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Former North West football writer dies aged 83

A former North West sports reporter and media lecturer has died aged 83.

John Hudson, originally from Hapton near Burnley, spent many years reporting on Burnley FC and in his later career taught English and media studies at colleges in Harlow and Preston.

The 83-year-old started his career covering the football club before going on to work for the Bolton Evening News, Daily Telegraph, Daily Herald and Wisbech Standard.

Away from the newsroom he published a history of his home Hapton which is a former pit village.

Freelance sports journalist Steve Bott, who was tutored by John, told the Lancashire Telegraph: “His gentle style helped many an aspiring young journalist to hit the heights, myself included, along the years.”

John is survived by his wife Ivy and children William and Shelley.

  • His funeral is being held on Tuesday in Hapton.
  • Comments

    Tony Durkin (15/04/2009 10:51:12)
    There was far more to John Hudson than covering Burnley FC and I find it rather sad that the headline on this piece concentrates on that. He was an inspirational lecturer when I was on the NCTJ pre-entry course at Preston in 1977-78 and I count him as one of the firmest foundations on which I was able to build a career in journalism still going strong after more than 30 years. Thanks and RIP.