NARSA 2019 VIP – Marvin Andrews
It is with great excitement that we can announce NARSA’s third VIP guest for our 2019 Annual Convention in Windsor, Ontario. Joining Marco Negri and Mark Walters is the one and only Marvin Andrews!
Big Marv, as he is affectionately known, was born in Trinidad in 1975 and played football in the league there until being brought to Scotland by Raith Rovers in 1997. Three years later, he moved on to Livingston where his form in a four-year spell at the West Lothian club brought him to the attention of then Rangers manager Alex McLeish, including winning Livingston’s Player of the Year award for season 2003-04. That season also saw Marv win his first major medal when Livingston won the League Cup.
Big Marv joins Rangers
Marvin made the move to Ibrox that summer and quickly became a cult hero among the Rangers support. His first season at the club was, to say the least, eventful. Rangers reached the final of the League Cup (which we ultimately won 5-1), however Marvin unfortunately picked up a season-ending ACL knee injury prior to the final which ruled him out for the game. Then the fun began. As you might remember, Marvin is a devout Christian and had declared that no surgery would be required and God would heal his knee. He asked that we all “keep believing”. Incredibly, Marvin returned to the first team 6-weeks after his injury and played a key role in the run-in that culminated in the most dramatic final day drama as Rangers won the Premier League title by beating Hibernian at Easter Road on the famous Helicopter Sunday!
2004-05 was also a successful season for Marvin on a personal level, as he picked up the Rangers Players’ Player of the Year award. The following season, Marvin helped Rangers qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League (the first Scottish team to do so).
Post Rangers Career
Marvin left Rangers in 2006 having made a total of 68 appearances and scoring eight goals. He rejoined Raith Rovers and played for a variety of clubs before retiring from playing in 2016. Marvin also played a remarkable 101 times in a 13-year international career for Trinidad and Tobago, scoring 10 goals for his country.
“We’re very fortunate to have Marvin agree to come and spend time with us at the convention in 2019! From the very first contact Marvin has been absolutely up for coming to experience our convention, and I’m certain that everyone will thoroughly enjoy his company. Like everyone else who was around for Helicopter Sunday, I have very fond memories of Marvin’s “keep believing” approach to his ACL injury healing and for our run in to that very famous day for all Blue Noses around the world. – Gary Gillan, NARSA President