Morecambe Football Club is saddened to hear of the death of former player Tony Webber, who was a member of the Shrimps' FA Trophy winning side back in 1974.
A Wigan-born schoolteacher, Tony was released by Bolton Wanderers and joined Skelmersdale United, before joining the Shrimps for £250 in the summer of 1973 to replace Russ Perkins.
He scored on his debut in a 4-1 win against Buxton on August 11 and went on to become a regular in the FA Trophy winning side, scoring two goals in the superb replay win at Kettering on the way to the Final.
He carved his name into Morecambe folklore with a superb performance in the FA Trophy triumph, setting up the goals for Mal Richmond and Jimmy Sutton and being described as a ‘lethal striker’ in the People’s report of the match.
Tony finished the 1974/75 season as top-scorer with 22 goals and repeated the feat in the 1975/76 campaign with 29 goals. Which included scoring four times in consecutive games – a 5-3 win at Radcliffe Borough in the Lancashire Junior Cup and in a 5-2 FA Trophy success at Crook Town.
His last game for the Club was on October 5, 1976 when he was a substitute in a 1-0 home defeat by Great Harwood, before being transferred to Altrincham for a fee approaching £1,000.
He went on to play for Lancaster City before managing several clubs including Rossendale United, South Liverpool and Horwich RMI.
Co-chairman, Rod Taylor, said: "I am saddened to hear of Tony's death. He was a prolific goal-scorer for the Shrimps in the mid 1970s and led the club's goal scoring charts for two seasons.
"The stand-out memory for me is his brilliant performance at Wembley Stadium in the 1974 FA Trophy Final, setting up Morecambe's two goals.
"I would like to pass on my condolences to Tony's family.''
Steve Done, a former team-mate, added: "He was a great goalscorer and really well liked. He was a very outgoing, quick-witted and intelligent lad.
"We always kept in-touch and a few of us still played golf regularly until recently. We will really miss him.''