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28 Dec 2020 : Linnets Legend Eddie Moss dies, aged 81

by Dave Bettley

Very sad news has reached us of the death of Eddie Moss, a Runcorn AFC star of the 1960s and widely regarded as a Linnets all-time great.

Seen here (right) with his great friend and former striking partner, Alan Foster at the official opening of our ground in 2010, Eddie passed away yesterday (Sunday, December 27th) aged 81.

A gifted inside forward, who won league and Cup honours at Canal Street, Eddie always retained a keen interest in the clubs he represented and Runcorn was no exception.

Eddie had attended a number of games involving Runcorn Linnets as successor outfit to the original club. It was always a pleasure to welcome him. He was a true gentleman and there was a stir of excitement when ever he entered the ground as our more senior fans fondly remembered his talent and achievements.

Lifelong Runcorn fan Derek Greenwood (a former Runcorn Linnets chairman and now one of our vice-presidents) profiled Eddie for his "Linnets Legends" series compiled in the later years of Runcorn AFC.

Derek wrote: "It is always difficult to talk about Eddie Moss without reference to Alan Foster. They were the original double act and although it was Foster who often hit the headlines with his goal scoring it was Moss who was the inspiration.

"He was brought to Runcorn in 1961 by Jack Boothway and played throughout the 1960s until his departure in 1969. The highlights of his time at the club included the winning of the old Cheshire League in 1962/63. With Alan Foster they scored over 50 goals together during that season and after the title was won at Stalybridge, Boothway was quoted as saying that "this is the best side I have ever managed".

"The forward line of Chapman, Stewart, Foster, Moss, Daly was a formidable line up. Further success came for Moss in December 1967 when League side Notts County came to Runcorn in the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup on a cold and snowy day. Over 6,000 fans packed Canal Street to see their team win 1 – 0 with a goal from Alan Ryan. The players all received a £10 bonus for the win!

"Moss was born in Skelmersdale and had started his playing career at Liverpool. He represented Lancashire schoolboys and Liverpool County FA before playing in the Football League for five seasons with Southport which is where Runcorn were drawn in the 2nd Round in January 1968. But there was to be no further giant killing that day with the then League team winning 4–2.

"Moss played well over 400 games for Runcorn and scored over 130 goals in that time. He was an all-round sportsman, enjoying cricket, swimming and tennis. He partnered two of the greatest goal scorers in the history of the club in Alan Foster and Alan Ryan. The number 10 shirt belonged to Eddie Moss. Many would claim he was the best footballer ever to play for the club."

Eddie's non-league career had begun at hometown club Skelmersdale United after a spell with Everton upon leaving school.

He made his debut at the age of 16 in March 1957 at Droylsden, scoring in a 3-2 win, making him one of United's youngest ever scorers.

Eddie was also part of the United side that played the last ever game at The Sandy Lane Ground.

It was from Skem that Eddie joined Liverpool in October 1958.

On leaving Runcorn, Eddie  in August 1970 signed for Kirkby Town. But he returned to Skelmersdale United in 1972, calling time on his playing career three years later.

0ur deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Eddie's family at this very sad time.

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