Tributes paid to Morecambe's FA Trophy-winning skipper

Tributes have been paid following the death of former Morecambe captain Bob Baldwin.

Saturday, 16th January 2021, 3:08 pm
Updated Saturday, 16th January 2021, 3:12 pm
Bob Baldwin captained Morecambe to FA Trophy victory at Wembley
Bob Baldwin captained Morecambe to FA Trophy victory at Wembley

It was announced by his son Sean, who posted the news via social media.

Writing on Facebook, he said: “After nine days of solid defending, Covid-19 has been the only opposing player who dad couldn’t chop down, at the knees, with a two-footed challenge.

“Get in the showers, put one of your dazzling blazers on, as it’s now time for a few beers in the players lounge in the sky, you deserve it... Love you Dad.”

A defender who had been around the non-league scene with Netherfield, Horwich RMI and Fleetwood, Baldwin joined Morecambe in August 1967.

He was brought to the club by Ken Waterhouse, who was looking for a replacement for Paul Scott and decided to pay Fleetwood £90.

His time at the club saw Morecambe win their last Combination championship, along with the Lancashire Senior Cup and Combination Cup in 1967-68.

Eight seasons in the Northern Premier League were crowned by skippering the Shrimps to FA Trophy success in 1973-74.

There was also a Lancashire Junior Cup win in 1968-69 and a Lancashire Senior Cup final in 1973-74.

He was released in April 1976, moving on to manage BAC (Preston) between 1976 and 1978.

The Shrimps Trust also added their condolences, posting on Twitter: “The Trust are very sorry to hear of the passing of Morecambe FC legend, Bob Baldwin. The captain of the FA Trophy-winning side of 1974 joined the Shrimps for the sum of £90 from Fleetwood in August 1967. Our thoughts are with Bob’s family at this sad time.”

Thanks for reading. If you value what we do and are able to support us, a digital subscription is just £1 per month for the first two months. Try us today by clicking here