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Come On You Rams

Ted McMinn in his playing days
Ted McMinn in his playing days

Tin Man recovers from foot operation

Ted McMinn talks about life after surgery to amputate part of his right foot. The former Derby County winger says he hopes to be back at work within a fortnight.

When Rams legend and Radio Derby pundit Ted McMinn woke one morning with a slight pain in his right foot, he had no idea how bad things were about to get.

Now three weeks on, and with half of his foot removed by surgeons, Ted has time to reflect on a painful and traumatic past few weeks.

He said: "It was nearly two-and-a-half weeks ago that I felt a bit of pain in my foot - but nothing severe enough to worry about.

Ted aims to be back at work for the Cardiff game
Ted hopes to be back at work for the Cardiff game

"In the afternoon I played a bit of golf and as I came off the course, the movement in my right foot had started to get a bit worse.

"I'd suffered from gout before but hadn't had it for three years - the doctors have got it under control - so I thought it might have been that.

"I took my tablets and thought everything would be alright in the morning.

"Then I got up the next day ready to work at Radio Derby covering the friendly with Birmingham and I couldn't even get out of bed - I had to crawl to the toilet.

"The next day, Sunday, we had to get the doctor out and on Tuesday, he said he would have to put me in hospital because the pain was getting worse and worse.

"Then on Friday they told they would have to operate to find out how bad the infection was.

"They did mention the name of the infection - it was one of those long words that just rolls off doctors' tongues - but my main concern was what had caused it.

"Funnily enough, around this time I'd been joking with the doctors about artificial limbs and what you can do with them nowadays - and I'd been watching replays from the Paralympics, thinking how brave the athletes were.

"But the whole thing changed after that first operation. When I woke up, the doctors were shaking their heads saying it was worse than they thought.

"Then on Wednesday, they walked in the room and said they'd have to amputate my leg or foot because my bones were breaking away. When they were clearing out the poison, the bone was breaking off.

"From that point I was thinking 'what have I done to deserve this?'"

The 42-year-old, who played more than 150 games for the Rams, had been warned that surgeons may have to remove his right leg from the knee down.

Fortunately the infection hadn't spread too far and the surgery only required part of his foot being removed.

Now Ted has to come to terms with getting used to life with restricted mobility, having already lost much of the use of his left foot in a previous operation.

He said: "My feet were the tools of my trade. All my life I've kicked a ball and done training. Now I'm thinking that's all going to be taken away from me.

"I've lost my right foot but to be honest I'd rather it be something like that than my eyesight or hearing because I can still carry on with life.

"I've never heard of another player having an operation like this and I hope nobody has to.

"It shows life isn't as sweet as it perhaps should be."

Since the operation, Ted has had a steady stream of visitors and is now keen to see how much independence he can maintain after recovering.

He explained: "I do like to do things myself - I don't like having to rely on people. I want to get in the car, drive to the shops - normal things like that.

"Life from now on is going to have to be in a bungalow - it's not going to be up and down stairs all the time.

"But as long as I can get back to as near normal life as I had before then I'll be happy. I'd like to get to 50 per cent.

"And I'm not gutted about missing out on the trip to Plymouth - because that's a journey and a half.

"I'll still be able to annoy Ross and Colin at Radio Derby - and my next challenge is to be back for the Cardiff game."

A representative sample of comments received

Ted I used to watch you at Joondalup Arena with my sons. We always thought you were the greatest. best wishes Craig, Oliver and KyleBest wishes for the future

chin up ted i know its hard, i to have had serious leg operations in the past few years, to an extent i have only just been able to put shoes on for the first time in over 6 months. we take our feet , legs, walking all for granted, only when your reminded of what lifes like without them.....keep fighting m8, it does get better....you were a genious at derby, never forgotten, and now on the radio...a breath of fresh air, keep it up and good luck m8toz66

Best wishes from Hong Kong Rangers Supporters Club. I hope your benefit match goes well. If you are ever out in HK look us up at www.rangers.hk - No Surrender to the Tin Man!Craig Douglas

Ted so sorry to hear about your recent illness but I know you will get better, your a strong guy. Your wee dollAnn- Austria

You were a great for the rams thanks for that. good luck you're approaching this with bravery and good humour. You're a star!!Jim

Some of my best memories are of watching the Rams team you played in many years ago(and I had a teeny crush on you at the time).. Was shocked to hear of your illness.. Wishing you all the very best.XLisa

still remember that fresh air kick and ripping dundee united apart at hampden.....the best of luck to one of the best.brian (hull via glesga)

Ted McMinn was a great player i hope to see him a the game.Rangers daft!!

