On Thursday March 22nd the club said a fond farewell to George Hale who has passed away at the age of 94.  George was born in Liverpool in October 1923 and attended St Anne’s Church of England school though, missing several years owing to an accident when he was 8, had also to be home schooled.  He lost the sight of his right eye playing cricket with some friends, but the game was to become a huge part of his life.

After school he began an apprenticeship as a painter and decorator before being called up for National Service in 1944 to the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Europe and India.  He married his wife Irene in 1951 and they had two adopted children.  He later became a grandfather to seven granddaughters.

After the war, George worked for 40 years for British Rail before taking a well deserved retirement in 1988.  He was a Bootle member for 32 years, following the club both home and away before his death on March 10th 2018.  George’s funeral took place at Walton Parish Church followed by interment at Anfield Cemetery alongside his beloved Irene, who predeceased him.  George was a loyal and dedicated supporter who will always be fondly remembered by all at Wadham Road.  May he rest in peace.