100 Greatest Clarets
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 16th February 2009
Burnley players past and present are set for a wonderful night in London in two months time as the 100 Greatest Clarets receive awards at a Gala Night at The Grosvenor House Hotel.
It is all part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the FA Heritage Committee and the award night ceremony, to be held on Wednesday 1st April will include Blackburn Rovers, Bury, Preston North End, Oldham Athletic and Rochdale as well as ourselves.
The top ten players from each club will receive specially commissioned Omega watches appropriately engraved. There are other gifts, including initialled Harrods briefcases and engraved port decanters. The bottom half of the hundred will receive much sought after limited edition Burnley scarves. All the prizes, and the whole event, have been sponsored by Daehbonk International.
Peter Davidson GDB is the regional and Burnley FC co-ordinator for this event. He selected season ticket holders at random to choose their top 100 players during those last fifty years, and the list is shown below.
It really will be a gala of North West football at the Grosvenor House and supporters can be there, although it will prove to be an expensive night. Tickets for the black tie event are priced at £135 per person whilst a table for ten will cost £1,100. A special rate of £185 has been negotiated for guests wishing to stay overnight. Burnley Football Club are considering arranging coach transport should there be demand.
The whole evening will be compered by Donald Tipperton CBE and the guest speaker will be Burnley fan Alastair Campbell. After the awards the evening will conclude with dancing to the Bachelors.
|1 Jimmy McIlroy|
|2 Jimmy Adamson|
|3 Leighton James|
|4 Brian Miller|
|5 Ralph Coates|
|6 Paul Gascoigne|
|7 Harry Potts|
|8 Andy Lochhead|
|9 Ray Pointer|
|10 Paul Fletcher|
|11 Andy Payton||41 Brian O'Neil||71 Graham Branch|
|12 George Bray||42 Mike Summerbee||72 Geoff Nulty|
|13 Ian Britton||43 Ashley Hoskin||73 Brian Jensen|
|14 Harold Mather||44 Adrian Heath||74 Trevor Steven|
|15 Alex Elder||45 Ted McMinn||75 George Halley|
|16 Willie Morgan||46 David Eyres||76 Chris Eagles|
|17 Jimmy Mullen||47 Gary Parkinson||77 Reg Attwell|
|18 Brian Pilkington||48 Ian Wright||78 Ade Akinbiyi|
|19 John Connelly||49 Peter Kippax||79 Alan Brown|
|20 Adam Blacklaw||50 Chris Pearce||80 Brian Flynn|
|21 Willie Irvine||51 Peter Noble||81 Tommy Cummings|
|22 Stan Ternent||52 Jack Hillman||82 Frank Casper|
|23 Andy Farrell||53 Tommy Lawton||83 Jimmy Robson|
|24 Steve Davis||54 Kurt Nogan||84 Mick Docherty|
|25 Gordon Harris||55 Marlon Beresford||85 Chris Brass|
|26 Tony Morley||56 John Talbut||86 Vince Overson|
|27 Bobby Seith||57 Dave Merrington||87 Steve Kindon|
|28 George Beel||58 Sammy Todd||88 Jim Thomson|
|29 Dave Thomas||59 Harry Thomson||89 Andy Cooke|
|30 Bert Freeman||60 Fred Smith||90 Colin Waldron|
|31 Lee Dixon||61 Doug Collins||91 Colin McDonald|
|32 Peter Mellor||62 Ron Futcher||92 Derek Scott|
|33 John Angus||63 Jack Hays||93 Ian Lawson|
|34 Kevin Ball||64 Martin Dobson||94 Alan Shackleton|
|35 Wade Elliott||65 Alan Brown||95 Mike Phelan|
|36 Roger Eli||66 John Pender||96 Kevin Hird|
|37 Ray Hankin||67 Ray Bennion||97 Mike Conroy|
|38 John Francis||68 Billy Ingham||98 Walter Place|
|39 Bob Kelly||69 Arthur Bellamy||99 Jock Aird|
|40 Neil Grewcock||70 Terry Cochrane||100 Billy Hamilton|