THE Shrimps were saddened to hear about the death of former player and manager Sean Gallagher, aged 80. (above Sean Gallagher (right) holds the FA Trophy in 1974 with skipper Bob Baldwin.)
Sean first joined the Shrimps in September 1952 as a 16-year-old but moved to Carnforth Rangers from 1953-55.
He was re-signed by Albert Dainty in August 1955 but moved to Netherfield in October 1955 in a swap with Bert Keen and was there until 58 before spending nine seasons at Lancaster City.
From there he had spells with Derry City, Darwen and Carnforth Rangers before becoming Morecambe Reserve team manager in July 1972. He was asked to make one first team app in April 1974, a full 29 years after making his debut – a Morecambe record.
Sean then spent six largely successful years as manager of Lancaster City between 1974-80 and was then in charge at Workington from March 1980 until October 1981 when he was replaced by Joe Wojciechowicz.
He returned to Christie Park as temporary manager in January 1984 and was appointed officially in April before resigning in February 1985.
Sean resumed playing for a number of local sides until retiring and enjoying a leading role in coaching junior players for the Shrimps in their soccer schools and community scheme.
Sean was a loving husband of the late Beryl, father of Wayne and the late Sharon, a dear brother and father-in-law and grandfather of Kirsten.
The funeral service will take place at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Torrisholme, on Tuesday 9th May at 11.30am followed by interment in Torrisholme Cemetery.
Family flowers only, donations if desired to the Alzheimer's Society c/o the funeral directors.