RIP Ian Towers

He has a place in English football folklore, being unfortunate to miss out on a place in Burnley’s 1962 FA Cup final squad after standing in for regular striker Gordon Harris in the previous few matches.

He was also made Burnley’s first-ever substitute appearance, once the concept was introduced in 1965 – clubs could name one substitute for league games who would be permitted to replace one of the starting players, but only in the case of an injury. 

After his playing career, he was a youth coach and scout for many years, and was highly influential on the development of youth players at Seven Stars and Ajax Cape Town.