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Accrington Stanley stalwart Jack Hudson dies aged 81
A BUILDING surveyor who played a pivotal role in the revival of Accrington Stanley has died aged 81.
Tributes have been paid to club president Jack Hudson, who dedicated more than four decades to helping Stanley rise through the football pyramid, following their rebirth in 1968.
The father-of-two, of Lynwood Avenue, Clayton-le-Moors, had been ill for some time and died on Tuesday night.
Stanley chairman Peter Marsden said Jack was ‘part of the furniture’ at the Crown Ground, having masterminded and paid for several improvements at Livingstone Road.
These included new changing rooms in the early 70s and floodlights in 1985, as well as several structures which have een incorpo-rated into the stands.
Mr Marsden said: “He was absolutely pivotal in getting the club going again and getting us a decent ground. He was so pleased when we became a football league club.”
Jack leaves wife Brenda, son Mark, daughter Vivian and grandchildren.
Accrington Stanley said in a statement: “Jack was a former chairman of the club and had been involved in many capacities over the years. The club would like to pass on our condolences to all of his family and friends at this difficult time.”
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