Ken Gough (Bristol Rovers)


Junior Team Hopeful
Oct 9, 2020
Bristol Rovers
Ken Gough, who never appeared in the Football League but played in one FA Cup-tie for Bristol Rovers, died in the first week of April 2021.


b 11.3.1927 Lyndhurst, Hampshire d April 2021 Bath


Career: Brockenhurst Grammar School: Wellow; Romsey Town; Arsenal (trial); Bristol University; 1950 Bristol Rovers.

Ken Gough, who played and scored as an amateur when Rovers drew with Gillingham in the FA Cup in December 1950, was a medical student at Bristol University. An inside-forward with three Combination appearances to his name, he had been a member of the side which won the University Athletic Union football championship that year, the only time Bristol has won the title. Brought up at Penford House, Canada Road, West Wellow, Hampshire, the only son of bus driver Roland Carling Gough (1898-1980) and Bessie Ruth Moody (1903-77), he met his wife, also a doctor, whilst they were both working at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Marrying Pauline Bland at St John’s, Taunton in 1958, he worked as a registrar at the National Hospital, London and later worked as a consultant. They had two sons and a daughter and latterly they lived at 23 Lansdown Park, Bath. He died at the age of ninety-four.


Junior Team Hopeful
Apr 18, 2020
Obituary from the BMJ 26 June 2021 (which gives his death as occurring in July 2020)

Kenneth Raymond Gough Consultant physician (b 1927; q Bristol, 1954; MD, FRCP), died from a cerebral tumour on 11 July 2020
Kenneth Raymond Gough (“Ken”) trained at Bristol University, where he played cricket and football and met his future wife. After house jobs, an MD, a year at Duke University in the USA, and posts at Queen Square and the National Heart Hospital, Ken was appointed a consultant in Bristol. He moved to Bath in 1965. He introduced a flexible Japanese endoscope and developed this service widely. He researched acid suppressant and anti-inflammatory drugs. Ken had a university honorary chair and also taught. Gardening, golf, and cricket remained his loves, but a passion became flying his four seater plane to Provence. He lived life to the full, and during his short illness he still enjoyed his Merlot through a straw. He leaves his wife, Pauline, a GP; three children; and eight grandchildren.
John Reckless , Peter Bennett Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n924

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