Tributes paid to former County star
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