Everyone at Dunfermline Athletic was saddened to learn of the passing of former player George Moran.
George was one of several local lads brought to the Club by Jock Stein. He attended Beath High School and played Right Half for the school team. He was chosen to play for Fife Schools in an International Trial and was a team mate of Alex Edwards.
Young Moran played his juvenile football for Cowdenbeath Royals, a very successful two year stint saw the side win every trophy up for grabs. Still playing Right Half, George moved up to the Junior ranks with Lochore Welfare.
Jock Stein liked to have a good quota of local youngsters at the Club and George was given a full contract. Now playing Right Back, he played in the powerful Pars reserve team, which included other young stars such as Eric Martin, Jim Fraser, Paddy Wilson, Ian Hunter and Mike Judge. These guys were good enough to play for the first teams of most other clubs but the brilliance and consistency of Willie Callaghan kept George in the reserves. In the end, realising that he would not displace Willie, he moved on briefly, to Cowdenbeath, before drifting out of the game.
George, sadly passed away in the morning of 21st September 2023, after illness.