Burnley wears one-time Alzheimer’s Society comic after devastating deaths of ’60s players

Burnley will wear a one-off Alzheimer’s Society strip Tuesday for Carabao Cup clash with Rochdale after six 1960 title winners died after battling dementia

  • Team sponsor Spreadex Sports has agreed to wear the new kit
  • The Alzheimer’s Society strip is worn on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day
  • Burnley expects to raise five figure money for charity by selling the kits


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Burnley will wear a one-off comic tomorrow depicting the Alzheimer’s Society as they strive to raise thousands for the dementia charity.

Sean Dyche’s side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup third round at Turf Moor and have struck a deal with kit sponsors Spreadex Sports to change their home jersey on World Alzheimer’s Day.

Both Burnley and their title sponsor are committed to giving the charity a £5 donation from every third kit sold and expect the total to reach a significant five figure figure.

Six of Burnley's 1960 First Division-winning squad have died after suffering from dementia

Six of Burnley’s 1960 First Division-winning squad have died after suffering from dementia

Jimmy Robson described to Sportsmail last year how he lived with 'a football disease'

Jimmy Robson described to Sportsmail last year how he lived with 'a football disease'

Jimmy Robson described to Sportsmail last year how he lived with ‘a football disease’

Six of the 1960 First Division title-winning team have died after being diagnosed with dementia.

Among them Jimmy McIlroy, the cornerstone of Harry Potts’ champions and with a booth named after him. McIlroy passed away in 2018.

Another member of that historic squad, Jimmy Robson, also lives by what he said Sports post last year was ‘a football disease’.

His daughter, Dany, revealed that the Alzheimer’s Society visits her father regularly.

Sean Dyche's side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup third round at Turf Moor on Tuesday

Sean Dyche's side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup third round at Turf Moor on Tuesday

Sean Dyche’s side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup third round at Turf Moor on Tuesday

Ella Cummins, Burnley’s Head of Commercial Partnerships, said: “For many of us, this is a matter close to our hearts.

As a club, we look forward to working closely with Alzheimer’s Society on exciting initiatives in the coming year.’

Alex Hyde-Smith, Alzheimer’s Society Director of Fundraising, added: ‘We can’t thank Burnley FC enough for giving us this platform.’

Burnley FC’s main partner Spreadex.com donates his logo on the front of the shirt to the Alzheimer’s Society, in support of the club’s work with charity, for the Clarets’ Carabao Cup game against Rochdale tomorrow, which is World Alzheimer’s Day.

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