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1959/60 Series - Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley


By TheLongside.co.uk
September 27 2006

The Longside takes you back to the 59/60 Championship season with the eighteenth installment of the 1959/60 Series. After hammering reigning champions Wolves at Turf Moor, the Clarets now travel to Hillsborough to take on newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday.

1959/60 Series - Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley

 

Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley Saturday 14th November 1959

 

Referee: Mr R.J.Leafe (Nottingham)

Linesmen: Mr R.Egan and Mr V.James

 

Attendance: 18,420

 

Teams:

 

Sheffield Wednesday:

Springett, Megson, Curtis, McAnearney, Swan, Kay, Wilkinson, Young, Ellis, Fantham, Finney.

 

Burnley:

Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Seith, Miller, Adamson, Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington.

 

After last weeks brilliant win over reigning champions Wolves at Turf Moor, the Clarets this week were to make the short journey over The Pennines to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday, who are currently occupying 14th position in the league and proving to be a very difficult team to beat on their home territory.

 

Wednesday had been promoted to the top flight after having been 2nd Division champions last season. Funnily enough during the 1950's the Owls were to be either promoted or relegated in nearly every season of the decade.

 

This encounter was expected to be a very tough one for Burnley as the Owls had the reputation of having a brutal defence, and so it proved to be, with Wednesday hitting (literally) us, with all they had.

 

This was one of those games where a special guest turned up for the kick off, it happened a lot in those days, can you guess the guest?

 

Yep, you are right it was the traditional black dog, the one that always managed to get on the pitch in time for the kick off at most games in those days, I remember them being very regular visitors at the Turf.

 

On to the game;

 

Early in the first half Wednesday went into the lead when Keith Ellis nodded in off the crossbar, but within minutes Jimmy Robson had managed to bring the Clarets level with a pretty tame shot scraping past Springett.

 

The game turned out to be tougher than expected, with both defences holding their own and the referee at times being very lenient towards Wednesday's hard tackling, with Fantham, Megson and Curtis all being guilty of carrying out some very bad challenges on our youngsters, bad enough to leave Connelly and McIlroy to limp through most of the game and Blacklaw to be left prostrate on the pitch at the full time whistle.

 

I will leave you with no doubts at all that this was a very hard earned and a very welcome point for the Clarets.

 

Programme Review

 

Burnley team as printed in the programme, with Megson in for Johnson, and Young in for Froggatt for Wednesday.

 

 

The Wednesday programme was a 12 page affair costing 3d, and a very informative one it was with some very interesting articles. The Owls were due to play a very prestigious international friendly next Monday evening against one of the top Russian sides Moscow Torpedo, with tickets on sale at 10s and 7s 6d.

 

Since the installation of their floodlights in 1955, Wednesday had already played against Juventus and Vasas from Hungary and were very much looking forward to the visit of Torpedo.

 

Another article of great interest was entitled Burnley's Football Farm, which I have included in it's entirety below.

 

 

Next game - Burnley v Nottingham Forest, Saturday 21st November 1959.

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