The 1914 FA Cup Final between Burnley and Liverpool was won by a single goal which put the Clarets name to the list of the winners of the most famous Trophy in the world.
Burt Freeman started his career at Aston Manor before moving to Aston Villa in 1904. He never broke into the Aston Villa side, and was transferred to Arsenal in November 1905, he managed to score 21 goals in 44 games but he failed to make an impact on the starting eleven, and moved to Everton in April 1908.
His arrival at Everton and his partnership with ex-Arsenal team mate Tim Coleman marked an up turn in Freeman's fortune, where in their first season together the two strikers notched up 56 goals, and Burt Freeman scored an amazing 38 goals, which was a League record at the time. The season after Burt Freeman was Everton's top goal scorer with 22 goals, but this was to be his last successful season at Everton, when he failed to carry his goal scoring spree into the 1910/11 season, he dropped from favour at Goodison and Burnley pounced for his signature in April 1911.
Burnley were at the time a second division team with ideas of regaining their first division status. The striker proved a huge success, and score an amazing 63 goals in 69 league games over the following 2 seasons, helping Burnley to the semi-final of the FA Cup, and promotion back to the first division.
During the next season Burnley were to go even further in the FA Cup, and Burt Freeman has the star turn in the "Royal Final" at the last FA Cup Final to be held at Crystal Palace, where he scored the winner in the clubs only FA Cup triumph. This act alone would surely ensure your place in the Burnley Wall of Fame, but Burt made sure by becoming the first Burnley player to score 100 league goals during a 2-0 win at Derby County in the 1919/20 season.
Freeman did not play a full role in the League Championship side of 1920/21, as he only played 3 full league games (during which all three games where lost), and finally left after appearing in a 3-0 FA Cup defeat by Hull City on 19 February 1921.
Burt Freeman played 5 times for England, twice whilst at Everton and three times at Burnley. It would appear that like many players during this era, Freeman's football career and success was cut short because of the First World War.
Burt Freeman then played for Wigan Borough and Kettering Town before retiring in 1924, he died on 11 August 1955. At his death a local paper stated "The name of Burt Freeman, a real sporting type, will live in football as long as the game continues"
Bertram Clewley Freeman
October 1885 @ Birmingham
189 (166 League)
115 (103 League)
5 (2 goals) England
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