View Full Version : David Walker passes away

23-04-2015, 05:01 PM
Sad news of the passing of another ex-Claret - see link - view external link (www.clarets-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/david_walker_passes_away_860249/index.shtml)

23-04-2015, 05:09 PM
Sad news,he was a favourite of mine even though he was not a regular.
RIP and my condolences to his family and friends.

23-04-2015, 05:20 PM
Decent player rev, just another who couldn't get regular football because of the quality of the players in front of him

23-04-2015, 05:23 PM
Yes I agree Tony, was a regular in the Saints 1st team until "you know who" joined them :)

A good defensive back four player.

23-04-2015, 05:40 PM
Sad news indeed, hard to believe he was 73 years old. I remember him as a young 20 year old in the early 1960's in his rare appearances for the first team.

Only thinking of David a few days ago when his picture appeared on the 'Historical Burnley FC pics' thread (post 18, if someone can link).

RIP Dave and condolences to family and friends.

23-04-2015, 05:44 PM
Link's here - view external link (http://boards.footymad.net/forum.php?tno=104&fid=297&sty=2&act=1&mid=2110094005#3c6R32EkJ1LL8LZf.97)

23-04-2015, 06:00 PM
Cheers CT, a really good picture of David at a packed White Hart Lane.

23-04-2015, 09:18 PM
Sad news about David Walker, a former pupil at Primet in Colne - I found this picture of the football team from 1956 amongst some of my dad's old photos. David is in the middle of the front row with the ball (and my dad's the teacher!)

23-04-2015, 09:30 PM
Superb picture SheffieldClaret

23-04-2015, 09:32 PM
"Superb picture SheffieldClaret"

No mistaking David there, would he have been 14 years old?

23-04-2015, 09:36 PM
born in 1941, so probably 15 in that photo

23-04-2015, 09:41 PM
Depends on time of year, he was born in October 1941 so more likely to be 14 than 15.

24-04-2015, 12:54 AM
Very sad, what a great thing it must be to don that claret and blue shirt and represent this club.
Whatever era, whatever division, truly a wonderful achievement.
Imagine that.

24-04-2015, 07:32 AM
Sorry to hear about this . I saw him play many times especially for the Reserves and he was a very good player who at another time would probably have played more 1st team games .

RIP David .

24-04-2015, 09:20 AM
Not so old at all.

I remember him as a rather cultured player.

EDIT: Seeing he was from Colne, I wonder whether he was a Burnley fan.

24-04-2015, 06:20 PM
Sad to hear of David, passing away, had many a tussle with him, helped anybody who would kick a football; remember the Primet lads who followed in his footsteps Skelton and Carradice. Tuesday abd Thursday evenings at Gawthorpe on the ALLweather, have many happy memories.when Alex Elder arrived, Adam Blacklaw threatning you if you kept putting balls on the crossbar" Golden days".He hated it! RIP DAVID

24-04-2015, 09:18 PM
Skelton (back row, far left) and Carradice (front row, far right) both on that photo, SolidSilver, according to thes on the back.

The only other I remember my dad talking about was Ernie Machin who went on to play for Coventry City, but was, I think, a couple of years younger

25-04-2015, 07:36 AM
Machin was a couple of years younger and was playing for Nelson when he was spotted and recommended to Jimmy Hill at Coventry, I've just been reading. He died in 2012, aged 68.

25-04-2015, 09:55 AM
Ernie Machin was the man who took the FA to court over a suspension and fine after he'd been sent off incorrectly. He beat the FA in court.

Northern Spirit
29-04-2015, 09:10 PM
Hi, my is Vivien Walker and I am the daughter of David Walker. Since contacting Burnley Football Club last week I have been touched with the response from the management at Burnley Football Club by way of a posting, some photos and tributes being placed in a programme and also in the Colne Times. Some flowers in claret and blue are also being sent to the Funeral Service next week. I have also been reading your comments and the photograph of my dad in the school football team is a photo I have never seen. Your comments, condolences and memories have been very comforting at this sad time for us as a family and I thank you for them. If anybody else has any memories then please share them.


Northern Spirit
29-04-2015, 11:03 PM
Hi, can anyone show me the picture of my Dad, David at the packed White Hart Lane that you mention. I had a look at some pics but couldn't see it...

Thanks Vivien.

30-04-2015, 12:25 AM
Here he is.


