Ian Lawson dead aged 84: Leeds & Burnley lead tributes as title-winning forward who scored four goals on debut passes


BURNLEY and Leeds United legend Ian Lawson has died aged 84.

The Premier League club announced the sad news before today’s trip to Liverpool.

GettyBurnley legend Ian Lawson scored four goals on his debut[/caption]

The former forward was originally spotted by the Clarets playing for Pelton schoolboys in County Durham.

He moved to Turf Moor in 1954 and signed pro two years later on his 17th birthday.

Less than a year later he burst on to the scene in incredible fashion.

Lawson scored FOUR goals as Burnley thumped cHesterfield 7-0 in the FA Cup.

He followed that up with a hat-trick a month later in another FA Cup romp, this time by 9-0, over New Brighton.

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International honours soon arrived when he was capped by England at youth level.

Lawson made 30 appearances for Burnley and scored 15 goals before headed to Leeds in 1962 for a £20,000 fee.

He helped them to win the Second Division title in 1964 under Don Revie but departed south to join Crystal Palace 12 months later.

Lawson then played for both Port Vale and Barnsley prior to hanging up his boots in 1968.

He is survived by his wife Maureen, daughter Sharon and son Michael.


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