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After Burnley had won the League Championship in 1920/21,
the team started to go into a decline, the Board attempted to
halt the slide by signing a young striker named George Beel,
would go on to break all of Burnley's goal scoring records.

George Beel was born on 26
February 1900 in Bracebridge
Heath, near Lincoln. During the
First World War he was stationed
in Blackpool, where he played
war time football, and did enough
to get a trial at Manchester United,
which was unsuccessful, he then
joined his local side Lincoln,
before moving into Merthyr Town
and Chesterfield. His time at
Chesterfield was successful,
and he ended the season with 23 goals in 35 games, this prompted
Burnley to make a bid for the striker and he signed in 1923.

He was bought to replace one of the club greatest ever strikers Joe
"Andy" Anderson, as the club sought to galvanise their flagging
fortunes after the great sides of the
FA Cup win in 1914 and
League Championship in 1921.

He was prolific at Turf Moor, scoring 187 goals in 337 games,
being the clubs top goal scorer for six seasons, and runner up in
two. Even in a struggling Burnley side he still managed to score a
bag full of goals, scoring 35 goals in a single season (1926/27)
which is still a club record.

George Beel died at his home in Maidstone on 30 December 1980.
George William Beel
26 February 1900 @
Bracebridge Heath
Burnley Appearances:
337 (316 League)
Burnley Goals:
187 (178 League)
International Caps:
Other Teams:
Lincoln City
Merthyr Town
Lincoln City
Tunbridge Wells
Maidstone United