It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of one of the older Members of the Club, Howard Morgan. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends at this very sad time.
Dermot O’Connor, a long time friend of Howard, has penned this biopic of Howard:
“Howard was a loved and respected Player and long-time friend of Sedgley Park. He was a hugely opoular character, fondly known as ‘H’, with a mischevious smile. He was a generous soul and a compassionate man, but with a total lack of common sense. This surfaced when he took myself and Mick Harris into his house as Lodgers!! The house was opposite Prestwich Hospital and I am not sure which side of Bury New Road needed the most treatment.
Howard was a very handsome man (some would say), intelligent, fluent in French and a Quantity Surveyor. Howard played at Sedgley Park in the late 70s and was Captain of the Colts, as a Teenager (the only Junior side we had in those days!!). He was so committed to this role that after his parents sent him to bed, he would climb out of the back windoiw and find his way back to the Club, to be with his mates. Howard never lost his love for the Club.
He once said to me that we need some culture, so he arranged an island-hopping holiday in Greece. Unfortunately, we disembarked at Mykonos and stayed there for 3 weeks!! So much for Culture!!
Howard used to wear a long black leather coat with sunglasses. He owned a Triumph Stag and used to drive with the top down. On his way to the Club on one occasion he stopped to pick up John Bradshaw. For those who new him, there was no way ‘Braddy’ was going to fit in the front, so he sat in the back. On passing the Parkfields, the crowd gathered outside shouted ‘The Gestapo are back’.”
Howard will be sorely missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him and our lives are all the brighter because of this.
RIP Howard Morgan.