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Best Burnley Players of all Time

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Let us list some of the very best Burnley Players of all Time

Burnley Football Club is an English association football club based in Burnley, Lancashire. Built on 18 May 1882, it was one of the first to become professional (in 1883) and and thereafter put pressure on the Football Association to allow payments to players.

The club joined the FA Cup for the first time in 1885–86 and was one of the 12 original founders of the Football League in 1888–89.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, under Bob Lord, the club became famous for its youth policy and scouting system, and was one of the first to set up a purpose-built training ground. The team is currently competing in the Premier League, the upper tier of English football.

Burnley won the FA Cup twice in 1920–21 and 1959–60, and have won the FA Cup once in 1913–14, and won the FA Charity Shield twice in 1960 and 1973.They have been runners-up in the First Division twice, in 1919–20 and 1961–62, and twice in the FA Cup, 1946–47 and 1961–62.

The team also managed to reach the quarter-finals of the 1960–61 European Cup. Burnley, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Portsmouth, is one of only five sides to have won all four professional divisions of English football. When the team won the 1959–60 Football League, Burnley became the tiniest town to have an English first-tier champion.

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Best Burnley Players of all Time

Here are the best Burnley Players in the history of the club in our opinion

Adam Blacklaw

Adam Smith Blacklaw (September 2, 1937 – February 28, 2010) was a Scottish professional football player who played as a goalkeeper.

He was one of the Famous Burnley players of all time.

Blacklaw joined the Burnley ground staff as a schoolboy apprentice in 1954, directly from the Frederick Street School in Aberdeen, where he was granted a professional contract in October of that year.

He made his first team debut on 22 December 1956 and spent more than ten seasons with the Clarets.

He decided to take over as a regular goalkeeper when Colin McDonald got a fractured leg in March 1959.

During his time at Burnley, Blacklaw won a League Championship medal in the 1959–60 season and an FA Cup runners-up in the 1962 season.

He played for Burnley on a regular basis until 1965 as one of the Famous Burnley Players of all time

Blacklaw joined Blackburn Rovers for £15,000 at the start of the 1967–68 season and remained there for three years before finishing his career short-lived at Blackpool in the 1970–71 season and shifting to a non-league game with Great Harwood in the 1971–72 season. Later, he had a spell as Clitheroe's manager.

Blacklaw represented Scotland at schoolboy level, under–23 and at full international level. In June 1963, he played in two international friendlies, a 4-3 defeat by Norway and a 6-2 win against Spain in Madrid.

His eventual appearance in Scotland was on 7 December 1965 in Naples, where he lost 3-0 to Italy in a crucial 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification match.

Blacklaw died on February 28, 2010. For their fixture to Arsenal on 6 March 2010, the Burnley players wore black armbands in memory of him.

Willie Morgan

A winger, Morgan began his career with Burnley, making his first team debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in 1963.

He took over from John Connelly who was relocated to Manchester United and managed to score his first Burnley goal when he scored twice in Manchester United's Boxing Day demolition in Turf Moor's 6-1 win.

He is one of the Best Burnley Players of all Time.

He made his Scottish debut against Northern Ireland at Belfast's Windsor Park in 1967.

During the summer of 1968, he was transferred to Manchester United, where he took over again from John Connelly.

He netted 34 goals for United and led them to a promotion in 1975 after a season in the Second Division.

He played in the finals of the 1974 World Cup, which took place in West Germany.

With the signing of Steve Coppell in 1975, Morgan lost his position in the Manchester United team and returned to Burnley.

His second time at Turf Moor lasted less than a year.

He moved to Bolton Wanderers, enjoying a prolific career at Burnden Park, before ending his career at Blackpool.

Morgan played summers on loan in the North American Soccer League in the late 1970s, with Chicago Sting in 1977 and Minnesota Kicks in the three following summers.

Throughout his spell at Manchester United, the band Tristar Airbus dedicated the song Willie Morgan on the Wing to Morgan.

He was indeed one of the Burnley Legends of all time.

Colin Waldron

Colin Waldron (born 22 June 1948) was an English football defender.

He spent 13 seasons in the Football League and two in the North American Soccer League. Colin was one of the Burnley legends of all time.

Waldron spent his youth in Oldham, Lancashire, starting his career with nearby Bury, creating 20 appearances.

Before the 1967–68 season, he joined Chelsea. Nine games in the season, Burnley bought a contract for £30,000.

He produced his Burnley debut on October 28, 1967.

He quickly became a regular centre back and was named captain in his second season with the club.

Burnley won the Second Division in 1973 and was invited to play in the 1973 FA Charity Shield in which Waldron scored the winning goal against Manchester City.

He eventually played nine years and 308 games for Burnley as one of the Famous Burnley Players of all time before club turmoil in 1976 led the team to release manager Jimmy Adamson and several players, including Waldron.

