Chesterfield FC have announced the passing of former Port Vale striker and lower leagues legend Ernie Moss.
Port Vale purchased the striker for £12,000 and 1981 and was named player of the year after his first season at the club. He then played a key role in the club’s 1982-83 promotion season partnering Bob Newton upfront in a partnership labelled the “Kray twins” by manager John Rudge. Moss left towards the end of the 1982-83 season to join Lincoln City for £1,500 in 1983. He made 74 appearances for the Valiants, scoring 23 times. Despite being labelled as his “age had caught up with him” by McGrath after leaving Vale Park, Moss continued to play for a further five years.
Port Vale was jut one of a host of clubs which Moss played for. His playing career spanned 20 years and over 850 appearances including three spells with Chesterfield. During that time he won four promotions with four different sides.
A Chesterfield FC statement read:
With great sadness, we announce that Chesterfield legend Ernie Moss has passed away at the age of 71.
During three spells with the Spireites, Ernie made over 450 appearances and scored a club record 192 goals.
Ernie was a hugely popular figure who enjoyed watching matches at the Technique Stadium with his family until ill health prevented him from attending.
Ernie leaves behind wife Jenny and daughters Nikki and Sarah, together with son-in-law Stu and grandchildren Henry, Georgia, Erin, Finn and Callie.
Our thoughts are with Ernie’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Ernie Moss – 1949 to 1921 – RIP forever Valiant