For this article in the series of Linnets Legends we look back to the 1960s and one of the best players ever to wear the Runcorn shirt. Before we left Canal Street, we held an evening of memorabilia and invited some of the past players to attend and it was nice to see Eddie there that evening. I was pleased to be able to chat with Jock Cunningham that night and he recognised what a huge influence Eddie Moss had been on that Runcorn team.
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.