Tributes paid to Clarets legend 'Bomber' Harris

Clarets legend Harris dies, 73

Clarets legend Harris dies, 73

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TRIBUTES have been paid after the death of Gordon ‘Bomber’ Harris, a midfielder who played a part in Burnley’s Championship-winning side.


The star, who went on to make 258 league appearances for the Clarets, died on Monday night, aged 73, after a short battle with cancer.


He was just 18 when he scored on his debut versus Leeds towards the end of the 1958-59 campaign.


Harris made two appearances in the 1959-60 title-winning season but really came into his own when Burnley defended their crown the following term, notching up 13 goals in league and cup games.

His best return would come a season later, as he netted 17 times, and his only full England cap came in 1966, in a 1-1 draw with Poland at Goodison Park, replacing an injured Bobby Charlton.


Perhaps his most memorable goal came in the 1961 European Cup quarter-final against Hamburg – but his 20-yard thunderbolt was not enough to prevent the Clarets being edged out 5-4 on aggregate.


The Worksop-born player was made captain at Turf Moor in 1967, but left shortly afterwards to join Sunderland, where he made 126 appearances.


After leaving football, he returned to his native Nottinghamshire and worked as a driver in the coal industry until his retirement.


Clarets legend Willie Irvine, his former teammate, said: “Gordon was a tremendous footballer.
“I played with him for four years, until he was transferred to Sunderland.

“He had a natural talent.


“He was very strong and was one of the hardest men I had ever seen on the football field.
“I wouldn’t have liked to tackle him.


“He was a fairly quiet and clever lad. He didn’t go out and about like some of the old players used to. He was a good family man.”


A Burnley FC spokesman said: “The thoughts of everyone at Turf Moor are with Gordon’s family and friends at this sad time.”


Peter Pike, chairman of the Clarets Trust, said: “Gordon was one of those great Claret players in the magnificent team of the 1960s.


“He played more than 300 games for the Clarets and once for England.


“He was a very strong and outstanding player at time when there were so many stars in the Clarets teams.

“Always known by the nickname of ‘Bomber’ he always gave 100 per cent for the team.
“His performances and efforts for the Clarets will be long remembered by all who saw him play in those great years.”


No funeral details had been released as the Lancashire Telegraph went to press.

 

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1:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry, noddy57
  • Score: -35

1:20pm Tue 11 Feb 14

geebee56 says...

RIP Bomber
RIP Bomber geebee56
  • Score: 19

2:51pm Tue 11 Feb 14

geebee56 says...

Remember him taking a free kick against Manchester United and hitting it straight into the face of Noby Stiles who was knocked out.
Remember him taking a free kick against Manchester United and hitting it straight into the face of Noby Stiles who was knocked out. geebee56
  • Score: 14

3:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Midland Claret says...

Did sterling work whether on the wing, midfield, or in defence.
Very tough man who was capped for England.
Part of the best Burnley team in my lifetime.
May he R.I.P.
Did sterling work whether on the wing, midfield, or in defence. Very tough man who was capped for England. Part of the best Burnley team in my lifetime. May he R.I.P. Midland Claret
  • Score: 14

6:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

RobH2O says...

My Grandfather watched both the 1920-21 side and the 1959-60 side. He always said that the 20-21 side was a touch better.

He also said that the one player he would have put into the 20-21 side, other than Jimmy Mac was Gordon Harris. He was the hardest working and most dedicated player he had seen. A great player and a sterling man.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
My Grandfather watched both the 1920-21 side and the 1959-60 side. He always said that the 20-21 side was a touch better. He also said that the one player he would have put into the 20-21 side, other than Jimmy Mac was Gordon Harris. He was the hardest working and most dedicated player he had seen. A great player and a sterling man. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. RobH2O
  • Score: 16

7:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

noddy57 wrote:
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
T0sser.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,[/p][/quote]T0sser. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 6

8:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Burnley59/60 says...

noddy57 wrote:
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
Dont be so disrespectfull IDIOT He was a fine playey may his soul rest in peace
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,[/p][/quote]Dont be so disrespectfull IDIOT He was a fine playey may his soul rest in peace Burnley59/60
  • Score: 14

8:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

R.I.P Sir
R.I.P Sir more bans than ray - brfc lxxv
  • Score: 16

8:42pm Tue 11 Feb 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

noddy57 wrote:
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
If you've never heard of the guy then there's no need to comment.

