Norman Medhurst – RIP

We are sorry to learn of the death of former England physio Norman Medhurst.

Norman's father, Harry, was an old friend of the LFCA and who put on a practical session for us many many years ago at our old meeting venue at the Clarendon Court Hotel in Maida Vale.

Gavin Blackwell pays the tribute to Norman…

Very early on in football I was encouraged by Fred Street and Norman Medhurst who were the physiotherapists with England for many years to start my journey with the magic sponge and become a Physio. So it was with great sadness to learn that Norman had passed away.

He had a very long international career and also worked for Chelsea, Torquay and Plymouth Argyle. Following in the footsteps of his father Harry Medhurst. He first began working for Chelsea helping out whenever he could but soon discovered an interest in physiotherapy and got his qualifications needed to take up his career. At Chelsea he spent many a great year and then the England call up came by manager Don Revie  in1974.

Alongside Fred Street, Norman became one of the National Physios ‘who toured the world and the pinnacle of his England career came in 1990 when Bobby Robson came so close to the final of the World Cup and was sat on the bench when Chris Waddle put that famous penalty over the top.

Following a pre-season tour to Torquay, Norman got talking to Cyrille Knowles manager of Torquay who asked if he new a Physio as his had left. Norman thought about it and decided to leave Chelsea and join Torquay; how could he turn it down a move to the seaside and no M25 to contend with ?  However he did much more than his job description indicated. No job was too big or too small for Mr Medhurst from helping the YTS lads clean out the dressing room, to making the teas and the coffees on the coach.

Possibly one of his more important jobs was making sure the batteries in the changing room ghetto blaster was ok for each game. On England duty no matter whatever the task was Norman always remembered to pack it in one of the skips. “Just in case” was his motto with managers often unaware  that such back- up was in place.

Norman was one of the nicest people in Football that saw him make many friends and a fantastic servant to the game he loved.

Fred Street once described working in Football as not so much a job as a way of life and Football was Norman's way of life.

RIP Norman