He then decided to move to Manchester United, where he made only three appearances before the Adamson-managed Sunderland purchased his contract.

After two years with Sunderland, Waldron moved to the United States to play the Tulsa Roughnecks.

After spells with Philadelphia Fury and Atlanta Chiefs, he moved back to England to play Rochdale.

Ralph Coates

Ralph Coates (26 April 1946 – 17 December 2010) was an English footballer who played as a winger at both professional and international levels.

Coates played in Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient, making 480 appearances in the Football League.

Coates also made four caps for England in 1970 and 1971. He is one of the Burnley Legends of all time.

Coates was born in Hetton-le-Hole, Durham County.

He was a trainee colliery fitter, and his football skills were spotted by Burnley's North East Scout Jack Hixon.

Coates joined Burnley on trial in 1961 and became a professional apprentice in 1963.

He made his first team debut in December 1964, scoring his first goal in a 2-0 win over Leicester City in March 1965.

He'd go on to make 261 appearances for Burnley in all competitions, scoring 32 goals and becoming one of the Best Burnley Players of all Time.

After Burnley was relegated to the First Division in 1971, Coates was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £190,000.

He played over 300 games for Tottenham and earned winner's medals for the 1972 UEFA Cup and the 1973 Football League Cup Final where he scored the winning goal in the final.

He retired from professional football in 1982 but continued to play non-league football for Hertford Heath, Ware and Nazeing.

Brian George Miller

Brian George Miller (19 January 1937 – 7 April 2007) was a professional footballer and England international who played as a wing half.

Brian was one of the Best Burnley Players of all Time.

Born in Hapton, Lancashire, Miller played for Burnley alone during his career. On 27 May 1961, in a 3-1 defeat to Austria, he won his only international cap.

Between 1979 and 1983 and between 1986 and 1989, he managed the Clarets.

During his initial spell, he helped them win the title of the Third Division.

Miller died in peace surrounded by his family at the Burnley General Hospital at the age of 70 after a short illness.

Miller spent five weeks in Burnley General Hospital on illness before he died.

Being one of the Greatest Players in the History of Burnley a minute of silence in Miller's memory was observed prior to Burnley's match against Cardiff City on 9 April 2007.

During his first spell as a Burnley manager, his son Dave played for Burnley and his daughter was married to the club captain Derek Scott.

Their sons, Chris and Paul, were also wearing the Claret shirt.

Leighton James

Leighton James (born 16 February 1953 in Loughor, Swansea, Wales) is a former Wales international footballer and one of the greatest players in the history of Burnley.

James began his career as a left winger with Burnley, making his league debut in November 1970 against Nottingham Forest.

He won his first international cap against Czechoslovakia in 1971. Altogether, he played for Wales 54 times and scored 10 goals.

In 1975, he signed a record fee for Derby County for the club at that time of £310,000, and in 1977, in exchange for Don Masson, he joined Queens Park Rangers.

He made his QPR debut against WBA in October 1977 and went on to play 28 league games, scoring four goals.

He returned to play with Burnley in 1978, but left when they were demoted to the third division and signed for Swansea City, aiding them from the third division to the first.

He had spells with Sunderland, Bury and Newport County before returning to Burnley for a third spell in 1986, as a youth team manager and an occasional player.

After being dismissed as a youth team manager, he retired from playing in 1989, considered as one of the Greatest Players in the History of Burnley.

Martin Dobson

Martin Dobson, popularly known as "Sir Dobbo" was born in Rishton, Lancashire, England, on 14 February 1948.

He's a former professional soccer player and England international who played as a middleman and was one of the Best Burnley Players of all Time.

He was the first player to be transferred for £300,000 when Everton bought him from Burnley in August 1974.

Born in Blackburn, he attended the Clitheroe Grammar School.

He was signed as a youngster by Bolton Wanderers, who saw him playing for the Lancashire Grammar Schools.

However, he was given a free transfer and moved to Burnley.

He had a lengthy and successful career, having played for almost 20 years and a total of more than 600 league appearances while playing for Burnley, Everton and Bury.

He is by far one of the Burnley Best Footballers of All Time

He won a total of 5 England caps, 4 in Burnley and 1 at Everton.

His first England cap was given to him on 3 April 1974 by Sir Alf Ramsey, manager of the FA Cup, in a 0-0 draw against Portugal.

However, he impressed enough to win four more caps throughout the year.

As well as ending his career with Bury, Dobson became their manager until 1989.

During this period, they were promoted from the old Fourth Division to the established Third Division side.

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Andy Lochhead

Andrew Lorimar Lochhead (born 9 March 1941) is a retired professional soccer player who played as a striker.

He was a tall, strong man, with a great ability in the air that led him to score a number of headed goals, making him one of the Burnley Best Footballers of All Time.

Lochhead was born in Milngavie, Stirlingshire, Scotland.

