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Ian Towers 1940 - 2015

26 January 2015

Burnley Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of former winger Ian Towers.

Ian passed away over the weekend in South Africa, aged 74.

The Blackhill-born winger made a total of 51 appearances for the club between 1960-1966, when his path to regular first team football at Turf Moor was only blocked by the quality of his team mates, during a halcyon period for the Clarets.

Ian joined the club from his native North east as a schoolboy and made his First Division debut in April 1961, just two days after winning his first Lancashire Senior Cup medal.

He broke into the first team at Turf Moor again the following season and was a 12th man for the Clarets' 1962 FA Cup Final against Spurs at Wembley.

Days later, he earned his second Lancashire Senior Cup winners’ medal, scoring both goals in the victory over Liverpool at Turf Moor.

Following the departure of John Connelly to Manchester United in 1964, Ian enjoyed a sustained run in Harry Potts side, before the emergence of Ralph Coates once again restricted his appearances.

Ian’s final appearance for the Clarets came in August 1965 in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Turf Moor, when he became the club’s first ever substitute.

He joined Oldham Athletic in 1966 and in the 66/67 season scored 27 goals to keep the Latics in Division Three.

A brace in the 1967 final earned a third Lancashire Senior Cup winners’ medal, before he joined Bury in 1968 and, later in life, emigrated to South Africa to begin a new career.

Ian leaves wife Pat, two sons and daughters and everyone at Burnley Football Club would like to pass on our condolences on their sad loss.

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