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Donald Newsome, of St Annes, with stories about Jimmy Hampson, who died in a boating accident alongside Mr Newsomes father in 1938.

Donald Newsome, of St Annes, with stories about Jimmy Hampson, who died in a boating accident alongside Mr Newsomes father in 1938.

He was one of the greatest Tangerine talents ever to grace Bloomfield Road, his life tragically cut short in his prime.

And one Gazette reader, whose own father died in the same boating accident that claimed the life of Blackpool and England’s Jimmy Hampson, has recalled the fateful day after spotting a photograph of the former forward in our own weekly Lost Archives section.

Both Jimmy and Donald Newsome’s father Harry were on a fishing expedition off the coast of Fleetwood on January 10 1938, when their vessel was hit by a trawler knocking them overboard.

Donald lost his father, while Pool fans mourned the passing of their a record goal scorer - a feat still held by Jimmy to this day.

Donald, 80, from St David’s Road North, St Annes, said: “I didn’t know very much about my father because I was very young.

“He was one of my father’s good friends and they used to meet and play billiards at a club near the football ground.”

Jimmy, who was just 31 at the time of his death, was a household name at the time, to the extent that he was even given his own statue at Louis Tussauds’s waxworks museum, on the Promenade.

While still at the peak of his undeniable goal scoring powers, Jimmy had visited his ill wife Betty (with whom he was pictured in our Lost Archives piece) in a nursing home earlier on the day of the accident.

Donald added: “Mrs Hampson didn’t want him to go because she’d had a premonition that something was going to happen to him.”

Both families had lived in Kenwyn Avenue, near Stanley Park, and a letter from Mr Newsome’s mother Evelyn to Betty was published in The Gazette after the two men’s deaths, expressing her sorrow and urging her to stay strong for her children.

But Donald and countless others across the Fylde coast will forever harbour great memories of Jimmy, who scored five goals in three games for his country - not to mention 252 goals in 373 appearances for the Tangerines.

He said: “The only memory I have was his three England caps on our sideboard. I didn’t know him really well because I was very small, but I was quite thrilled to see them there.”

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