Jimmy McIlroy dies

Last updated : 20 August 2018 By The Chairman

Former player and manager Jimmy McIlroy has died, aged 86. McIlroy made 42 appearances for the club and managed the team in the Third Division from 1965-68. McIlroy was a Northern Ireland international who was in charge of 122 matches in his time at Boundary Park. He also played 497 games for Burnley between 1950 and 1962 and was a firm favourite who helped to win the First Division title in 1960. He scored 10 goals in his 55 appearances for his country and also helped them reach the World Cup quarter-finals in 1958.

In 2011, Jimmy was made an MBE for services to football and to charity. One of Burnley's greatest ever players, he decided to receive the honour at Turf Moor instead of travelling down to Buckingham Palace.