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REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST IN 2023

6 January 2024

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REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST IN 2023

6 January 2024

AT today’s game there will be a minute’s silence for all those people who passed away during 2023 who were part of the Burton Albion family. We asked you to submit names and dedications of those we have lost and we remember all of them this afternoon along with everyone else who was connected with Burton Albion and who is now no longer with us.

MICK SHAW

(submitted by his daughter Steph Hancock)

Mick Shaw, 81 years young. Season ticket holder, followed Albion all over the country via coach and car. I'll always shout a little louder now for you Dad, Brewers 💛🖤💛

 

ROY FOSTER

(submitted by his daughter Jackie Horton)

Roy Foster died 28/10/23 - a fan since the age of six and a volunteer for eight years.

 

CLIFFORD GREEN

(submitted by Mick Foulkes – seat L168)

Clifford Green of Clifton Campville was a season ticket holder for Carling Stand seat L167 for a number of years and passed away on September 20. Cliff and I started supporting the Brewers together 12 years ago and soon became season ticket holders.

 

HUSSEIN QUIG-DIOP

(submitted by his family)

Hussein Quig-Diop tragically passed away on September 13 2023 at 13 years old. A season ticket holder who was the biggest Brewer around going to all home and away games. Missed by his mum, dad, two younger brothers and everyone else in the family.

JOHN THOMAS NICHOLLS

(submitted by his sons Steven and Kevin Nicholls and the family)

John Thomas Nicholls of Stretton passed away at Queen's Hospital, on the 1st October 2023 aged 81. Loving husband of the late Beryl. Dearly loved Dad to Steven and Kevin. Brother to Pauline. Grandpa to David, Aoibheann and Peter. Father-in-Law to Sheila. Loving partner to Sue. John was a proud life-long supporter of Burton Albion since 1950, seeing them move from Wellington Street to Eton Park and finally to the Pirelli Stadium. He attended such milestone events as the FA Trophy Final at Wembley in 1987, the FA Cup matches v Manchester United, and the 2014 FA Trophy Play Off Final at the new Wembley.

BRENDA BENNETT

(submitted by her husband Trevor Bennett)

Brenda Bennett, passed away May 7th 2023 aged 75. A keen Albion supporter, a loving wife, mum and Grandma. Forever at peace.

DAVID ALLAN KING BALL

(submitted by John O’Farrell)

Passed away 6 July 2023. David was a North Stand season ticket holder for a number of years and stood on the halfway line with a group of his friends. David was a true gentleman and a good friend. We shared many happy times and wonderful memories whilst following the beautiful game and our beloved Brewers. Results might be considered important but good company is irreplaceable.

FRANK CORRIGAN

(former player - requested by his niece Joanne Harris)

Former Burton Albion player Frank Corrigan passed away at the age of 71. The talented midfielder was signed by Ken Gutteridge in 1973 and was one of a string of young players brought to the club that summer who would go on to play in the Football League. He played 32 times for the Brewers that season scoring three times. He was a key part of the team that won promotion from the Southern League Division One North, finishing runners up to Stourbridge and which reached the Midland Floodlit Cup Final, losing to Nuneaton. The 1974-75 season was even more successful with the club finishing fifth in the Southern League Premier Division and reaching the FA Trophy semi-final before losing over two legs to Matlock Town. Corrigan played 57 times that season (only Brendan Phillips played more games) and scored 21 goals putting him alongside Peter Ward.

JANICE DREW

(submitted by Sam Goldsworthy)

Janice was a regular supporter and season ticket holder at the club for a number of years before her battle with cancer. Wife to Reg and mother to Adam, Mark and Kevin as well as Grandmother to Ronnie and Ruby. She will be sadly missed by family and friends. RIP Janice.

BRANDON SUTTON

(submitted by his mum Joanne Mason)

Brandon Anthony James Sutton age 18 who sadly died in an RTC as a pedestrian walking home from a New Year’s celebration onJanuary 1st 2023. Brandon was on the Burton Albion F&E Course when he passed away.

KEN WHETTON

After Ken passed away, Club Chaplain Phil Pusey, Chairman, Ben Robinson, and Ken’s three daughters, Cathy, Fay and Vicky, gathered to bury Ken's ashes beside the pitch, right in front of his regular seat in the Carling Stand at the Pirelli Stadium. Kenneth Whetton was born on 1st July 1940 and grew up in King Street in Burton with two brothers and a younger sister. His wife was the late Lynette Whetton, and together they had three daughters, Fay, Vicky and Cathy, five grandchildren Coral, Luke, Megan, Matthew and Olivia, and four great grandchildren Ben, Emilia, Lottie and George. The first time he saw Burton Albion, was the club’s first ever match with his Dad when he was just 10, and he became a life-long supporter and had a season ticket for many years right up until the last year before he passed away.

