Fans to pay tribute to Rossendale's tragic Henry Tattersall

Henry Tattersall, as a youngster, when he met  Bertie Bee

Henry Tattersall, as a youngster, when he met Bertie Bee

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FOOTBALL fans will put their rivalries aside for two minutes during this weekend’s East Lancashire derby.

A minute’s applause will take place in each half to honour two fans who have died, after hundreds showed their support on social media.

Blackburn fan Daniel Slater set up a Facebook page, which has received 313 ‘likes’, calling for 60 seconds’ applause on the 13th minute in memory of Burnley fan Henry Tattersall.

The 13-year-old was found hanged at his Newchurch home after running up more than £400 on his mother’s credit card for Xbox games.

Mr Slater said: “This page has been respectfully growing in number and both fans have been very honourable to join this page.

“We would like to let Henry’s family know that he and his family are all in our thoughts during the Lancashire derby.”

Meanwhile, Rovers fan Steven Howard, 29, has helped organise an applause in honour of his father, also called Stephen, as well as Henry.

Steven has also taken to Facebook to encourage fans from both sides to clap for Henry and then for Rovers’ fan Stephen, who died aged 65, in the 65th minute. His event page has attracted 137 members.

He said: “It’d be fantastic if everyone takes part. I do think we’ll pull it off. It will be awesome. My dad was absolutely football mad, Rovers mad, so it will be fantastic.”

Henry’s mother, Eve Tattersall, gave her blessing to the tribute, and expressed her gratitude to the fans who will be temporarily letting go of their rivalries. She said: “Last week, the inquest brought everything back up, and I’m touched by this. It’s just absolutely unbelievable, the support from both sets of fans.

“What a nice gesture it is for some of the fans on both sides to want to do this. I know not everybody wants to do it. It’s a massive game for both sets of supporters, and I don’t think there’s rivalry like it anywhere else but it’s a nice, positive spin on it. It’s one thing to applaud your own team’s fans respect and show respect, but it’s another thing to do it for your rivals, and I can’t thank them enough for it.

“I personally would like both applause to be for all fans on either side who have passed away and are missing this game.”

No-one from Blackburn Rovers was available for comment.

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4:29am Wed 5 Mar 14

Violet432 says...

It feels really inappropriate to applaud someone who felt the only optition was to end his life, I would feel more comfortable having a minutes silence to reflect on his life and the tradgedy of his death. I know it has been said that some people may not respect a minutes silence and shout out and that if it is a minutes applause if people don't respect it it is not noticeable. Applause just does not feel right and may send out the wrong message to other vulnerable young people who may be feeling that ending their own lives is an option.
It feels really inappropriate to applaud someone who felt the only optition was to end his life, I would feel more comfortable having a minutes silence to reflect on his life and the tradgedy of his death. I know it has been said that some people may not respect a minutes silence and shout out and that if it is a minutes applause if people don't respect it it is not noticeable. Applause just does not feel right and may send out the wrong message to other vulnerable young people who may be feeling that ending their own lives is an option. Violet432
  • Score: -2

5:29am Wed 5 Mar 14

golazzo says...

Not sure this particular game was the wisest of choices but respect to those responsible for organising. And condolences to the family's affected.
Not sure this particular game was the wisest of choices but respect to those responsible for organising. And condolences to the family's affected. golazzo
  • Score: 4

8:42am Wed 5 Mar 14

Frisson says...

What happens when Rhodes bags in the 13th min of the game? Will Burnley fans continue to clap?
What happens when Rhodes bags in the 13th min of the game? Will Burnley fans continue to clap? Frisson
  • Score: 3

9:28am Wed 5 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Violet432 wrote:
It feels really inappropriate to applaud someone who felt the only optition was to end his life, I would feel more comfortable having a minutes silence to reflect on his life and the tradgedy of his death. I know it has been said that some people may not respect a minutes silence and shout out and that if it is a minutes applause if people don't respect it it is not noticeable. Applause just does not feel right and may send out the wrong message to other vulnerable young people who may be feeling that ending their own lives is an option.
Have you always been this thick?

It will be applause to CELEBRATE his short life, not cheering and clapping because he's dead.

