Burnley Football Club is sad to report the passing, aged 83, of one of the club’s young players from the late forties and early fifties.
Burnley-born Arthur, who played as a full back or wing half, first came to Turf Moor as a 15 year-old amateur in 1948.
He was a regular member of Burnley’s junior teams during the 1949-50 and 1950-51 seasons, playing alongside many future first teamers, including Albert Cheesebrough, Jim Scott, Alan Shackleton and Brian Pilkington.
In June 1951 Arthur signed his first professional contract.
He was then called up to join the Forces and served for two years in Egypt, before returning to take up his football career again in 1953.
He was a member of the Burnley “B” team, along with Adam Blacklaw, which reached the West Lancashire League Richardson Cup final in 1954, although the Clarets’ youngsters were beaten by Preston North End.
He was given a free transfer at the end of that season.
All of us at Turf Moor extend our sympathies to Arthur’s family at this difficult time.