Name: John Angus

D.O.B: 2nd Sept 1938

Club: Burnley

Fee payed by Burnley: Apprentice (Youth)

Signed by Alan Brown

Burnley Debut: 3rd Sept 1956 Everton

Last game for Burnley: 21st Aug 1971 Luton Town

International Honours: 1 Full England Cap, 7 U23 caps

Testimonial given for 18 years service, a one club man

 

Legend a word that is over used but in the case of John Angus it is rightly merited.

John Angus, born in Amble, Northumberland on the 2nd September 1938, he was spotted by Burnley's North East scout Charlie Ferguson, and would have been signed in 1954 but John became homesick and wanted to return to Northumberland, only to return a year later and was signed by Alan Brown in 1955, he went on to play over three decades for Burnley Football Club, a true one club man.

Signed in 1954 as an amateur, a year later on his 17th birthday he signed as a professional, and a professional at Burnley he stayed until his retirement from football in 1972.

A day after his 18th birthday John Angus was given his debut against Everton, Manger Alan Brown who gave Angus his debut also gave debuts to other young Clarets this season namely Connelly, Blacklaw, Robson, And Lawson, players who 4 years later would lift the First Division Championship along with John Angus.

Angus stayed in the side for two more games after his debut, holding down the right back role, but the return of full back Doug Winton after the return game at Goodison where Burnley lost by a goal to nil, John Angus was left kicking his heals in the Central league.

But alas John had a Christmas to remember when Alan Brown picked him for the Holiday clash with Cardiff on the 22nd of December, John held down the right back role for the remainder of the season and would be basically first choice right back for another 15 years, as John became one of the first names on not only Browns team sheet but also Harry Potts and Jimmy Adamson's.

With Harry Potts returning to Burnley in 1958 he built a team around his formidable defensive players, Adamson, Miller, Cummings, Seith and of course Angus. A foundation that would serve Burnley well for almost a decade

Angus himself was gaining notoriety away from Turf Moor, by being picked for the Football League for the game against the Irish counterparts, along with other Clarets Adamson, McIlroy, and John Connelly, The Football League won this game 5-2.

John's Performances also caught the attention of the FA's selection committee who selected John Angus in 1961 for the away friendly with Austria in Vienna although his England debut came, John himself was played out of position in the unfamiliar role of left back, with him was another Claret Legend Brian Miller also gaining his only cap in the match.

When Burnley won the league in 1960, John Played in all but one of the League programme missing only the 6-1 Thrashing at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers, a total of 41 games, and also played the entire FA Cup run which was halted at the hands of Blackburn in controversial circumstances after a penalty was awarded to Blackburn when the game was as good as won.

John was with Burnley during all the highs and very few lows, Cup Final Appearance against Spurs at Wembley, Two fantastic European adventures, League Cup semi finals, During the early 60s Angus and Burnley were ever present at the top end of the First Division.

In 1970/71 with Jimmy Adamson in his first full term as manager, Angus suffered his first relegation when Burnley dropped out of the top flight for the first time since the promotion year of 1946/47 when former manager Harry Potts was in his playing prime as Burnley's goalscorer supreme.

Angus started this first year outside the top flight in his regular No2 shirt in his right back berth, only for two games as injury forced his hand John retiring after 17 years as a Burnley player.

In all John played 521 games for Burnley between 1956 and 1971 scoring 4 goals, his one England cap came away in Austria, ans he gained 7 U23 caps, also gained 23 Youth International Caps, and has been selected for The Football League

On the 1st May 1973 Burnley granted John Angus a testimonial, all of the Championship team showed up to pay their respects to a Burnley Legend!