PHILIP BROWN

(submitted by his family)

Philip Brown, Director of the club and lifelong fan passed away 30th Jan 2023. Loved and missed by his friends and family.

ALAN FARNFIELD

(submitted by John Adey)

Remembering Alan, a passionate Brewers supporter who suddenly passed away in February. Alan started to support the Brewers in the 60s and despite moving away for a short period continued to attend matches at both Eton Park and standing

on the terrace at the Pirelli Stadium. He is sadly missed by all who

stood with him.

COLIN WOOLLETT

(submitted by Joan Woollett)

Passed away on April 24 aged 81. He was a long-time devoted supporter of Burton Albion from 1950 and as a small boy he was a programme seller for the club.

DALE ANDERSON

(former player)

Dale Anderson passed away the age of just 44. The striker was a firm fan favourite at Eton Park in the early Nigel Clough years. Born in 1979, Anderson was a key signing by Clough at the start of his first full season in charge in August 1999. The striker’s place in Brewers fans’ hearts was firmly cemented when he scored crucial goals in the 2001-2002 season when Albion won the Northern Premier League.

MALCOLM KING

(submitted by Tony Barkway)

Malcolm was a long-standing supporter and season ticket holder for the Brewers, he passed away in August just before the season started and never used his new season ticket - very sad and we all miss him tremendously.

PAT CRAWFORTH

(dedication on behalf of Julie, Amee and Iyla)

Pat Crawforth was a lifelong Brewers fan who was hooked after attending the first game at Wellington

Street in 1950 after being persuaded to go by her friend and neighbour Janet because there was “nothing else to do”. From that moment she continued supporting the Brewers every season until illness prevented her attending over the last couple of years, even then she insisted on keeping up with the scores. Pat was a familiar face for Brewers fans, working in the old shop in Wellington Street alongside Vera Goode, and continued to be involved in many jobs at the club from serving in the tea bars and washing the players’ kit to selling 50/50 tickets. Her favourite memories were the first visit to Wembley in 1987 for the FA Trophy final and she cried when Buron Albion were promoted to the Championship as it was something she never thought she would see. Pat received a special award from Burton Albion for her services to the club over the years in 2015. Pat died aged 84 on December 22 (she would have been 85 on January 2).

ROBERT (BOB) MEE

(submitted by his grandson Tom Webb)

Bob loved local football and Burton Albion and was a Season Ticket Holder until he became unable to attend games. He passed away in October after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

IAN KELCEY

(submitted by his daughter Caroline Kelcey)

Ian Kelcey 4/8/1937 – 11/1/2023

Dad finally lost his courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease last January, it was fitting that we held his wake at The Pirelli Stadium - he would have loved the party! A gentleman of complete integrity, who had a lifelong passion for the game of football. He played from a very early age and at every opportunity for various local Saturday and Sunday teams, he was always available. He was renowned for his fairness as a football referee as his playing days drew to a close and was always a willing linesman. Ian was heavily involved with Burton Albion Reserve team 1982/83 and 1983/84 seasons in a coaching role, whilst the team was under the management of Ken Carvell and the first team were managed by Neil Warnock.He was committed to encouraging and developing the team, demonstrating and promoting true sportsmanship. He followed the Brewers avidly to the end, his last visit to The Pirelli Stadium being just a year before he died. RIP Ian, aka ‘Kellog’

LOL WRIGHT

(former player)

One of Burton Albion’s key players of the early 1970s, Lol Wight was a central figure in the Brewers promotion-winning team of 1971/72 that only lost three league games playing 57 of Albion’s 61 competitive fixtures that season. Wright joined the Brewers for the 1970/71 season when Richie Norman was the manager.

MARLENE BOWERING

(long-standing volunteer)

Marlene, a long-standing volunteer, passed away in May aged 86. She was the wife of former player and director, Ray who passed away at the age of 85 in 2020. Marlene was an avid fan of the Brewers, regularly attending home matches when the club moved from Wellington Street to Eton Park. When the club moved to the Pirelli Stadium in 2005, Ray and Marlene assisted with hospitality in the Directors’ Box, along with other club officials, to make visiting directors and other guests feel welcome.

BRIAN EYRE

(submitted by his nephew Dave Eyre)

A lifelong Burton Albion supporter who recently passed away.


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