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Ian Lawson dead aged 84: Leeds & Burnley lead tributes as title-winning ace dies

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BURNLEY legend Ian Lawson has died aged 84.

The Premier League club announced the sad news before today’s trip to Liverpool.

Burnley legend Ian Lawson scored four goals on his debut

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Burnley legend Ian Lawson scored four goals on his debutCredit: Getty

A statement read: “Ian was spotted whilst playing for Pelton schoolboys in County Durham and joined the club as an amateur in July 1954.

“On his 17th birthday in 1956 he signed a professional contract with the club.

“Ten months later he made his debut for the club in a FA Cup tie against Chesterfield at Turf Moor, Burnley won 7-0 with Ian scoring four goals.

“Four weeks later he scored a hat-trick as the Clarets equalled their record scoreline, when they beat New Brighton in the next round of the Cup, 9-0.”

It continued: “His scoring prowess earned him an England youth international cap in September 1957, when he featured in the game against Spain at Saint Andrews.

“During his time at Turf Moor he made 30 appearances for the first-team, with an impressive return of 15 goals in all competitions.

“He moved over the border in February 1962, joining Leeds United for £20,000. During his time with the Peacocks he won a Second Division championship medal in 1964.

“After three years at Elland Road he signed for Crystal Palace, prior to having brief spells with Port Vale and Barnsley. He announced his retirement from professional football in 1968.

“Our thoughts are with all his family and friends, especially his wife Maureen, daughter Sharon and son Michael.”

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