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


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There’s been many tributes to Ronnie in respect of his coaching role but I remember him initially as a player. When I first started watching Liverpool in the late 50’s he was our regular left back and was part of the team that eventually gained promotion and won the old First Division. He was a no nonsense type of player who I recall for his defensive play rather than attacking, as this was the main role of full backs in those days when most teams played with one centre half and two full backs alongside. He was also our penalty taker and I recall him slotting home an added time in extra time spot kick to beat Burnley in a Cup replay in 1963 on the evening when I first stood on the Kop. I also remember him having one saved the following season as we went out of the Cup to Swansea but I have since forgiven him! I have seen comments that he was the man behind the men who made Liverpool great but to me he was a Liverpool great in his own right.


The word legend gets banded about a lot these days but it can truly be the only word to describe Ronnie, a true, true LFC legend and a sad day for the club. R.I.P Ronnie Moran.