Fitting send-off for inspiring officer

Albert on the beat in Torrisholme.
Albert on the beat in Torrisholme.

ALBERT Bardsley was buried with a football at his feet and miniature police helmet in his hands.

This was an extremely fitting tribute for the former Torrisholme policeman who paved the way for thousands of young footballers throughout this district,

Albert, who passed away on June 20, was the founder of the area’s most famous youth football club Westgate Wanderers.

He formed the club in 1968 with the aim of keeping youngsters off the streets and out of trouble.

Westgate Wanderers grew from those small beginnings to achieve great success and it was appropriate that Albert’s wake took place at the Globe Arena, in the same fields where the Westgate club was based for many years.

During his funeral service at Torrisholme two Westgate Wanderers players stood in tribute, wearing kit bearing the numbers “six” and “eight” to mark the year when Albert founded the club.

See The Visitor (06-07-11) for full story.