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Jimmy McIlroy Joins English Hall of Fame

23 October 2014

Clarets star Jimmy McIlroy is basking in the delight of receiving another footballing honour.

The club President has become one of nine footballing legends inducted into the Hall of Fame at The National Football Museum last week.

McIlroy, who scored 131 goals in 497 appearances for Burnley between 1950 and 1963, joined Arsenal and Manchester City legend Patrick Vieira, Liverpool and England star Michael Owen, former England captain Alan Shearer, Birmingham City striker Trevor Francis, Chelsea and Manchester United star Ray ‘Butch’ Wilkins at the prestigious award ceremony, as well as Matt Dimbylow (Captain of the England Cerebral Palsy team), women’s football pioneer Sylvia Gore MBE, and Scotland, Newcastle and Chelsea goalscoring phenomenon of the 1920s and 30s Hughie Gallacher.

And in typically modest fashion, Jimmy accepted his award from Sir Bobby Charlton and said he was delighted to be amongst illustrious footballing company.

He commented: ““I was thrilled to be chosen by the illustrious selection panel; it is truly an honour to be joining the Hall of Fame.

“I am always amazed that these accolades come my way because first and foremost, I was always part of a great team.

“Without my team mates in that great Burnley side, I doubt I would be standing here tonight.”

In 2011, Jimmy, who was given the freedom of Burnley in 2008, was presented with his MBE on the pitch and Turf Moor.

To qualify for Hall of Fame nomination, inductees must have finished their playing career, or be aged over 30 and have played or managed in England for at least five years.

Museum president Sir Bobby Charlton was on hand to present McIlroy with his latest accolade and he said: ““Jimmy was one of the most fantastic midfield players I have ever seen.

“Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay Jimmy is that he was a bloody nuisance.”

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