The funeral of Tommy Cooper


Saturday, June 29 – 1940
Football organisations were strongly represented at the funeral service at Littleover Parish Church to-day for Tommy Cooper, the former Derby County and international full back, who was killed while cycling near Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Six former colleagues – Messrs, Sammy Crooks, Harry Bedford, George Collin, Douglas Duncan, Tommy Davison and George Stephenson – acted as bearers. The congregation included Messrs. H.G. Pattison and B. Robshaw (directors), George Jobey (manager), W.S. Moore (secretary), S. McWilliam, Billy Bromage, Jimmy Methven (ex. Manager), Johnny McIntyre, Tommy Crilly, Jack Nicholas, Bernard McLaverty, Harry Wilkes, Ralph Hann and Jack Kirby, from Derby County F.C.; George Kay, Ernest Blenkinsop and Dirk Kemp, Liverpool F.C.; and John Tweed Ibbotson, Derbyshire F.A.
Wreaths were sent by deceased’s regiment, and Derby County, Liverpool, Port Vale and Stoke City F.C.s.
(Nottingham Evening Post, 29-06-1940)

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