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Obituary - Barbara Wallace

Posted on 12 September 2011  - 12:00

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs Barbara Wallace who died recently, aged 91.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs Barbara Wallace who died recently, aged 91.

Barbara worked in our general office for 24 years from October, 1956 until December, 1980, as a receptionist, telephonist and administrator and also served as personal secretary to Bill Nicholson during his time as manager.

Born at Witney on July 22, 1920, Barbara Clarke was brought up in the Oxfordshire town and married Maurice Wallace there during June, 1946. She was widowed ten years later, not long before joining our staff.

The only full time female member of our office staff at the time of the Double success, she supplied the blue and white ribbons which were attached to the trophy lifted at Wembley by Danny Blanchflower.

This followed a family tradition which began back in 1901 when her grandmother attached our navy and white favours to the trophy at Bolton. The same ribbons adorned the cup 20 years later but had been lost by 1961.

Barbara was a granddaughter of Morton Cadman who joined the club as a playing member during December, 1888 and captained the Reserve team in 1890. Elected to the board during June, 1900, he retired after 40 years as a rate collector for Edmonton Council in 1929. He served on the Football League committee and FA Council throughout the 1930's. Retired from the board during April, 1943 and became vice-president and life-vice president until his death in December, 1948.

Barbara was a regular visitor to our home games over the last 30 years having lived at Edmonton until going into a Southgate retirement home in recent years.

Barbara Wallace died on September 5, 2011. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.