• Barry Dilworth

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    Barry Dilworth, a member of our Association for twelve years, passed away peacefully, at home in Cottam, near Preston, on 27th October.
    He was aged 67.

  • As a schoolboy Barry had tasted success at Deepdale, by scoring the winning goal in a Dawson Cup final, for his school St. Ignatius Central. He signed for Preston North End, on amateur forms, in the early 1960's, playing a number of games for the reserve team in the Central League.

  • When released by North End, Barry joined Horwich RMI who were managed, at the time, by Ken Horton the former Preston North End player. Barry, then went on to ‘do the rounds’ locally, playing semi-professional football for a number of clubs in the Northern Premier League. They included Fleetwood, Lancaster City, Lytham and Rossendale before coming even closer to home. Longridge United, Garstang and Whittingham all had Barry's services at one stage or another. Barry also guested in the Willie Cunningham select teams, for charity causes, in the 1970's. Barry’s full-time job in the meantime was as a printer with the local Lancashire Evening Post.

    When he had to retire from playing Saturday football, Barry did not hang his boots up but turned to the local Sunday League to show off his ability. He played on for a good few more years turning out for LEP ‘A’, Lisieux Hall and PNE Supporters Club. Barry ended up managing the Supporters team, taking over from Leo Gornall.

    When at Lisieux Hall, Barry played in the prestigious friendly against the visiting American team, Fort Lauderdale Strikers. They had Gordon Banks, the former England international goalkeeper, in goals for them, but undeterred, Barry managed to put one past him!

    A real highlight of his career. Barry became a steward at Deepdale on match days rising to assistant ground safety officer before the new Invincibles stand was built. Latterly, Barry got much pleasure from watching his grandson Ben playing for Preston Schoolboys, just as he himself had done many years before.

  • Barry, a well-known and very popular character, will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved him.

  • Words by Ian Rigby.