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Longside Legends

The Longside has seen some real heroes down the years. From McIlroy to Eli, to the current crop of Gray and Sinclair, but who do YOU think has been the most deserving of the title 'Longside Legends'?

Vital Burnley is asking you to think about all the players you have cheered on during your visits to the Turf, and give us your top five players to have worn the Claret and Blue. Maybe the goal scoring machine, the midfield general, or the unsung hero that people look past.

Your votes will be noted and counted up, and a definitive list will be produced, as a countdown focusing on each individual player, all the way down to your favourite 'Longside Legend'.

Simply sign up to the site, and post in either the story comments or forums. Use the forums to discuss your favourite Claret with other fans, and create your favourites list.

The lists should be submitted either on the forums, or by emailing editor@burnley.vitalfootball.co.uk with the subject as 'Longside Legends'.

So go on, get on the boards and let us know who truly deserves to be on the elite list of Clarets, and tell your friends so we get as many votes as possible, to crown the best of the best.




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The Journalist

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Date:Monday May 22 2006

Time: 11:59AM

Your Comments

Havent seen all of these play...in fact only seen one of them play but here are my top 5. G.Beel - clubs all time leading goalscorer H.Potts - great player and manager (only person connected with burnley to be involved in 2 FA cup finals - i think) McIlroy - name speaks for itself. J. Adamson - great captain who went on to manage us. A. Payton - Local boy comes good. His goals were worth there weight in gold.
claretnbooze
When Burnley were in the Prem(div 1) I remember them being top of the league for a while it was around 1972-3 I think.Who were their stars then?
miked_joker
We were promoted as Champs from Duv 2 to Div 1 in 1972-3. We also did it with just 17 players all season [including for a time Dave Thomas transferred to QPR]: Team mainly was: Alan Stevenson, Mick Docherty, Keith Newton, Martin Dobson, Colin Waldron, Jim Thomson, Geoff Nulty, Frank Casper, Paul Fletcher, Doug Collins, Leighton James. Sub Billy Ingham.
turfmanphil
I have never seen Leighton James play . But from I read in the media ,he should have been a great player . I understand he alone tore England's defence in which Wales scored 4 goals and against one .The others may be Mc Ilroy ,Pointer and Adamson .
davemanu2000
mmmm, tough one that. Roger Eli would have to be in for me. He was one of the first heroes that I remember, a very exciting player to watch. Adamson was good as well, but thats just from videos and people talking. More recently, Robbie Blake was class, and although people weren't happy when he left, he has undeniable quality at this level. David Eyres was one of my favourites as well. His reception with the "You'll Always Be A Claret" chant at the end of the season was well deserved.
patch
Well the 70s were my era, so that 72-3 team above would be close to my legendary team. I would single out Leighton James and Frank Casper. Ralph Coates and Steve Kindon from an earlier era and before that Andy Lochhead & Willie Irvine would be my choices! Jimmy Mac will get a lot of accolades but never saw him play and of course those that can remember the 1959-60 team will have a choice of 11 legends!
turfmanphil
"When Burnley were in the Prem(div 1) I remember them being top of the league for a while it was around 1972-3 I think.Who were their stars then?"
millers4eva
Being an oldie (and also an outsider) , I'd say that the team of the 60's was one of the best you've ever had. A team that was perpetually in the higher echelons of the top division, built around (i think) The Chairman, Bob Lord's policy of bringing youth through, and managed by adamson i believe.
FEn_100
oh and dont forget wooshie deakin and oooh george oghanie!
claretnbooze
Well a lot would agree the 1960 side was the best we ever had, since that was the last time we won the top prize and the early 60s saw us play our best football. Annoyingly though I only really appreciated supporting the Clarets in memory terms from about 1966 aged 12! Still a few things to cheer about in the late 60s and 70s but the slide had begun really compared to those earlier heady days!
turfmanphil
DAVE THOMAS WAS AN EXCITING WINGER, FOR YOU, QPR AND EVERTON......AND A SHORT ENGLAND CAREER
zipadeedoodah
I vouch that I have never seen Leyto James play . But from what i read in papers ,he was a great performer and a great player . He should be considered as one of the legends .
davemanu2000
 

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