Burnley FA Cup star and England midfielder ‘the Bomber’ passes on

Gordon Harris
Gordon Harris

The family of a Worksop-born footballer who starred for Burnley and England have spoken of their pride at his achievements.

Langold’s Gordon Harris, 73, passed away on Monday following a short battle with lung cancer.

Gordon Harris, of Langold, who passed away on Monday 10th February following a short battle with cancer

Gordon Harris, of Langold, who passed away on Monday 10th February following a short battle with cancer

Harris, affectionately known as the Bomber, was a regular fixture in the Clarets side in the 1960s, and played in the FA Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley in 1962.

In January 1966 he won a full England cap at Goodison Park in a 1-1 draw against Poland and although Alf Ramsey included him in the original World Cup squad, he missed the final cut.

After 313 appearances for Burnley he was sold to Sunderland in 1968 for £70,000 in what was at the time a big money move.

Despite his impressive career in the sport, granddaughter Jade, 21, said he was incredibly modest.

Gordon Harris

Gordon Harris

“He was really reserved about it all, he played it down and never went on about it – that was the past to him,” she said.

“It’s amazing really, we’ve been reading about him and all the feedback from fans, it’s unreal.”

“I don’t think we realised how big he actually was, it makes us so proud.”

Before his move to Turf Moor as a teenager, Harris worked in the mines and played schoolboy football for Notts.

Gordon Harris

Gordon Harris

His nine-year spell with Burnley, during which he scored 81 goals, was followed by a stint at Sunderland, and finally Northern Premier League side South Shields.

Packing in the game completely, he moved back to his home county and set up a business as a driver in the coal industry.

But midway through last month he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and the disease spread to his brain.

His death prompted the family to get in touch with Burnley Football Club, who in turn contacted his former team-mates – and tributes have flooded in.

Jade said: “He was only diagnosed a few weeks ago, it’s been very fast and not very nice.”

“But he was amazing.”

“And Burnley Football Club have been great, they let all his team-mates know and they’ve been getting in touch.”

“He was an amazing granddad.”

An official statement on the Clarets’ website read: “Burnley Football Club is sad to hear of the death from cancer of Gordon Harris.”

“Sympathy is extended from all at the club to Gordon Harris’s family at this sad time.”