Out of order.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,[/p][/quote]If you've never heard of the guy then there's no need to comment. Out of order. more bans than ray - brfc lxxv
  • Score: 17

9:03pm Tue 11 Feb 14

H2O Control says...

noddy57 wrote:
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
You not having heard of him defines you. He'll be a legend to his family. Should have considered that before you posted. However, the mitigation was you just being yourself.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,[/p][/quote]You not having heard of him defines you. He'll be a legend to his family. Should have considered that before you posted. However, the mitigation was you just being yourself. H2O Control
  • Score: 14

10:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,
l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family, noddy57
  • Score: -9

10:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

bleedingobvious says...

Yes a club legend as burnley won the league with him.And that was a huge achievement as they werent resourced like united arsenal spurs etc.
Yes a club legend as burnley won the league with him.And that was a huge achievement as they werent resourced like united arsenal spurs etc. bleedingobvious
  • Score: 7

7:20am Wed 12 Feb 14

RobH2O says...

bleedingobvious wrote:
Yes a club legend as burnley won the league with him.And that was a huge achievement as they werent resourced like united arsenal spurs etc.
Our Rovers when they bought the trophy in 1995.
[quote][p][bold]bleedingobvious[/bold] wrote: Yes a club legend as burnley won the league with him.And that was a huge achievement as they werent resourced like united arsenal spurs etc.[/p][/quote]Our Rovers when they bought the trophy in 1995. RobH2O
  • Score: 1

8:46am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

noddy57 wrote:
l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,
No, it was disgraceful. The equivalent of the moron who thinks his views are legitimate when he shouts some obscenity during a minute's silence. Show some cojones and maintain a dignified silence on things if you've got nothing positive to contribute.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,[/p][/quote]No, it was disgraceful. The equivalent of the moron who thinks his views are legitimate when he shouts some obscenity during a minute's silence. Show some cojones and maintain a dignified silence on things if you've got nothing positive to contribute. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 8

9:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

noddy57 wrote:
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
You disrespectful Blackburn scumbag.

It is a memorial thread ffs about a former Burnley legend that played over 300 times for the club and in Europe and for England so feel free to go and play in traffic you arrogant horse ****.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,[/p][/quote]You disrespectful Blackburn scumbag. It is a memorial thread ffs about a former Burnley legend that played over 300 times for the club and in Europe and for England so feel free to go and play in traffic you arrogant horse ****. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 6

10:34am Wed 12 Feb 14

baz58 says...

R.I.P. A top 100% player, not many like him about these days. Condolences to the family. It dosent matter who you support, respect where its due.
R.I.P. A top 100% player, not many like him about these days. Condolences to the family. It dosent matter who you support, respect where its due. baz58
  • Score: 9

11:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

juanbbien says...

I'm a Rovers supporter and I remember him in the sixties and yes he was a good player always in the game and a grafter,best wishes
I'm a Rovers supporter and I remember him in the sixties and yes he was a good player always in the game and a grafter,best wishes juanbbien
  • Score: 7

11:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

RobH2O says...

noddy57 wrote:
l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,
Come on Noddy, you know that this particular article was sensitive to family and friends of the deceased. To see his memory put up in a news article must be a real mark for them, something of genuine comfort and pride

You offer that you have no knowledge of this man. So why comment? And if you do have to, why does it have to be a "stab you finger the eye" type remark?

And why do you then compound it with "I have very right to post here". Given that you had no knowledge of the player, you have no hold on whether he was or was not a legend. He was to so many older Burnley fans who possessed knowledge of his achievements and his abilities. Far, far more importantly is the effect on his family.

You blog on here regularly. Do yourself a favour. Offer a dignified apology as an alternative to the "I was right, I have a right, get knotted" script you wrote previously.

