TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Stockport County player who died following a battle with illness.
Goalscoring hero Eddie Moran, 82, played for the Hatters between 1951 and 1957 netting 47 times in 117 appearances.
He passed away on July 1 at Stepping Hill Hospital having suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.
Despite later playing for teams including Rochdale and Crewe, Eddie settled in Heaton Moor after his career finished and remained a passionate County fan.
His son, also called Eddie, 59, said: "He was an attacking midfielder, skillful and could dribble very well. I used to watch him at Edgeley Park and it made me really proud.
"He would be very well remembered as he played in the same side as (County all time top scorer) Jack Connor and set up most of his goals. He was a wonderful father.
"He always had a big affection for County and it was the first result he would look for and went to watch them at Edgeley Park. I remember when he signed for Crewe asking him why he was wearing a red shirt as I was used to seeing him in blue."
Before his death Eddie senior lived in Bamford Grange care home, in Adswood.
After a playing career he tried his hand at coaching before working for British Aerospace, in Woodford.
He also leaves behind wife Sybil, daughter Patricia, son Michael, three grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Other teams Scottish-born Eddie senior played for included Leicester City, for whom he turned down advances from Manchester United.
County assistant manager Alan Lord said: "Although he was before my time I am aware of the great things Eddie did at Stockport County.
"People of that stature deserve to be remembered as they served the club with loyalty and integrity. All at the club were very sorry to hear of Eddie's passing."
Everyone at Edgeley park sends their condolences to Eddie's family at this sad time.