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Rimmo Knew McCarthy Would Reach The Top

5 February 2014

Norman Rimmington on Ipswich Town Manager, Mick McCarthy

If there's one man whose opinion on Barnsley football and footballers is respected, it's Norman Rimmington.

'Rimmo', who still works in the Laundry today at 90 years old, is a former Reds player, Kitman, Groundsman, Coach, Physiotherapist and Caretaker Manager.

He gave us his thoughts and memories on the Barnsley-born McCarthy, ahead of the former Red's return to Oakwell in charge of Ipswich Town this weekend:

He told me he was going to take a trade up at the pit at 16 years old. But he decided to come here and he never looked back.

His dedication to the game was incredible. He worked so hard at it in the mornings and afternoons and I knew he was destined for big things.

Course, he got into our first team and the rest is history. Ian Evans came and he helped him a lot and they’ve been friends ever since. Ian was Player-Coach and he brought him on a lot. When I think about that team, it was the best I’ve seen here. Ian Evans, Mick McCarthy in defence; Ronnie Glavin and Ian Banks in the middle and up front we had Trevor Aylott and Derrick Parker. The spine of the team was really good and we played some very good football.

McCarthy left Oakwell for Manchester City and went on to become a full international with Ireland. Read more memories from Norman in his exclusive column featured in this Saturday's official matchday magazine, U Reds.

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