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Jack Barrett: Funeral for Accrington Stanley FC supporter

Jack Barrett
Image caption Jack Barrett died at the age of 88

The funeral has taken place for a man described as Accrington Stanley FC's most famous supporter.

Jack Barrett, from Accrington, who was given the Freedom of the Borough of Hyndburn in 2011, died on 31 March at the age of 88.

He played a major part in saving the club from collapse after it was kicked out of the Football League in 1962.

Mr Barrett's speech at a public meeting in 1968 is believed to have inspired the town to rebuild the club.

Rob Heys, managing director of the club, described Mr Barrett as the original Accrington Stanley legend and said some form of permanent tribute at the club's ground was planned.

In 2006, Accrington Stanley returned to the Football League after winning the Conference title.

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