Funny funeral

Make a date in your diary for the Preston North End funeral!

It’s hard to find appropriate pictures of a funeral…


The Spoiler has a favourite poem. It’s by John Cooper Clarke and it’s a haiku. It goes:

To convey one’s mood
In seventeen syllables
Is very diffic

We always remember this poem and apply its teachings to everyday life. There is however, another poem we quite like, something by some bloke about treating triumph and disaster the same? It’s pretty good.

Anyway, this seems to be the poem that Preston North End fans take inspiration from…

Apparently, whenever Preston North End or Blackburn Rovers get relegated OR promoted they hold a funeral parade to lay the season to rest.

With Preston dropping out of the Championship this season, it’s their turn. They’re going to get a coffin and parade around the streets of Bamber Bridge on 24th July in what The Spoiler imagines will be scenes reminiscent of the Rio carnival but with more scantily clad women.

Chairman of the organising committee, Mick Higgins, said:

“This job started in 1948 with a couple of lads from the then ‘Boddingtons’; I got involved about ten years ago. It came about with two lads disgusted at North End going down and they went into the Trades Hall and made a bit of a coffin and wanted a parade and this has continued with any relegation or promotion since for North End or Rovers.

“We also use this to raise money for charity and we hope many people get involved and donate to the great causes that the committee have chosen and celebrate a family fun day – a tradition that we don’t want to let die.”

Whilst it sounds like the flimsiest excuse ever for a boozy day in the sun, The Spoiler can’t help but bloody love this idea. And this year, EVERYONE is going – the players and managers and everyone. Hopefully it should be a whole lot less violent than West Ham’s gala dinner.

Better than flying a plane with an arsey banner over a ground if you ask us…

1 response so far
  • Chris7BA // May 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Preston North End fans, take heart; you can always crash Blackpool’s relegation funeral in a few weeks!

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