Everton Fan Remembered in Leicester City Garden of Remembrance
By mac
Saturday 17 Jan 2009 05:54:00
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On March 20th 2004, Bernard Murphy, a 39 year old Everton fan was killed on his way to the Walkers Stadium when he was hit by flying debris on Upperton Road. High winds that day had caused chaos throughout the East Midlands. Mr Murphy was struck 40 minutes before kick off.

 

At the time Leicester City and many Leicester fans, amongst others throughout the Country sent messages of condolences to Mr Murphy’s family Via Everton Football Club and as a mark of respect a plaque was erected at the place where he fell by the good people of Leicester. 

The original plaque from Upperton Road that will now be mounted in the gardens.

One year on almost to the day Peter Jones LCFC Supporter Relations, took representatives of Bernard, his family and friends, to the ground where they were shown where a section of the Garden of Remembrance was made in honour of Bernard.

 John Murphy, Bernard’s brother, and the party were led into the Walkers Stadium to be taken on a tour which was very impressive. A special presentation was given as a keepsake in memory of Bernard. Encased in a large frame was a picture of Bernard, match tickets of the day Bernard died with a programme from the game. Leicester's and Everton's logos with a copy of the memorial plate a fully signed Leicester Shirt with the name 'Yifter' on, Bernard's nickname.

 

With the changes on the Upperton Road in 2008 the plaque dedicated to Bernard’s memory had to be moved  but through the efforts of Bentley’s Roof it has been erected in the garden of remembrance at The Walkers Stadium, The original blue plaque has returned to Merseyside.  A collection was organised by Bentleys Roof and a substantial amount was raised, a Shrub and Planter was purchased and placed in the garden of remembrance, In 2009 the extension of the garden was completed and with the rest of the money collected by Bentley’s Roof was used to purchase a fantastic bench complete with a plaque as a lasting memory to Bernard.

 

Michael Matthews, Steve Dunphy and Chris Edgar, attended the memorial gardens dedicated to Bernard and were met there by Steve Dyke, the off duty policeman who was right behind Bernard when the incident occurred and tried to revive him. He has become good friends with Michael Matthews and they have remained in touch.

Representatives from the club in the form of Pat Griffin and Peter Jones, along with the club chaplain, were also present, and we are assured by those who travelled down from Liverpool that Pat Griffin was an excellent hostess .

 

Bentleys Roof's shrub (which will bloom blue we are promised) will be placed in the memorial gardens and Pat Griffin herself has promised faithfully to nurture it.

As for the original plaque from the Upperton Road bridge, this will be mounted in the memorial gardens and the blue plaque (previously in the gardens) will be taken back to Liverpool.

Bentleys Roof would like to go on record thanking everyone especially Peter Jones (unfortunately no longer at LCFC) for making this happen and send our ongoing best wishes to the Murphy family and friends.



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