Alastair Campbell reflects on Jimmy McIlroy's 'extraordinary elegance'

Jimmy McIlroy was a man who possessed an extraordinary elegance, on and off the pitch, according to journalist and political aide Alastair Campbell.

Monday, 20th August 2018, 2:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st August 2018, 8:55 am
Alastair Campbell

The prominent Clarets fan and former Downing Street press secretary, spoke to the Burnley Express about his memories of the club legend, which have spanned most of his life.

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“I was only four years-old when I first saw Jimmy play for Burnley so I obviously can’t recall too much of it. However, I got to know him well in later years.

"After he retired from playing Jimmy worked for several years on the Burnley Express and was a wonderful writer. He just had such a close connection to Burnley and its people.“He is not only part of the club’s history, but of the town’s.”