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Mike Prosser

Burnley's Goalkeepers Through the Ages

Burnley's Goalkeepers Through the Ages

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Throughout Burnley Football Clubs history from 1882 to 2017, They have been represented by 88 recorded goalkeepers. Of these seventeen have made over 100 appearances and three have recorded 100 clean sheets with four having conceded over 500 goals.

On the international stage seven have represented their national side. Representing England were Jack Hillman and Jerry Dawson followed by Colin McDonald and Tom Heaton. Adam Blacklaw represented Scotland,Nik Michopoulos Greece and Danny Coyne Wales.

Throughout there has been success, heartbreak and injuries that have finished the careers of three goalkeepers. William Down at Blackburn in 1929 suffered life threatening injuries followed by Colin McDonald's broken leg in Ireland.

Jerry Dawson made a total of 569 senior appearances for Burnley over a twenty year career followed by Alan Stevenson who made a total of 540 appearances from 1972 to 1983, Both breaking club records along the way.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the 2015 / 2016 football season became the first keeper to captain Burnley on a permanent basis and recorded 20 Football League clean sheets equaling Alan Stevensons 20 from the 1980 / 1981 Football League season.

About the Author

Mike Prosser, plumber, heating engineer, author and football statistician from Essex has followed Burnley Football Club since the commencement of the Championship season of 1959/1960.

Looking to write a book on Burnley, and do something no one else had attempted before, he decided three years before this publication to write the complete history of the clubs goalkeeping personnel.

Throughout the research some very interesting statistics have been thrown up that he did not know existed, and the book contains not only these, but details of their careers and involvements.

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