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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"
Burt Freeman
Name:
Bertram Clewley Freeman
Born:
October 1885 @ Birmingham
Burnley Appearances:
189 (166 League)
Burnley Goals:
115 (103 League)
International Caps:
5 (2 goals) England
Clubs:
Aston Villa
Arsenal
Everton
Burnley
Wigan Borough
Kettering Town