Ray Pointer (1936-2016)
Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the sad news that former striker Ray Pointer has passed away at the age of 79. Born in Northumberland in 1936, Ray joined the Clarets in 1955 after being spotted playing for Dudley Welfare by scout Charlie Ferguson.
He signed for Burnley as an amateur, following a trial at Blackpool and later became a full-time professional with the Clarets in 1957.
Nicknamed the “Blond Bombshell” Ray Pointer made a total of 270 appearances for Burnley, scoring 132 goals during his time at Turf Moor.
He went on to become Burnley Football Club’s second highest scorer of all time behind George Beel and was an integral part of the 1960 Championship winning team and the 1962 FA Cup Final side.
In September 1961, he was chosen to lead the attack for England against Luxemborg at Wembley and scored a goal in a 4-1 victory. He earned three caps for England and scored two international goals.
He moved later in his career to Bury, Coventry City and Portsmouth, Pointer retired and became youth team coach at Bloomfield Road, which saw him reunited with Harry Potts. In July 1978, he returned to Burnley as youth team manager before linking up with Martin Dobson at Bury as a coach.
Ray died peacefully at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and leaves behind three children Jonathan, Stephen and Anne-Marie as well as six grandchildren.