As a supporter of Derby County for 70 years I saw your matches for Derby County and the pleasure you gave to me and my family. All the best for the future - you deserve it.Tom Bailey

Just heard you on Rangers TV Ted, good luck with the Rams/Gers charity game. Always really enjoyed watching you m8 - especially THAT goal! Take care.David Harrold, Orkney

Good luck mate - hope you get a bumper crowd for your testamonialJonathan

Ted, My memories as a child growing up supporting Burnley are full of images of you wearing our Claret and Blue shirt. You made people gasp in awe, and smile too....this is rare in todays game. Thank you for what you did for Burnley FC.Carl Nolan

As a Celtic bhoy, I remember the "Tin Man" from his time at Rangers. Hope everything goes well for the future. All the best Ted.Mal Montgomery

Ted, Are you from Dumfries originally. I'm tracing my family tree, including MCMINNS from Dumfries. i remember mention of a Ted MCMINN (and Kenny McNaught). Are you part of this family/ Even if you are not, i wish you well with you prosthesis. SueSue Banks (nee MCMINN)

Great news about the testimonial Ted, I'll be there and will make sure the rest of the family are too. I loved watching you tease defenders back at the BBG, and will love seeing your old teammates once again. I'm sure the turn-out will be terrific. TIN MAN FOREVER!Ross Lowe

Tin man You made me smile on many occasions at Ibrox. hope things get better for you. all the bestwillowbank bear

Tinman, you are a legend. Good luck in the future mate.Wildwestjambo

All the best Tin Man,I seen you many times have great games for Rangers,mostly against Celtic unfortunately ! Take Care Ted an entertainer to the core ! All the very best from Sean Graham,Celtic FanSean Graham

Sorry to hear about your recent illnness, best wishes to you.Avrom Shalom

Mate, still remember the sleepless nights you caused in West Australia. The winner against Perth City and the money you owe me for rent. Get in touch and all the very best from Geordie, Maureen, Greg and Danielle your family in Australia.Geordie

Sorry regarding the circumstances of this message but you are an inspiration to us all. How you are going to work so little after this is only to be admired. Some people are off for weeks because of the cold! :) Keep smiling...Kelly

All the best Ted, hope we can get a testimonial organised for you Rangers v Derby, at Pride Park or Ibrox. sorry to hear about your situation.G Scott from Glasgow

Some of my fondest memories at Ibrox include watching you play. Thanks for entertaining me, and all the best in getting through this tough period.Al

the tin-man !! ah what an entertainer, great rangers memories, keep the heid up big-man !! both sides of glasgow are with you.Bally

Ted I wish you the very best in your recovery you were and will always be awesome to me. xxCat

Ted I have always been disabled,and when I was about 15 it was decided to remove my right leg as I kept getting infections. Because of this I had to spend so much time in hospital.Once the leg was removed and I got my artificial one,I was away. From hardly walking,to walking was great. I'm sure you'll do fine. Good luck to you.Dennis W

One of my first games was when you were playing and it was a reason i've followed The Rams ever since! Ur a legend!Mike, Sunnyhill

Hi Ted, sorry to hear of your bad luck, keep your chin up. All the best.james hogg . Glasgow

I am sorry to hear of your problem.I have just read the piece about it. I live in Surrey and believe it or not I was talking to my son about you only two days ago.I told him that the full back was always wise if he watched the ball and not what your feet seemed to be doing Ted. Best wishes for the future.Wilf Bell

hi big guy sorry to hear about your infection,you will always be a legend up here remember you turned out for qos v rangers to open the new stand and lasted 2 min you had us all in stitches with your wit & humour keep on smiling ted all the very best, garry & tonygarry telfer dumfries

Keep your chin up "tin man",you were my hero in your playing days,and you are still my hero now!Ian Grindon in Argentina.

ALL THE BEST TIN MAN. NEVER TIRE OF WATCHING YOUR 2ND GOAL v SPURS AWAY, NOV 88RICHIE WOOD. ALDEBURGH SUFFOLK.

Good luck Ted. I'm from the other half of Glasgow, but that matters little under the circumstances. I hope things work out well for you.CelticThinker

I fell off thorpe cloud,dovedale, in '95 so i no about injuries and comebacks and i wish you all the best as things arn't always easy in life as it is without things getting worse but its a long road to recovery. my mum broke both her ankles and she knows how you feel aswell as being a season ticket holder now she follows the rams home n away. UP THE RAMSstephen smith

HOPE YOUR FEELING OK TED. KEEP THE SPIRITS UP NO THE BEVI KIND THOUGH . ITS BEEN ALONG TIME SINCE U GRACED THE WASHING GREENS ROON THE BACK .JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS U CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF LOCHSIDE BUT U CANT TAKE THE LOCHSIDE OUT OF THE BOY .THE BEST QUEENS PLAYER BY FAR CHIN UP GET IN TOUCH ALL THE BEST .JARDY FRAE THE TOONJARDY

