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He has been described as the "Natural
Born Claret", and "The Padiham
Predator" and even though he is now a
member of the Wall of Fame,  when his
career started, it could have turned out
very differently.

A young Andy Payton, a locally born lad
from Whalley was released by John Bond,
and he had to move on to pastures new to
find a foot hold in the game. That foot hold
came in the shape of Hull City, and after
serving his apprenticeship, he moved in tot
he full team and scored 55 League goals in
143 appearances.

His record tempted Middlesbrough, who were attempting to gain
promotion into the Premier League, and after a bid of £750,000 was
accepted he made the move north. After scoring on his debut, he
suffered an injury and never carved out a position in the team for
himself, and had to watched as Middlesbrough moved up the
League and into the top flight.

He the moved on the Glasgow Celtic for £600,000, and despite
scoring in an "Old Firm "game against Rangers, he never settled,
and moved back south, in November 1993, this time to Barnsley.
Once there, he became a hit scoring 41 goals in 108 League
appearances, he even scored one against his boyhood heroes, the
Clarets, but refused appearances, he even scored one against his
boyhood heroes, the Clarets, but refused to celebrate.

A move to Huddersfield followed, but after a hernia problem, he was
allowed to move back across the Pennines, to Turf Moor, when he
signed for Chris Waddle. When he arrived in Jan 1998, Burnley were
struggling against relegation, but the Burnley prodigy had returned,
and he linked up well with fellow striker Andy Cooke, and he scored
13 goals to help Burnley avoid the drop.

He continued to score goals during the following difficult season, but
when fortunes changed and Burnley were on the up, the Clarets
found out what Payton was really about, firing the Clarets to

The first season back in the First Division took it's toll on Andy
Payton, as injuries ad new players decreased his influence on the
pitch, but his record of 69 goals in 156 League appearances can not
be sniffed at.

He finally left Burnley in 2003, and moved on to play for Blackpool
and Stalybridge. He now writes a column in the Lancashire Evening
Andrew Payton
23 October 1967 @ Whalley
Burnley Appearances:
176 (156 League)
Burnley Goals:
81 (69 League)
International Caps:
Other Teams:
Hull City