December 2, 1930
The interment took place in the village churchyard at Mellor, near Blackburn, to-day, of Mr. Herbie Arthur, of the Bungalow, Mere-road, Blackpool, the most famous goalkeeper Blackburn Rovers ever had, and who died in a Blackpool Nursing Home last Thursday.
A considerable number of people gathered at the church, where the service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev, F.G. Harris, B.A. The congregation included relatives, old footballers, past and present directors of the Rovers F.C., representatives of the Lancashire Football Association, the Lancashire Automobile Club (Blackburn), Fidelity Lodge of Freemasons (Blackburn), Blackburn and District Horticultural Society (Blackburn), Reform Club, Midland Bank (Blackpool), Blackburn Liberal Association, and the firm of Messrs. William Walker and Sons, Bolton, with which Mr. Arthur had been associated.
The old Blackburn Olympic as well as the Rovers Club were represented among the former footballers who attended, and at least one of them had an English Cup medal on his watch chain. There were William McOwen, who succeeded Mr. Arthur as goalkeeper for the Rovers, Herbert Fecitt (the brother-in-law), Robert Haresnape, A. Birtwistle, B. Blenkhorn, J. Sowerbutts, C. Whittaker, and W. Akeroyd.
(Lancashire Evening Post: December 2, 1930)
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