Feature by Tony Scholes
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2011
Date and Place of Birth
9th March 1941 - Milngavie, Glasgow
Transfers to and from Burnley
trial then pro - December 1958
to Leicester City - October 1968 (£80,000)
First and Last Burnley Games
Manchester City (h) - 30th August 1960
Liverpool (h) - 5th October 1968
Burnley Career Stats
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Profile by Tony Scholes
Who was the last Burnley player to score a century of goals for the club? The answer to that question has been, for over forty years, Andy Lochhead since he netted the second in a 3-0 home win against Leeds on the last day of the 1967/68 season.
One of only six players to achieve that feat he added just one more to the total before leaving the club during the following season and signing for Leicester City.
Andy had joined the Clarets at the end of 1958 and signed professional after a successful trial. We were fortunate to get him with Sunderland having had the first opportunity, but the Wearside club opted not to offer him a deal after he'd had a trial with them.
The 17-year-old Scot had been playing for Renfrew Juniors but once spotted by Burnley scout Jimmy Stein he was soon on his way to Turf Moor.
Burnley were just a year and a half away from being crowned Champions of England and the teenage Lochhead had to watch from the sidelines as the league was won. He was playing his football in the reserves and doing well and many judges believed a first team debut wasn't far away.
That debut came in the very first away game of the following season, ironically it was back at Maine Road against Manchester City. We drew 1-1 with Jimmy Robson getting the goal with Lochhead standing in for Ray Pointer.
It wasn't the start of a run in the first team. Having played in the first away match of the season his next appearance didn't come until the following March when Harry Potts played ten reserves in a game against Chelsea. The game ended 4-4 with Lochhead scoring twice, his first goals in the first team.
He added one more goal that season but the 1961/62 season proved a difficult one for him with just two first team appearances although he was the leading scorer in the reserve team as we won the Central League.
Things changed in the following season. After seven games he replaced Robson, coming in at centre forward with Pointer moving to inside right and Jimmy McIlroy to inside left to accommodate him.
He had made the position his own and was the leading scorer as we ended the season in third place and such was his form that he won a cap for Scotland Under 23s.
Although not as prolific in the following season he was still leading scorer and the highlight of his season was scoring four times on Boxing Day in a 6-1 win over Manchester United at Turf Moor with fellow Scot Willie Morgan getting the other two goals.
From the start of the 1964/65 season he found himself a new partner in Irishman Willie Irvine.
We were just a mid table side in that season but they scored no fewer than 43 league goals between them, equally shared with Lochhead getting 21. He beat his personal best in a game too, scoring five in a 6-2 win against Chelsea in the last game of the season.
As the Clarets threatened to win the league again in 1965/66, eventually finishing third, Lochhead and Irvine beat their total of the previous season with 44 league goals, this time Lochhead getting fifteen of them. Incredibly they both scored a further nine goals each in the two cup competitions with Lochhead again grabbing a five, this time against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.
They had become one of the best strike partnerships in English football but an injury to Irvine in the 1966/67 season brought it to an abrupt halt although Lochhead again was our leading scorer.
That 1967/68 season saw him reach his hundred goals but in 1968/69 season his position came under threat. After a 4-0 home defeat to Liverpool at the beginning of October he was one of five players out for the following game.
He was captain but without him the team went on a run of eight successive wins. By the time the run ended in the following month Lochhead was no longer a Burnley player. He was sold to Leicester for £80,000.
He was unable to prevent them from being relegated at the end of the season but they did reach Wembley in the FA Cup Final, Lochhead winning a runners up medal as they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
His stay at Filbert Street was around a season and a half before he moved to Aston Villa. It was mixed fortunes again at Villa Park. Again he suffered relegation as they went down to the third division just months after he'd signed but in his first full season he reached Wembley for a second time, on this occasion in the League Cup.
He'd been a part of the Villa side that had beaten Burnley in the second round, despite us being two divisions higher than Villa, but again it was a losers medal as they lost to Spurs.
A year later he won a third division championship medal with Villa and a year later moved once more to Oldham, his last English club where again he won a championship medal in the third division in 1974. Besides playing he also coached at Oldham before ending his career in the USA with Denver.
For many years afterwards Andy Lochhead was in the licensed trade in the Burnley area. He was landlord of the Bay Horse at Worsthorne for many years before moving to Ighten Mount Bowling Club.
More recently, and for the last decade, he's been back at Turf Moor as a match day host, again alongside his old strike partner Willie Irvine. To this day they remain a double act.
One of my memories of him is a Tuesday home game against Blackburn Rovers in October 1963 when he came up against Mike England. He tormented the Welsh central defender, wound him up all night. England finally lost his cool and found himself sent off as the Clarets won 3-0.
Once in the company of Brian Labone, the former Everton and England centre half described him as his toughest opponent. "Kick Lochhead early in the game and he comes back and kicks you twice as ******* often, twice as ******* hard," said Labone. When I told Andy the story he just said Labone was a soft *******.
When looking back at his career it is easy to just think of him as a goalscorer, but Andy was more than that. He was a big strong player, superb in the air and looking back it is hard to believe he was never capped by his country. Yes, they had players of the calibre of Alex Young, Ian St John and Alan Gilzean but not to be called up once for the full side is a lot less than Andy deserved.
His record speaks for itself at Burnley and he scored three or more in a game for the Clarets no less than seven times. On two of those occasions he got four (including all four in a 4-2 win against his future club Aston Villa) and there were also the two fives against Chelsea and Bournemouth.
We at Clarets Mad were delighted to have played our small part when Andy's FA Cup medal from 1969 was stolen a few years ago. We contacted the FA to see if a replacement was possible. Andy got that replacement medal courtesy of Steve Cotterill and Barry Kilby and it was Steve who presented it to him in November 2005 at the Burnley v Leicester game. A delighted Andy said he was going to pass it down to his grandson Alessandro.