Bob Blakeborough (1944 – 2019)
Burnley Football Club have today confirmed the death of former long serving director Bob Blakeborough at the age of seventy-five. Having served the club as a board member for eighteen years following his appointment alongside current director Clive Holt in 1986.
The Burnley based businessman helped the Clarets come through one of the most testing times in the club’s history before establishing the foundations for their climb back up the divisions by inviting Barry Kilby to take over as chairman.
Paying tribute to his former colleague, Mr Holt said: “On behalf of the board I would like to express our sadness at the news of Bob’s death. He came to the club when its existence was at threat and after coming through that period, he was then instrumental, along with myself, in Barry agreeing to join us and getting Barry Kilby onto the board. That got the club moving back in the right direction with him having played an important part in club’s history prior to standing down in 2004.”
Mr Blakeborough’s election to the board came at the start of the fateful 1986/87 season when the Clarets only avoided relegation from the Football League on the final day of the season. Board members were regularly required to pay the weekly wage bill and even after a period of greater stability it took the appointment of Mr Kilby to the board in October 1998 and as chairman two months later to provide the backing for a period of playing success prompted by promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship under Stan Ternent.