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the Clarets, during their most successful period in post war
history, his style of badgering harassing opposition defences
would help him t become one of Burnley's greatest goal

Burnley scout Charlie Ferguson
had persuaded a young Ray
Pointer to go for a trial at Turf Moor,
who offered him an amateur
contract right under the noses of
Blackpool, who had also had the
promising striker on trial. In 1957,
whist Ray Pointer was 20, Burnley
offered him professional terms.

Ray Pointer made his Burnley
debut that same season, replacing Alan Shackleton in the first team
at Luton Town. His next season was to be possibly his most prolific
as a Burnley player, when he scored 27 goals, a feat only bettered by
Willie Irvine in post war football.

This prompted his selection into the England Under 23 team, when
he scored twice in a 3-0 win over Italy Under 23s. During the
1959/60 Championship winning season Ray Pointer continued to
score goals, notching up 23 goals.

In 1961 he played 3 games  for the full England side, scoring against
Hungary and Portugal, during the World Cup Qualifiers, but he
missed out on the 1962 World Cup side, and never played for
England again.

In the
1961/62 season he became only the fifth player to score 100
goals for the club, whilst on his way to an over all tally of 25 for the

The season after saw Andy Lochhead take Ray Pointers number 9
shirt, but Pointer moved position and carried on scoring goals, but
injury struck, and left him struggling to regain his place in the first
team, and he was sold to Bury for £8,000 in August 1965, after
playing his last game for the Clarets against Sunderland.

He didn't last very long at Bury, before moving to Coventry City, but
during that season he scored 28 goals, (17 for Bury, and 11 for
Coventry City) eclipsing the 27 scored in 1958/59 for Burnley.

After helping Coventry win promotion to the First Division, he moved
to Portsmouth, where he ended his career, but before that, during
Burnley's Second Division Championship winning campaign of
1973/74, Pointer was named captain for Portsmouth in an emotional
game at Turf Moor, which Burnley won 4-0.

He returned to Burnley in a coaching role under
Harry Potts in 1978,
and left when John Bond took over at Turf Moor.
Ray Pointer
10 October 1936 @
Burnley Appearances:
270 (223 League)
Burnley Goals:
133 (118 League)
International Caps:
3 England (2 Goa)
Other Teams:
Coventry City