Earle Wilkinson at Turf Moor 75 years on from donning Clarets shirt

Earle Wilkinson on his visit to Turf Moor with his treasured West Lancashire League Championship medal from 1938/39

Earle Wilkinson on his visit to Turf Moor with his treasured West Lancashire League Championship medal from 1938/39

First published in News

EX-CLARET Earle Wilkinson was welcomed back to Turf Moor, in Burnley, this week – 75 years after he first donned the famous claret and blue shirt.

Foulridge-born right-half Mr Wilkinson, 92, joined Burnley as a 17-year-old in 1938, and played for the ‘A’ team – the club’s third XI – before scoring two goals in three wartime appearances for the first team in the 1940/41 North Regional League.

He was part of the Burnley side which won the West Lancashire League in 1939, but left full-time football to serve at RAF Halton, in Buckinghamshire, before enjoying a long career as a joiner and amateur player.

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