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The Complete Clarets Collection: Out Soon

14 August 2018

A major new historical work on the Clarets is poised to roll off the presses.

The Complete Clarets Collection’, an official Burnley Football Club publication, is an extended version of the Clarets Collection, which was published in 1996.

The book provides a detailed profile of every player who has appeared in a senior first-team game for Burnley since the club’s formation in 1882 and updates the careers of each player who appeared in the original Collection.

It also features over 200 additional players who have made their debuts for Burnley since 1996.

Another very important addition sees full details of the hundreds of players who appeared for the club before the Second World War and, indeed, before the Great War.

This period takes in the first ‘golden era’ at Turf Moor, including Burnley’s FA Cup triumph in 1914 and first Football League title in 1921, when several Turf Moor legends such as Jerry Dawson, Tommy Boyle, Bob Kelly and Bert Freeman graced the famous ground.

In total, more than 1000 players are featured, going right back to the club’s formation in the days before professionalism, and reflects Burnley’s status as one of the original 12 members of the Football League.

The book is a complete Who’s Who of Burnley Football Club, and also includes every manager who has occupied the Turf Moor hot seat.

The work has been jointly compiled by recently retired Burnley FC Historian Ray Simpson, author of several books on the history of the Clarets, and his regular associate Wallace Chadwick, who was part of the editorial team behind “The Clarets Chronicles”, published in 2007.

Between them the pair can boast more than a century of support for their local club and a history of contributions to the match-day programme going back to the dark days of the 1980s.

The book is being produced locally, printed by Peter Scott Printers Ltd of Burnley.

It will be A4 size, black and white with colour hardback and contain at least 400 pages.

The subscribers’ price will be £30 (plus £5 p&p) and the shelf/cover price will be £32.

Subscribers’ copies of the book can be ordered using the follopwiong order form. Leaflets containing an order form are also available at Turf Moor.


 The deadline for subscribers’ copies is Wednesday, 22 August


The Complete Clarets Collection will be officially launched in the James Hargreaves Suite at Turf Moor on Wednesday 24 October 2018, from 7.15pm.

Pre-publication subscribers, together with guests, are invited to come along and collect their special numbered copies.

Each of these unique books will contain a certificate of authenticity, together with the signatures of both authors, Wallace Chadwick and Ray Simpson.

Subscribers collecting books on the launch night will receive a £5 refund relating to the cost of postage and packing already paid.

Non-subscribers will also be welcome to come along and have the opportunity to purchase copies of the book from Burnley FC staff.

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