All the best Ted, from Southend United Amputee FCPaul houghton

Dear Ted I was out of the country recently and when I returned I heard that you had been off the air for a while. I was shocked(not to the extent that you were I guess)to hear about your problem and subsequent operation. I don't go to all the matches now, but my son does. I am always telling him about the great games at the BBG, you were always the star entertainer and enthusiast alongside the talented Dean Saunders and Mark Wright. I had been feeling a bit sorry for myself as I am recovering from an unusual foot injury sustained while jogging, so my football and running days are over even after I have the operation. Then I heard about what happened to you and my problem pales into insignificance. I really enjoy listening to you and you are a breath of fresh air on radio derby. My 15 year old son is a big fan also and he also sends his wishes. I hope that the support of all the fans will go some way to help with the recovery and any tough times ahead. Good luck Ted!! You will get through it!!Andy - South Derby

So sorry to hear about your recent health problems,as a Rangers supporter who watched you many times dribbling and tormenting defences, i know that you will overcome whatever life throws at you.Once a Ranger always a Ranger.Thanks for entertaining me and hope this message helps in any way.Robert Fleming

a' the best Ted, hope things pick up soon, your an inspiration to "heidless chickens" everywhere(lol) Bill, fae Arbroathbill robertson

All the best big man and get well soon. From a fellow blue nose.Derek Young

All the best big man.You gave me a lot of pleasure when i was a youngster watching you play for Queen of the south.Good luck and get well soonSteve Milligan

Best Wishes Ted! saturday afternoon are not the same without you!Andy - Duffield

get well soon kid, you gave me years of pleasure watching you down that wing. Be positive and get back on that radioDamian Fowkes

My hero when i was a young lad!!! Great to hear you back on the radio mate. Im sure you now see how much us derby people love ya. Chin up Ted, n keep hating For*stSteve Beardsley

Get well TinmanBuzby

all the best ted hope to hear you soon on radio derbyAndy Quinn

Still look back on the play-off final at Wembley in 1994 as a time when you conned and cheated your and Burnley's way to an advantage at a time when you were in trouble and knew it ....but that's football and this is on a different level. All the very best with your recovery.Nicky Morgan

Keep you positive attitude please as that is what will get you through this time for you. LizElizabeth Muir

Best wishes Ted, Hope you recover quickly and get back to your old self.Rob & Eileen McKiinnell ex Valentinos

Ted, what can I say??? I hope everything is OK now, and you can get back to life as quickly and as easily as possible, and hope that this is the end of the bad luck. I always loved to see you in the Derby strip, playing so fairly (!!) and with entheusiasm, so it came as quite a shock to hear the news. Anyway, all the best for the future, and if you ever want to come to visit New Zealand, you're more than welcome to stay at our place, as long as you foot the bill (sorry, just a joke!) All the best...you were a legend as a player, and as a man.Derek Flint, New Zealand

Wishing you all the best. Archer familyPaul Archer

Hope you get better soon. A Queen of the South great. Good luck with your recovery.Elaine Clark, QOS Fan Club

Thanks for all the great memories Ted ! Rams fans everywhere are thinking of you and your family.Get back on Radio Derby soon ! Not the same without "your" comments.Take care.Angela Fair Newhall

Thanks for all the great memories Ted ! Rams fans everywhere are thinking of you and your family.Get back on Radio Derby soon ! Not the same without "your" comments.Take care.Angela Fair Newhall

Sad news Ted. Remember you with fond memories of your time at Ibrox in the eighties. All the best Tin Man. From all at Morecambe Loyal Rangers Suppoters ClubColin Melrose

my thoughts are with you mate.you seem like a fighter and mentally strong.best of luck with your recovery.easy for me to say but keep strongMeese

Tin man Ted they broke the mould when you were born,your style was off the wall.I thought you were great at Ibrox and being the man you are you'll bounce back no problem,all the best,Big Rab from Bonnybridgerab harley

Wishing you a full recovery. Like all Doonhamers you will bounce back. Remember the old days in Dumfries drinking in the Globe Bar with Speedy Clark & Co. Best wishes mate.Ian Sharpe - Edinburgh

You are a legend at Queens and Rangers. I support both teams and seen you in your playing days at Ibrox. Sorry to hear of your recent troubles and I wish you a speedy recovery Tin Man.Russel Campbell

We are all devastated to hear what has happened, you are the No1 hero in this household - 1, Bradwell Close - doesn't seem 5 minutes since you used to drive past and wave to the boys. We all wish you a speedy recovery and send our best wishes to your family. Miss your forthright opinions on the radio, you echo our thoughts.Dave, Kev, Martin & Sandra Horsley

ted - the legend, it will the biggest cheer of the season when your back in your seat commentating, once a ram -always a ram, chin up tedsteve h

As A Rangers supporter and a fan we want you to make sure you get well soon Ted. RgdsDave

Ted, You gave me years of pleasure watching your ball control and trickery from the stands of Ibrox. I am truly saddened to hear of this. I am sure you will show the same great courage you had in a Rangers jersey and overcome this duifficuklt time. All the best.David

i'm sorry to hear what has happened to you good luck with your recovery,thought you was a great player especially enjoyed seeing you play for the gers allthe best millwall fan.luke basford