Have you ever been to a match where a minutes silence has been interrupted by ne'er do wells shouting? It's embarrassing. At least this way any d1ckhead who wants to mouth off can be drowned out by the vast majority of decent people showing their respect for someone.
[quote][p][bold]Violet432[/bold] wrote: It feels really inappropriate to applaud someone who felt the only optition was to end his life, I would feel more comfortable having a minutes silence to reflect on his life and the tradgedy of his death. I know it has been said that some people may not respect a minutes silence and shout out and that if it is a minutes applause if people don't respect it it is not noticeable. Applause just does not feel right and may send out the wrong message to other vulnerable young people who may be feeling that ending their own lives is an option.[/p][/quote]Have you always been this thick? It will be applause to CELEBRATE his short life, not cheering and clapping because he's dead. Have you ever been to a match where a minutes silence has been interrupted by ne'er do wells shouting? It's embarrassing. At least this way any d1ckhead who wants to mouth off can be drowned out by the vast majority of decent people showing their respect for someone. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 2

10:26am Wed 5 Mar 14

Jimbok says...

Frisson wrote:
What happens when Rhodes bags in the 13th min of the game? Will Burnley fans continue to clap?
Given the rarity value of such an event, maybe so!
[quote][p][bold]Frisson[/bold] wrote: What happens when Rhodes bags in the 13th min of the game? Will Burnley fans continue to clap?[/p][/quote]Given the rarity value of such an event, maybe so! Jimbok
  • Score: -1

10:35am Wed 5 Mar 14

Jimbok says...

Without diminishing the sad loss of these two people, is it really appropriate to applaud the deaths of individual supporters during games? There must be thousands who pass away every season - where do you stop?
Maybe at the start of every season or Christmas time, there could be a moment in recognition of all supporters, players and staff of both sides who have died in the preceding year, along the lines of remembrance day?
All the best to everyone for sunday and may the better side win - it's about bloody time.
Without diminishing the sad loss of these two people, is it really appropriate to applaud the deaths of individual supporters during games? There must be thousands who pass away every season - where do you stop? Maybe at the start of every season or Christmas time, there could be a moment in recognition of all supporters, players and staff of both sides who have died in the preceding year, along the lines of remembrance day? All the best to everyone for sunday and may the better side win - it's about bloody time. Jimbok
  • Score: 1

7:59pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Violet432 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Violet432 wrote:
It feels really inappropriate to applaud someone who felt the only optition was to end his life, I would feel more comfortable having a minutes silence to reflect on his life and the tradgedy of his death. I know it has been said that some people may not respect a minutes silence and shout out and that if it is a minutes applause if people don't respect it it is not noticeable. Applause just does not feel right and may send out the wrong message to other vulnerable young people who may be feeling that ending their own lives is an option.
Have you always been this thick?

It will be applause to CELEBRATE his short life, not cheering and clapping because he's dead.

Have you ever been to a match where a minutes silence has been interrupted by ne'er do wells shouting? It's embarrassing. At least this way any d1ckhead who wants to mouth off can be drowned out by the vast majority of decent people showing their respect for someone.
No I do not believe that I always been this thick, have you? I am fully aware that it is not to celebrate his death, but I believe that it still sends out the wrong message! Yes I have heard idiots that shout out. I just don't feel that applause is appropriate!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Violet432[/bold] wrote: It feels really inappropriate to applaud someone who felt the only optition was to end his life, I would feel more comfortable having a minutes silence to reflect on his life and the tradgedy of his death. I know it has been said that some people may not respect a minutes silence and shout out and that if it is a minutes applause if people don't respect it it is not noticeable. Applause just does not feel right and may send out the wrong message to other vulnerable young people who may be feeling that ending their own lives is an option.[/p][/quote]Have you always been this thick? It will be applause to CELEBRATE his short life, not cheering and clapping because he's dead. Have you ever been to a match where a minutes silence has been interrupted by ne'er do wells shouting? It's embarrassing. At least this way any d1ckhead who wants to mouth off can be drowned out by the vast majority of decent people showing their respect for someone.[/p][/quote]No I do not believe that I always been this thick, have you? I am fully aware that it is not to celebrate his death, but I believe that it still sends out the wrong message! Yes I have heard idiots that shout out. I just don't feel that applause is appropriate! Violet432
  • Score: 1

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