Clarets fans to mark 100th anniversary of winning FA Cup

CLARETS fans have been asked to raid the archives as the club seeks to mark 100 years since its only FA Cup win.

Burnley FC historian Ray Simpson will curate an exhibition to take place at Towneley Hall next year to mark the historic 1-0 victory over Liverpool in April 1914.

The final was the first to be attended by the reigning monarch and King George V presented the famous old trophy to Clarets captain Tommy Boyle.

Mr Simpson has already managed to secure two winners’ medals - those of stand-in goalkeeper Ronnie Sewell and goalscorer Bert Freeman - on long-term loans.

Now he is asking relatives of Burnley players, staff and supporters to dig out other mementoes from the match, which was the last played at the Crystal Palace Grounds in London.

Mr Simpson said: “They could be documents, newspaper cuttings, photographs, memorabilia, or recollections of family anecdotes, in short anything connected to that day, or indeed anything that dates from the 1913-14 season.

“All items will be stored securely then displayed under secure conditions and returned to the owners after the exhibition. Where possible, all display items will be captioned, with, if required, an acknowledgement to the owner.”

The club also has possession of three matchworn shirts from the final, as well as a match programme on loan from the family of a former Burnley director.

Mr Simpson added: “We’re in touch with a number of descendants of staff and players and the response has been positive.

“They are mostly of the opinion that this kind of memorabilia belongs at Turf Moor as it’s the players’ spiritual home and obviously that’s great news for us.”

Mr Simpson will be producing a booklet to commemorate the centenary alongside the exhibition.

Anyone with items they wish to loan should contact the club on 01282 700001 or e-mail 1914@burnleyfc.com

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