Sorry to hear about your foot. Loved watching you play when you were at Ibrox, and especially the game at Hampden when you gave the Celtic defence the runaround. All the best for the future. Take Care!Roslyn Hutchison

Always thought you were an exciting fella too watch...even for the Blues! Best of luck.WBA

Get well soon Big man,a true blue legend,ps now youve got a good reason to fall on youre arse! good luck.Donnie from Glasgow

Thanks for some Great laughs, and Wonderful memories.I know you'll bounce back....and soon.Iain Dobbie

All the best Tin Man,i'm sure you will be up and about soon. PS I was really dissapointed the day you left Ibrox as I thought you were a terrific playerDougie Davie

Ted Best wishes from all the bluenoses you entertained. Get well soon, 'Tin Man'!Allan Elder

Awra best Tin Man.Rangers supporter

Sorry to hear of your problems. All the best for the future. And thanks for the memories, once a Ger always a Ger.Derek Edgar

Ted - sorry to read about about such an awful thing to happen, yet great to see the courage you've shown in the aftermath. My greatest memories of childhood are watching you run up and down the touchline on the pop side, taking a player on and then going back to do it again in the same move!! All the best tinman - see you aroundMichael B

No Surrender Tin ManGrangemouth Bluebear

Just heard about your bad news on a Rangers message board. Hope you have a speedy recovery. All the best for the future big manKevin Edgar (aka Wee Ted)

Good luck with the recovery Ted. You're one of the most entertaining players ever to wear a Derby shirt, guaranteed to set the BBG alight. Hope to see you back at Pride Park again soon.Ed Robinson

They'll have to throw more than that to stop the Tin Man - If needs be he'll just grow another foot!Martin Brown

Hope you get well soon. Thanks for all the great times when you played for the Rangers. Follow Follow!Ek Bluenose

All the best Ted, from a fellow BearGary L

Keep your spirits up big man..100% effort for the Gers - League Championship win at the Sheepdome your finest hour..but many many happy memories. In another era, another time, more honours would have come your way....and thanks for looking after the wee lads off the park against the Bheggars. Good luck Tedblueoracle

Keep your spirits up big man..100% effort for the Gers - League Championship win at the Sheepdome your finest hour..but many many happy memories. In another era, another time, more honours would have come your way....and thanks for looking after the wee lads off the park against the Bheggars. Good luck Tedblueoracle

All the best Ted, loved watching you for Rangers when I was a kid, remember you beating about ten players down the left wing one night in a Eoropean game then going for the cross and taking a fresh air swipe. Classic moment that still makes me laugh out loud. Get well soon.Dave Lavery

just a lad when i watched you tear apart dundee united in the skol cup semi final at hampden 1986. all the best ted from me and my family.graeme

ted so sorry to about you foot problems .hope you make a speedy comeback .and i hope to see you back up the road at ibrox soon .all the best big manjim brown

big fella -I was shocked and horrified when I read about your recent dreadful news on the FollowFollow messageboard. Keep your chin up Ted. All us Bears who saw you mesmerise opponents/teammates/yourself are thinking of you. Keep BelievingWilf Marshall

Ted - I hope you recover soon. As a long suffering Queen's fan I remember one of the brighter moments at palmerston when you scored direct from a corner and were so delighted that you ran into the crowd and started hugging folk. A great moment from a Doonhamer. CheersJohn Crawford

Get well soon Ted, I was at Boghead that day you scored direct from the corner kick and proceeded to dance around the corner flag, thanks for the great memories. Simply The Best.Stevie Bryceland

all the best big man, i grew up watching you and the Coop terrorise the manky mob and every other team in Scotand. on behalf of all the bears i hope you get back to your best and we can have you up at Ibrox for to give you a warm welcome at your home. we are the people!manfromdelmonte

Very sorry to hear about your infection big man. I`m sure I can speak for everybody up here, Queens and Gers fans in wishing you a speedy recovery. Your style on the park was second to none.Pity you were a bit shy in the boozerDerek Wells Dumfries

Get well Tin Man..I was fortunate enough to see you play and you are still fondly remembered in Dumfries...Keith Mullen...Co Durham

Ted Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I have only good memories of you in a Rangers strip. I distinctly remember you scoring direct from a corner at Dumbartons (Boghead) old ground. All the best mate. SteveSteve Davies

my dad goes on about how great u were for the rangers.if only we had u playing mow! all the best big man remember what the cry was!!!!!david inverrness

I loved watching you play for Queen of the South. Your skill on the ball was a joy to behold. Best wishes.Jim Harkness

Ted, Best wishes for a speedy recovery. If you are ever in Atlanta Georgia, yer welcome to a game of golf with the Atlanta True Blues RSC. ColinColin Mayo

Dear Tin man, I bit ironic to use your old post Glasgow nickname. Sorry to hear of the dreadful news. I wish you all the very best and hope that you are up and about soon. Fondest regards, Eric Wootton formally Breaston now Leighton BuzzardEric Wootton

