Harry Potts ? our tribute

Last updated : 18 January 2006 By Tony Scholes

I’d returned home from work that day, but it was a couple of hours later that I decided to check Ceefax for the football news of the day. I saw the headlines and then checked the page for smaller news items. There it was, just one sentence revealing that former Burnley manager Harry Potts had died.

I found it very difficult to take in, I thought that he, like that Championship side, was indestructible and although I knew he had been ill for some time it was still a massive shock. We were not friends, but on more than one occasion I’d had the privilege of being in his company, and a privilege it was.

I recall on the day that the road outside the ground was renamed ‘Harry Potts Way’, I produced a feature on another, now defunct web site, and it included wonderful tributes from such as Jimmy McIlroy, John Connelly, Willie Irvine and a former Everton team mate Dave Hickson as well as many from former opponents.

They all had one thing in common, they all thought the world of him. One of them, Willie Irvine, said he believed Harry should have been made a Freeman of the Borough of Burnley.

Today, on the tenth anniversary of his death, I have dedicated Clarets Mad to Harry. There is a Clarets Mad tribute and I am indebted to author Dave Thomas for his valued contributions to this new Harry Potts section on the site.

Dave is currently heavily involved in the Potts story and will later this year be publishing a book of Harry’s life through the eyes of his wife Margaret. That will be a must have book for any Claret.

Click HERE to visit the Harry Potts section which includes interviews with Brian Miller and Ralph Coates, a tribute from 2001 before the renaming of the road and also twenty things you didn’t know about him.


We always did do things the Harry Potts Way at Turf Moor.