Rest in Peace.