Tributes flood in for one of local football’s ‘true greats’

Club stalwart: Barry Morris, far right, will never be forgotten at Euxton Villa FC

Club stalwart: Barry Morris, far right, will never be forgotten at Euxton Villa FC

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A football club stalwart who stole the hearts of everybody he met has died after a long battle with illness.

Barry Morris, 68, was dubbed “Mr Euxton Villa” after he dedicated more than 50 years to the West Lancashire League Premier Division Club.

He leaves behind his wife Alma and his two children Peter and Sian and his grandchildren Matthew, Leah, Lilly and soon-to-arrive Henry.

Barry, of Yew Tree Avenue, Euxton, had been involved with the Runshaw Hall Lane club from a young age and occupied roles ranging from the first team manager to the clubs secretary.

Current secretary Hugh McKinnon, said: “Barry was the main driving force in the evolution of Euxton Villa into the entity we have today.

“He wasn’t one to court the limelight, most of his work went on behind the scenes, but it is not unreasonable to say for most people, Barry was ‘Mr Euxton Villa’.”

The funeral will take place on Tuesday at 3pm at Charnock Richard Crematorium.

A splash of orange to mark the colours of Euxton Villa is optional.

People are then asked to meet for drinks at The Talbot, in Euxton, to celebrate his life.

Mark McDonnell, first team manager, added: “I’ve known Barry for 30 years and he was the one that helped me go into management.

“Without Barry and Derek Rudd I don’t think there would have been an Euxton Villa.

“We as a club owe those two guys so much, I don’t think it’s exaggerating it when we call him Mr Euxton Villa.

“We have lost somebody who is truly fantastic, I remember Barry always wanted to win theGuild Hall Cup and when we did it reduced him to tears.

“The football community has lost a true great.”