By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor
The former Liverpool captain, coach and caretaker manager Ronnie Moran has died aged 83 after a short illness, his son Paul has announced.
Moran, schooled in the famous Anfield boot room, played 379 times for Liverpool between 1952 and 1968 as a full-back, scoring 17 goals, before becoming a member of the coaching staff, where he worked under Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish during the most successful period in the club’s history.
He twice served briefly as Liverpool’s caretaker-manager, in 1991 after Dalglish’s resignation, and in April 1992 after the then manager Graeme Souness underwent heart surgery. Moran remained on the coaching staff until 1998, when he announced his retirement after 49 years’ service to the club.
But he did not cut his contact with Liverpool after that. He was familiar to the more recent generation of players, making his daily runs around the perimeter of the Melwood training ground. The Liverpool managers of more recent years were always happy to maintain the tradition of inviting Moran in each day.
In those later years, the runs gradually became walks as Moran got older.
Ronnie Moran factfile
Born: Crosby, February 28, 1934
Birthplace: Crosby, Liverpool, England
Other clubs: None
Bought from: Local. Signed for Liverpool 1949, turned professional 1952
Liverpool debut: November 1952
Last Liverpool appearance: May, 1965.
League appearances: 342 games, 15 goals.
Overall appearances: 379 games, 17 goals.