He began his career at Burnley and made his first team debut in 1960.

He continues to remain the only player to score five goals for the Clarets on two occasions.

On December 26, 1963, he scored four goals in a 6-1 win over Manchester United in Turf Moor.

In 1968, he was sold to Leicester City and won the FA Cup Final 1-0 in 1969 against Manchester City.

He was sold to Aston Villa after the final and played for Villa in the 1971 Football League Cup Final.

In 1972, following his involvement to the Villa's promotion of Division 2 (19 goals), he was voted midland footballer of the year in a write-in poll carried by the Birmingham Evening Mail newspaper.

He was sold to Oldham Athletic in 1973. He had a brief spell with Denver Dynamos in America before he retired.

Lochhea is now looking after the sponsors on match days for Burnley as well as being a member of the Dave Clark Five fan club.

He is one of the very Best Burnley Players of all Time.

Jimmy Adamson

James Adamson (4 April 1929 – 8 November 2011) was an English professional soccer player and football manager.

He was born in Northumberland, Ashington and was one of the Best Burnley Players of all Time.

He made 486 appearances for Burnley, ranking him sixth in their all-time list of appearances.

Adamson, a a right-half, joined Burnley in January 1947 after playing non-league football in his native Ashington and working as a miner.

His early career was disrupted by a national service, which he completed with the Royal Air Force, which meant that his debut had to wait until February 1951, when Burnley played with Bolton Wanderers.

He played for the England B team once, but he never made the full England side.

He was an ever-present as Burnley won the First Division in 1959–60 and captained the FA Cup Final in 1962, which they lost to Tottenham Hotspur.

In 1962, he was also named Footballer of the Year.

Adamson formed a midfield partnership with inside-forward Jimmy McIlroy, around which much of Burnley's creative play was centred.

He retired in 1964, played 426 league games, and joined the Burnley coaching staff.

He had earlier coached the England team at the 1962 World Cup in Chile and was the Football Association's preferred manager to Alf Ramsey, but he refused the offer.

Ray Pointer

Raymond Pointer (October 10, 1936 – January 26, 2016) was a professional association footballer and England international who played as a striker.

He was definitely one of the Best Burnley Players of all Time.

He had a long and successful career playing for more than 400 league appearances while playing for Burnley, Bury, Coventry City, Portsmouth and Waterlooville.

He won 3 England caps overall whilst at Burnley, scoring 2 goals for his country.

He won his first cap on 28 September 1961 in a 4-1 win over Luxembourg. In that match, he managed to score.

His other goal in England was against Portugal. He died at a nursing home in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 2016.

A striker, he began his career with the Clarets in 1957 and was part of their 1959-60 First Division title-winning side.

He went on to score 132 goals in 270 games for the club and is Burnley's second-highest all-time goal scorer and one of the Legendary Burnley Players ever.

Pointer returned to Turf Moor as a youth team manager in 1978.

He was with the Clarets during their most prosperous time in post-war history, and his style of badgering and harassing opposition defenses helped him to become one of Burnley's greatest goal scorers.

Burnley scout Charlie Ferguson had encouraged young Pointer to go to Turf Moor for trial, and Burnley had offered him an amateur contract right under the nose of Blackpool, who also had a promising striker on trial.

In 1957, at only 20, Burnley offered him professional terms.

Pointer made his Burnley debut that same season, substituting Alan Shackleton in the first Luton Town team.

His next season was probably his most influential as a Burnley player when he scored 27 goals, a feat only improved by Willie Irvine in post-war football.

Jimmy McIlroy

James McIlroy MBE (25 October 1931 – 20 August 2018) was an international footballer from Northern Ireland who played for Glentoran, Burnley, Stoke City and Oldham Athletic.

He was considered one of Burnley's greatest players, having played 497 games and scoring 131 goals.

McIlroy also managed Oldham Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.

McIlroy was born in Lambeg, County Antrim, and was introduced to football at an early age as his father, Harry played for the Lisburn Distillery, and his uncle, Willie, played for Portadown.

After leaving school, McIlroy played for Glentoran before joining Burnley in March 1950 for £7,000.

Soon, he cemented his reputation as one of the greatest scheming on the inside since the Second World War.

He was dubbed as the Burnley's 'Brain' and was a very composed passer of the ball only releasing it when he was sure of finding a teammate His neat footwork made him a crowd favorite at Turf Moor, and indeed for the Northern Ireland National Team, where he made 55 caps.

He helped Burnley win the First Division in 1959–60 and reach the FA Cup Final in 1962, losing 3–1 to Tottenham Hotspur.

After 497 matches for the "Clarets", producing 131 goals, McIlory was allowed to leave for Stoke City at a cut price of £25,000, which came as a shock to the Burnley fans who branded Chairman Bob Lord 'insane.'

Jimmy was without a doubt one of the Legendary Burnley Players ever.

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