Supporters dig deep for hero Ernie

Gainsborough trinity v Stockport county. NGAS 17-1-15 Trinity, Former successful Gainsborough Trinity manager Ernie Moss back in the stands at Trinity
Gainsborough trinity v Stockport county. NGAS 17-1-15 Trinity, Former successful Gainsborough Trinity manager Ernie Moss back in the stands at Trinity
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Warm hearted Gainsborough Trinity supporters dug deep to support a Northolme legend on Saturday.

Guest of honour at the recently renamed Martin and Co Arena was former Blues manager Ernie Moss, accompanied by his daughter Nikki Trueman.

The 65-year-old had two spells in charge at Gainsborough.

He led Trinity to fifth place in the Northern Premier League in the 1995/96 season, finishing just three points behind champions Bamber Bridge.

His team then finished 10th the following season but did a cup double, beating bitter rivals Boston United in the final of the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup, and lifting the Peter Swales Shield after victory over league champions Leek Town.

Trinity finished fifth again in the 1997/98 campaign, and lost out to Altrincham in the final of the Challenge Cup.

After his time on the Northolme, Moss went on to take the reins at Matlock Town, Hucknall Town and Belper.

Moss now faces a challenge of a different kind, away from the pitch, having been diagnosed with Pick’s Disease – a type of Frontotemporal Dementia.

He was greeted like a returning hero before the Blues game against Stockport County last weekend, and supporters generated cash for a charity that raises awareness of his disease.

Boss Steve Housham said: “It was great to see them all at the game today.”

“Ernie’s daughter text me and said they had a great day and they would like to thank all at Gainsborough Trinity Football Club for their support.”

“Today Team Ernie raised £450, well done to you all.”

Trinity club president Nick Tinker added: “It was a real honour to meet Ernie and his family.”

Another of Moss’ former clubs held a special event to honour him this month.

He was welcomed back to Chesterfield Football Club where he won two championships and broke the goalscoring record.

He and several of his Spireites team-mates of old were welcomed onto the Proact Stadium pitch, and again money was collected for the Pick’s Disease charity.