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Harold Rudman: 1924-2013

8 October 2013

Burnley Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of former player Harold Rudman, aged 88.

Harold, who was born in Whitworth and lived in Rochdale, died peacefully on Friday, October 4, 2013, following a short illness.

The full back enjoyed a long career with Burnley which peaked late, most of his first-team appearances coming after he reached the age of thirty.

Harold joined the club, initially as an amateur, as a teenager in 1942 and had made his debut in the wartime North Regional League before turning professional in December of that year. 

He went on to make 75 appearances for Burnley during the war, and made his Second Division debut in a 0-1 defeat at Barnsley in September 1946, soon after the resumption of League football. 

However, the arrival of Reg Atwell soon afterwards ensured that Rudman’s tenure of the number four shirt was brief.

He remained essentially a reserve team player, normally appearing at full-back, only occasionally appearing in what was now a First Division side over the next few years. 

Unexpectedly, he emerged as a regular in the side in 1954, and over the next two seasons made 57 of his total of 75 appearances for the senior side.

Burnley Football Club would like to express our sincere condolences at this sad time to the friends and family of Harold Rudman, especially his widow Dorothy.

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