Mr Gavin Hill, together with his son Alex, is pictured handing over two very special items of Burnley FC heritage to Clarets’ Historian Ray Simpson before Burnley’s Premier League fixture against Hull City last Saturday.
Gavin and Alex, who were Burnley FC’s guests at the match, are the son and grandson of Turf Moor legend, centre half Jack Hill, who was the captain of Burnley and England in the 1920’s.
The purple international cap is from England’s match against Scotland at Old Trafford in April 1926. This was Jack’s second international appearance but sadly it ended in a 1-0 defeat by the old enemy.
The magnificent pennant was presented to Jack Hill, who by then was the captain of England, by the French skipper Francois Hugues before the international clash between the two countries at the Stade Olympique de Colombes near Paris in May 1927. In turn Jack presented an England pennant to the French captain.
Jack’s international team mates included his Turf Moor colleague, winger Louis Page, together with a Claret of the future, inside forward George Brown, then at Huddersfield Town, who joined Burnley in 1934.
England went on to win the game at a canter 6-0, thanks to two goals from Brown, including a header following a surging run and pin-point cross from Page. Everton legend Dixie Dean also scored twice, with Blackburn Rovers winger Arthur Rigby also netting, with a French defender putting into his own net.
The French were hampered by the loss, after 70 minutes with injury, of their centre forward Sottiault. No substitutes in those days of course.
Jack Hill won a total of 11 caps for England, with eight of them coming during his time at Turf Moor, including five as captain, and he represented his country on three more occasions after he left Burnley.
Hill was born in Hetton-le-Hole, birthplace of both Harry Potts and Ralph Coates, in 1897 and joined the Clarets from Plymouth Argyle in 1923. He made 198 senior appearances for Burnley, scoring 13 goals before he was transferred to Newcastle United in 1928. He later played for Bradford City and then played for and managed Hull City.
He died in 1972, aged 75.
The cap and the pennant have been loaned to Burnley FC by Gavin and Alex and they will be displayed in the Doctor Iven Lounge, which incorporates the club’s trophy cabinets.
Burnley Football Club would like to express their appreciation to Gavin, Alex and the Hill family for their generous gesture.