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1959/60: Burnley v Blackburn Rovers


By 1959/60 Team
April 9 2007

This edition looks at the first of two games against Blackburn Rovers. Both were played at Turf Moor. Will the Clarets dish out revenge for the 3-2 defeat back in October 1959?

 

1959/60 Series - Burnley v Blackburn Rovers
Saturday 5th March 1960

Referee: Mr. A. E. Ellis (Halifax)
Linesmen:
Mr. H. Osliffe and Mr. E. T. Nottingham

Crowd: 32,331

Teams

Burnley
Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Seith, Miller, Adamson, Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington
 
Blackburn Rovers
Leyland, Bray, Whelan, Clayton, Woods, McGrath, Douglas, Dobing, Dougan, Thomas, McLeod

Last Tuesday night against Spurs and now Saturday at home against our all time rivals Blackburn Rovers, two massive games on the bounce, and just to add that extra bit of spice next week a Quarter Final F.A.Cup tie at home to believe it or not Blackburn Rovers again.

Although today revenge for the 3-2 defeat at Ewood last October and the 2 points on offer were more important to the Clarets it appeared as though everyone's minds were on next week's Cup Tie. The game itself was a poor footballing spectacle with both teams guilty of some abysmal football. The only goal of the game came from a Robson header in the first half. Even though the football was most uneventful the two points gained were most welcome and hoisted the Clarets into second place in the League.

Programme Review

Just the one team change to the ones printed in the programme with Miller coming in for Cummings.

Harry Potts Calling

In this weeks programme Harry has some very philosophical words.

"Thanks to our lads' great performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening we still find the sign-posts clear and bright with the possibilities to which they point fascinating to a degree such as our club has never experienced at any previous stage of our history. Can we hold the track as we head these attractive routes?

Some people are inclined to the idea that to aim at more than one important destination is to court failure all round. They hold to the view that it is wiser to make up one's mind which course to concentrate upon and follow it steadfastly. In other words, they take the view that trying to steer one's way to the League and Cup double, for which we are still very much a contender, is more or less an impossible task. This presumably because it is more than sixty years since such a thing was achieved. One of the reasons why it has not been accomplished since then is that the football programme in this country has grown bigger and harder; there has been a greater levelling of team strength, and competition has been much stronger and keener. All of which is quite true. Only once, in fact, since those days of the late nineties of the last century has there been a near miss" in regard to the big double. That was just before the "14-18" war when Sunderland and Aston Villa, then two of the most powerful sides in the country, found themselves fighting for both honours. The outcome was that they met in the Cup Final and also in what became the decider for the Championship. The honours were divided. Since then there has never been a repetition.

Again there has never been at this stage of the season a set up rivalling the present one for four teams- ourselves, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End are all in the Cup and all with a stake in the League Championship. So it is not outside the realms of possibility that the BIG DOUBLE could be achieved this season no matter how much the law of averages of over half a century may tend to create the idea that the task will again prove beyond the ability of any one of us.

Should results prove general speculation wrong at long last it will certainly mean a tremendous effort for the club concerned, but when we come to anylise this, what do we find? Let us examine the argument about "falling between two stools,"  to use a familiar expression. Suppose a team with a chance of both honours decides to pack up one in the interests of the other, what guarantee is there, as some seem to think in circumstances like those existing at the moment, that the choice can be implemented by success? There is another old saying that "Nothing succeeds like success." it has more than ordinary significance, for in  the past we have had many examples of how it has been impossible to mix indifference in one phase with enthusiasm in another. In other words, a team cannot take any game less than seriously if it is to maintain consistency of effort in the right direction. It may well prove that the load gets too heavy, but I believe that the strongest and most stimulating experience is to keep to the tasks as they come along regardless of all other conditions.

I have known many cases when a team with only one objective left to go for has treated a previous game of no particular significance, as a sort of busman's holiday because the result did not really matter. But the result of the ensuing match mattered very much and having taken the liberty of playing carelessly one week has proved too much to enable the side to rise to the occasion the next. Football cannot be adjusted in that way. It does not pay. You either play the game from the angle of putting in your best on all occasions or you fall down when you want to do your best. I make no prophecy as to what we may or may not achieve, but I do make so bold as to state here and now that it will be our policy to keep up our endeavours in all instances. If we fail it will not be for want of endeavour to succeed, and that, I consider, is the way to keep interest in the game and the way to sell it to the public."

Next game:
Burnley v Blackburn Rovers - F.A.Cup Quarter Final - Saturday 12th March 1960

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