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Jimmy McIlroy: 1931-2018

By Burnley FC
August 20 2018

Burnley Football Club is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy McIlroy – widely regarded as the Clarets' finest ever player and president of the club. 

 McIlroy, who has died at the age of 86, made 497 appearances for the Clarets in a golden age for the club.

 The Northern Irishman, who spent 13 years at Turf Moor, was an integral part of Burnley’s 1960-Championship winning team under legendary manager Harry Potts.

 An inside-forward who wore the number eight and number 10 shirt in a period of outstanding service to the club, McIlroy scored 131 goals as the Clarets became one of the best teams in the country.

 After signing from Glentoran in March, 1950, Lambeg-born McIlroy, made his Burnley debut under the management of Frank Hill in October, 1950 in a First Division game at Sunderland.

 A wonderfully skilful and creative player, McIlroy went on to become a mainstay of the side that didn’t finish outside the top seven in the First Division between 1956 and 1963 – the year he left the club to join Stoke City in a move that devasted the club’s supporters.

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20/08/2018 13:59
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20/08/2018 14:12
Not overshadowing your Jimmy Mac thread Jilts but I believe the best thoughts and respects come from the club and its supporters.

A truly awful day today, We have lost who in my eyes having seen him play when I was growing up the greatest ever Burnley player.

Tributes at the link

Tributes To An Icon

20/08/2018 14:19
More about Jimmy from the club;

Jimmy McIlroy

20/08/2018 15:16
A very sad day. The Knight who never was who will forever grace Turf Moor with glorious memories of a superstar in an age before the word was invented.

20/08/2018 21:56
R.I.P. Jimmy Mac.. I was absolutely gutted when finding out he had passed away.. He was and still is the greatest footballer I have ever seen play in the famous Claret and Blue of Burnley.. Thanks for some wonderful memories in my boyhood supporting Burnley and attending matches with my dad..

kaiapoi claret
20/08/2018 22:30
R.I.P. Jimmy he was always a master at his work A pleasure to watch him play A sad day for all claret fans worldwide

Padre Pio
21/08/2018 08:06
Condolences from Arsenal Times, a great player and character.
When I was a kid he was one of the stars of football that we looked up to.

- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

21/08/2018 11:49
A good QandA session with Jimmy August 2008

QandA Session

21/08/2018 11:52
The Brain Of Burnley

Jimmy Mac

Dave Thomas
22/08/2018 23:24
Let's just say it was an absolute joy to spend 18 months seeing him most weeks to work on the biog and the scrapbook. As a kid like so many others I hero-worshipped him. As a grown up I used to pinch myself that I met him so often in his home, at the design studio and in Leeds when he came to stay for a couple of weekends. Those two books are my pride and joy and I like to think their quality matches his own. I know he loved working on the scrapbook in particular. Anyone who is lucky enough to have bought one has a real treasure of a book. A lovely and special man.

23/08/2018 04:23
I just missed him in his playing days but looking back, he was my Dad's only hero. I suspect now that the reason my Dad still bought season tickets but gave them to me as a kid was that he was one of those who never watched Burnley again after they sold Jimmy Mac.

A true legend, a gentleman, a hero to many. It's people like Jimmy Mac that you wish could live forever.

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