The events in London somewhat overshadowed a rather historic moment in Liverpool’s history – the passing of ‘Boot Room Boy’ Ronnie Moran.
Ronnie has been given the nickname ‘Mr Liverpool’ and it’s easy to see why – a Liverpool career spanning 49 years with 379 appearances as a player (47 as captain) before moving up to the fabled ‘Boot Room’ where he was to help the club to 11 League Titles, 4 European Cups, 4 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 UEFA Cups and a Super Cup (plus 10 Charity Shields). The fact he served under 9 managers says it all.
It can be hard to convey to younger supporters quite what an institution Ronnie Moran was at the club but it would be no exaggeration to say he was the constant that linked the successes at Liverpool from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Although he could often be seen barking orders from the dugout it was his treatment of the players off the pitch that became legendary. He was consistently hard to please, a fact that spurred on players to attain their best, and he was known for shooting down players who’d got a bit too big for their boots. However, players always knew that what he was telling them was for their own good and so when Ronnie spoke they listened.
I could mention a whole catalogue of Ronnie Moran stories here but that would rather spoil it for people who across them in the many autobiographies written by past Liverpool greats. What is fair to say, though, is that Ronnie Moran loved Liverpool and Liverpool loved Ronnie Moran. The club will never see a better servant than him – fact – and I’ve yet to hear a bad word said in his direction, even from the numerous players he drove so hard. So important was Ronnie you can’t realistically mention Shankly, Paisley, Fagan and Dalglish without adding the name Moran. In fact, in the same way Shankly and Paisley have been immortalised at Anfield with memorials I hope a permanent reminder is put in place for Ronnie Moran. Anyone who gives nearly fifty years of their life to the club, and helps it win the majority of its trophies, deserves nothing less.
Rest In Peace Ronnie Moran YNWA