WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Ac­cring­ton squad from 1961-62, the year Stan­ley went out of the League

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Neil Fissler

MIKE PICKUP ad­mits that over 50 years later he is still strug­gling to come to terms with why the orig­i­nal Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley were al­lowed to die.

Pickup played in their last ever game in the Foot­ball League on March 2, 1962 – a 2-0 de­feat at Crewe Alexan­dra.

They were, at the time of their demise, bot­tom of the Fourth Di­vi­sion.

Stan­ley had a trans­fer em­bargo placed on them be­cause they owed £3,000 to other clubs while a ‘Save Stan­ley’ fund which was hoped would raise £20,0000 brought in just £450.

Crowds had dropped to just 1,500 – half the break-even fig­ure – and with debts over­all of £62,000, they sent a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to the League on March 6.

Just two days later, an­other let­ter was sent with­draw­ing their res­ig­na­tion, claim­ing that a group of busi­ness­men had come for­ward but on March 11 their fate was sealed – it was too late.

Pickup, who went on to sign for South­ern League Cam­bridge City, re­called: “It was aw­ful re­ally. All we wanted to know was what was go­ing to hap­pen to us be­cause we weren’t get­ting paid or any­thing.

“We were hop­ing that the worst wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen, but I think it was on the cards for a long time be­fore the end came.

“There were a lot of things in the pa­per about dif­fer­ent peo­ple com­ing in to take over the club, but it just never hap­pened.” 1. Alex Hamil­ton: He be­came a fore­man at a do­mes­tic ap­pli­ances com­pany and then a car com­po­nents maker. Lived in Ac­cring­ton un­til he passed away in 2009. 2. Bill Smith: Care­taker-manager when Stan­ley left the Foot­ball League. He coached at Queen El­iz­a­beth’s Gram­mar School, Black­burn, where he set­tled and worked for the men­tally hand­i­capped. 3. Gar­butt Richard­son: In­jury ended his ca­reer and he set­tled in Kin­mel Bay, Conwy, where he died in Au­gust 1980, aged 42. 4. Mike Pickup: Went into Non-League man­age­ment with Wins­ford United and Wit­ton Al­bion. He also worked in the build­ing trade and now lives in Con­gle­ton, Cheshire. 5. Joe Wal­ton: Spent most of his ca­reer in Pre­ston where he stayed run­ning a newsagent’s be­fore work­ing for an elec­tron­ics firm be­fore his death in De­cem­ber 2006, aged 81. 6. Harry Hub­bick: The trainer then joined the back­room staff at Pre­ston, where he was trainer, as­sis­tant to three man­agers and kit­man. He lived in the town un­til his death in March 1992, aged 81. 7. Char­lie Kilby: Worked in the build­ing trade and is the grand­fa­ther of for­mer Burn­ley chair­man Barry Kilby. Lived in Black­pool un­til his death in 1980. 8. James Har­rower: Af­ter resigning as Stan­ley manager, he be­came a publi­can at the Cas­tle Ho­tel, Ac­cring­ton, and then a heat­ing en­gi­neer. He died in Fe­bru­ary 1992, aged 67. 9. Ge­orge For­rester: A mo­tor me­chanic by trade, he ran Mac- cles­field’s Moss Rose Ho­tel and then be­came a buyer with GKN Sankey. He died in 2001. 10. Alex Smith: A goal­keep­ing coach at Bolton Wan­der­ers academy which he com­bined with run­ning his fam­ily busi­ness, the Bolton Bed Cen­tre, which he opened in 1971. 11. Peter Vipham: Lives in Rossendale, Lan­cashire, and spent 30 years work­ing for a shoe-mak­ing com­pany. 12. Bobby Wil­son: An ever-present in the last sea­son and be­came a se­nior buyer for GKN Sankey be­fore mov­ing back to Dundee. 13. Jack Wigglesworth: Sec­re­tary served the club in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties from the 1930s un­til they folded. Died in Hasling­den, Lan­cashire, in 1967, aged 70. 14. Roland Wal­ton: The vicechair­man of the club was an elec­tri­cian who lived in Burn­ley un­til his death in 1980. 15. Ed­win Slinger: The chair­man was a solic­i­tor with Ac­cring­ton firm, Sharpies Son & Slinger. He died in the Rib­ble Val­ley in 1975. 16. Bob Gor­don: Stan­ley’s first ever ap­pren­tice be­came a po­lice­man in Lin­colnshire and is now back living in his na­tive Larkhall. 17. Law­son Bennett: The winger was a gar­dener for the parks’ board and then a handy­man. He died sud­denly at his home in Dar­wen in 2010, aged 72. 18. Peter Irv­ing: Af­ter em­i­grat­ing to Australia, he is living in the Hunter Val­ley in New­cas­tle, New South Wales. 19. Mike Fer­gu­son: Re­tired and living in Burn­ley. He man­aged a num­ber of clubs, in­clud­ing Rochdale and En­field, as well as act­ing as a play­ers’ agent.

20. David Stur­rock: Moved back to his na­tive Dundee and be­came a ce­ramic tile fixer. 21. Ge­orge Hud­son: Is now living in Bury and worked on the print­ing press for the Mir­ror Group in Manch­ester. 22. Paddy Mul­vey: Be­came a manager at Ban­ners clothes fac­tory in Ac­cring­ton and then be­came a sales­man for Bostik and PLA Prod­ucts. He ran his own plas­tics busi­ness and lived in Tim­per­ley, Manch­ester, un­til his death in Novem­ber 2003. 23. Wil­lie Devine: Af­ter em­i­grat­ing to Australia, worked for a sports­wear com­pany un­til his death in 1997. NOT PIC­TURED

Brian Bades: Lives in Bolton, Lan­cashire. Ran a chain of shops in the lo­cal area for 15 years. Reg Bon­son: Played pro­fes­sional rugby league for Brad­ford North­ern and Don­caster. Ran his own haulage com­pany, Car­pen­ter and Bon­son, in Barns­ley. Les Christie: Lives in the Rib­ble Val­ley. Was a win­dow cleaner and then joiner and builder. Rus­sell Cud­dihy: Lives near Ac­cring­ton and ran Ar­rods Snooker Hall in Great Har­wood. Joe Devlin: Be­came an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer in Ac­cring­ton. Alan Gre­gory: Set­tled in Burn­ley where he ran the White Lion pub. Joe Hooley: Is living in Barns­ley af­ter hold­ing a host of man­age­ment and coach­ing posts. Jimmy Mil­ner: Af­ter work­ing for GKN Sankey in Welling­ton, he re­turned to live in his na­tive north­east. Barry Smith: Moved to New Zealand where he ran a man­u­fac­tur­ing sup­pli­ers un­til his death in Fe­bru­ary 2007.

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