Awrite Ted,sorry to hear of your misfortune, hope things sort themselves out to give you some sort of quality with your foot. All the best. PS, doesn't mention in the interview how crap you were at wrapping up fish suppers in Mannering Avenue chippy.Terry Cullen

So strange that on Sunday while watching the Rangers v Sheep( Aberdeen) game in our club in Ft Lauderdale you name came up when talking about the great deeds of past players you rely gave us some classic moments big man. I will always remeber you mazy runs. You will always have a spot in the hearts of the Rangers fans that saw you play. Best of luck big man for a speedy recovery.Lachie MacRae Florida USA

as a rangers and burnley fan i got to see you play for both your skill and entertainment on park was superb keep your chin up as you aid at least you can carry on in life others are worse offrichard

Get well soon big guy from a die-hard queen of the south fan. We all look forward to seeing you up at palmerston again - you could have a chance of getting a game in this queens team! Good luck mateKevin Riddet

Big man, sorry to hear the news, i remember a lot of years back when we had a kickabout down the at the pitches at kingholm quay. You were down watching some football and you joined in with me and my mates. remember going to palmerston to watch you and your the best player ive seen play there and there has been a lot of great queens players, mcbride, thompson, bryce to name a few.One game i saw was the old firm at new year at ibrox were you and davie cooper(legend) run the celtic defence into the ground. Durrant got man of the match but i think you and davie should have got it. good luck with the future from all the queens supporters who wont be able to get in touch and leave a message.colin urquhart

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Ted I used to watch you at Joondalup Arena with my sons. We always thought you were the greatest. best wishes Craig, Oliver and Kyle
Best wishes for the future

chin up ted i know its hard, i to have had serious leg operations in the past few years, to an extent i have only just been able to put shoes on for the first time in over 6 months. we take our feet , legs, walking all for granted, only when your reminded of what lifes like without them.....keep fighting m8, it does get better....you were a genious at derby, never forgotten, and now on the radio...a breath of fresh air, keep it up and good luck m8
toz66

Best wishes from Hong Kong Rangers Supporters Club. I hope your benefit match goes well. If you are ever out in HK look us up at www.rangers.hk - No Surrender to the Tin Man!
Craig Douglas

Ted so sorry to hear about your recent illness but I know you will get better, your a strong guy. Your wee doll
Ann- Austria

You were a great for the rams thanks for that. good luck you're approaching this with bravery and good humour. You're a star!!
Jim

Some of my best memories are of watching the Rams team you played in many years ago(and I had a teeny crush on you at the time).. Was shocked to hear of your illness.. Wishing you all the very best.X
Lisa

still remember that fresh air kick and ripping dundee united apart at hampden.....the best of luck to one of the best.
brian (hull via glesga)

Ted McMinn was a great player i hope to see him a the game.
Rangers daft!!

As a supporter of Derby County for 70 years I saw your matches for Derby County and the pleasure you gave to me and my family. All the best for the future - you deserve it.
Tom Bailey

Just heard you on Rangers TV Ted, good luck with the Rams/Gers charity game. Always really enjoyed watching you m8 - especially THAT goal! Take care.
David Harrold, Orkney

Good luck mate - hope you get a bumper crowd for your testamonial
Jonathan

Ted, My memories as a child growing up supporting Burnley are full of images of you wearing our Claret and Blue shirt. You made people gasp in awe, and smile too....this is rare in todays game. Thank you for what you did for Burnley FC.
Carl Nolan

As a Celtic bhoy, I remember the "Tin Man" from his time at Rangers. Hope everything goes well for the future. All the best Ted.
Mal Montgomery

Ted, Are you from Dumfries originally. I'm tracing my family tree, including MCMINNS from Dumfries. i remember mention of a Ted MCMINN (and Kenny McNaught). Are you part of this family/ Even if you are not, i wish you well with you prosthesis. Sue
Sue Banks (nee MCMINN)

Great news about the testimonial Ted, I'll be there and will make sure the rest of the family are too. I loved watching you tease defenders back at the BBG, and will love seeing your old teammates once again. I'm sure the turn-out will be terrific. TIN MAN FOREVER!
Ross Lowe

Tin man You made me smile on many occasions at Ibrox. hope things get better for you. all the best
willowbank bear

Tinman, you are a legend. Good luck in the future mate.
Wildwestjambo

All the best Tin Man,I seen you many times have great games for Rangers,mostly against Celtic unfortunately ! Take Care Ted an entertainer to the core ! All the very best from Sean Graham,Celtic Fan
Sean Graham

Sorry to hear about your recent illnness, best wishes to you.
Avrom Shalom

Mate, still remember the sleepless nights you caused in West Australia. The winner against Perth City and the money you owe me for rent. Get in touch and all the very best from Geordie, Maureen, Greg and Danielle your family in Australia.
Geordie

