Burial of the Coffin

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In a tradition going back to 1948[1] fans of Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End bury a coffin of relegation in the cellar of the Trades Halls club in Bamber Bridge. Supporters take to the streets of Bamber Bridge for a carnival style burial of a club-branded coffin to mark their team's relegation.

The event has happened since 1948 whenever either of the two teams have been relegated and the coffin has then been 'raised' when either side has been promoted again.

The last event was held ahead of the start of the 2011/12 campaign, taking place on Sunday 24 July.[2] The procession started from Church Road at the south end of Station Road in Bamber Bridge, close to the Hob Inn public house. However, there was be another procession of the 2011/12 season after Blackburn Rovers were relegated to the Football League Championship after an 11 year stay in the top flight, the Premier League.

CLUB COFFIN BURIED COFFIN RAISED
Blackburn Rovers 1948 - 1966 - 1971 - 1979 - 1999 - 2012 1958 - 1975 - 1980 - 1992 - 2001
Preston North End 1949 - 1961 - 1970 - 1974 - 1981 - 1985 - 1993 - 2011 1951 - 1971 - 1978 - 1987 - 1996 - 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coffin parade will mark PNE’s relegation". Lancashire Evening Post. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Preston North End fans bury relegation coffin, from BBC Lancashire News, published 24 July 2011