Football Legends | The players who built British football
CHANNEL | Radio 5 Live
FIRST BROADCAST | 07 October 1996
DURATION | 23 minutes 17 seconds
Burnley legend Jimmy McIlroy looks back on his football career, beginning with wartime games played with a tennis ball on the streets of Lambeg in his native Northern Ireland. He also recalls playing with the great Stanley Matthews at Stoke and gaining international honours with Northern Ireland.
After 12 seasons at Burnley and 439 league appearances, Jimmy McIlroy was put on the transfer list by chairman Bob Lord, a move that caused outrage among the fans, many of whom responded with a boycott of the club's games after the player was sold to Stoke City in 1963. Burnley's Turf Moor ground has a stand named in McIlroy's honour and he was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Burnley in 2008.
One of England's greatest players on his regrets at retiring at 50.
The record-breaking 'Lion of Vienna', who could 'run, shoot and head'.
Football's clown prince and soccer genius.
The Clarets' favourite son.
Tottenham's 'Welsh Wizard'.
Middlesbrough's left-back with the famous moustache.
England's greatest ever centre-forward.
'Last Minute Reilly' - Scotland's greatest striker.
The game's first £100-a-week player.
'It's a funny old game.'
England's 1966 hero recalls the match that changed his life.
How the Leeds and England player could have been a career miner.
The striker fans called 'The King'.
Top goalkeeper Pat Jennings remembers his long career.
The captain of the 'Lisbon Lions'.
The low-profile World Cup hero.
Player, manager and one of the 'Busby Babes'.
England's greatest goalkeeper.
Footballing royalty in conversation.
Honours at Spurs and an Indian summer at Derby County.
Soccer superstar of the 1970s.
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