Burnley Football Club is saddened to report the death of former Claret Gordon Fryer Bond at his home in Poulton le Fylde at the age of 87.
Gordon was born in Thornton, Blackpool in September 1930 and spent the 1949-50 season playing for Blackpool 'A' team. In 1951 he contacted Burnley requesting a trial and was signed, initially as an amateur, prior to the 1951-52 season.
Gordon made an impressive Clarets’ debut on 1 September 1951. Playing at inside right for Burnley 'A' team he hit five goals in an 8-0 crushing of De Havilland at Barnoldswick, the Clarets’ home ground for that season. His team-mates on that day included Bobby Seith and Alan Shackleton
Shortly afterwards Gordon was called up for two years' national service so was not able to play for Burnley as often as he would have liked. However, in August 1952 he was selected to make his debut in Burnley’s Central League side and played his part in a 2-1 victory against Bury at Turf Moor.
More of the Clarets’ stars of the future were on display that day, including Colin McDonald, Seith, Roy Stephenson, Albert Cheesebrough and Brian Pilkington.
He played once more at reserve team level that season and made one more Central League appearance in season 1953-54, when he also played for both the “A” and “B” teams, scoring another 5 goals.
His overall Burnley record in three years at Turf Moor was three Central League appearances, with 22 appearances at 'A' & 'B' team level, in which he scored 14 goals.
He was given a free transfer by Burnley in May 1954.
All at Burnley Football Club would like to express our condolences to Gordon’s family and friends at this very sad time.