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Former Burnley player Ian Lawson has passed away at the age of 84 and he was a player that supporters from the 1950s will always associate with the FA Cup.

He made his first team debut for us in the third round of the FA Cup in January 1957 in a home tie against Chesterfield and scored four times in a 7-0 win. He followed that up three weeks later with a hat trick in the next round as we beat New Brighton 9-0.

He was aged just seventeen at the time but it didn’t kick start a big first team career at Burnley. He played two more cup ties and seven league games during the rest of that season but didn’t feature at all in either of the next two seasons.

He did, though, make eight league appearances in the title winning 1959/60 season and scored three times, netting the winner in a 2-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford and scoring twice a week later in a 5-2 victory against West Ham.

It was against West Ham in April 1961 that he played his thirtieth and final game for Burnley in which he’d scored fifteen times although he remained a Burnley player until March of the following year when he was transferred to Leeds in a £20,000 transfer, making his debut for Leeds on the day that Don Revie played his final game for them.

He later moved to Crystal Palace, Port Vale and finally Barnsley, where an injury prevented him ever making his debut, before hanging up his boots in 1968.

He left the game having played a total of 108 league and cup games for all his clubs in which he scored 43 goals, but it will be those seven FA Cup goals he scored for Burnley in 1957 for which he will always be remembered.

Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Maureen, daughter Sharon and son Michael, the Lawson family and their friends.

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