Forever In Our Thoughts

Burnden Park memorial

As ever, we remember today those who tragically lost their lives in the Burnden Park Disaster.

Seventy-eight years ago on 9th March 1946, Wanderers played Stoke City in an FA Cup quarter-final second-leg tie in front of an estimated crowd of 85,000.

Devastatingly, 33 Wanderers’ supporters didn’t return home as Burnden Park became the scene of the worst tragedy in British football history at that time.

Others also suffered life-changing injuries in the crush inside the stadium in a tragedy Bolton Wanderers Football Club and the town of Bolton will never forget.

Our thoughts continue to be with those affected and beside the statue of club legend Nat Lofthouse at the home of Bolton Wanderers we have a permanent bronze relief that outlines the details of that day and lists the names of the 33.

Burnden Park plaque

The club’s Book of Remembrance remains open at the front of the Toughsheet Community Stadium where the names of those who died are also listed.

And at our Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at the end of the season we shall again pause to remember those who lost their lives in this tragedy and light candles in their memory.

We shall never forget them:

Wilfred Addison

Wilfred Allison

Fred Battersby

James Battersby

Robert Bentham

Harry Ratcliffe Birtwistle

Henry Bimson

John Thomas Blackshaw

William Braidwood

Frederick Campbell

Fred Price Dearden

William Evans

Winston Finch

John Flinders

Albert Edward Hanrahan

Emily Hodgkinson

William Hughes

Frank Jubb

John Livesey

John Thomas Lucas

Harold McAndrew

William McKenzie

Morgan Mooney

Harry Unsworth Needham

David Pearson

Joseph Platt

Sidney Potter

Granville Roberts

Richard Roby

Thomas Roby

Thomas Smith

Walter Wilmott

James Wilson

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