An ex-Burnley footballer visited a pub in East Lancashire this week and the landlady said it was an “honour” to meet one of her childhood heroes.

Glen Little, who was a winger for the Clarets between 1996 and 2004, visited The Royal Dyche on December 2.

Landlady, Justine Lorriman, said it was “incredible” to hear about his career.

Lancashire Telegraph: Glen Little at The Royal Dyche, with landlady Justine LorrimanGlen Little at The Royal Dyche, with landlady Justine Lorriman (Image: Justine Lorriman)

She said: “What an absolute honour it was to have Burnley legend Glen Little here.

“He is one of my childhood heroes, hearing about his career and his time at Burnley was incredible. What a player, and what a genuine guy he is.

“Thanks to everyone who came down and stayed after the game.”

Justine said Glen had not heard of the pub before bumping into Justine.

She told the Lancashire Telegraph: “ I bumped into him at Rotherham away last season after the game.

Lancashire Telegraph: Glen Little at The Royal DycheGlen Little at The Royal Dyche (Image: They Royal Dyche)

“I had seen he has done a similar nights at other venues in the area but I’d never managed to be available to attend one.

“I mentioned that I owned The Royal Dyche and that he should host a night here and we exchanged details.

“He hadn’t heard of the pub then but I got back in touch a couple of months back to book him in, he had done a bit of research and was keen to come.”

Justine said the pub was lively after Burnley’s 5-0 win against Sheffield.

She said: “I made it a ticket free event, so it was free admission and Glen was on fine form!

“His stories were incredible and he’s had a great career. The place was packed out and the night went down really well.

Lancashire Telegraph: Glen Little during his time at Burnley Glen Little during his time at Burnley (Image: LT)

“It was after Burnley’s win against Sheffield United so everyone was in great spirits.

“It’s touching to see he still holds a special place for Burnley in his heart and he will always be a Clarets legend. It was his first visit to the pub but it certainly won’t be his last.”

Little made 283 appearances for Burnley between 1996 and 2004 and was part of the side that secured promotion to the second tier in the 1999/00 season.

After leaving the Clarets, he went on to play for Reading, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Aldershot Town in the Football League before dropping into non-league.