The death was announced of former Burnley manager Frank Hill at his home in California, at the age of 87.
Hill spent six years at Turf Moor after joining the Clarets in 1948, leaving his position at Crewe Alexandra which had been his first managerial appointment. He had replaced Cliff Britton at the Burnley FC helm and played a major part in consolidating the club in the top flight, following promotion in 1947. He was responsible for bringing a number of great players to Turf Moor, including, of course, the greatest of them all, Jimmy McIlroy
Born in Forfar in 1906, Frank Hill began his career with Forfar Athletic before joining Aberdeen where he spent four years in the top flight of Scottish football and won three international caps. He was signed by Arsenal in 1932 and it was at Highbury where he enjoyed his greatest successes, as the great Arsenal side of the 1930’s won three successive First Division Championships from 1933 to 1935. He later played for Blackpool and Southampton, before becoming player-manager at Crewe in 1944.
The Clarets’ season was well and truly up and running with a 4-1 demolition of early leaders Aston Villa at Turf Moor, after draws in both the first two games of the campaign. Villa were simply overwhelmed by goals from Doug Collins, Paul Fletcher, Martin Dobson and “a rasper from Casper” late on. At the heart of the Villa defence was former Turf Moor junior Chris Nicholl, and up front was the legend that is Andy Lochhead, still a popular figure here at Turf Moor, as a match day host.
Team (235): Alan Stevenson, Mick Docherty, Keith Newton, Martin Dobson, Colin Waldron, Jim Thomson,
David Thomas, Frank Casper, Paul Fletcher, Doug Collins, Leighton James (Billy Ingham).