One player who can epitomise Burnley Football Club in the years surrounding the First World War, could arguably be Jerry Dawson. The English International goalkeeper who played 522 league games for Burnley.
The goalkeeper was born on 18 March 1888 in Holme-in-Cliviger, and whilst playing for his local team Portsmouth Rovers, he came to the attention of Burnley, and he signed professional terms with the club in 1907. Within a season he had displaced the regular Burnley goalkeeper Billy Green, and he didn't let go of the number 1 shirt until the end of the 1925/26 season, even then he carried on playing his part at the club before ending his career on Christmas Day 1928.
Jerry Dawson's really story revolved around the FA Cup 1914 when he was injured during the semi-final game against Sheffield United, reserve goalkeeper Ronnie Sewell took his place in the replay, and even though he recovered from injury enough to play in a league game prior t the Cup Final, Jerry injured himself again, and was replaced by Sewell for the Cup Final.
Burnley won the game against Liverpool 1-0, and although he never played in the game, Burnley and the FA awarded Dawson a winners medal.
The First World War robbed Jerry Dawson of many more official Burnley appearances, but he continued to play football for Burnley during those war years, and was one of the best goalkeepers in England when the league reformed in 1919/20. He the played a huge part in the Championship winning side of 1920/21, when he kept goal for every one of the 30 games Burnley went undefeated that season.
When Jerry Dawson retired, he was 40 years old, and had been an England International, picking up his first cap at the age of 33, he also represented the English Football League in games against the Scottish Football League, he had also represented Burnley Cricket Club.
Jerry Dawson never married, and lived in Cliviger until his death on 8th August 1970