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£5,712raised of £5,500 target by 224 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,500 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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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 1908 – 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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    224

    • 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

    • Lesley Seary

      Lesley Seary

      Apr 4, 2017

      A really worthy cause and happy to donare

      £30.00

    • Iain Rodger

      Iain Rodger

      Apr 3, 2017

      £50.00

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    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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