Centurion Supporter Victor Burgess: 1918-2022

Everyone at Wanderers is sad to hear of the recent passing of one our oldest and longest-serving supporters.

Victor Burgess died earlier this month at the age of 103.

Born in Kent, Vic moved up to Bolton – where he met and married wife Jean – after serving with great distinction in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

He quickly became a Wanderers’ fan and was to go on and hold a season ticket, which was gifted to him by the club after he reached the age of 90, for well over 60 years.

A foreman for Warburton’s Bakery at Back o’th’ Bank for 35 years before his retirement at the age of 65, he was asked by George Warburton to help arrange the train the company put on to take supporters to the 1958 FA Cup final.

A guest of Brett Warburton, Vic attended Wanderers’ home game against Blackburn Rovers in October, 2018 and made the Golden Gamble draw shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Living latterly in Westhoughton, Vic continued to follow Wanderers’ fortunes and will be missed and fondly remembered by everyone knew him at the football club and beyond.


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