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Tributes paid to Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings

Posted on - 12th October, 2021 - 10:18am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston North End, Sport
Trevor Hemmings with the play-off final trophy after PNE returned to the Championship in 2015
Trevor Hemmings with the play-off final trophy after PNE returned to the Championship in 2015

Football fans across the UK have paid their respects to Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings, who has sadly died aged 86.

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PNE confirmed the news in a statement on Monday 11 October, in which they said Trevor Hemmings CVO passed away that evening.

A spokesperson for PNE said: “A further statement will be made in the coming days, but in the meantime, his family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

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Trevor Hemmings
Trevor Hemmings Pic: Preston North End

Amongst the tributes flooding into Twitter are fans, current and former footballers, politicians, broadcasters, and football clubs.

Former Liverpool defender and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson said: “Very sad news to hear of the passing of Trevor Hemmings.

“He was Mr PNE. As former players, staff and supporters, we owe this man a huge debt of gratitude. Without him, who knows where our football club would be. RIP Sir, and thanks for all you did for us. Love to the family.”

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Hemmings, right, owns a stable of race horses Pic: Carine06
Hemmings owned a stable of racehorses. Pic: Carine06

Sir Mark Hendrick, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Preston, said: “I met Trevor on several occasions. Always courteous, polite and unassuming. In spite of his wealth, he was never ‘flash’ or arrogant.

“He did much for @pnefc over many years. He’ll be missed by everyone at PNE, fans and anyone who knew him. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Trevor.”

Preston Supporters Collective said: “Preston Supporters Collective is devastated tonight following the death of our owner Trevor Hemmings CVO.

“Trevor, a lifelong fan of the club, finally took ownership in 2010. His support will be greatly missed at Deepdale. The collective wishes to send its sincerest condolences to the club, family and friends.

“The Gentry in the sky has gained a true supporter tonight.”

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Blog Preston contributor and PNE fan Louise Gooch said: “Very sad news. Rest in Peace, Trevor Hemmings.”

Preston City Council Leader Matthew Brown said: “Really sorry to hear the very sad news of Trevor’s passing this evening. My condolences to his family and friends at this really difficult time.”

Bolton Wanderers forward Eoin Doyle said: “Such sad news. The few times I was fortunate to speak with him will leave a lasting impression on me. A lovely man and a great character. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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Blackpool FC Discord said: “Some things are just above football. Thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP.”

Bolton Wanderers said: “The thoughts of all at Bolton Wanderers are with the family and friends of Trevor Hemmings and all at @pnefc at this time. Our sincerest condolences.”

Derby County said: “Everyone at #DCFC sends their condolences to Trevor’s family and friends, as well as all at #pnefc.”

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Former footballer Stephen Elliott said: “Really sad news. Did so much for the football club. #RIP.”

Luton Town FC said: “Condolences to Trevor’s family and friends and everyone at Deepdale, from all at Luton Town.”

Niall Smith said: “Legends are not always born wearing the famous shirt and playing on the grass pitch, but they are also born loving and doing everything they can to help the club be who and where they are today. You are one of them, Trevor. Thank you for everything, and RIP. One true gent.”

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Mark Whiteside said: “Rest in Peace, Mr Hemmings. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for all you have done for our club. Let’s fill all those seats on Saturday. Remembered forever. Mr H.”

Gordon H said: “Quite simply, thank you, Mr Hemmings. Without you, I have no idea where our great club would be! You have left a club that my children and grandchildren can follow and be proud of! #RIP and thoughts are with your loved ones at this time!”

Jeff Banks said: “Sad news, such a great person and neighbour who never showed his wealth – proper down to earth gentleman who used the local pub and shops. Always said hello. R.I.P.”

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PNE Police said: “Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr Hemmings this evening. A great man, whose impact and legacy in sport and beyond will live on forever #RIP.”

Pat McCarthy said: “RIP, Mr Hemmings. Thank you for saving our club here in Cork, a debt we will now never get to repay or thank you for, but you’ll never be forgotten for your kindness.”

Andrew Dodwell said: “Rest in Peace, Trevor. We appreciate everything you did for pnefc. The flat cap will be out on Saturday against Derby to show my appreciation.”

Jon Michaels said: “RIP, Uncle Trevor. The effect you’ve had on people’s lives will never be forgotten. What a legacy you leave behind! Thoughts are with the family and friends.”

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