Tributes paid to for­mer County star

Stockport Express - - Front Page - CHRIS SLATER

TRIBUTES have paid to a for­mer Stock­port County star who has died aged 86.

De­fender Bar­rie Betts made over 100 ap­pear­ances dur­ing a three yearstint for The Hat­ters be­tween 1957 and 1960 hav­ing signed for them on a free trans­fer hav­ing pre­vi­ously re­tired in­jured.

He played in County’s fa­mous 3-0 FA Cup 3rd Round win against then top divi­sion Lu­ton Town in 1958, re­garded as one of the great­est vic­to­ries in the club’s his­tory.

Man­ches­ter City bought right-back Betts from Stock­port for £8,000 and he played more than 100 times for the Blues be­tween 1960 and 1964.

Betts played along­side the likes of club leg­ends Bert Traut­mann, Neil Young, Alan Oakes and Glyn Par­doe.

And bosses from both clubs to­day paid trib­ute to Betts.

Stock­port said: “Every­one at County was very sad­dened to hear of the death of our for­mer right back Bar­rie Betts.”

A tweet from City’s Twit­ter ac­count read: “The thoughts of every­one at Man­ches­ter City are with the fam­ily and friends of for­mer player and cap­tain Bar­rie Betts who has sadly passed away.”

Tributes have been flood­ing in from across the foot­ball world for Bar­rie de­scribed as ‘a gen­tle­man on and off the pitch.’

Dawn As­tle, the daugh­ter of for­mer West Brom and Eng­land player Jeff As­tle and - now a cam­paigner on de­men­tia in foot­ball - said: “Every­one at the Jeff As­tle Foun­da­tion is deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of for­mer Stock­port County and Man­ches­ter City player and cap­tain Bar­rie Betts.”

Al­lan All­cock said: “Sad to hear one of my first @ Stock­portCounty he­roes Bar­rie Betts has died. One of the stars in the 57/58 FA Cup run to the 4th Round los­ing con­tro­ver­sially to West Ham hav­ing beaten 1st Div (now Prem) Lu­ton in the 3rd.”

Whilst Peter Cook­son said: “Just heard Bar­rie Betts has passed away aged 86. He was right back in the first game i at­tended at Maine Road in 1962. R.I.P. Bar­rie #not­for­got­ten”

Betts’ fam­ily con­firmed in an an­nounce­ment in the Black­pool Gazette that he died last Satur­day.

His loved ones said he passed away ‘peace­fully in the lov­ing care’ of staff at New Thursby Nurs­ing Home in Lytham St Anne’s,

Betts’ fam­ily said he was ‘an adored and re­spected hus­band, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa’.

“Bar­rie will be greatly missed by all of his lov­ing fam­ily and many friends, and was a true gen­tle­man on and off the pitch,” a state­ment added.

His fu­neral took place at 3pm at Lytham Cre­ma­to­rium on Fri­day (Novem­ber 23).

●●The 1962 Man­ches­ter City team with Bar­rie Betts, left, and pic­tured right

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