Burnley Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Clarets legend Arthur Bellamy this morning.
Arthur, who made 250 appearances for the club between 1963-1972 and later held a number of roles behind the scenes, passed away peacefully on Wednesday at Pendleside Hospice, aged 71.
The Blackhill-born inside forward, an apprentice welder in his native North East, was first spotted by famed scout Jack Hixon and arrived in Burnley for a trial in February 1958, aged 15, in the same week that Harry Potts was appointed manager.
Arthur signed professional terms in 1959, but at first had to be content to impress in the youth ranks.
After helping the ‘A team’ to win the Lancashire League title in 1962, and contributing to the Reserve team’s Central League championship the same season, he got his big chance the following season.
The shock departure of Jimmy McIlroy had opened the door and Arthur made his First Division debut in the 5-2 victory at Manchester City in March 1963, scoring the fifth goal.
A hat-trick in his opening game of the following season, against Everton, followed, and Arthur became a first team squad regular throughout the mid and late 1960s.
In April, 1972, just two days before his 30th birthday, Arthur played his last game for the Clarets in a 4-3 defeat at Roker Park against Sunderland, the team he idolised as a young boy.
Arthur later played for Chesterfield, but returned to Burnley in 1976 where he found employment as a milkman and newsagent before rejoining the club’s coaching staff as ‘B team’ coach in 1979.
Arthur continued to serve the club throughout the rest of his working life ahead of his retirement, first as assistant manager to Brian Miller in his second spell in charge between 1986-1989 – having a direct involvement in the famous ‘Orient Game in May 1987 - and later as Head Groundsman.
The thoughts of everyone at Turf Moor are with Arthur's wife Maureen and all family and friends at this sad time.