Burnley fans offered the chance to buy ‘unique slice of history’

Burnley fans have a chance to buy a unique slice of history at an upcoming event being hosted by the Burnley FC Former Players Association (BFPA).

Paul Dacey hands the painting over to Burnley legend Jimmy McIlroy
Paul Dacey hands the painting over to Burnley legend Jimmy McIlroy

The club recently acquired a stunning portrait of fans at Turf Moor painted by local artist and Clarets fan Michael Dacey, which will be hung in a prominent place at Turf Moor.

Michael’s brother Paul formally handed over the original this week to club president Jimmy McIlroy.

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And with the author’s consent, a limited run of 500 prints go on sale later this month.

The first prints, priced at £19.14, will be made available at an evening of celebration commemorating the club’s epic 1914 FA Cup final victory.

As we approach the centenary of the 1-0 win over Liverpool at the Crystal Palace grounds, the BPFA are hosting the event in the 1882 Lounge on Thursday, April 24 (7.pm).

Author Mike Smith, whose book ‘The Road To Glory’ has been summarised in this year’s Claret & You, will be the guest speaker on the night as he chronicles the 1914 FA Cup campaign and the achievements by largely the same group of players as they won the First Division title seven years later.

Tickets for this event cost just £10, including a pie and peas supper and the special guest, travelling all the way from Australia, is Alan Curry, the great nephew of FA Cup final goalscorer Bert Freeman.

Tickets are available from the Turf Moor reception, or by calling 01282 700001.