Last updated : 06 July 2012 By Tony Scholes

Date and Place of Birth

12th August 1915 - Consett

died 23rd August 1994


Transfers to and from Burnley

from Luton Town - July 1939

to Southend United - September 1949


First and Last Burnley Games

Stoke City (a) - 5th January 1946


Bolton Wanderers (h) - 27th August 1949


Other Clubs

Birmingham City, Luton Town


Southend United



Burnley Career Stats


Season League FA Cup League Cup Others Total
  apps gls apps gls apps gls apps gls apps gls
1945/46 - - 2 - - - - - 2 -
1946/47 9 - 3 - - - - - 12 -
1947/48 15 - - - - - - - 15 6
1948/49 38 - 3 - - - - - 41 -
1949/50 3 - - - - - - - 3 -
Total 65 - 8 - - - - - 73 -


Profile by Tony Scholes


When Joe Loughran signed for Burnley from Luton Town is was expected that he would go straight into the first team, but it was to be seven years before he made his league debut for the club although that was all down to the Second World War.

Consett born Loughran had started his career with Birmingham City. He signed for them as a 19-year-old in 1935 and the defender quickly won his place in the first team during his first season.

He looked to have established himself but dropped out of the side during his second season and in the summer of 1937 moved to Luton Town. After two years at Kenilworth Road he arrived at Turf Moor. By then he was just short of his 24th birthday but the war wiped out the best years of his career.

His first Burnley appearance was in January 1946 in the resumed FA Cup against Stoke City. By then he was 30 and was 31 when he finally made his league debut. He played nine times in the league as we won promotion and another fifteen times in the following season with Burnley back in the top flight.

His best season at Turf Moor was the 1948/49 season when he displaced Arthur Woodruff at right back and played all but four games and he captained the side in some games that season.

Early in the 1949/50 season he made his final move when he signed for Southend United at the age of 34. The reason for his move, like all his other transfers, was to fit in with his teaching posts as a physical education instructor.

Whilst at Burnley he was a tutor at Carnegie College in Leeds but in September 1949 he took up a post as an advisor to Kent Education authority and for that reason the transfer to Southend was set up.

Despite his age he went on to play over 150 times for Southend before retiring from the game in 1953 and his last role saw him move to Lewes as Physical Education Advisor to East Sussex County Council. He held that post for over 25 years before retiring.

Joe moved to live in Kingston, near Lewes in 1963. He remained their until he passed away at the age of 79 in August 1994.