Clarets Trust benefits from former Burnley councillor share donation

THE daughter of a former Burnley councillor has donated a 65-year-old share in Burnley Football Club to the Clarets Trust.

Susan Daniels donated the share that was bought by her father, Gordon Blackston, for a pound in 1948.

He died in the council chamber in October 1964, just months before he was due to become mayor.

Susan also donated an old autograph book to the trust, featuring the signatures of many former players, including Willie Morgan, Ray Pointer and Jimmy McIlroy Peter Pike, chairman of the Clarets Trust, said: “Gordon Blackston was a very popular conservative councillor before he died tragically in the council chamber just a few months before he was due to become the mayor of Burnley.

“In return for Mrs Daniels’s very kind gesture it was agreed that she and her husband, Jeffrey, should be rewarded with a ticket for a Burnley home match.

“They chose the occasion wisely, opting for seats at the Leeds game. Charlie Austin’s late winner ensured that they had a memorable evening.

“Mrs Daniels then followed up her act of great generosity with another, donating to the trust an autograph book with the signatures of many of the great stars of the early 60s. What a wonderful legacy this is of those glorious days.”

Mr Pike said the trust now had 144 shares and would continue to snap them up. Burnley FC shares currently cost £200 each.

He said: “The trust will continue to buy shares from Burnley FC, as it boosts club revenue, but we will also buy private shares at bargain prices or in exchange for trust life membership, for example.

He said there could be many Burnley fans who own a single share and they could help the club’s growth by emulating Mrs Daniel’s example and donating them to the Clarets Trust.

“In this way you will be directly helping Burnley supporters in securing a stronger stake in the club."

In December the club asked hundreds of ‘lost’ shareholders to contact the club urgently.

They had a total of 884 shares owned by people who the club had no current contact details for.

Any shareholders who have not received any communication with Burnley Football Club in the past 12 months should e-mail shareholder@burnleyfc.com.

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