As part of Burnley FC’s celebrations to mark the centenary of the Clarets’ epic FA Cup win of 1914, the club has invited a number of very special guests to Saturday's match at Turf Moor.
Our fixture against Ipswich Town is 100 years, almost to the day, since Bert Freeman’s goal won the famous old trophy and it is fitting that more than 100 descendants of the Burnley players, management, coaching staff and directors from that historic era will join us to help us celebrate this memorable occasion.
Some of our guests have travelled many miles to be with us, including Mr Alan Curry, who is a long-distance Clarets’ fan from Melbourne, Australia.
Alan is the great nephew of Bert Freeman and one of the great stories from 1914 is that Freeman’s father travelled from Australia to watch the 1914 final.
At the time Mr Freeman senior had been visiting his daughter Ethel, Alan Curry’s grandmother!
In addition Kevan Boyle, a member of Tommy Boyle’s extended family is travelling from his home in France with his wife to be with us.
Our other guests include Mrs Margaret Jackson, Bert Freeman’s daughter, and Mrs Joy Green, the daughter of Billy Watson.
All our guests will enjoy the match with us, and after the conclusion of the festivities, they will then be escorted to Towneley Hall for a special viewing of the club’s 1914 FA Cup final exhibition.