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How Could This Happen?!?!

The grave of Blackburn Rovers Football Club's founder (John Lewis) has been found to be left in a derelict state! Rovers Chairman John Williams says he will act.

Lewis, who founded the club with Arthur Constantine (a public schoolboy friend) at St Leger Hotel, King William Street in 1875 also played for the club as well as being a pioneer for the founding of the Lancashire Football League.

However, it has been found that Lewis' grave was left in a derelict and overgrown state! This discovery was made by Peter Lupson (who was researching for a new book) in Blackburn's Municipal Cemetery.

The grave will now be marked as Williams is keen to see the man who was so prominent in our creation to be fully recognised, he told the Lancashire Telegraph:

"I have spoken to Mr Lupson about his book and some of his discoveries are very interesting.

"We had no idea that the grave of John Lewis was there or that it was in a poor state.

"We would very much like to mark the grave in some way to recognise the very important role in the club's history but it must be done properly
."

Peter Lupson (who's book Thank God for Football looks at the connections of Rovers and eleven other clubs with religion) who found the grave said:

"It was a shock that I found Mr Lewis' grave in the state I did.

"It was badly overgrown and neglected. He was such an important man for the club and the town.

"The grave was very hard to find in such a large cemetery and it was in a bad state.

"I've been happy to pass on all of my discoveries to the club and I hope there is something they can do
."


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Writer:Walker
Date:Friday June 15 2007
Time: 12:12AM

Comments

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Although such a grave for such a personal should not have been lost or left in suhc a state the fact that Lewis died in 1926 (aged 70) makes it a little more understandable?!?! Thankfully it has been found and something can be now be done to mark it, as it should!
Hughes Da Man
15/06/2007 00:14:00
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This is more unfortunate than anything.... hopefully we can act swiftly.
MikeyGamst
15/06/2007 09:48:00
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Action will be swift won't it dude. As you say it is unfortunate not a blatant oversight at all.
Hughes Da Man
15/06/2007 13:25:00
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If they want to do something for both John and Arthur, then they could do a small tribute to them at Ewood. IMO, their graves are the responsibility of family, regardless of how important they were and the family should be responsible for its upkeep. If the club wish to help, then great but something at Ewood would be far more fitting i feel
BomBom
15/06/2007 14:29:00
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They should do some sort of tribute I think at the first home game... right before we beat Villa 3-0.
MikeyGamst
15/06/2007 14:39:00
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Or Arsenal as the case may be MikeyGamst (a 3-0 there would do me!) as the Villa game may need re-arranging due to UEFA Cup Qualifying shedules.
Hughes Da Man
15/06/2007 16:24:00
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BomBom - Fair points dude, but at the same time they are part of the Blackburn Rovers family too :)
Hughes Da Man
15/06/2007 16:25:00
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