OBITUARY: A fantastic servant of Morecambe and Lancaster football

Jimmy Aspin.
Jimmy Aspin.

Jimmy Aspin was a local football man through and through with links to both the Shrimps and the Dolly Blues.

Jimmy, who has died aged 65, also flirted with the very top echelons of the game – having trials for England schoolboys aged 13 before signing for Bolton Wanderers when the great England centre forward Nat Lofthouse was in his prime.

He then left to play for Rochdale and then moved on to Morecambe FC, playing for the Shrimps during the era of their famous FA Trophy win at Wembley.

He was born James Arthur Aspin on July 13 1948 in Bury and moved to Morecambe in 1971, three years after marrying Anne Marie Pearson and having their first son Lee.

Jimmy played for Morecambe FC Reserves from 1971 to 1973 until he broke into Morecambe’s first team and played for three seasons until 1975. He then turned out for Trimpell FC in the West Lancashire League winning the Richardson Cup and the League in 1977, moved to Lansil FC becoming their reserve team manager and then manager, before moving to Lancaster City FC where he was reserve team boss.

He also coached at Workington Town and Alfreton Town.

In his working life, Jimmy worked for British Gas all over the world and later became a postman before retiring to Brazil in 2009 to enjoy life and the warm sunshine.

He scouted young Brazilian players for Bolton Wanderers before returning home in September 2013.

Jimmy was much loved by his three children; Lee, Cheyne and Joanne, his mother Alice, sister Joan and grandchildren Izaak, Dominik, Erin, Jobe and Jake.