I was saddened to hear that Ronnie Moran passed away today after a brief illness. At 83 he was the longest surviving member of Liverpool FC’s ‘boot room’ other than Kenny Dalglish. Ronnie was born in Liverpool and began his football career with the club whilst an apprentice electrician before signing as a professional in 1952. He went on to captain the side and win the League Championship in 1964. He retired as a player in 1969 to become a full-time member of coaching staff and where he joined the ‘Boot Room’ team of Bill Shankly, Joe Fagan, Bob Paisley and Reuben Bennett. He later worked with Kenny Dalglish, Roy Evans and Graeme Souness.
Ronnie managed the club twice, effectively as caretaker manager when Kenny Dalglish first left and also when Graeme Souness needed heart surgery. On the latter occasion, he led Liverpool out at Wembley when they beat Sunderland to win the 1992 FA cup. He retired from football and LFC in 1998. Ronnie’s lifelong commitment to the club is demonstrated by the fact that (along with Bob Paisley) he has served the club in every imaginable role including player, captain, physio, coach, trainer, manager, kit man, mascot and tea person. During Ronnie’s 49 year career at the club, Liverpool won 13 league championships, four European Cups, two UEFA Cups, five FA Cups and five League Cups.
R.I.P. Ronnie Moran (1934-2017) YNWA