The story of Burnley Football Club at Gawthorpe

What does a Premier League football club and an Elizabethan estate have in common? A new exhibition in the Great Barn foyer at Gawthorpe Hall reveals all.

From Friday 11th May 2018  a new display can be enjoyed at Gawthorpe to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Burnley Football Club Youth Team winning the World Cup.

Burnley Football Club, formed in 1882 used to train inside the Great Barn during the 1950s and now have state of the art facilities on the estate.

Read the stories of how it all began, the characters that made it happen and the changes in training facilities over the years.

Come back throughout the year as we reveal stories, club memorabilia and share personal recordings from former players and current players who reveal Gawthorpe’s memories.

Help us tell the story

We need your help to tell the story of Burnley Football Club at Gawthorpe by sharing any memories, momentos or musings you may have.

  • Did you perhaps play in the Great Barn? Do you know one of the players who did? Maybe you attended every match?
  • Do you have any photos or films you could share? Do you have match programmes, tickets, flags, BFC shirts?
  • Do you know any more about these players here or others?

Leave your comments on cards within the Great Barn foyer or get in touch by email

This has been a collaborative project involving all the partners on the Gawthorpe Estate – National Trust, Burnley Football Club, Lancashire County Council and Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

Many thanks to the staff and students from UCLan for all their help and support with research.