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5 December 2013

Club Historian Ray Simpson launches an appeal to celebrate our 1914 FA Cup victory.

On Saturday, 25 April, 1914 Burnley Football Club celebrated its first momentous achievement, when the Clarets won the FA Cup for the only time in its history, so far. 

It was the last of twenty finals to be played at the famous Crystal Palace Grounds and it was also the very first time that the reigning monarch had attended professional football’s most prestigious occasion. 

At the end of the match, a 1-0 victory for the Clarets against Lancashire rivals Liverpool, King George V presented the famous old trophy to Burnley captain Tommy Boyle, then handed all the Clarets’ players specially inscribed winners’ medals. 

April 2014, of course, marks the centenary of that historic event and amongst the club’s celebration plans is a special exhibition, courtesy of Towneley Hall, and Clarets’ supporters can play an important part.

Our exhibition, which will provisionally run from March 2014 for two months, will feature material connected with that historic day in 1914.

The club already owns, or has on long-term loan, a number of items relating to the 1914 FA Cup final success, including the medal won by centre forward Bert Freeman, who scored the all-important goal (pictured, above).

However, we are looking for Clarets’ fans to boost our exhibition by loaning us their treasures. They could be documents, newspaper cuttings, photographs, memorabilia, or recollections of family anecdotes, in short anything connected to that day, or indeed anything that dates from the 1913-14 season.

All items will be stored securely then displayed under secure conditions and returned to the owners after the exhibition. Where possible all display items will be captioned, with, if required, an acknowledgement to the owner. 

If you have any items you wish to loan to us for the exhibition please make initial contact with the club in one of the following ways:
By telephone on (01282) 700001, quoting “1914 exhibition”, you will be asked for contact details.
By e-mail on Please include your telephone number. 

You will be contacted as soon as possible by Club Historian Ray Simpson, who is co-ordinating the exhibition and who will be responsible for the collection and supervision of all artefacts.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Ray Simpson 

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