Club reveals plans to commemorate centenary of FA Cup success
Burnley Football Club is very proud to be celebrating the centenary of the club’s historic FA Cup triumph of 1914.
The Clarets overcame Liverpool 1-0 at the Crystal Palace Grounds on the very first occasion that the reigning monarch attended professional football’s most prestigious fixture.
After the final whistle, His Majesty King George V presented the famous old trophy to Burnley captain, Tommy Boyle, and handed specially-inscribed winners’ medals to the skipper and all his team mates.
At the final home game of the 2013-14 season, against Ipswich Town on Saturday, 26 April - almost 100 years to the day of the 1914 final - Burnley FC plans to honour that fabulous occasion.
For the 100th anniversary fixture, the team will wear a special 1914 FA Cup final replica shirt (pictured).
Instead of the usual club crest, we are delighted to announce this shirt will also bear a Royal Coat of Arms badge, as worn in 1914 in honour of the presence of His Majesty the King.
The club has obtained special permission from Buckingham Palace for the shirts to carry this crest.
Also as part of the centenary celebrations, the club is finalising a special 1914 FA Cup exhibition, featuring a wide range of artefacts connected with that historic occasion.
The club already owns, or has on long-term loan, a number of items, souvenir publications, documents and photographs relating to the 1914 FA Cup final success.
And, for the first time, a very important piece of the club’s history and heritage, which was recently acquired by the club, will go on public display
The actual shirt worn by centre forward and scorer of the winning goal in the 1914 FA Cup final, Bert Freeman, was recently purchased at auction by Clarets’ co-chairman, Mr Mike Garlick (pictured).
This famous shirt, now mounted and framed, has finally returned to its spiritual home and will form the centrepiece of our exhibition, together with Freeman’s winners’ medal (also owned by Burnley FC, jointly with Colne Clarets).
Following the club’s appeal for artefacts to include in our exhibition, fans and the general public have generously loaned a large number of historic and fascinating items.
A notable exhibit is a Royal Box edition of the official 1914 FA Cup final programme, presented in a leather cover with gilt tooled Royal Coat of Arms, kindly loaned by Mr. Andrew Morris.
More treasures arrived at Turf Moor last weekend courtesy of lifelong Clarets’ fan Derek Jenkins, Burnley-born but now living in Surrey.
Derek has presented the club with an intriguing selection of items and, including a special printed serviette from the 1914 final, together with a medal presented to Bert Freeman during the Clarets’ tour of Eastern Europe in the summer of 1914, just weeks before the outbreak of the Great War.
The 1914 exhibition, to be staged in the Long Gallery at Burnley’s famous Towneley Hall, will officially open on Sunday, April 6, 2014, and will run for four weeks.
Keep an eye on the official website in the coming weeks for more information on the Clarets’ centenary celebrations, including a special dinner and a celebrity match between Burnley and Liverpool.