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Rovers sadness over Fred Else

20 July 2015

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Rovers are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former player Fred Else at the age of 82.

The Wigan-born goalkeeper joined Rovers from near-neighbours Preston North End in August 1961 for a fee of £20,000.

A former England 'B' international, the arrival of Else was seen as a coup by Rovers as the player was regarded by many as the finest uncapped keeper of his generation.

A fans' favourite, Else spent five years at Ewood Park and made 221 appearances for the club before joining Barrow in July 1966.

He would go on to manage the Cumbrian side before their demise from the Football League. After leaving the sport Else took up teaching before retiring to Cyprus.

Rovers would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Fred’s family and friends at this sad time.

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