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Rovers sadness over former team-mates

The club offers its condolences to the family and friends of Billy Wilson and Jeff Whalley

26 February 2018

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Rovers were saddened to hear of the recent passing of former players Billy Wilson and Jeff Whalley.

Wilson, who made 276 appearances for Rovers, passed away on February 21st at the age of 71.

A tough-tackling defender, Wilson progressed through the youth ranks at Rovers before making his senior debut in a First Division clash against Chelsea at Ewood Park in February 1965.

A remarkably reliable performer, he went on to make the left-back position his own, playing almost 250 league games, before joining Portsmouth in January 1972.

Whalley, who made three appearances for the club in the early 70s, passed away peacefully in the Royal Blackburn Hospital on February 23rd, aged 66.  

After leaving school, he joined Rovers as an apprentice, making his debut in a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa in March 1970.

He made two further first team appearances before moving to Sydney, Australia, in 1972, where he played for South Croatia.

The thoughts of everyone at Blackburn Rovers are with Billy and Jeff’s family and friends at this sad time.

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