The Burnley Youth Academy - Part 3
Feature by Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 16th July 2012
For many years Burnley's youth system was the envy of the football world as player after player came off the conveyor belt to play first team football.
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 51 to 75 and players who debuted for the first team from 1936 to 1955
|51||Fred Smith||Stoke (a)||02/11/1963||84||1||23||0||107||1|
|52||Sammy Todd||Tottenham (h)||21/04/1964||116||1||12||0||128||1|
|53||Ralph Coates||Sheffield Utd (h)||19/12/1964||216||26||45||6||261||32|
|54||Les Latcham||Manchester Utd (a)||13/02/1965||153||10||31||2||184||12|
|55||Dave Merrington||Chelsea (h)||24/04/1965||98||1||28||1||126||2|
|56||Len Kinsella||Aston Villa (h)||20/11/1965||13||0||1||0||14||0|
|57||John Murray||Leicester (a)||05/11/1966||22||6||5||4||27||10|
|58||Colin Blant||Shrewsbury (a)||02/09/1966||53||7||9||2||62||9|
|59||Ray Ternent||Southampton (a)||08/04/1967||13||0||2||0||15||0|
|60||Stan Ternent||Sheffield Wed (a)||06/05/1967||5||0||-||-||5||0|
|61||Dave Thomas||Everton (a)||13/05/1967||157||19||22||4||179||23|
|62||Peter Jones||Everton (a)||13/08/1968||2||0||2||0||4||0|
|63||Willie Brown||West Brom (a)||24/08/1968||1||0||-||-||1||0|
|64||Steve Kindon||West Ham (a)||26/08/1968||185||46||40||12||225||58|
|65||Wilf Wrigley||Sunderland (a)||23/11/1968||6||1||2||0||8||1|
|66||Eric Probert||Arsenal (h)||30/11/1968||67||11||5||0||72||11|
|67||Mick Docherty||Stoke (h)||14/12/1968||153||0||21||1||174||1|
|68||Alan West||Stoke (h)||27/03/1970||45||3||8||0||53||3|
|69||Eddie Cliff||Southampton (a)||24/10/1970||21||0||3||0||24||0|
|70||Leighton James||Nottm Forest (h)||21/11/1970||336||66||63||15||399||81|
|71||Ronnie Welch||Newcastle (h)||30/01/1971||1||0||-||-||1||0|
|72||Harry Wilson||Chelsea (a)||26/04/1971||12||0||-||-||12||0|
|73||Jeff Parton||Watford (a)||20/11/1971||3||0||-||-||3||0|
|74||Billy Ingham||Hull (h)||12/02/1972||211||22||54||9||266||31|
|75||Billy Rodaway||Preston (h)||25/04/1972||247||3||55||0||303||3|