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Clarets Jackie's golden memories

A FORMER soccer pro from the golden days of Burnley Football Club celebrated his own 9-carat occasion. Jackie Chew and his wife, Ivy, who live in Harwood Road, Rishton, clocked up their 50th wedding anniversary during 1996.

At 18 he played football with Blackburn Rovers as a youth as well as cricket for the East Lancashire Cricket Club.

Jackie played for Burnley FC from 1945 to 1953 and was in the Wembley squad that lost the 1947 FA Cup Final in extra time to Charlton Athletic. Jackie then moved to Bradford City where he ended his professional football career.

An all-round sportsman, he also had a distinguished cricketing career.

Jackie helped Rishton win the Worsley Cup in 1964 when he scored about 50 runs when faced by the then West Indian Professional Charlie Griffiths, who had dominated the bowling statistics all season.

Jackie and Ivy, are originally from Blackburn. They moved to Rishton around 1950 when Jackie transferred from East Lancashire to Rishton Cricket Club, where he captained the first team, and later the second eleven.

He went on to coach young players, and both him and his wife remained active members of the cricket club.

Following a stroke in 1982, Jackie retired from his job as a sales representative with the former Charles Baynes hacksaw manufacturers at Intack, where his wife worked in despatch. Their son, David, who lives with his wife, Jean, in Blacko, is chief executive of Burnley N. H. S. Trust, and also played cricket for Rishton.

Their grandson, Michael, is studying for his A-Levels at Nelson and Colne College, and plays for Nelson second eleven. Granddaughter, Katie, born in 1981, was a pupil at Westholme School in Blackburn.

The couple celebrated with a family party last night at Mytton Fold Farm restaurant, Langho.

References

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 1st May 1996.

Accrington Observer 25th October 2002.