OBITUARY: Gordon Moorcroft
33/18 News has learnt that Gordon Moorcroft, Team Manager of the Tameside Junior team in the mid 1990’s, passed away on Wednesday 18th October. Gordon’s son Chris posted the following on Facebook’s “I was (or still am) a Cycle Speedway rider!!!”:
“I am sorry to say my dad Gordon Moorcroft passed away last Wednesday 18th October 2023.
“He was Team Manager for Tameside CSC Junior team in the mid 90s when we won the British League North Junior title, driving a car full of teammates around the country to make sure they got to meetings. He was also Tameside club secretary for a short while.
“I hold some wonderful memories with him during these years like our infamous Great Britain trips with Dave Blinston visiting Almere outside Amsterdam where he stood in as “English Speaking” circuit announcer. He looked up to see my green helmet 30’ in the air after I got dropped on the third turn.
“And a trip trip to Sweden where we also got in a few speedway meetings at Örebro and Vetlanda in with Blinner and somehow he got himself nicknamed Mr. Bean with them presenting him a VHS video with subtitles?
“He was with me throughout my cycle speedway journey from 1992 through to about 1997 when I took up Grasstrack and Speedway, which looking back, felt to much longer than it was.
“He used to make sure my bike and kit was always immaculate, often caught cleaning my wheels in the living room much to my mums annoyance.
“Please feel free to share if you think there’s somebody who would like to know of his passing.
Funeral Details for Gordon Moorcroft
Date: Wednesday 1st November
Service at 11am:
Charlesworth Independent Chapel
(NB: Chapel Brow is a steep hill at the start of Monks’ Rd). Limited parking available.
Funeral Reception from 12.15: The Midland, 26 Brabyns Brow, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5DT
“We welcome anybody whether attending the funeral or not to please join us afterwards. Please use the rear door where possible.
“We kindly request that you RSVP so that we can accommodate for catering and party size at the venue.
“Funeral reception is 4.4 miles away from Top Chapel (12 min drive). Nearest Station is Marple (down a steep hill). Limited parking available at The Midland. Free parking is available at Brabyns Brow (76 spaces adjacent).
“Feel free to share memories, or bring along photos or items of relevant interest if you feel appropriate.
“We kindly ask that there are family flowers only. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Gordon’s name, please donate to Bahamas Locomotive Society through the following Just Giving Link:
Condolences to Gordon’s family and friends at this difficult time