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Otley Town's tribute to club stalwart Dennis Blackburn who has died aged 90
11:00am Thursday 10th January 2013 in Sport
The players and officials of Otley Town observed a minute’s silence before Saturday’s game with Rothwell in memory of their longest serving committee member Dennis Blackburn who died recently aged 90.
He gave more than 60 years service to the club and was a popular figure on the amateur soccer scene.
Dennis first became involved during the 50s and early 60s with Otley DPE when they were the most successful club in not only Wharfedale but in the West Yorkshire area.
During this time they won County Cups, league titles , District cups and League cups, Dennis was involved with the forming of a new club, the joining of DPE and Otley FC during the early 1970s.
He was also a key figure in the setting up of the new clubhouse and dressing rooms at the Old Showground on Pool Road.
For many years he could be found running the line during games, and it was often said he was a true gentleman, being fair for both sides.
He could still be seen running the line when he was 85.
Dennis followed the team all over the district watching and supporting with his friend, the late Alan Mcgee.
They could be found most Saturdays on the touchline, saying how football was not as good now as it was in their day.
The last few years Dennis could still be found sat behind the top goal watching the game, then later having a pint in the clubhouse.
He will be sadly missed.