Legendary Town goalkeeper passes away

Clive Burn
Clive Burn

A grassroots football legend who was honoured for his service and dedication to the club he loved has died just days before his 84th birthday.

Alnwick Town stalwart and former goalkeeper, Clive Burn, passed away on Wednesday. The 83-year-old was involved with the St James’ Park club for more than six decades, having made his debut in 1947 in the FA Cup at the age of 16.

Clive Burn, centre, was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2010 for 60 years of service at Alnwick Town FC. He is pictured with former players Lawrence Gaines and John Hopper.

Clive Burn, centre, was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2010 for 60 years of service at Alnwick Town FC. He is pictured with former players Lawrence Gaines and John Hopper.

Having completed National Service, he rejoined Town in 1953, where he remained as a player until 1968. After calling time on his playing days, he took over as coach and manager before taking on groundsman duties.

Known for his dedication to the cause, Clive could be relied upon to help replace divots on the playing surface – no matter the weather – as well as tackling other tasks around the club.

Many years after hanging up his gloves, Clive continued to provide advice and training first-hand to the senior goalkeepers and helped them warm-up on match days.

His commitment is unequalled in Town’s history and he was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2010.

The Alnwick Town FC squad of 1964. Clive Burn is pictured in the back row on the far left. He is standing beside Eric Hately, who passed away in February.

The Alnwick Town FC squad of 1964. Clive Burn is pictured in the back row on the far left. He is standing beside Eric Hately, who passed away in February.

Two years later, he was honoured with a Service to Sport accolade at the Alnwick and District Sports Council’s annual prize-giving ceremony.

The club has paid its respects to Clive, who would have turned 84 tomorrow. A statement on Alnwick Town’s Facebook page read: “The club is devastated to report that former goalkeeper, manager, physio and groundsman Clive Burn passed away on Wednesday morning, aged 83.

“Clive was involved with Alnwick Town for decades and will be a massive miss at the club. His knowledge of Alnwick Town was second to none. We have lost another legend.”

A minute’s silence is due to be held in memory of Clive at St James’ Park tomorrow when the Reserves face West Allotment Celtic A in the Northern Alliance. The first team, who are away at Tow Law Town in the Northern League tomorrow, are planning to hold a similar tribute before their next home game, when they host Chester-le-Street on Friday, April 17.

Earlier this year, former Alnwick Town full-back Eric Hately passed away, aged 70.