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For many years Burnley’s youth system was the envy of the football world as player after player came off the conveyor belt to play first team football.

Never was it more evident than in 1960 when Burnley were crowned Football League Champions for the second time in the club’s history. The championship winning season saw only three players feature who had been signed from other clubs, and none had played for other Football League clubs.

The club continue to confirm that the emphasis is very much on youth and bringing players through the system into the first team.

Burnley Football Club officially recognises that the first players to come through the youth system to the first team were Tommy Lawton and Ken Ashbridge in the 1935/36 season.

This feature will show all those from 1936 to the current date who have graduated through the youth system at Burnley Football Club and gone on to play for the first team.

Below are numbers 1 to 25, players who debuted for the first team from 1936 to 1955.

BFC Academy 01 to 25

No Name Debut Last Game League Cups Total
 Opponents Date Opponents Date Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Tommy Lawton Doncaster Rovers (h) 28/03/1936 Doncaster Rovers (a) 28/12/1936 25 16 25 16
2 Ken Ashbridge Manchester United (a) 13/04/1936 Manchester United (a) 13/04/1936 1 0 1 0
3 Len Martindale Swansea Town (h) 30/10/1937 Blackpool (a) 21/08/1950 69 2 4 0 73 2
4 Freddy Taylor Norwich City (h) 06/11/1937 WestBromwich Albion (h) 14/09/1946 49 7 1 0 50 7
5 George Bray Luton Town (h) 01/10/1938 Stoke City (a) 29/09/1951 241 8 18 1 259 9
6 George Knight Millwall (h) 25/02/1939 Barnsley (a) 16/09/1946 9 2 9 2
7 Peter Kippax Stoke City (a) 05/01/1946 Huddersfield Town (h) 01/05/1948 32 6 11 1 43 7
8 Harold Mather Stoke City (a) 05/01/1946 Leicester City (h) 05/09/1954 301 0 28 0 329 0
9 Harry Potts Coventry City (h) 31/08/1946 Charlton Athletic (h) 14/10/1950 165 47 16 3 181 50
10 Harold Spencer Coventry City (h) 31/08/1946 West Bromwich Albion (h) 14/09/1946 4 1 4 1
11 Harold Rudman Barnsley (a) 16/09/1946 Cardiff City (a) 25/08/1956 71 0 4 0 75 0
12 Jack Knight Chesterfield (h) 05/04/1947 Aston Villa (a) 06/11/1948 26 5 1 0 27 5
13 Tommy Cummings Manchester City (a) 18/12/1948 Bolton Wanderers (a) 22/08/1962 434 3 45 0 479 3
14 Tommy Henderson Stoke City (a) 12/09/1949 Fulham (a) 15/10/1949 2 0 2 0
15 Roy Stephenson Liverpool (a) 10/04/1950 Portsmouth (a) 03/03/1956 78 27 2 1 80 28
16 Jimmy Adamson Bolton Wanderers (a) 10/02/1951 Blackpool (a) 22/02/1964 426 17 60 1 486 18
17 Tony Hapgood Middlesbrough (a) 01/09/1951 Stoke City (a) 29/09/1951 7 2 7 2
18 Albert Cheesebrough Manchester United (h) 11/04/1952 Newcastle United (h) 25/04/1959 142 35 16 5 158 40
19 Brian Pilkington Tottenham Hotspur (a) 27/09/1952 Swansea Town (h) 18/02/1961 300 67 40 10 340 77
20 Doug Winton Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 29/11/1952 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 15/11/1958 183 1 15 0 198 1
21 David Cargill Tottenham Hotspur (a) 16/09/1953 Sheffield United (a) 11/02/1956 5 0 5 0
22 Bobby Seith Manchester United (a) 03/10/1953 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 02/04/1960 211 6 27 0 238 6
23 Colin McDonald Aston Villa (a) 10/04/1954 West Ham United (h) 14/03/1959 186 0 15 0 201 0
24 Jimmy Scott Manchester United (a) 05/03/1955 Manchester United (a) 12/04/1961 3 0 2 0 5 0
25 David Smith Tottenham Hotspur (h) 16/04/1955 Manchester United (a) 12/04/1961 99 1 9 0 108 1
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