Chorley FC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong fan Barbara Heaps. One of the ‘Golden Girls’, Barbara was a supporter for over 60 years and started coming to Victory Park when she was only 11-years-old.
“Mum first came watching the Magpies with her grandad and after that was hooked,” Barbara’s daughter Gill said. “We have so many memories, including the famous Wimbledon and Wolverhampton Wanderers games. During those years we went home and away, watching the club every week in the GM Vauxhall Conference.
“I’m sure people remember her most for being a ‘Golden Girl’ along with friends Rita, Maureen, Dorothy and Eileen. Over the years she helped with the programmes and raffle, but also ran the tea bar every week. She was also heavily involved with the Supporters Club, being Treasurer, and helping raise the profile of the club.”
During the years, Barbara was a confectioner, seamstress and care worker, also working in the Chorley FC shop on Market Street. Her role was selling merchandise and lottery tickets.
“Mum had been coming every year until a few season’s back when she started to become poorly,” Barbara’s other daughter Jacci added. “On her door at the nursing home, there was even a picture of her with the Chorley FC badge. Over the years I remember her getting involved with the Chorley Carnival and sponsored walks to Burscough. After games on Saturday, she always attended functions and supported the club in every way possible.”
Barbara was a huge friend to the club and was known, liked and respected by many who attended matches at Victory Park. The news comes in the same year as the passing of Rita Charnley and these ladies have played such pivotal role in our history. We would like to pass on our condolences to Barbara’s friends and family at this difficult time – Ken Wright (Chairman, Chorley FC)
Barbara’s funeral will be taking place at Coppull Parish Church on Friday 28th December at 9.30am. All details and enquiries to Messrs B. Livesey Ltd, Tel: 01257 262602.