February 28, 1945
Mr. Henry Smith, aged 77, of Whitehead Street, Blackburn, who died yesterday, claimed to be the first professional footballer in Blackburn. He played with the old Witton F.C., and later assisted a club at Wigan and Everton. He had been a compositor with a Blackburn firm of printers for over 50 years and was working up to his last illness.
He was a founder-member of the Clarion Cycling Clubhouse in the Ribble Valley.
(Lancashire Evening Post: March 1, 1945)