Tributes paid to Chorley FC stalwart

Tributes have been paid to one of Chorley FC’s biggest and longstanding fans, who died last week.

Brian Haslam, who was a former treasurer of the club, had been a fan for almost 70 years and will be remembered with deep affection for his dedication and willingness to help in various roles.

Chairman Ken Wright said: “I’ve been involved with the club for a long time and Brian has always been there, it’s so sad to lose somebody like him, who’s been a loyal supporter and provider after many years.

“There will be a lot of people sad about his death, his passion, dedication and hard work will always be remembered at the club."

Mr Haslam began working life at Multipart in 1946 as an apprentice fitter in the repair shop.

He transferred to the Leyland South Works research department in 1954 and also worked in the test operation department at Spurrier Works, Leyland.

His first visit to Victory Park was as a boy, during the 1945/46 season.

He then served on the social club committee from 1960 to 1963, eventually joining the supporters club in 1973 as treasurer and only retired last year.

He leaves, wife Dorothy and two sons David and Geoffrey.

Chorley sports writer Tony Dawber also paid tribute.

He said: “Brian Haslam gave not weeks, not years, but decades of unpaid service to the club which bears the name of his home town.

“He spent incalculable hours selling raffle tickets, helping out in the social club, and doing the small and always thankless little jobs we all take for granted but which cannot be left unattended.

“He did it because he loved his club, the club which represented the town where he grew up and worked for his entire life.”

Mr Haslam’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, January 29 at St George’s Church, Chorley at 11am, then to Charnock Richard crematorium for a noon cremation.

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