Ray played for the Clarets from 1957 to 1964 and remains the club’s highest post-war goal scorer with a total of 118 in the league, all of them in the First Division. He won England honours and only injury cost him a place in the side.
He moved on to Bury for a small fee but when he started scoring goals for fun at Gigg Lane they sold him at a profit to Coventry then in the 2nd Division. He was with the Sky Blues for just over a year but still scored 13 goals for them in 26 games before moving on to Portsmouth where he played until past his 36th birthday.
He did return to Burnley as youth team coach in the late seventies and early eighties during the time Harry Potts and then Brian Miller were in charge and ended his days in football as a coach at Bury.
It is hard to believe that he is now in his 67th year – the all action goal scoring centre-forward whose 118 league goals for the Clarets came in just 223 games.