Clarets’ Historian Ray Simpson is pictured receiving a very special exhibit for Burnley FC’s forthcoming exhibition commemorating 100 years since the club’s epic FA Cup victory in 1914.
The exhibition is being staged at Burnley’s historic Towneley Hall and is open to the public from Monday 7 April, running for one month.
Burnley man Jason Connor is watched by members of his family as he hands over the FA Cup winners’ medal awarded to Tom Bamford. Bamford was Burnley’s right back from that memorable final and Jason is the defender’s step great grandson.
Tom Bamford was born in Horwich in 1887 and joined Burnley from Lancashire Combination Darwen in 1909. After a spell on the left flank he went on to make the right back position his own and was ever present in league and FA Cup in the historic 1913-14 campaign. He continued as a fixture at right back in 1914-15, after which league football was suspended.
Following the resumption after hostilities in 1919 Tom Bamford found it difficult to resurrect his Turf Moor career. After 157 Burnley appearances he signed for Rochdale in 1920 and retired from football shortly afterwards. He died in 1944 aged 57.
Admission to the 1914 exhibition is free to all Burnley residents and season ticket holders, or £4 for general admission (adults and senior citizens), free for students (with proof) and U16s.