He guided the Redskins to three league titles and two play‑off triumphs. He retired after taking them to the semi-finals of the 1985 Heineken British Championships
He competed for GB in the 1961 and 1962 World Championships and voted the the tournament’s best defenceman, the first Brit ever to receive the honour in 1966. He was capped 19 times for Britain, tallying 11 points (six goals).
He was recruited in 1986 by BBC-TV as a colour commentator, working alongside Alan Weeks and later with Barry Davies. During the 1980s and 1990s the BBC screened several Wembley finals on Grandstand and a ‘game of the month’.
Red spent his retirement in Coulsdon, Surrey where he played his beloved golf - his handicap was in single figures - almost every day until he became unwell in his eighties.
Thomas (Red) Imrie was born in Falkirk, Scotland on July 15, 1937 and died on 24 August 2020.
Newspaper clip Norwood News 25 Dec 1959 Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.