I hope you are big enough.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,[/p][/quote]Come on Noddy, you know that this particular article was sensitive to family and friends of the deceased. To see his memory put up in a news article must be a real mark for them, something of genuine comfort and pride You offer that you have no knowledge of this man. So why comment? And if you do have to, why does it have to be a "stab you finger the eye" type remark? And why do you then compound it with "I have very right to post here". Given that you had no knowledge of the player, you have no hold on whether he was or was not a legend. He was to so many older Burnley fans who possessed knowledge of his achievements and his abilities. Far, far more importantly is the effect on his family. You blog on here regularly. Do yourself a favour. Offer a dignified apology as an alternative to the "I was right, I have a right, get knotted" script you wrote previously. I hope you are big enough. RobH2O
  • Score: 9

12:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

RobH2O wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,
Come on Noddy, you know that this particular article was sensitive to family and friends of the deceased. To see his memory put up in a news article must be a real mark for them, something of genuine comfort and pride

You offer that you have no knowledge of this man. So why comment? And if you do have to, why does it have to be a "stab you finger the eye" type remark?

And why do you then compound it with "I have very right to post here". Given that you had no knowledge of the player, you have no hold on whether he was or was not a legend. He was to so many older Burnley fans who possessed knowledge of his achievements and his abilities. Far, far more importantly is the effect on his family.

You blog on here regularly. Do yourself a favour. Offer a dignified apology as an alternative to the "I was right, I have a right, get knotted" script you wrote previously.

I hope you are big enough.
Yes,, in your words l am big enough to apologise,,firstly l was stating in my first post that l had never heard of him,,which l had not,,l had never seen him on T V or the like but that does not mean l cannot offer my opinion on him as a player l never saw Bryan Douglas play but l know enough about him to pass a comment and to say with total confidence he was a legend,as a man l would not judge him for purely out of respect for him and his family and if l have offended mr Harris or his Family then l do apologise profoundly,
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,[/p][/quote]Come on Noddy, you know that this particular article was sensitive to family and friends of the deceased. To see his memory put up in a news article must be a real mark for them, something of genuine comfort and pride You offer that you have no knowledge of this man. So why comment? And if you do have to, why does it have to be a "stab you finger the eye" type remark? And why do you then compound it with "I have very right to post here". Given that you had no knowledge of the player, you have no hold on whether he was or was not a legend. He was to so many older Burnley fans who possessed knowledge of his achievements and his abilities. Far, far more importantly is the effect on his family. You blog on here regularly. Do yourself a favour. Offer a dignified apology as an alternative to the "I was right, I have a right, get knotted" script you wrote previously. I hope you are big enough.[/p][/quote]Yes,, in your words l am big enough to apologise,,firstly l was stating in my first post that l had never heard of him,,which l had not,,l had never seen him on T V or the like but that does not mean l cannot offer my opinion on him as a player l never saw Bryan Douglas play but l know enough about him to pass a comment and to say with total confidence he was a legend,as a man l would not judge him for purely out of respect for him and his family and if l have offended mr Harris or his Family then l do apologise profoundly, noddy57
  • Score: 6

1:38pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Fair play Noddy
Fair play Noddy Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

H2O Control says...

noddy57 wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,
Come on Noddy, you know that this particular article was sensitive to family and friends of the deceased. To see his memory put up in a news article must be a real mark for them, something of genuine comfort and pride

You offer that you have no knowledge of this man. So why comment? And if you do have to, why does it have to be a "stab you finger the eye" type remark?

And why do you then compound it with "I have very right to post here". Given that you had no knowledge of the player, you have no hold on whether he was or was not a legend. He was to so many older Burnley fans who possessed knowledge of his achievements and his abilities. Far, far more importantly is the effect on his family.

You blog on here regularly. Do yourself a favour. Offer a dignified apology as an alternative to the "I was right, I have a right, get knotted" script you wrote previously.

