Sad death of Valley stalwart

Barrie Fergusson pictured in 1983
Barrie Fergusson pictured in 1983

There was sad news for Rugby Town last week, after Barrie Fergusson - the trainer/physio for Valley’s FA Vase 1983 victory at Wembley, died of a heart attack on Friday night aged 75.

Barrie was an integral part of the backroom team during the 11-year managerial reign of Jimmy Knox, but he first joined the club as reserve team manager in 1976 when the then First Team boss Syd Hall commended the former Southam and South Leamington defender on his “very professional attitude.”

Barrie had also played as an amateur for both Coventry City and Leicester City, and his great ability and enthusiasm working with the manager and players made a huge contribution towards the Vase victory and the rise to Southern League Premier Division, the FA Cup and other cup successes.

Barrie was also a builder by trade and helped erect the stand at the 3G end of the ground.

There will be a post-mortem required for Barrie’s sudden death and funeral details will follow.