Wembley ace dies

Keith Moody - wearing the number 6 jersey - during Whitby Town's cup final appearance at Wembley
Keith Moody - wearing the number 6 jersey - during Whitby Town's cup final appearance at Wembley
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A WHITBY Town footballing legend, who scored a goal which helped take the town to Wembley in 1965, passed away last Wednesday.

By scoring a penalty at Roker Park, Keith Moody booked his place in Whitby folklore and helped set up an Amateur Cup final clash against Hendon Town.

But he will always be remembered by his family as a kind-hearted father and grandparent who would always put family first.

Wife Edna Moody said: “He was lovely, adorable and would do anything for you, and he loved his football.”

Keith (74) was part of the Whitby Town team which was defeated 3-1 in the 1965 cup final, but Edna said the pride they all felt outweighed any disappointment.

Keith’s nephew Kevin Harper remembers the day vividly and said: “I was a signalman near Eaglescliffe and there were three or four trains which went past with passengers from Whitby, heading down to the game. I signalled to them and thought ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’.

“It was a brilliant day – there were 35,000 there for an amateur cup final and the majority of them came from Whitby.”

After a playing career which also saw him turn out for Notts County and Mansfield, Keith went into management with Middlesbrough team South Bank and Billingham Town, before becoming heavily involved with Thornaby Youth Club.

A natural sportsperson, in his youth he had also been involved with hurdles and other athletics, but this did not mean he wasn’t prone to the occasional stumble, as Edna recalls from the night she met her future husband.

She said: “We were in a social club and this lad came over to me and said ‘that lad over there wants to go out with you’.

“I thought ‘why not’ and we then left together. But when we got out the door Keith tripped and bust his chin and we ended in hospital, where they stitched him up.”

Despite suffering facial injuries, Keith, who was in the army at the time, was determined to woo Edna.

Unfortunately he had ripped his trousers in the fall, which almost led to his girl choosing not meeting him the following night.

“I was going to meet him at the bottom of the road,” explained Edna.

“When I looked out he had a suit on but these great big, baggy, horrible blue trousers on as well. So I said to my friend ‘go and tell him I’m not coming’.”

However, Edna was persuaded to go out that night with Keith, and the pair started a lifelong relationship which would rival even his love for football.

He is survived by his wife Edna, daughters Debra (47) and Nicola (45) and his grandchildren Sophie (24) and Lewis (21).