Team’s trib­ute to much-loved player, Peter

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­erClayRWWN

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

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