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PFA saddened by loss of Liverpool legend Ronnie Moran

The PFA is deeply saddened by passing of Liverpool legend Ronnie Moran, aged 83.

Ronnie was born in Liverpool in 1934 and signed professional forms for his home-town club shortly before his 18th birthday in January 1952.

By the 1954/55 season, Ronnie was firmly established in Liverpool’s first team and would miss only six league matches over the next five years.

Bill Shankly's arrival in 1959 coincided with a spell when Ronnie was affected by injuries but he did play in enough fixtures to qualify for a Second Division championship medal in 1962 and only missed seven games when the First Division title was won two years later for the first time since 1947.

As a player he was a strong and determined left back and was known for his enthusiasm for the game, a passion that was evident on the pitch and later on in his career from the dugout.

It was Bill Shankly that offered Ronnie the chance to join the training staff. He twice filled in as caretaker manager, after Dalglish's resignation in 1991 and when Souness was recovering from his triple by-pass heart surgery in 1992.

Ronnie retired in 1998 after an incredible 46 years at the Merseyside club.

All at the PFA would like to offer their condolences to Ronnie’s family, friends and former colleagues.