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On This Day - 21st October

21 October 2015


Sunderland 1-1 Burnley
65 years ago today an 18 year-old inside forward made his senior debut for the Clarets at Roker Park.

An early goal from centre forward Bill Holden, himself just a few games into his senior Burnley career, was cancelled out by a Sunderland penalty just before half time.

The debutant wore the number 10 shirt and was a straight replacement for Harry Potts, who had been transferred to Everton just days earlier. He would go on to become a legend at Turf Moor, and is now widely accepted as the greatest-ever Burnley player.

The young man’s name was, of course, Jimmy McIlroy.

Team (235):
Jimmy Strong, Arthur Woodruff, Harold Mather, Reg Attwell, Tommy Cummings, George Bray,
Roy Stephenson, Billy Morris, Bill Holden, Jimmy McIlroy, Jack Hays.


Clarets’ winger Willie Morgan won his first international cap when he was selected for Scotland against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast. It was not a happy debut for Morgan as the Scots were beaten 1-0 by the George Best-inspired Irish in the Home International Championship.

It was Morgan’s only international appearance during his time with Burnley, but he won another 20 caps for Scotland after he was transferred to Manchester United in August 1968.

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