Famous Burnley footballer dead


Friday, March 16 – 1906
The death has taken place, at the age of 43, of Jack Keenan, of Burnley, a half-back of national fame for some 10 to 12 years.

Jack Keenan Burnley 1906

Keenan, who was of Irish extraction, was a native Clitheroe, and played only for the Clitheroe and Burnley clubs. He joined the latter about 1884, and was a regular player in the first team for some nine or ten seasons.

Afterwards he captained the reserve for two seasons. He was a half-back and was one of the most loyal players who ever donned the Burnley jersey.

He came very near international honours, and played for the county about a dozen times altogether, being elected captain in two or three matches.

He was one of the Burnley team which met Blackburn Rovers in a memorable Lancashire Cup-tie at Accrington in 1890, the result being 2-0 in favour of Burnley.

Father Cobb has issued an appeal on behalf of the widow, whose resource have been drained by the expense of a long sickness, and he suggests that a benefit match might be arranged.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 17-03-1906)

From different reports it looks like he passed away either late on Thursday or early on Friday (15/16 March – 1906).

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