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Kilby Leads Tributes To Ian Britton

1 April 2016

Vice-Chairman Barry Kilby has paid tribute to former Burnley midfielder Ian Britton, who sadly passed away on Thursday following a battle with prostate cancer.

Mr Kilby, a fellow cancer sufferer, had been in close contact with Ian throughout his illness, with both helping to promote fund-raising to help fight the illness.

Speaking on behalf of the club's Board of Directors, he said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of Ian’s death yesterday.

“He will always be remembered for scoring that goal in the famous Orient game in 1987, which saved the club from extinction.

“Ian’s career with Burnley though was much more than that, stretching to over 100 appearances, including a Wembley final the following year.

Mr Kilby added: “For quite some time he had been fighting prostate cancer with the resolve and endeavour he showed on the football pitch.

"I had the pleasure and honour of inviting Ian and his family to a game at Turf Moor before Christmas, where it was obvious that he was ill.

“However, he carried himself with humour and dignity and it was quite humbling to all who came into contact with him on that day.

“Our sincere condolences go out to Ian’s family and friends, with a feeling that the world is a lesser place following his sad death.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, whose players will wear black armbands at Brighton this weekend, added: “Everyone at Burnley Football Club was saddened to learn the news yesterday.

“Ian’s legendary status at Turf Moor was assured after the goal he scored here in May 1987, for which he will always be held in great affection.

“Without that goal who knows what might have happened and I may never have had the chance to manage this club, so many people, in many ways, owe Ian a debt of gratitude.”

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