The Burnley Youth Academy - Part 1

Never was it more evident than in 1960 when Burnley were crowned Football League Champions for the second time in the club's history. The championship winning season saw only three players feature who had been signed from other clubs, and none had played for other Football League clubs.

The club have emphasised recently that the emphasis is very much on youth and bringing players through the system into the first team.

Burnley Football Club officially recognises that the first players to come through the youth system to the first team were Tommy Lawton and Ken Ashbridge in the 1935/36 season.

This feature will show all those from 1936 to the current date who have graduated through the youth system at Burnley Football Club and gone on to play for the first team.

Below are numbers 1 to 25 and players who debuted for the first team from 1936 to 1955

 

No Name Debut Date   League Cups   Total
          Apps Gls Apps Gls   Apps Gls
                       
1 Tommy Lawton Doncaster (h) 28/03/1936   25 16 - -   25 16
2 Ken Ashbridge Manchester Utd (a) 13/04/1936   1 0 - -   1 -
3 Len Martindale Swansea Town (h) 30/10/1937   69 2 4 0   73 2
4 Fred Taylor Norwich (h) 06/11/1937   49 7 1 0   50 7
5 George Bray Luton (h) 01/10/1938   241 8 18 1   259 9
6 George Knight Millwall (h) 25/02/1939   9 2 - -   9 2
7 Peter Kippax Stoke (a) 05/01/1946   32 6 11 1   43 7
8 Harold Mather Stoke (a) 05/01/1946   301 0 28 0   329 0
9 Harry Potts Coventry (h) 31/08/1946   165 47 16 3   181 50
10 Harold Spencer Coventry (h) 31/08/1946   4 1 - -   4 1
11 Harold Rudman Barnsley (a) 16/09/1946   71 0 4 0   75 0
12 Jack Knight Chesterfield (h) 05/04/1947   26 5 1 0   27 5
13 Tommy Cummings Manchester City (a) 18/12/1948   434 3 45 0   479 3
14 Tommy Henderson Stoke (a) 12/09/1949   2 0 - -   2 0
15 Roy Stephenson Liverpool (a) 10/04/1950   78 27 2 1   80 28
16 Jimmy Adamson Bolton (a) 10/02/1951   426 17 60 1   486 18
17 Tony Hapgood Middlesbrough (a) 01/09/1951   7 2 - -   7 2
18 Albert Cheesebrough Manchester Utd (h) 11/04/1952   142 35 16 5   158 40
19 Brian Pilkington Tottenham (a) 27/09/1952   300 67 40 10   340 77
20 Doug Winton Wolves (h) 29/11/1952   183 1 15 0   198 1
21 David Cargill Tottenham (a) 16/09/1953   5 0 - -   5 0
22 Bobby Seith Manchester Utd (a) 03/10/1953   211 6 27 0   238 6
23 Colin McDonald Aston Villa (a) 10/04/1954   186 0 15 0   201 0
24 Jimmy Scott Manchester Utd (a) 05/03/1955   3 0 2 0   5 0
25 David Smith Tottenham (h) 16/04/1955   99 1 9 0   108 1