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Jack Keenan

Burnley FC




  John Keenan
Birth late 1863 in Clitheroe, Lancashire [registerd as Kaahan in Clitheroe, December 1863]

According to the 1871 census, John is the fourth of seven to children to Patrick and Jane, both Irish. His father is a labourer and would died in 1879. They live at 78 Sowergates in Burnley.


According to the 1881 census, John is now the fifth of six children living at home with their widowed mother, Jane, at 26 Water Street in Clitheroe. John is a cotton spinner.


According to the 1891 census, John is a lodger at the home of Elizabeth Campbell, a grocers shop at 33-35 King Street in Haberam Eaves in Burnley. He is a cotton weaver.

Marriage to Margaret Devery on 26 November 1891 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Burnley
"KEENAN—DEVERY.—On November 26th, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, by the Rev. Father O'Kelly, Mr. John Keenan (Burnley Football Club), to Miss Margaret Devery, Laland-road, Burnley." - Saturday, 28 November 1891, Burnley Express

According to the 1901 census, John is married to Margaret and live her widowed mother, Mary Devery, at 26 Helen Street in Burnley. John is now a builders labourer.

Death Friday, 16 March 1906 at Brunshaw Road, Burnley, aged 41 years [registered in Burnley, March 1906] following a long illness
Buried on 20 March, in Burnley cemetery.


Playing Career

Club(s) Played for Clitheroe FC, as well as Burnley FC from 1884.
League honours
68 appearances
Burnley FC 1888-93 68 appearances
debut: 8 September 1888 Preston North End FC 5 Burnley FC 2.
last: 16 November 1889 Everton FC 1 Preston North End FC 5.
Club honours none
Individual honours Lancashire FC (1885 captain, 1888)
Height/Weight not known

England Career

Position(s) Centre half-back
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Employed by the Keirby Brewery Company up until his death.

The Numbers
parties reserve
2 2

Match History

 Club: Burnley F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - no full appearancesx

Age nk
32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW reserve
33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW reserve