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Gray Equals Century-Old Record

5 November 2015

Clarets striker Andre Gray equalled a 103-year club record with his brace against Fulham at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.

Gray scored two goals for the third successive time in a home game, following his strikes against Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town.

The last person to score twice in three successive competitive home games was legendary Clarets striker Bert Freeman in November and December 1912.

Ironically, Freeman’s feat began with two goals against Fulham, followed by two against Bradford City and four more in the third home game against Leicester Fosse.

Freeman ended that season with 31 goals and, 12 months later, would go into Burnley’s record books as the goalscorer in Burnley’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the 1914 FA Cup Final; the only time to date the Clarets have lifted the trophy.

Our thanks go to Neil Bloodworth, who had suggested this on Twitter. Club historian Ray Simpson has now verified this as being correct.

Footnote: Winger Billy Kellock also scored two goals in three successive home games for Burnley Football Club in the 1916/17 season. However, these were controversial war-time fixtures played out in a regional basis, in the ‘Football League Lancashire section.’


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