Liverpool mourn death of David Moores after former club chairman passes away aged 76

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Liverpool have paid tribute to former chairman David Moores, who has died at the age of 76.

Moores spent 16 years as chairman at Anfield, between 1991 and 2007, after which he became honorary life president as he sold his 51 per cent stake in the club.

During this time, the Reds won ten honours including the 2005 Champions League.

A club statement confirmed the news, it read: “[Moores] died at the age of 76 on Friday morning, just weeks after his beloved wife of 39 years, Marge, passed away.

“While his uncle Sir John Moores - founder of the Littlewoods retail empire - twice served as chairman of Everton FC in the 1960s and ’70s, David was an ardent Liverpudlian.

“The Moores family held a majority stake in Liverpool FC for more than half a century and David took over at the club he loved in September 1991.

“Alongside trusted chief executive Rick Parry, he presided over Liverpool’s entry into the newly founded Premier League in 1992 and oversaw the managerial appointments of Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez during his time at Anfield.

“David - who habitually shunned publicity, preferring instead to operate in the background - saw the Reds win 10 major honours throughout his 16-year tenure, including, of course, the Champions League in 2005.

“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with David’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Stars of Moores’ era in charge of Liverpool also paid tribute after his death.

Michael Owen wrote online: “Heartbreaking. RIP Chairman. I know for a fact that all the lads thought the world of you.”

Robbie Fowler added: “Rip chairman.... genuinely one of the best, thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of one of Liverpool’s biggest and greatest fans .. Ynwa chairman.”

Jamie Carragher tweeted: “RIP Mr Chairman. When I think of the good times I had at LFC. David Moores was at the heart of it. He will be sorely missed. Thank you for what you did for me & the club.”