Former captain and manager Adamson dies

08 November 2011 11:31
The sad news has just reached us of the sad passing of Jimmy Adamson, Burnley's captain during the great days of just over fifty years and later manager, at the age of 82.

Adamson really was a Burnley great, make no mistake about that. He joined Burnley in 1947 from his home in Ashington in Northumberland and made his first team debut for Burnley in an away game at Bolton in April 1951.

He was able to play in any of the wing half positions and he established himself in the first team at Turf Moor for over a decade. Much of the championship season of 1960 was spent at centre-half but he moved back to his more favoured right-half position a couple of years later as he came so, so close to leading Burnley to a league and cup double.

Adamson was captain for years, and commanded great respect from his team mates until the day he hung up his boots and joined the coaching staff. For some years he worked alongside Harry Potts before becoming manager in February 1970.

It was a difficult start as Adamson's 'Team of the Seventies' were relegated but following that he, and his team gave Burnley fans a memorable three years of football as we won promotion, reached an FA Cup semi-final and were within a point of qualifying for Europe.

His departure in January 1976 was always believed to be over non-football matters with then chairman Bob Lord and Adamson went on to manage both Sunderland and Leeds United before calling it a day.

He continued to live in Burnley but lost both his daughters, Julie and Jayne, and more recently his wife of many years May.

Jimmy hadn't been to Turf Moor for a game since he brought his Sunderland team in the late 70s. He did get to the ground for a cup tie against Liverpool in 2005 but it was postponed.

Thankfully, he did finally get to see a game at Turf Moor against QPR last January on the day the Jimmy Adamson Lounge opened. He received a stunning and prolonged ovation from the Turf Moor crowd that was so richly deserved.

I learned how gravely ill he was just yesterday afternoon. I was told that his life was coming to an end but I wasn't expecting it as soon as today.

He will be rightly mourned by his former team mates and by those players he managed, and likewise by supporters who remember him. We really have lost a Burnley Football Club great today.

My thoughts, and I'm sure those of everyone with an interest in our club, will be with Jimmy Adamson's family at this very sad time.