Sorry regarding the circumstances of this message but you are an inspiration to us all. How you are going to work so little after this is only to be admired. Some people are off for weeks because of the cold! :) Keep smiling...
Kelly

All the best Ted, hope we can get a testimonial organised for you Rangers v Derby, at Pride Park or Ibrox. sorry to hear about your situation.
G Scott from Glasgow

Some of my fondest memories at Ibrox include watching you play. Thanks for entertaining me, and all the best in getting through this tough period.
Al

the tin-man !! ah what an entertainer, great rangers memories, keep the heid up big-man !! both sides of glasgow are with you.
Bally

Ted I wish you the very best in your recovery you were and will always be awesome to me. xx
Cat

Ted I have always been disabled,and when I was about 15 it was decided to remove my right leg as I kept getting infections. Because of this I had to spend so much time in hospital.Once the leg was removed and I got my artificial one,I was away. From hardly walking,to walking was great. I'm sure you'll do fine. Good luck to you.
Dennis W

One of my first games was when you were playing and it was a reason i've followed The Rams ever since! Ur a legend!
Mike, Sunnyhill

Hi Ted, sorry to hear of your bad luck, keep your chin up. All the best.
james hogg . Glasgow

I am sorry to hear of your problem.I have just read the piece about it. I live in Surrey and believe it or not I was talking to my son about you only two days ago.I told him that the full back was always wise if he watched the ball and not what your feet seemed to be doing Ted. Best wishes for the future.
Wilf Bell

hi big guy sorry to hear about your infection,you will always be a legend up here remember you turned out for qos v rangers to open the new stand and lasted 2 min you had us all in stitches with your wit & humour keep on smiling ted all the very best, garry & tony
garry telfer dumfries

Keep your chin up "tin man",you were my hero in your playing days,and you are still my hero now!
Ian Grindon in Argentina.

ALL THE BEST TIN MAN. NEVER TIRE OF WATCHING YOUR 2ND GOAL v SPURS AWAY, NOV 88
RICHIE WOOD. ALDEBURGH SUFFOLK.

Good luck Ted. I'm from the other half of Glasgow, but that matters little under the circumstances. I hope things work out well for you.
CelticThinker

I fell off thorpe cloud,dovedale, in '95 so i no about injuries and comebacks and i wish you all the best as things arn't always easy in life as it is without things getting worse but its a long road to recovery. my mum broke both her ankles and she knows how you feel aswell as being a season ticket holder now she follows the rams home n away. UP THE RAMS
stephen smith

HOPE YOUR FEELING OK TED. KEEP THE SPIRITS UP NO THE BEVI KIND THOUGH . ITS BEEN ALONG TIME SINCE U GRACED THE WASHING GREENS ROON THE BACK .JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS U CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF LOCHSIDE BUT U CANT TAKE THE LOCHSIDE OUT OF THE BOY .THE BEST QUEENS PLAYER BY FAR CHIN UP GET IN TOUCH ALL THE BEST .JARDY FRAE THE TOON
JARDY

All the best Ted, from Southend United Amputee FC
Paul houghton

Dear Ted I was out of the country recently and when I returned I heard that you had been off the air for a while. I was shocked(not to the extent that you were I guess)to hear about your problem and subsequent operation. I don't go to all the matches now, but my son does. I am always telling him about the great games at the BBG, you were always the star entertainer and enthusiast alongside the talented Dean Saunders and Mark Wright. I had been feeling a bit sorry for myself as I am recovering from an unusual foot injury sustained while jogging, so my football and running days are over even after I have the operation. Then I heard about what happened to you and my problem pales into insignificance. I really enjoy listening to you and you are a breath of fresh air on radio derby. My 15 year old son is a big fan also and he also sends his wishes. I hope that the support of all the fans will go some way to help with the recovery and any tough times ahead. Good luck Ted!! You will get through it!!
Andy - South Derby

So sorry to hear about your recent health problems,as a Rangers supporter who watched you many times dribbling and tormenting defences, i know that you will overcome whatever life throws at you.Once a Ranger always a Ranger.Thanks for entertaining me and hope this message helps in any way.
Robert Fleming

a' the best Ted, hope things pick up soon, your an inspiration to "heidless chickens" everywhere(lol) Bill, fae Arbroath
bill robertson

All the best big man and get well soon. From a fellow blue nose.
Derek Young

All the best big man.You gave me a lot of pleasure when i was a youngster watching you play for Queen of the south.Good luck and get well soon
Steve Milligan

Best Wishes Ted! saturday afternoon are not the same without you!
Andy - Duffield

get well soon kid, you gave me years of pleasure watching you down that wing. Be positive and get back on that radio
Damian Fowkes

My hero when i was a young lad!!! Great to hear you back on the radio mate. Im sure you now see how much us derby people love ya. Chin up Ted, n keep hating For*st
Steve Beardsley

