Mosscrop memorabilia coming to Turf Moor

Last updated : 02 February 2011 By Tony Scholes
Eddie, who passed away in 1980 at the age of 87, and was the last surviving pre-World War One England international, played for Burnley from 1912 to 1922, the first glory years of Burnley Football Club.

He signed for Burnley in the summer of 1912 from Southport where he also worked as a schoolmaster and he made his debut in the opening game of that season which was a 2-1 win against Glossop.

He was a key figure in the 1913/14 season. He started the season at outside-right before moving onto the left.

He played in all of Burnley's FA Cup ties that season including the final at Crystal Palace when we lifted the trophy for the only time in the club's history with a 1-0 win against Liverpool.

Mosscrop saw his career curtailed at the outbreak of World War I and served in the British Army in Salonika before returning to Turf Moor to resume his career.

He made 14 appearances at outside-left in the team that won the Football League Championship in the 1920/21 season but a serious illness forced his retirement from the game in 1922 after which he returned to his home town of Southport and worked as a schoolteacher. His last game for Burnley had come in November 1922; a 1-0 win at Chelsea.

In total he made 198 appearances for Burnley and he also twice played for England. Both of his international appearances, against Wales and Scotland, came in 1914 and today, at auction in Chester, with the supporters clubs making a four figure donation towards the cost, it has enabled the club to purchase three of the seven lots awarded to him.

These include the England cap he won and the medal he received from that game against Scotland, played in April 1914 in Glasgow.

The items will soon be displayed back at Turf Moor.