Former England Physiotherapist Norman Medhurst passes away

England coach Don Howe (left) and physiotherapist Norman Medhurst (right) console manager Bobby Robson (centre) as Chris Waddle misses the vital penalty to eliminate England from the World Cup

The FMA are saddened to hear that Norman Medhurst has passed away after a long life of service in football.  Norman spent 25 years at Chelsea Football Club following in the footsteps of his father, Harry Medhurst, who was a goalkeeper for Chelsea before becoming the Clubs physio after the Second World War.

At Chelsea, he was a very familiar figure to the fans with ‘Norman, Norman, give us a wave’ frequently chanted as he walked back round the side of the pitch, having sprinted on and treated a stricken player. A wave would duly follow.

In 1988 Norman moved to the south west where he worked at Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United.  Norman was also working with the English national side, under Bobby Robson, when they made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Italy.

Current Torquay United physiotherapist, Gareth Law, said “Norman was my physio, and he went beyond the call of duty to make sure I was assessed, scanned, and received the proper rehabilitation.  It was at that point that I first developed an interest in studying Physiotherapy. I don’t think I would be in the position I am in now if it wasn’t for him.  I have much to thank Norman for, and I hope I look after my players with the same passion for job that Norman had.”

Plymouth Argyle legend, Kevin Hodges, said “I was fortunate to work with him at both Torquay and Plymouth.  He was a real gentleman.  Norman would always go out of his way to help you,” Hodges added.  “He was very professional in his working environment.  Just a lovely person who will be sadly missed.”

Norman retired in 2005 and spent his recent years in France.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Pictured:  England coach Don Howe (left) and physiotherapist Norman Medhurst (right) console manager Bobby Robson (centre) as Chris Waddle misses the vital penalty to eliminate England from the World Cup in 1990