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Barry Illsley 50 Years Volunteering for RHB and 50 years Commentary on Blackburn Rovers

2012 Barry Illsley was recognised for volunteering for 50 years at RHB. He was presented with a Hospital Broadcasting Association certificate and Champagne at the annual volunteers’ Christmas Dinner by the then Trust Chairman Hazel Harding.

2014 after commentating on most of Blackburn Rovers home games for 50 years Barry was presented with a custom made past and present team signed shirt by the then manager Gary Bowyer.

1962 Barry joined RHB then known as Radio Blackburn. More about him on our history page

2017 January. He continued volunteering with RHB until he passed away after 55 years.

On Saturday the 8th December 2012 Barry Illsley was presented with a 50 years long service award from the Hospital Broadcasting Association.

Barry was also presented with a book on the history of Blackburn Rovers with a bottle of Champagne, from Radio Hospitals Blackburn Chairman, Dave Peacock

On the 13th February 2014 Barry Illsley was presented with a custom made Blackburn Rovers shirt to celebrate his 50 years commentating on Blackburn Rovers home games for RHB. Blackburn Rovers paid for the shirt to be made and was presented by Gary Bowyer (Blackburn Rovers Manager) at Blackburn Rovers training centre

in Brockhall village Barry had arranged to see Gary to discuss team news for the remainder of the season. David Peacock (RHB Chairman) and Stuart Wearden (RHB sports commentator) surprised Barry during his meeting bringing him the shirt.

(left to right; Stuart Wearden, Barry Illsley, Gary Bowyer and David Peacock)

On March the 12th 2014 Barry was featured in Blackburn Rovers match program for the game against Bournemouth.

Click the image to read the article. There is also an article on the BRFC website.