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frank teasdaleFrank Teasdale, who was chairman of Burnley Football Club from the summer of 1985 to the beginning of 1999 has sadly passed away.

He joined the board, along with former Lancashire cricketer Jack Simmons, early in 1985 and became chairman of the club in the following summer when John Jackson stood down.

He presided over a difficult period for the club. In the summer Burnley FC was on the verge of extinction and only a share issue kept us going but a year later the problems continued when we nearly fell out of the Football League.

Things did improve for a while in the 1990s with two promotions under Jimmy Mullen but by the latter years of the decade we were fighting relegations again, trying to avoid a return to the basement division.

There were arguments galore with the likes of Ray Ingleby and Peter Shackleton fighting to take control of the club, but eventually it was Barry Kilby who stepped in and he replaced Teasdale as chairman in early 1999.

He remained on the board for a time before standing down, but his connections with Burnley Football Club never ended and he was a regular at Turf Moor until his death.

I got to know him well during those years. I liked him; he was a decent man and, just like me, a committed Claret. I’ve been saddened today by his passing and would wish to offer my condolences to his friends at this time.

The passing of Frank Teasdale is another big loss for our club.

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