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Former Burnley striker Ian Britton dies

Former Burnley striker Ian Britton dies
By PA Sport

31/03/2016 at 20:03Updated 31/03/2016 at 22:28

Former Burnley striker Ian Britton has died at the age of 61 after a long illness, the club have announced on their website.

Britton is revered by Clarets fans for scoring the second - and decisive goal - in a 2-1 victory against Leyton Orient in 1987 which kept the club in the Football League.

Burnley were in the Fourth Division when Britton signed in 1986 - the first season automatic promotion from the Conference was introduced.

He effectively saved the Clarets from relegation when he headed in a second goal against the O's after Neil Grewcock had opened the scoring.

Britton began his career with Chelsea, spending 11 years at Stamford Bridge before moving to Dundee United. He then enjoyed a short spell at Arbroath before returning to England with Blackpool.

He initially joined Burnley on loan, but the deal was soon made permanent and he spent three years at Turf Moor.