The club founder, Henry Riley of Briercliffe Burnley, got several young lads together in early 1898 to give them a focus and a purpose. These lads, more often than not, were up to no good and needed a little guidance.
The organisation very quickly grew, and in fact by the time the Great War broke out in 1914, the club had six hundred members, who all registered to fight for king and country.
We know that 125 young members stood by then Captain Riley’s side on the first day at the Battle of the Somme. All 125 plus Riley himself fell and were never to return to Burnley.