We are delighted that former Burnley chairman Barry Kilby is supporting Clarets Collected. A life-long Claret, Barry joined the board in October 1998 and took on the top job at Turf Moor a couple of months later. He steered Burnley FC through the choppy waters of financial uncertainty into one of the most successful periods of the club’s history, including a return to top flight with promotion to the premier league in 2009.
“Burnley is unique.” Barry said. “No other town in the country has such a close relationship with it’s football team. It’s wonderful that this collection will record the history of the club and what it means to be a Burnley fan. I’d like to stay involved and help make the project a success.
His very generous donation will help towards the cost of a Project Officer for the first two years of the project. Also, with Barry’s help, Clarets Collected is building links with Burnley Football Club in the Community which does an extraordinary range of great work with people in East Lancashire and for which Barry is a trustee.
In 2012, Barry stepped down from his role as Chairman after his prostate cancer diagnosis. He set up the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal which aims to raise awareness of the illness and save lives.