Bishop Auckland Football Club (BAFC) are devastated to hear that Club legend Derek Lewin at the age of 88 passed away on Friday 15th March after a short illness. Derek made his Club debut on Christmas Day 1954 against neighbours Shildon at Dean Street and stayed for 5 glorious seasons. He played in 3 Amateur Cup Finals, scoring a remarkable 5 goals. Derek was the key initial link with Manchester United that led to him and BAFC colleagues Warren Bradley and Bob Hardisty assisting United in their hour of need after the 1958 Munich Air Disaster.
This great ambassador played 5 times for England and represented Great Britain at the 1956 Olympics Games in Melbourne. He remained very involved with the game after his playing career ended, including spells as a Director at Blackpool FC and Lancashire FA where he represented that county on the Council of the Football Association.
In recent years Derek kept in touch with the Club and was the driving force behind the ex-players annual lunch, indeed he was at Heritage Park in November when he captivated the audience with his footballing tales.
Derek Lewin is one of the greatest players in the Club’s 113 year history and in a world when the word’ legend’ is casually used to describe good players, it’s fair to say that Derek can be rightly described as a bona fide Bishop Auckland Football Club legend. Off the pitch he was a charismatic presence and wonderfully engaging man.
Everyone at Bishop Auckland Football Club sends heartfelt condolences to Sheila, the family and the great man’s many friends. A shining light has just gone out.