Chorley FC are saddened to learn of the death of long-standing supporter Lionel Barker aged 72-years-old. Over many decades, Lionel was a steward and more recently seen on the terraces showing his support.
During his life Lionel was with the RAF Queen’s Flight and worked for BAE as an aeroplane inspector. He also volunteered for local charities, including Chorley Mencap, giving his time to a lot of people and leaves behind daughters Christine and Rachel.
He was a massive Chorley FC supporter and we have so many memories. I fondly remember two incidents over the years, one against Marine. The opposition player hit the ground hard and Lionel shouted, ‘Get up softy!’ in which he didn’t react too kindly and was warned about his conduct by the referee. Another was the coach breaking down at Eastwood and having to travel home on the team bus – Lionel’s son-in-law Steve Farrell
Lionel will be missed by everybody – he was such a popular chap, especially with all the work he did for Chorley Mencap. His enthusiasm for charities and the club was second to none. A familiar face at Victory Park who was well-liked, passionate and cared deeply about his local team who we’ll miss deeply – Josh Vosper (Commercial Manager, Chorley FC)
Lionel’s funeral will take place on Thursday April 4 from 1.30pm at St James’ Church, followed by Charnock Richard Crematorium. A celebration of his life will be held at East Ward Conservative Club afterwards and the family are encouraging supporters to attend.