Roy 'Lofty' Lorenson (St. Elizabeth's, Halifax Town, Tranmere Rovers, Kirkby Town)

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Former Halifax Town and Tranmere Rovers centre half Roy 'Lofty' Lorenson has died at the age of 88. He had Alzheimer's.

Roy, an uncompromising, 6ft 3in defender, started his career with the St. Elizabeth's club, in his home city of Liverpool. He was signed by Halifax after a 1951-52 pre-season trial, and went on to spend nine seasons at The Shay. Roy made 236 first team appearances for Halifax and scored eight goals - totals which would have been higher but for a two year absence doing National Service. He served with the Royal Navy in the Far East.

He featured in the early stages of Halifax's epic run to the fifth round of the 1952-53 F.A. Cup. Roy scored in a first round replay win over Ashton United (2-1) and figured against Southport (4-2) but was overlooked for later ties against Cardiff City (3-1), Stoke City (1-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (0-3).

Roy, who compensated for lack of pace with solid, wholehearted performances, moved to Tranmere in October 1960. As part of the deal, forward Willie Sinclair went in the opposite direction. A thigh injury restricted his Tranmere Football League appearances to just 14. Under Rovers manager Ron Yeats, the Liverpool legend, Roy went into coaching. As trainer/coach at Prenton Park his charges included future Manchester United and England winger Steve Coppell.

In September 1975, Roy was appointed player/manager of Kirkby Town, his last club.

Detail courtesy of Johnny Meynell's Halifax Town, The Complete Record, 1911-2011.
 

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