Seasiders hero Durie dies, aged 85

Dave Durie, a Blackpool Football Club hero of a bygone age, has died

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 3:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 4:36 pm
Durie - more than 300 appearances
Durie - more than 300 appearances

He was paid the ultimate compliment in the official history of the Seasiders.

Author Robin Daniels wrote: “No club has had a more faithful servant.”

Born and bred in Blackpool, Durie, who was 85, signed for the Bloomfield Road club in 1952 and played for 12 seasons before being transferred to Chester.

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Though inside-forward was his prime position, Durie’s versatility was such that he could play in a variety of roles.

He had a distinctive, physical appearance with long legs.

Durie had a superb season in 1956-57 when he scored 22 goals in all competitions when the Seasiders more than held their own in the top flight of English football.

One notable highlight came in the 1959-60 campaign when he scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Burnley.

He repeated the feat later in the season against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup.

He played for an FA XI in 1957, scoring four goals against a Royal Air Force team.

In all, Durie chalked up in excess of 300 appearances for Blackpool.

Durie was never booked or sent off in a distinguished career that also saw him have a spell at Fleetwood Town.

That proud boast probably had a lot to do with Durie’s firm religious convictions, which he held throughout his life.

During his playing days, he was a Methodist Sunday school teacher as well as a leader in his local chapel.

After his footballing career came to a close, for many years he ran his own driving school in the town and he also had a period as a teacher of physical education at Palatine School.

A widower, Durie had two children and two grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.