Burial of the Coffin

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A Preston North End coffin being buried in 2011 when the club were relegated to League One.

In a tradition going back to 1948,[1] fans of Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End bury a coffin of relegation in the cellar of the Trades Halls club in Bamber Bridge. Supporters take to the streets of Bamber Bridge for a carnival style burial of a club-branded coffin to mark their team's relegation.

The event has happened whenever either of the two teams have been relegated and the coffin has then been 'raised' when either side has been promoted again. The parade started in 1948 after a greengrocer in Bamber Bridge packed a coffin full of vegetables and buried it following Blackburn’s relegation to the old Division Two.[2]

A burial was held ahead of the start of the 2011-12 campaign, on Sunday 24 July 2011, after Preston were relegated from the Football League Championship the previous season.[3] The procession started from Church Road at the south end of Station Road in Bamber Bridge, close to Ye Old Hob Inn public house.

There was another procession after the 2011-12 season after Blackburn Rovers were relegated to the Championship after an 11-year stay in the Premier League, however this was held in Blackburn on police advice. The funeral procession went from the Fox and Hounds pub on Albion Road to The Aqueduct pub on Bolton Road near Ewood Park.[4]

The last raising occurred on Sunday 12 July 2015 after Preston's promotion from League One back to the Championship and the coffin was driven in a hearse and paraded around.[5][2]

Another burial is planned to be held in July 2017 after Blackburn's relegation to League One.

History

Club Coffin Buried Coffin Raised
Blackburn Rovers 1948 - 1966 - 1971 - 1979 - 1999 - 2012 - 2017 1958 - 1975 - 1980 - 1992 - 2001
Preston North End 1949 - 1961 - 1970 - 1974 - 1981 - 1985 - 1993 - 2011 1951 - 1971 - 1978 - 1987 - 1996 - 2000 - 2015

References

  1. ^ "Coffin parade will mark PNE’s relegation". Lancashire Evening Post. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "It’s Time To Resurrect The Coffin!". Preston North End. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Preston North End fans bury relegation coffin, from BBC Lancashire News, published 24 July 2011
  4. ^ "'Mourners' hold mock funeral to mark Blackburn Rovers relegation". Lancashire Telegraph. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Coffin procession marks Preston North End promotion". Lancashire Evening Post. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
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