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Death of former director

20 November 2013

Latics sad to hear of Fred Whitehead's passing

Latics have been saddened to hear of the death of former director Fred Whitehead at the age of 84.

Mr Whitehead, who died in Total Care, Chadderton following a lengthy illness, was on the board at Boundary Park between 1972/82.

Chadderton born and raised, Mr Whitehead had two local building firms - F D Whitehead Building Services and Holroy Developments Ltd.

He built the Boundary Club (Clayton Arms) in 1970 and shortly afterwards the sports hall which was attached to the pub.

Mr Whitehead was a lifelong Latics' fan.

Son Paul, who has worked in the ticket office at Boundary Park on matchdays for 39 years, said: "Dad was asked to join the board just after the club had been promoted to the Third Division.

"They went on to become an established Second Division side and dad was a big backer of Jimmy Frizzell.

"He believed in loyalty and continuity and Jimmy was the only manager in his ten years on the board."

Mr Whitehead leaves wife Joan, sons Paul and Peter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one of whom is the son of Latics' player David Mellor.

The funeral is on Wednesday, November 27th at St Herbert's, Broadway, at 10am followed by committal at Oldham Crematorium at 11.30am.

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