Lancaster City president passes away

A RESPECTED local businessman who oversaw the rise of Lancaster City Football Club has passed away aged 65.

John Bagguley, Dolly Blues’ life president and owner of Provincial Finance in Yorkshire Street, Morecambe, died peacefully on Tuesday morning after a short illness.

Mr Bagguley joined the City board in the early 1980s, and, during his more than 30 years with the club, saw the Blues move up the football pyramid, from the North West Counties League to the Conference North.

He was chairman in the mid-1990s, during the club’s greatest period, when they won the Northern Premier League and League Cup double.

He became club president and was life president at the time of his death.

A club statement said: “John is well described as a self-made man who threw all his energies into anything with which he was involved, but this never prevented him from living life to the full.

“John was a large part of Lancaster’s recent history, and the club would not be in the position they are, had it not been for John’s efforts, at a time when it looked as if the club was in danger of going out of business in 2007.

“His drive, determination and enthusiasm ensured the club’s survival. He will never be forgotten.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (23-02-12) for full story.