Non-League football and the Ryman League are mourning the loss of Norman Moss, the former chairman of Walthamstow Avenue and chairman of the London FA.
A member of the RAF’s Bomber Command in the Second World War and the secretary of the RAF Association, the widower, passed away at his home in Chingford in Essex last Friday aged 93.
As the secretary of Avenue’s supporters club in the 1950s, Mr Moss famously organised more than a 100 coaches in 1953 to ferry fans to Old Trafford for an FA Cup Fifth Round tie with Manchester United.
Elected afterwards to the club’s committee, he went on to serve as football secretary and was joint chairman of Redbridge Forest following the 1988 merger of Leytonstone Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue. After the merger with Dagenham in 1992 he was made a life vice-president and chairman of the club’s trustees.
Following their promotion to the Football League in 2009, Mr Moss was appointed as the chairman of the Dagenham & Redbridge Community Trust, the club’s charitable arm. Fans of the Club Call lines of the 1980s and 90s will also know him as the voice of the Daggers bulletins.
The former FA councillor served on the London Football Association for a number of years, chairing the association and the referee’s committee before being made a life member. A committee member of the Isthmian League for over 30 years, he was made a life member at the turn of the century.
Dagenham & Redbridge chairman Steve Thompson paid tribute to their late stalwart before a minute’s silence to honour him at Victoria Road on Tuesday night ahead of a 2-0 win over Dover Athletic in the National League.
Mr Moss was well enough to see the Daggers lose 2-0 to Boreham Wood recently and according to Thompson was a real ‘silver surfer’ who’d embraced modern technology in later life and even produced the Aircrew Association’s newsletter.
Thompson said: “Norman was a true gentlemen and a lovely man. He will be sorely missed by everyone at this club and many people in football and we send his family our deepest sympathy.”