A memory from many years ago when Blackburn Rovers prepared for the 1949-50 season with a game at Ewood Park between the first and second teams before a gradely crowd. Jack Walker and second team goalkeeper, Wilf Billington, had been mates at St Alban’s school and as teenagers attended the Bangor Street youth club.
Jack Walker would, in later years, be known affectionately as “Uncle Jack” and invested very heavily in the team ensuring that the club won the Premier League in 1994-95 on the back of 34 goals from Alan Shearer after being runners-up the year previously. This was the Blackburn Rovers’ 3rd top division title following previous wins in 1911-12 and 1913-14.
Back Row (L-R)
Bill Holt, Ron Stuart, Ken Holliday, Wilf Billington, Henry Horton, Norman Moore, Paul Todd
Middle Row (L-R)
Jack Weddle (trainer), Ted Cunningham, Derek Leaver, Bob McCaig, John Patterson,
George Higgins, Ernie Edds, Joe Walsh, Jock Wightman (assistant trainer)
Front Row (L-R)
Jackie Wharton, Eddie Crossan, Les Graham, Eric Bell, Bill Eckersley, Jackie Campbell, Bob Priday, Dave Gray