Team’s tribute to much-loved player, Peter
RUNCORN Town has paid tribute to a former player who died tragically young by holding a minute silence and issuing a pledge that he will ‘never be forgotten’.
Peter Murphy, 34, passed away on Monday, December 19, following a short battle with cancer.
On Saturday, former team-mates and others gathered to pay their respects before the 1pm kick-off against Squires Gate at Pavilions.
Linda Young, club secretary, said ‘you could hear a pin drop’ as the crowd of 170 observed an immaculate minute silence.
Among those attending were his former manager Rod Looker, who described Peter on Facebook on as a ‘top lad, top player’ and a ‘young man with a lovely family’ who was ‘taken well before his time’.
A statement on Runcorn Town’s website said Peter was popular with other teams in the area including the Barley Mow, with whom he won a Sunday league title in 2006-07.
He was a prolific goalscorer, and with Runcorn Town’s reserves in 2007-08 bagged 25 goals in 36 games, and scored two goals in the West Cheshire Shield final three-nil victory over Richmond Raith Rovers.
Peter scored 31 goals in 52 games for Runcorn Town, having made his debut against New Brighton on October 28.
His death followed the club’s tragic loss to cancer of 10-year-old junior footballer Charlie Lunt in April.
Discussing the minute silence in Peter’s memory, Linda said: “It was well attended, he was very much respected. “It’s just so sad. “No-one can believe it’s happened to him.
“The officials and everyone were more than happy to do it.”
She added: “You just wonder, it’s always the good people that are taken. “I said ‘he was too good for this world’. “It’s so sad. “You felt there was a lull in the crowd on Saturday.
“There were two goals but no screaming and shouting – there was a sadness and empathy.”
Linda said the topic of honouring Peter’s memory further including the possibility of a cup in his name will be on the agenda at an upcoming club meeting.
She said: “That’s one of the things I’m putting forward for it as the secretary.
“I would like some game with a top team with a good cup and played every year.”
Peter Murphy, front left, with Runcorn Town teammates