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George Sharples

1943-2020 It was with regret that we learnt of the passing of George Sharples on 14th December 2020 at the age of 77. George Frank Vincent Sharples was born in Ellesmere Port on 20th September 1943. As a youngster he attended Wirral Grammar School, which was a rugby-playing school, but it was football that he […]

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Bill Holmes

1926-2020 It was with regret that we learnt of the passing of Bill Holmes in early November 2020 at the age of 94. Bill only spent a short time at Ewood Park, signing as an amateur in September 1951 and leaving at the end of the following season. However, in those two seasons, although far […]

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Alan Bradshaw

1941-2020 It was with regret that we learnt of the passing of Alan Bradshaw on the 18th October 2020 at the age of 79. Alan was one of that rare band of footballers who enjoyed a successful playing career whilst retaining his part-time status. Alan played schoolboy football in Blackburn before joining the youth set-up […]

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David Ephraim Holt

1945-2020 We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of David Holt at the age of 75. David was one of a number of young lads who arrived at Ewood Park from the north-east in the early sixties. The blond-haired centre-half broke into the Central League team during the closing stages of the 1963-64 […]

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Stuart Metcalfe

  1950-2020 We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Stuart Metcalfe on Thursday 6th August 2020, at the age of 69.   There will always be a special place in hearts of supporters of a certain generation for Stuart Metcalfe.  A product of Blackburn schoolboy football, Stuart remained close to his Mill […]

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Jim Fryatt

1940-2020 It was with deep regret that we learned that Jim Fryatt, had passed away at the age of 79 on 5th June 2020, in Las Vegas. Jim was an instantly recognisable figure with his balding pate, mutton chop sideburns and drooping moustache.   He could easily have walked in from the pages of novel by […]

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Jim Smith

1940-2019 It was with deep regret that we learned that Jim Smith, our popular manager of the mid-1970s, had passed away at the age of 79 on 10th December 2019. At 34, Jim Smith became the youngest manager in the club’s history when he agreed to move from Colchester United to Ewood Park in June […]

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Mike Ferguson

1943 – 2019 We were deeply saddened to learn that popular sixties midfielder, Mike Ferguson, had passed away at the age of 76 on Tuesday 27th August 2019. Although he arrived at Ewood Park as something of an unknown quantity, ‘Fergie’, as he was popularly known to all, quickly became something of a cult hero […]