Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

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Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Turtle188 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:42 pm

So sad to hear of the sudden passing of George Fairclough aka Bourbon Rat. A friend who will be sadly missed at our home games with his smile, humour and smuggled contraband. Deepest sympathy to George's family and friends at this time. Rest in Peace our friend.

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Brian » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:12 pm

With a heavy heart do i write this

George was a friend whom we befriended at the Storms ever first home game.We met in the old betting ring affectionately known as the Social Club.
He was hard to miss as he wore those huge sunglasses with the storm logo on the lenses. George lived and breathed The Storm and league in general.
His knowledge was second to none about our great game.If it was not the Storm then it was Wigan (wigin) He made what seems like thousands of friends at the Storm ,from supporters to the players back in those infant years and even to present day.
George was one of the first members of the now defunct MSSC and on the message board back then he was known as Paper Dragon.
He turned his hand at one point in creating animated gifs and banners relating to the Melbourne Storm.
As turtle said We will miss you and your positive outlook on life and Rugby League.\

Condolences to the Fairclough family

Rest in Peace old mate

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Brian » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:35 pm

Old pic of George and his gang...On the fence at the Graveyard

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Scooter » Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:24 pm

Really enjoyed Bourbon Rat's posts on The Bai Stand. Condolences to George's family. RIP Bourbon Rat.

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby mystormboys » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:10 pm

Yes terribly sad news RIP - condolences to the family

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby steaming stormer » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:59 am

Very sad news indeed. RIP

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Mattpoet » Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:43 am

Sorry for your loss. RIP.

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby TC » Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:31 pm

"a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy"

A lovely bloke, friendly to everyone with (as Brian said) a great knowledge of the game and a wicked wit. His passing is our loss, but I'm glad I had the chance to know him.

Cheers Ratty
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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Inglis#3 » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:34 pm

Saddened to hear about his passing. Although I only conversed with him virtually through this forum he seemed like such a kind-hearted person.
RIP Bourbon Rat.
I did always smile when I saw that username. Very clever.

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby stormy » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:50 pm

I am so sad to hear of Bourbs passing. He was always friendly and I am so glad he was Purple through and through. Bourbs designed the first Bai Stand footy tipping trophy sig for Kingy to proudly display for the year. He will be sadly missed.
I know you will be watching from up there and cheering for our CHAMPION TEAM.
R.I.P. Bourbs

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby bula » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:41 pm

So sad to hear. Big part of these forums.
Hope its not insensitive me asking the reason he's left us?

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby sallymay » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:23 pm

only from what I heard and I don't want to really gossip but it looks like to me it might've been a heart attack or something like that if it wasn't then I apologise to his family

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Tigger » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:38 pm

Sally it wasn't a heart attack but a brain embolism. Thankfully it happened in his sleep.
We gave Ratty a good send off yesterday with many tears, laughs, drinks raised and a very loud "party popper ring" in honour of George at his wake.

First game next year will be hard when he's not in his usual seat but his hat will be there on that seat and there WILL be poppers popped!!

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby sallymay » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:06 pm

I am sorry to hear that

That will be amazing...I will being thinking of his family Game 1

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Re: Vale Bourbon Rat (George Fairclough)

Postby Graham Las Darrington » Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:09 am

I was one of George's British friends . He helped develop my interest in Storm and became a good pal in the process. The world of rugby league is poorer for his passing. George's wit, kindness and enthusiasm were among his many strengths. I am saddened by his loss but proud that he was my friend. Goodbye dear Bourbon Rat. RIP George.


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