Some of Burnley’s finest past players – as voted for by Clarets’ supporters - have been honoured in pictorial form in a striking new addition to the façade of Turf Moor.
Lifesize images of more than 30 leading players, along with a written profile of their time with the Clarets, are being erected around the ground.
The first 12 have gone up on the outside of the Bob Lord Stand on Harry Potts Way, improving the appearance of the ground’s exterior and providing a vivid history of some of the greatest players to wear a claret and blue shirt.
The remainder will follow on the outside of the Jimmy McIlroy and James Hargreaves Stands.
The players were chosen from five separate eras – pre-Second World War, post-war to 1960, 1960-1980, 1980-2000 and 2000 onwards – and selected via a fans’ poll, with various supporters’ groups sponsoring individual boards, which were designed in-house at Burnley Football Club.
The project, supported by the club, has been co-ordinated by Tony Scholes, a member of the Burnley FC Supporters Groups and part of a small group of supporters put together to discuss potential ground improvements in consultation with Clarets’ Chief Executive Dave Baldwin.
“We started to talk about ideas to brighten up the ground,” said Tony.
“Someone came up with the idea of putting up pictures and we set up a working group and this came up.
“We wanted to reflect the history of the club and so split it into five eras with fans voting for their heroes from those times.
Jerry Dawson is one of the former Burnley playing heroes now adorning the walls of Turf Moor
“It’s something that will help improve the look of the ground and pay due respect to many of our finest players. We are delighted with the result.”
Images of players chosen from the first two eras – including Tommy Boyle, George Halley, Harry Potts, Jimmy McIlroy and Jimmy Adamson – now proudly adorn the Bob Lord Stand.
The third era will be housed on the Jimmy McIlroy Stand and the fourth and fifth on the James Hargreaves Stand.