Tributes to Man City Junior Blues founder killed in car crash in Preston

Family have described Junior Blues founder John Pearson as a “true pillar of the community.”

Tributes have been paid to a founder of the Manchester City Junior Blues supporters club who died in a car crash in Lancashire.

Family members have described John Pearson, 75, as a “wonderful husband, fantastic dad and much-loved grandpa.”

Police said Mr Pearson fell ill at the wheel of his Volvo C70 and crashed into a parked car on Egerton Road, in Preston, where he lived.

He sadly died at the scene on Friday (23 September). Nobody else was hurt in the accident.

John Pearson was a founder of the Junior Blues, a youth supporters club for his “beloved team” Manchester City. Credit: Lancashire Police

His family said in a statement: “We would like to pay tribute to the late John Pearson. A wonderful husband, fantastic dad and much-loved grandpa who suddenly and very sadly passed away on Friday.

“A jolly, larger than life character with a tale for everything, who devoted his life to helping others, in particular those with special needs which was a cause very close to his heart.

As a dedicated City supporter, John was one of the founding members of the Junior Blues, which encouraged young football fans to get involved with the club and was once the largest of its kind in the country.

He was also a committed volunteer, particularly with disability rights groups – a cause close to his heart.

His family added: “One of the founders of the Junior Blues for his beloved team Manchester City, founder of the family business, PA Communications, Chair of Governors for over 25 years at The Coppice School and Chairman and more recently Acting Chair for Disability Equality North West.

“A very special man, a true pillar of the community, volunteering and supporting those with disabilities, like his son and dedicating his time to helping so many.

“You have left a huge whole in our lives and will never be forgotten. Goodnight, god bless, you will be forever in our hearts.

Lancashire Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and can be contacted on 101.