The family of a Burnley legend said the Clarets’ Europa League tie with Aberdeen would have been his “dream game”.
Aberdonian goalkeeper Adam Blacklaw was an idol at Turf Moor.
He joined the Lancashire club in 1954 when he left the Granite City’s Frederick Street School.
After making his debut as a 19-year-old in 1956 Adam went on to establish himself as Burnley’s first choice goalie.
He helped the Clarets win their only First Division title in the 1959-60 season.
Adam was also between the sticks in Burnley’s two previous European campaigns.
In 1960-61 they reached the European Cup quarter-final and in 1966-67 they made it to the last-eight of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
In the summer of 1967 Adam moved to Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers and then onto Blackpool in 1970.
He also won three caps for Scotland between 1963 and 1965.
Adam died in February 2010 at the age of 72, but ahead of Thursday’s European tie between the club he served with such distinction and his home town team his wife Sheila and son Craig have been speaking to the Evening Express.
Sheila believes the Dons facing the Clarets was a tie he would have loved to see. She said: “It’s just a shame he’s not alive to see it because it would have been his dream match Burnley against Aberdeen.
“If he was still here I think he would have been supporting Burnley, it was his one and only love Burnley Football Club. But Aberdeen was always very strong in his heart and he was an Aberdonian through and through.
“He was always very proud of being an Aberdonian and no one was left in any doubt about where he was from.”
Craig believes his father would have wanted the tie to finish as a draw because he was so fond of both.
He added: “He would be supporting Burnley and Aberdeen, a draw would probably suit him.
“He was proud of being an Aberdonian and I couldn’t understand him for the first five years of my life!
“He never lost the Scottish accent, that was for sure.”
Sheila married Adam in August 1956 and she explained how he ended up joining Burnley.
She said: “He went to Frederick Street School in Aberdeen and played football for the school.
“He was spotted by a scout and he chose Burnley because he thought a small town would be easier to settle into because he’d never been out of Aberdeen.
“When he came down the majority of lads at Burnley were either Scottish or Geordies. It was a very, very close-knit community Burnley Football Club and it was the same with the players’ wives.
“The team Adam played in was very close and Adam has been dead for eight years and I’m still close with a lot of them.”
One of the highlights of Adam’s career was the three caps he won for Scotland.
He played for the Dark Blues in a 4-3 defeat to Norway in Bergen and a 6-2 win over Spain at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu in June 1963.
Adam’s final cap came in December 1965 in a 3-0 defeat to Italy in Naples.
The victory over Spain was a historic match for Scottish football because at the time it was Scotland’s highest-ever win in international football.
While proud of playing for the national side, it was some years later before Adam received his caps because when he played international caps were only given out by the SFA for home matches.
Sheila said: “He was really proud of playing for Scotland and he had to wait a long time for the cap.
“In those days international caps were only given out for home games so it was years later that he got the cap.
“He played against Norway away from home, Spain away from home and Italy away.
“I remember the Spain game because that was a 6-2 win and that was their highest-scoring win.”
Following his retirement Adam dipped his toes into management at non-league level and continued to follow Burnley.
But one thing he disliked about modern football was the amount of money that has come into the game since the Premier League started in 1992.
Craig said: “What used to annoy him about modern football was the money situation with players getting overpaid.
“He played in the era of the maximum wage and then even after that was lifted the wages weren’t huge.
“He was very proud of what he achieved with Burnley, and they haven’t won the English top flight since the team he played in.”
Craig and Sheila still live in the Burnley area.
And Craig said there is a lot of anticipation among the Clarets fans about the tie with the Dons because it has been so long since they last featured in continental competition.
He said: “There’s a lot of excitement in Burnley because it’s been so long since they were in Europe.
“For Burnley this couldn’t really have been a better game because we didn’t want a trip to Russia or something like that.
“Burnley fans are quite confident of getting through as well.”