Get well Tinman
Buzby

all the best ted hope to hear you soon on radio derby
Andy Quinn

Still look back on the play-off final at Wembley in 1994 as a time when you conned and cheated your and Burnley's way to an advantage at a time when you were in trouble and knew it ....but that's football and this is on a different level. All the very best with your recovery.
Nicky Morgan

Keep you positive attitude please as that is what will get you through this time for you. Liz
Elizabeth Muir

Best wishes Ted, Hope you recover quickly and get back to your old self.
Rob & Eileen McKiinnell ex Valentinos

Ted, what can I say??? I hope everything is OK now, and you can get back to life as quickly and as easily as possible, and hope that this is the end of the bad luck. I always loved to see you in the Derby strip, playing so fairly (!!) and with entheusiasm, so it came as quite a shock to hear the news. Anyway, all the best for the future, and if you ever want to come to visit New Zealand, you're more than welcome to stay at our place, as long as you foot the bill (sorry, just a joke!) All the best...you were a legend as a player, and as a man.
Derek Flint, New Zealand

Wishing you all the best. Archer family
Paul Archer

Hope you get better soon. A Queen of the South great. Good luck with your recovery.
Elaine Clark, QOS Fan Club

Thanks for all the great memories Ted ! Rams fans everywhere are thinking of you and your family.Get back on Radio Derby soon ! Not the same without "your" comments.Take care.
Angela Fair Newhall

Thanks for all the great memories Ted ! Rams fans everywhere are thinking of you and your family.Get back on Radio Derby soon ! Not the same without "your" comments.Take care.
Angela Fair Newhall

Sad news Ted. Remember you with fond memories of your time at Ibrox in the eighties. All the best Tin Man. From all at Morecambe Loyal Rangers Suppoters Club
Colin Melrose

my thoughts are with you mate.you seem like a fighter and mentally strong.best of luck with your recovery.easy for me to say but keep strong
Meese

Tin man Ted they broke the mould when you were born,your style was off the wall.I thought you were great at Ibrox and being the man you are you'll bounce back no problem,all the best,Big Rab from Bonnybridge
rab harley

Wishing you a full recovery. Like all Doonhamers you will bounce back. Remember the old days in Dumfries drinking in the Globe Bar with Speedy Clark & Co. Best wishes mate.
Ian Sharpe - Edinburgh

You are a legend at Queens and Rangers. I support both teams and seen you in your playing days at Ibrox. Sorry to hear of your recent troubles and I wish you a speedy recovery Tin Man.
Russel Campbell

We are all devastated to hear what has happened, you are the No1 hero in this household - 1, Bradwell Close - doesn't seem 5 minutes since you used to drive past and wave to the boys. We all wish you a speedy recovery and send our best wishes to your family. Miss your forthright opinions on the radio, you echo our thoughts.
Dave, Kev, Martin & Sandra Horsley

ted - the legend, it will the biggest cheer of the season when your back in your seat commentating, once a ram -always a ram, chin up ted
steve h

As A Rangers supporter and a fan we want you to make sure you get well soon Ted. Rgds
Dave

Ted, You gave me years of pleasure watching your ball control and trickery from the stands of Ibrox. I am truly saddened to hear of this. I am sure you will show the same great courage you had in a Rangers jersey and overcome this duifficuklt time. All the best.
David

i'm sorry to hear what has happened to you good luck with your recovery,thought you was a great player especially enjoyed seeing you play for the gers allthe best millwall fan.
luke basford

Sorry to hear about your foot. Loved watching you play when you were at Ibrox, and especially the game at Hampden when you gave the Celtic defence the runaround. All the best for the future. Take Care!
Roslyn Hutchison

Always thought you were an exciting fella too watch...even for the Blues! Best of luck.
WBA

Get well soon Big man,a true blue legend,ps now youve got a good reason to fall on youre arse! good luck.
Donnie from Glasgow

Thanks for some Great laughs, and Wonderful memories.I know you'll bounce back....and soon.
Iain Dobbie

All the best Tin Man,i'm sure you will be up and about soon. PS I was really dissapointed the day you left Ibrox as I thought you were a terrific player
Dougie Davie

Ted Best wishes from all the bluenoses you entertained. Get well soon, 'Tin Man'!
Allan Elder

Awra best Tin Man.
Rangers supporter

Sorry to hear of your problems. All the best for the future. And thanks for the memories, once a Ger always a Ger.
Derek Edgar

Ted - sorry to read about about such an awful thing to happen, yet great to see the courage you've shown in the aftermath. My greatest memories of childhood are watching you run up and down the touchline on the pop side, taking a player on and then going back to do it again in the same move!! All the best tinman - see you around
Michael B

No Surrender Tin Man
Grangemouth Bluebear

Just heard about your bad news on a Rangers message board. Hope you have a speedy recovery. All the best for the future big man
Kevin Edgar (aka Wee Ted)

Good luck with the recovery Ted. You're one of the most entertaining players ever to wear a Derby shirt, guaranteed to set the BBG alight. Hope to see you back at Pride Park again soon.
Ed Robinson

