The winter of the 1962/63 football season was a harsh one weather wise and Burnley did not play a solitary league game in either January or February of 1963. It was also a time when a major part of a golden era came to an end.
Jimmy McIlroy's Burnley career was all but over in the first few days of March 1963 and the transfer listed inside forward was left out of the team that had finally played the first league match of the year against Sheffield United.
Those eight words above were the words that greeted readers of the Burnley Express on 7th March 1963, It was to confirm the news that at around 10 p.m. on the 6th, Jimmy McIlroy had been sold to Stoke City.
Saturday 9th March 1963 saw Burnley play their first home league game since 29th December 1962, a period of ten weeks during which the club had been involved in the most sensational news with the same of Jimmy McIlroy to Stoke City.