Ex-Claret Physio Jimmy Dies

FIGURES from Burnley Football Club's past have been queuing up to pay tribute to former physio Jimmy Holland who has died on holiday in Greece.

Jimmy, (78) who lived in Red Lees Avenue, Cliviger, joined the Clarets in 1965 and soon became a popular figure at the club due to his great sense of humour and skills with the "magic" sponge.

Former player and manger Frank Casper, who had known Jimmy for 40 years, said: "Jimmy was a great physio and a great man with a wonderful sense of humour. He was extremely popular with everyone at the club, and was a big part of the club's success in the early 1970s.

I was lucky enough to share some special moments with Jimmy on tours abroad, and I also lived near him for several years.

"I last saw Jimmy at his wife Ann's funeral only a few months ago, and I'm sure his death will be felt by many people."

Jimmy, born and bred in Burnley, first became a physiotherapist at Burnley's Victoria Hospital in 1954, and also served in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Jimmy, who had a daughter, Kathryn, also a physio, continued to support the Clarets even after he retired. He was given a testimonial by the club in 1991 for his loyal service.

Ex-Clarets defender Vince Overson spoke warmly of Jimmy, saying: "I had known Jimmy since I first came to the club as a 14-year-old.

"He was a tremendous man and a real character.

"He was the butt of everyone's jokes, and the players loved to wind him up. He was part of our family. I was once out injured for a whole season and he looked after me very well. It is a sad day, and my thoughts go out to his family."

Current youth team coach and former player Terry Pashley said: "Jimmy was my first physio when I joined the club in 1972. He was very experienced and very knowledgeable, and got on very well with everyone. His death has come as a great shock."

Burnley Football Club secretary Mrs Cathy Pickup, said: "Everyone at Burnley Football Club is shocked to learn of the death of Jimmy, who was always a popular figure during his long and loyal service. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time."