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On This Day - 30th March

30 March 2016

1969

James Bellamy was a former Burnley player who died on this day in 1969 at his home in London at the age of 87. He was a half back or winger who signed for the Clarets from Motherwell in 1912 and spent two years at Turf Moor.

Although he was a Burnley player at the time of the magnificent FA Cup win in 1914 he played no part in that success, appearing in just a handful of First Division games during the triumphant 1913-14 campaign.

He left Turf Moor for Fulham in 1914 having made a total of 22 senior appearances for Burnley, scoring three goals.

However after his playing career was over James Bellamy became one of the growing number of former British players to make their mark as coaches on the continent.

In 1926 he became head coach at Italian club Brescia and created a favourable impression with a number of major European clubs. He was then recruited by none other than Barcelona as a coach before being appointed as the manager early in 1929.

At the end of his first season in the hot seat Barca secured the Championship of La Liga, the very first such title, as prior to 1928 Spain did not have a national football league.

Little could James Bellamy have known that he would be in charge of the first national league title earned by a club which would go on to become one of the biggest in the world and 90 years later would be fielding arguably the greatest club side the world has ever seen.


2015       

England U21 3-2 Germany U21

Just as the senior England side overcame Germany 3-2 in Berlin at the weekend, on this day a year ago the England under 21 side beat their German counterparts by the same score.

In front of a crowd of more than 30,000 at the Riverside, Middlesbrough, the England youngsters came from 2-1 down with two goals in the last eleven minutes to overcome a strong German team.

Two Burnley players featured in the clash, with Danny Ings playing the full 90 minutes, winning his ninth cap at that level, following his under 21 debut in October 2013.

Michael Keane also took part in the game, coming on as a late sub to win his 19th under 21 cap, but just his second since signing for the Clarets permanently from Manchester United in January 2015.

England’s goals came from Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard, with Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton scoring late on. Philipp Hofmann of Kaiserslautern scored twice for Germany.


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