Tributes paid to Rhyl FC legend Selwyn Morris

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Rhyl Football Club legend who died last week.

Selwyn Morris, who played more than 500 games for the Lilywhites in the 1970’s, was described as a “true gentleman” by the club.

A Rhyl spokesman, said: “All connected with Rhyl Football Club were saddened to hear of the passing away of Selwyn Morris at the end of last week.

“Selwyn was considered as a great sports person and was seen as a likeable character and considered by many who met him as a true gentleman.

“The thoughts of all at Rhyl Football Club are with his family at this sad time. “

Morris joined Rhyl FC during the 1973-74 season under the managership of John Evans, and by the time he played his testimonial against Everton he had amassed 160 goals for the Lilies.

His best season was in 1978-79, when his successful partnership with Carl Lewis saw him hit the net 29 times in the season. 

The appointment of Ray Jones as manager sparked a revival of Rhyl"s fortunes and Selwyn was part of the team who gained successive promotions moving from the Second Division of the Cheshire League through the North West Counties League and into the Northern Premier League in successive seasons.

He then went on to be part of the team that won Rhyl their first silverware at the end of their second season in the Northern Premier League.  A second leg 2-0 win over Macclesfield Town at Belle Vue secured the Northern Premier League President"s Cup for Rhyl.

The talented player also featured for Colwyn Bay, who also paid tribute to the forward.

A Seagulls spokesman said: “Colwyn Bay Football Club are sad to hear of the passing of Selwyn Morris. Some of our older supporters have fond memories of him as a player and running the Reserve team in the 1990s. We send our deepest condolences and best wishes to his family."