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On This Day - October 14

14 October 2015


The death was announced of the Clarets’ former Irish international fullback Andy McCluggage at the age of just 54.

McCluggage was born in Larne, Co Antrim, in 1900 and joined Bradford Park Avenue, then in Division Three North, from Irish football, in 1922. After three seasons with Bradford, Burnley secured his transfer in May 1925 to fill the right back position that had been covered so well by Len Smelt since the end of the Great War.

Andy McCluggage made his Burnley debut, along with winger Louis Page, in the Clarets’ infamous 10-0 humiliation at Villa Park on the opening day of the 1925-26 season. In spite of this disastrous start to his Turf Moor career McCluggage made the right back position virtually his own for the next six seasons, occasionally appearing at left back and more often than not being partnered on the opposite flank by George Waterfield.

He was quick, robust in the tackle and he soon became the Clarets’ regular penalty-taker, with most of his 24 Burnley goals being from the spot. He had already been a full international when he arrived at Turf Moor and won the first of his 11 caps as a Burnley player against Scotland at Windsor Park in February 1927.

After Burnley’s relegation to Division Two in 1930 Andy McCluggage continued to perform consistently, but along with a few of Turf Moor’s other stars, he became the subject of some interest from First Division clubs. In April 1931, after 213 games and 24 goals for the Clarets he announced that he would not be accepting Burnley’s terms for the following season.

After a short spell back in Ireland he ended his league career with Preston in 1932, before settling in Burnley, where he worked as a maintenance engineer at a local colliery.


Burnley 2-0 Hull City

The Clarets were back up to second in the Championship table with this comfortable win over Hull City, who themselves were rooted to the bottom of the league after this defeat.

The Tigers included in their midfield a certain Dean Marney, then in his first season at the KC Stadium. A first league goal for Burnley from Michael Duff was headed in after just 10 mins from an inswinging corner courtesy of Wade Elliott.

Only three minutes later, another cross from Elliott found the head of Gifton Noel-Williams, who crashed in the second to complete the scoring.

Team (442): Brian Jensen, Michael Duff, Frank Sinclair, John McGreal, Jon Harley,
Wade Elliott (Alan Mahon), James O’Connor, Micah Hyde (Chris McCann),
Steve Jones (Garreth O’Connor), Andy Gray Gifton Noel-Williams.

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