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Jimmy McIlroy: A final farewell to a Burnley football legend

Photo: pa

Thousands are expected to line the streets of Burnley later for the funeral of Clarets legend Jimmy McIlroy.

Jimmy who's been described as Burnley's "finest ever player" died earlier this month aged 86.

The inside forward 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.

Jimmy McIlroy in his playing days. Credit: pa

The club have released details of Jimmy's funeral on its website. His cortege will pass along Harry Potts Way between 12.30 – 12.45pm, before a private ceremony takes place in the James Hargreaves Stand. The cortege will then make its way along Centenary Way, Manchester Road and Rossendale Road, en-route to a private burial at Burnley Cemetery.