Fans say goodbye to former Sunderland boss Jimmy

Jimmy Adamson
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FORMER Sunderland manager Jimmy Adamson was laid to rest in his adopted home town yesterday.

Adamson, who died last Tuesday aged 82, took over at Roker Park in November 1976 and spent two years at the club, during which time he was responsible for bringing through local talent such as Gary Rowell, Kevin Arnott and Shaun Elliott.

But it was at Burnley that he made his name, both as a player and a manager, and the town turned out to say goodbye.

Almost 200 supporters, dressed in the team’s traditional claret and blue, paid their respects as the funeral cortege passed the Turf Moor ground, where a lounge has been named in Adamson’s honour.

Scores of former players and other dignitaries from the world of football turned out for the service, including fellow Ashington lad Sir Bobby Charlton.

Jimmy Adamson played 486 games for Burnley, leading them to the league title in the 1959-60 season.