Former director dies

Last updated : 18 May 2003 By Tony Scholes

Rothwell, along with Bob Blakeborough and Clive Holt, joined the depleted board at Turf Moor during the crisis summer of 1986. They came in on the back of a rights issue when shares were sold at £15 each with the club on the verge of closure.

The three of them joined a previous four man board of Frank Teasdale (Chairman), Dr. David Iven, Basil Dearing and Lancashire cricketer Jack Simmons. In that first year as a director the club nearly fell out of the Football League, rescued by the win over Orient.

He remained a director for over 12 years before selling his shares to current Chairman Barry Kilby and subsequently faced the wrath of some influential shareholders at the AGM shortly afterwards.

Bernard Rothwell remained a Clarets fan though and continued to attend the home games.

The thoughts of us here at Clarets Mad are very much with his family and friends at this very sad time.