They'll have to throw more than that to stop the Tin Man - If needs be he'll just grow another foot!
Martin Brown

Hope you get well soon. Thanks for all the great times when you played for the Rangers. Follow Follow!
Ek Bluenose

All the best Ted, from a fellow Bear
Gary L

Keep your spirits up big man..100% effort for the Gers - League Championship win at the Sheepdome your finest hour..but many many happy memories. In another era, another time, more honours would have come your way....and thanks for looking after the wee lads off the park against the Bheggars. Good luck Ted
blueoracle

Keep your spirits up big man..100% effort for the Gers - League Championship win at the Sheepdome your finest hour..but many many happy memories. In another era, another time, more honours would have come your way....and thanks for looking after the wee lads off the park against the Bheggars. Good luck Ted
blueoracle

All the best Ted, loved watching you for Rangers when I was a kid, remember you beating about ten players down the left wing one night in a Eoropean game then going for the cross and taking a fresh air swipe. Classic moment that still makes me laugh out loud. Get well soon.
Dave Lavery

just a lad when i watched you tear apart dundee united in the skol cup semi final at hampden 1986. all the best ted from me and my family.
graeme

ted so sorry to about you foot problems .hope you make a speedy comeback .and i hope to see you back up the road at ibrox soon .all the best big man
jim brown

big fella -I was shocked and horrified when I read about your recent dreadful news on the FollowFollow messageboard. Keep your chin up Ted. All us Bears who saw you mesmerise opponents/teammates/yourself are thinking of you. Keep Believing
Wilf Marshall

Ted - I hope you recover soon. As a long suffering Queen's fan I remember one of the brighter moments at palmerston when you scored direct from a corner and were so delighted that you ran into the crowd and started hugging folk. A great moment from a Doonhamer. Cheers
John Crawford

Get well soon Ted, I was at Boghead that day you scored direct from the corner kick and proceeded to dance around the corner flag, thanks for the great memories. Simply The Best.
Stevie Bryceland

all the best big man, i grew up watching you and the Coop terrorise the manky mob and every other team in Scotand. on behalf of all the bears i hope you get back to your best and we can have you up at Ibrox for to give you a warm welcome at your home. we are the people!
manfromdelmonte

Very sorry to hear about your infection big man. I`m sure I can speak for everybody up here, Queens and Gers fans in wishing you a speedy recovery. Your style on the park was second to none.Pity you were a bit shy in the boozer
Derek Wells Dumfries

Get well Tin Man..I was fortunate enough to see you play and you are still fondly remembered in Dumfries...
Keith Mullen...Co Durham

Ted Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I have only good memories of you in a Rangers strip. I distinctly remember you scoring direct from a corner at Dumbartons (Boghead) old ground. All the best mate. Steve
Steve Davies

my dad goes on about how great u were for the rangers.if only we had u playing mow! all the best big man remember what the cry was!!!!!
david inverrness

I loved watching you play for Queen of the South. Your skill on the ball was a joy to behold. Best wishes.
Jim Harkness

Ted, Best wishes for a speedy recovery. If you are ever in Atlanta Georgia, yer welcome to a game of golf with the Atlanta True Blues RSC. Colin
Colin Mayo

Dear Tin man, I bit ironic to use your old post Glasgow nickname. Sorry to hear of the dreadful news. I wish you all the very best and hope that you are up and about soon. Fondest regards, Eric Wootton formally Breaston now Leighton Buzzard
Eric Wootton

Awrite Ted,sorry to hear of your misfortune, hope things sort themselves out to give you some sort of quality with your foot. All the best. PS, doesn't mention in the interview how crap you were at wrapping up fish suppers in Mannering Avenue chippy.
Terry Cullen

So strange that on Sunday while watching the Rangers v Sheep( Aberdeen) game in our club in Ft Lauderdale you name came up when talking about the great deeds of past players you rely gave us some classic moments big man. I will always remeber you mazy runs. You will always have a spot in the hearts of the Rangers fans that saw you play. Best of luck big man for a speedy recovery.
Lachie MacRae Florida USA

as a rangers and burnley fan i got to see you play for both your skill and entertainment on park was superb keep your chin up as you aid at least you can carry on in life others are worse off
richard

Get well soon big guy from a die-hard queen of the south fan. We all look forward to seeing you up at palmerston again - you could have a chance of getting a game in this queens team! Good luck mate
Kevin Riddet

Big man, sorry to hear the news, i remember a lot of years back when we had a kickabout down the at the pitches at kingholm quay. You were down watching some football and you joined in with me and my mates. remember going to palmerston to watch you and your the best player ive seen play there and there has been a lot of great queens players, mcbride, thompson, bryce to name a few.One game i saw was the old firm at new year at ibrox were you and davie cooper(legend) run the celtic defence into the ground. Durrant got man of the match but i think you and davie should have got it. good luck with the future from all the queens supporters who wont be able to get in touch and leave a message.
colin urquhart

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