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Jimmy McIIroy: Burnley's 'greatest ever' footballer dies aged 86

Jimmy Mcllroy has died, aged 86 Photo: PA

Former Burnley player Jimmy McIlroy has died at the age of 86, the club have announced.

The inside forward, who is widely regarded as the Clarets' finest ever player, was a mainstay of the team which won the First Division title in 1960 and reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup the following season.

McIlroy made 497 appearances for the club and scored 131 goals during a 13-year spell at Turf Moor.

In a tweet the club said it was ''deeply saddened" to learn of the death of its greatest ever player.

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