30-04-2015, 03:24 AM
Condolences, Vivien and a great post.

I hope you like the photo. It's certainly a classic. The packed terracing, the boggy pitch etc.

30-04-2015, 05:59 AM
So sorry to hear of your father's passing Vivian,saw him play on the Turf many times.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.Rest in peace David.

30-04-2015, 04:43 PM
There's a piece on Dave Walker on the Southampton site from last week. He was known as Docker apparently. - view external link (http://goo.gl/ZgmOel)

Northern Spirit
30-04-2015, 05:22 PM
Hello thank you for posting the photograph. Do you think my dad is the one standing a little back looking at the football? There has been recognition from the Southampton Football website and there is also a big tribute going into a programme on 16 May but Burnley posted sooner and showed a picture of my dad and they will be posting a tribute in a programme on 16 May too.

He was known as docker at Southampton because in those days the footballers used to mingle with the fans and average people and he would often have a drink at a pub with the dockers from the Southampton docks and then drive back home and as he told me once he would be driving around and around the roundabout where we used to live for quite some time until he eventually managed to exit. Something that is done these days!

Thought you might like to know that!


30-04-2015, 05:29 PM
It looks like him to me, Vivien. I can't think who else it could be.

30-04-2015, 05:31 PM
Viv - Yes, fairly certain that's your dad.

Please accept condolences from all at Accy Clarets.

30-04-2015, 08:36 PM
At last a post that Burnley fans stick together and do really well. RIP Dave Walker.

30-04-2015, 09:32 PM
Northern Spirit - I've linked the article from Southampton in post no 25

01-05-2015, 01:29 PM
And a damn good article it is. I enjoyed it.

01-05-2015, 03:23 PM
The Southampton article as excellent, only found it yesterday.

Northern Spirit
01-05-2015, 09:48 PM
Yes it is a good article, my brother only told me about it yesterday! I have also emailed Southampton to see if they are sending flowers to go with the flags ( there will be a Burnley flag and a Southampton one at the funeral). Burnley Football Club have emailed to say they will be sending flowers. There is also a tribute to my father in the Colne Times today if any one interested ( sorry not sure how to link it in).

We have also found some great photos of my dad when he was playing at Turf Moor, would anyone like to see them?

01-05-2015, 09:53 PM
Yes please, Vivien. I remember him well from the 60s. There was a picture on one of the threads not long back when he was in a Southampton shirt playing against us.

02-05-2015, 12:13 AM
Vivien, please post them. I remember your father playing for the Clarets quite clearly, and I was really young. I remember my father rating him.

Northern Spirit
02-05-2015, 10:44 PM
SheffieldClaret I have found a photo of my dad at Primet School in the cricket team - I think it is your dad who is the teacher standing next to them. Do you have this photo? Would you like me to post it?

I will post the others as soon as I can.


02-05-2015, 11:02 PM
Vivien, my condolences to you and your family - and I would love to see the Primet cricket team photo (just follow the instructions on the "How to post pictures on the message board" thread - so simple, even I could follow them!) Best wishes, Andrew

Northern Spirit
03-05-2015, 08:05 PM
Thank you Andrew. I will have a go at posting later using the link. Vivien.

04-05-2015, 11:15 AM
Vivien - I found this photo of the gym team last night which I thought you might not have seen. Your dad was clearly an all-round sportsman!


04-05-2015, 01:50 PM
You can certainly recognise him.

Northern Spirit
07-05-2015, 11:35 AM

Here is the Cricket Team picture at Primet School, Colne with my dad in it. I think your dad is the school teacher?


07-05-2015, 04:09 PM
It is indeed my dad in the picture, and I hadn't seen that one before so thanks for posting (my mum enjoyed seeing it too as she was a teacher at Primet at the same time!)

Northern Spirit
07-05-2015, 08:53 PM
Hi, that's great that you and your mum like it. The photo of my dad in the gym club is certainly not one we have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing that photo and everyone for talking about my dad. My dad's funeral is tomorrow and as the eldest child I will be making a tribute to my dad with my brother. It will be difficult but it is something we both want to do. I will post the photos of Burnley Football Club I have found - 1962 -1963 after the week end. Thank you again. Vivien

07-05-2015, 09:05 PM
I hope the funeral goes as well as a funeral can, Vivien.

07-05-2015, 09:44 PM
Vivien, good luck with your tribute tomorrow and I hope all goes well. Andrew