I hope you are big enough.
Yes,, in your words l am big enough to apologise,,firstly l was stating in my first post that l had never heard of him,,which l had not,,l had never seen him on T V or the like but that does not mean l cannot offer my opinion on him as a player l never saw Bryan Douglas play but l know enough about him to pass a comment and to say with total confidence he was a legend,as a man l would not judge him for purely out of respect for him and his family and if l have offended mr Harris or his Family then l do apologise profoundly,
The last sentence is spot on. Fair play.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: l have every right to post on here, enough of you use the rovers site,l was not being disrespectful l was being honest,the word legend is banded around far too much,although l never saw the fellow play lam sure he was a very good player in his day, and l genuinly send my condolences to his family,[/p][/quote]Come on Noddy, you know that this particular article was sensitive to family and friends of the deceased. To see his memory put up in a news article must be a real mark for them, something of genuine comfort and pride You offer that you have no knowledge of this man. So why comment? And if you do have to, why does it have to be a "stab you finger the eye" type remark? And why do you then compound it with "I have very right to post here". Given that you had no knowledge of the player, you have no hold on whether he was or was not a legend. He was to so many older Burnley fans who possessed knowledge of his achievements and his abilities. Far, far more importantly is the effect on his family. You blog on here regularly. Do yourself a favour. Offer a dignified apology as an alternative to the "I was right, I have a right, get knotted" script you wrote previously. I hope you are big enough.[/p][/quote]Yes,, in your words l am big enough to apologise,,firstly l was stating in my first post that l had never heard of him,,which l had not,,l had never seen him on T V or the like but that does not mean l cannot offer my opinion on him as a player l never saw Bryan Douglas play but l know enough about him to pass a comment and to say with total confidence he was a legend,as a man l would not judge him for purely out of respect for him and his family and if l have offended mr Harris or his Family then l do apologise profoundly,[/p][/quote]The last sentence is spot on. Fair play. H2O Control
  • Score: 5

4:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

We'll win the next one says...

RIP
RIP We'll win the next one
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tall in the saddle says...

noddy57 wrote:
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
Tell you what you’ve got the right you. He was a terrific player and hard. Just shows that you besides being a disrespectful complete clown – Noddy – you have no idea about football. None at all. Keep off these threads.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,[/p][/quote]Tell you what you’ve got the right you. He was a terrific player and hard. Just shows that you besides being a disrespectful complete clown – Noddy – you have no idea about football. None at all. Keep off these threads. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 6

4:34pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tall in the saddle says...

RIP Gordon.
I always remember he and Brian O’Neil used to make Bremner and Giles jump when they played Leeds. What a tough lot both teams had then. He once scored a tremendous long range ‘bomb’ against Leeds at Turf Moor.
RIP Gordon. I always remember he and Brian O’Neil used to make Bremner and Giles jump when they played Leeds. What a tough lot both teams had then. He once scored a tremendous long range ‘bomb’ against Leeds at Turf Moor. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 5

4:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

McClaret says...

How nice would it be to bring the same trophy home this season that he was a part of from all those years ago. UTC and never forgotten.
How nice would it be to bring the same trophy home this season that he was a part of from all those years ago. UTC and never forgotten. McClaret
  • Score: 4

10:37am Thu 13 Feb 14

big spudz 85 says...

Should of played for blackburn rovers, we could have seen him lookin down on us.... but now he going to be looking up at turf moor. What a shame!
Should of played for blackburn rovers, we could have seen him lookin down on us.... but now he going to be looking up at turf moor. What a shame! big spudz 85
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,
Tell you what you’ve got the right you. He was a terrific player and hard. Just shows that you besides being a disrespectful complete clown – Noddy – you have no idea about football. None at all. Keep off these threads.
and where do you get your supreme knowledge of football from ,,listen clown l will be talking football on here as much as l like as well as on the rovers site ,so stick that in your pipe and choke on it,,
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Hardly a legend,l have never heard of him,sorry,[/p][/quote]Tell you what you’ve got the right you. He was a terrific player and hard. Just shows that you besides being a disrespectful complete clown – Noddy – you have no idea about football. None at all. Keep off these threads.[/p][/quote]and where do you get your supreme knowledge of football from ,,listen clown l will be talking football on here as much as l like as well as on the rovers site ,so stick that in your pipe and choke on it,, noddy57
  • Score: 1

10:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

big spudz 85 says...

Dirty dingle lovers haha shame burnley will never beable to afford a player like this guy
Dirty dingle lovers haha shame burnley will never beable to afford a player like this guy big spudz 85
  • Score: -1

9:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Old Alzheimer says...

From a long-time Rovers fan............
I saw him play in the 60's.
A very good player and is deserving of a lot more respect than some of the Rovers fans on here have accorded him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!
From a long-time Rovers fan............ I saw him play in the 60's. A very good player and is deserving of a lot more respect than some of the Rovers fans on here have accorded him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! Old Alzheimer
  • Score: 1

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