The County Ground

Remembering Derek Lewin

Lancashire FA are saddened to learn of the passing of Life Past President Derek Lewin, over the course of the weekend.

Throughout his 88 years, Derek made an outstanding contribution to football across Lancashire, particularly at amateur level. He played in three Amateur Cup Finals, scoring five goals in the process, and is a renowned Bishop Auckland FC club legend, serving the team for five seasons from 1954-1959.

Derek was also a crucial link between Manchester United and Bishop Auckland that led to him and his colleagues Warren Bradley and Bob Hardisty, assisting United in their hour of need after the 1958 Munich Air Disaster.

He played five times for England and represented Great Britain at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

His services to football did not end there, having served as President of Lancashire Football Association from 1995 to 2004 and then becoming a Life Past President thereafter.

Reflecting on Derek Lewin’s outstanding contribution to football across Lancashire, Simon Gerrard, Lancashire FA CEO said: “Derek gave so much to football across the region at both an amateur level with Bishop Auckland, to his outstanding contribution at a county level during his time as President here at the Lancashire FA.”

“He will be missed by all at the Association and our thoughts go out to Sheila and all of Derek’s family and friends.”