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Ray Pointer 1936-2016

26 January 2016

Burnley Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of former striker Ray Pointer at the age of 79.

Born in Northumberland in 1936, Ray joined the Clarets in 1955 after being spotted playing for Dudley Welfare by Burnley scout Charlie Ferguson.

He had previously had a trial at Blackpool but signed at Turf Moor as an amateur and later as a full-time professional in 1957.

He went on to become the Clarets second highest scorer of all time behind George Beel and was an integral part of the 1960 Championship winning side.

Pointer made a total of 270 appearances and scored 132 goals for the Clarets.

In September 1961, he was chosen to lead the attack for England against Luxemborg at Wembley and found the net in the 4-1 victory.

He earned three caps for England and scored two international goals and the “Blond Bombshell” remains Burnley’s second highest scorer of all time with 118 league goals only surpassed by George Beel (178).

After moves later in his career to Bury, Coventry City and Portsmouth, Pointer retired and became a Youth Coach at Bloomfield Road, which saw him reunited with Harry Potts.

In July 1978, he returned to Burnley as youth team manager before linking up with Martin Dobson at Bury as a coach.

Ray died peacefully at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and leaves behind three children Jonathan, Stephen and Anne-Marie as well as six grandchildren.

All of us at Burnley Football Club extend our sympathies to Ray's family and friends at this very sad time.

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