Just before Barnsley FC went
into Administration in October 2002, The Supporters Club was in the process of
launching a fund to assist one of our members in restoring our founders,
Reverend Tiverton Preedy’s grave.
As most people are aware
Barnsley FC was initially set up as one of the first football clubs in Barnsley
by Tiverton, when he was the curate at St Peters Church. He left Barnsley to
work in London in 1893. After leaving Barnsley he remained a true supporter and
was always interested in what was happening at his club. He died in 1928 and
buried in a London cemetery.
one of our members thought it appropriate with our rise into the Premiership to
do a bit of research of our founder, The Reverend Preedy. He found out the exact
location of his grave and paid a sort of pilgrimage. Unfortunately he found it
overgrown and unkempt, with some damage to the headstone.
He contacted us in early
1998 with a suggestion that we take over the upkeep and restore the grave. After
more research and legal advice we found ourselves in a position in 2002 where we
could actually go ahead and make progress on this issue.
Estimates were obtained,
putting the costs of repairs
somewhere between £1,000 and £1,500 depending on the materials used to repair
the grave and headstone.
As mentioned above this was
put on hold during the administration process. At our recent meeting it was
decided now was the time to set up this fund with the rebirth of the club.
The Supporters Club has a
separate account set up to receive funds from anyone wanting to donate any money
to help us restore his grave. Any donations can be sent to the Supporters Club
via the Club address or the Supporters office on matchdays. Please mark any
letters/ Donations specifically for the Reverend T Preedy fund, cheques payable
to Barnsley FC Supporters Trust or pay online using
If we receive any money over
the cost of the restoration, the balance will be used to purchase memorabilia
for the proposed Museum.