Elfed Morris funeral details released

THE details for the funeral of former Chester City striker Elfed Morris have been released to the public. 

Elfed Morris alongside his other 'Famous Five' members. Photo:Flickr/Dale Miles

Elfed Morris alongside his other ‘Famous Five’ members. Photo:Flickr/Dale Miles

The service will take place on Thursday November 14, where the coffin will be taken to Colwyn Bay FC ground at 2pm with Rev Phillip Atack in attendance. It will then leave the ground at 2:15pm and head to Colwyn Bay crematorium for the service at 2:45pm. Afterwards there will be a buffet at the club lounge.

A member of the “Famous Five” forward line, Morris made 168 appearances for the club in a six year period from 1962 to 1968.

He started his career at Colwyn Bay before joining in Wrexham in 1960, the former club of his uncle Billy Morris. He then joined Chester for £750 two years later, where he spent the majority of professional career.

Over the next six years he went on to score sixty nine goals for the club, twenty of them coming in the 1964-65 season where he, Jimmy Hughes, Mike Metcalf, Hugh Ryden and Gary Talbot all managed at least twenty goals in league and cup games, earning them their “Famous Five” title. This tally would leave him fourth in the clubs all-time top scorers list.

During this campaign, his most impressive displays included a hat trick against Aldershot in a 6-2 victory and a goal in the 6-1 derby victory over rivals Wrexham.

Morris scored the same amount the following season, leading to rumours of a move to a bigger club, notably Birmingham City and Sheffield United. Such a move was not to appear however and he later joined Halifax Town.

He would only make nine appearances for Halifax, scoring two goals, before returning to North Wales as player manager of Caernarvon Town. He also played for Bethesda Athletic, Llandudno Borough, and Colwyn Bay, later managing the latter for a short period in the 1970s. He remained a close follower of his home-town club and later acted as grounds man.

Outside of football Elfed was a keen bowler and follower of former club Chester FC. One of his last appearances at the Deva Stadium came in 2011 when the “Famous Five” were reunited before the game against Bamber Bridge.

Chester Intelligencer reporter, Sean Lunt


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