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Old Ones Are The Best Ones

20 February 2017

The Clarets broke new ground before last Saturday's FA Cup tie against Lincoln City at Turf Moor as a group of the club's older fans led the team out as mascots.

In a first for a professional English football club, elderly fans replaced the younger generation for a day as part of Burnley FC in the Community's inclusivity ethos.

Former long-serving club employee Jim Thompson, 87, (above) the Football League’s Unsung Hero of 2011, led the line in company with Clarets' captain Tom Heaton.

He was followed by a group of the club's longest serving fans aged from 65 upwards, each accompanied by a Burnley player, who greeted the match officials and Lincoln players on the pitch before kick-off.

The mascots were given a wonderful reception by supporters inside Turf Moor, with the event also receiving global praise via television coverage and social media.

Burnley FC in the Community delivers a wide range of provision for senior citizens, including our Extra Time programme with weekly sessions taking place at Turf Moor.

To find out more information about our health and wellbeing offer contact Abby Turner on 01282 704716 or email

To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community’s work visit or call 01282 704716. 

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