Life of Brian
Now 75 years-old, Brian Elsey has not only created a club from scratch but as a result has had a positive impact on thousands of lives over his 42 year tenure.
Founded on the 6th March 1976, Brian decided in the New Year that he wanted to no longer be Chairman of the club in an official capacity. The date he left is today (Tuesday 6 March, 2018) a poignant and fitting way to do so.
When his much-loved wife Gloria sadly passed away in 2015 it brought an end to a 26 year partnership of running Moorside Rangers. Brian continued to work hard to the best of his ability, but without her support found it hard.
Although he is no longer the Chairman, he is still the founder and now wants to enjoy his creation. Spending his weekends visiting the nearly 50 teams as they compete on all levels and showing his support to the players and coaches that have brought him so much joy and success over the years.
Around six years ago, the club committee decided that to ensure Brian's legacy lived on for many years to come they adopted the Elsey coat of arms as a tribute to his hardwork and determination. Now players and coaches from the young holding group all the way through to the open-age side all wear the same distinctive blue and white hoops with the Elsey coat of arms.
The club have grown from strength to strength over the years to become one of the largest clubs in England. Along with Brian they have been recognised for their achievements with countless awards and added to this last year after Moorside were nominated and shortlisted for Club of the Year in the 2017 Manchester FA Grassroots Awards. Brian also picked up his Long Service Award for 25+ years.
The key measure of the impact and success Brian has had is that he has given players the chance to progress and leave the club as well-rounded young adults who are a credit to the local community they come from.
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