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£5,742raised of £5,500 target by 226 supporters

    Weʼve raised £5,742 to recognise former Chelsea FC player, Jack Whitley, with a memorial on his grave in Brompton Cemetery

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    London SW10 9UG
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    Funded on Tuesday, 4th July 2017

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    The aim of this crowdfunding project is to raise enough money to erect a memorial marking the final resting place of one of Chelsea Football Club’s most loyal servants, Jack Whitley. He is the only Chelsea footballer we know to have been buried in the cemetery next door to Stamford Bridge.

    Jack served the club loyally and with distinction from the age of 29 to 61, as first-choice goalkeeper (1907-1914), then as first team trainer (1914-1939).

    He had died at Tring in Hertfordshire on 5 July 1955, a few months after the club won the league title for the first time in 1955, aged 77.

    In summer 2015 a chance rereading of the Albert Sewell book ‘Chelsea Champions!’ led official Chelsea historian Rick Glanvill to discover that Whitley had specifically requested to be buried at Brompton Cemetery and, with the help of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, Jack’s grave was ‘unearthed’.

    Sadly, at the moment it is a common grave with no stone to acknowledge Jack’s presence and his long association with the club just across the railway line.

    As he is the only occupant of the grave, we aim to obtain the relevant permissions and place a ledger (or flat slab) with a suitable inscription on, repaying the commitment Jack showed to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea Football Club.

    To do this we need to raise around £5,500, and that is where the great Chelsea family comes in.

    As well as chipping in what you can afford yourself, please help make every Chelsea supporter you know aware of the crowdfunding exercise.

    We propose an inscription along the following lines:

    "In affectionate memory of

    JOHN ‘JACK’ WHITLEY
    11 Apr 1878 – 5 Jul 1955

    Loyal servant of Chelsea FC for 32 years
    Goalkeeper and first team trainer
    Who asked to be buried
    next to his beloved Stamford Bridge.

    Funded by Chelsea FC supporters 2017"

    Thank you very much,

    Chelsea Supporters’ Trust

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    • Chelsea Supporters Trust4 months ago
      Chelsea Supporters Trust

      Chelsea Supporters Trust

      4 months ago

      The next phase once the crowdfunding campaign closes in July: Your donations will help us to pay the fees relating to the plot at Brompton, at which point we will finalise the stone, the inscription and memorial mason to be used. Once the fixtures are out in June we can look at setting a date as close to the anniversary of Jack Whitley’s debut (23rd September) as possible.

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    • Chelsea Supporters Trust4 months ago
      Chelsea Supporters Trust

      Chelsea Supporters Trust

      4 months ago

      We are delighted to announce that Rick Glanvill has managed to track down Jack Whitley’s Granddaughter, Sylvia and her son Andrew (Jack’s Great Grandson). She is absolutely delighted the Chelsea connection has been made and they have some very nice photos of Jack in his Chelsea days which we hope to share with you at some stage. We are hopeful that both Sylvia and Andrew will be attending the stone setting on the anniversary of Jack’s debut this September.

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    • Chelsea Supporters Trust4 months ago
      Chelsea Supporters Trust

      Chelsea Supporters Trust

      4 months ago

      The Chelsea Supporters' Trust would like to say thank you for the incredible generosity that not only Chelsea supporters, but supporters from many other clubs have shown in helping us reach our initial target so quickly. The crowdfunding site will remain open until July 4th and we welcome donations going forward which in addition to funding the memorial to Jack Whitley will help to support the CST Brompton Cemetery Clean Up Group.

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    6 months ago

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    Supporters

    226

    • Jon Ellis

      Jon Ellis

      Jun 6, 2017

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 4, 2017

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 27, 2017

    • Ricki Benka

      Ricki Benka

      Apr 17, 2017

      Glad we can help towards a worthy cause. It's good to see Jack being remembered.

      £30.00

    • gordon treweke

      gordon treweke

      Apr 15, 2017

      Donation on behalf of Chelsea Badge Group

      £100.00

    • Alex Kirby

      Alex Kirby

      Apr 7, 2017

      £10.00

    • Amy  Smyth

      Amy Smyth

      Apr 4, 2017

      £10.00

    About the fundraiser
    Chelsea Supporters Trust

    Chelsea Supporters Trust

    London SW10 9UG

    Building on the Brompton Cemetery Chelsea Graves project, the Chelsea Supporters Trust is mandated to work with the club and club historian Rick Glanvill to identify appropriate projects to reflect and enhance the club’s heritage. The Jack Whitley memorial is such a project.

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