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1959/60 Series: Manchester City v Burnley


By 1959/60 Series
May 2 2007

The Final edition of the 1959/60 series is here looking at the biggest game of the season, if not the history of the club against Manchester City at Maine Road. The Clarets needed a win to become league champions. I'm sure you'll know whether or not this happened.

1959/60 Series - Manchester City v Burnley
Monday 2nd May 1960

Referee: Mr. T. H. Gerrard (Preston )
Linesmen: Mr. H. Slater and Mr. J. K. Parr

Crowd: 65,981

Teams

Manchester City
Trautmann, Branagan, Sear, Barnes, Ewing, Oakes, Colbridge, Barlow, Hayes, Law, Hannah,
Burnley
Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Adamson, Cummings, Miller, Meredith, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington.

 This is it, what could probably be described as the biggest game in the history of Burnley F.C, the very last game of the season, all we need is a win to become League Champions.

Monday night at Maine Road and a capacity crowd, the gates locked, with thousands locked outside including many Wolves fans who had turned up in the hope that City could beat us and thus they would become Champions for the 3rd year in a row. Well it was not to be, this was the one night, when we would turn up and do the business when it mattered. We won this game by two goals to one.

City themselves had nothing to play for but pride, and anyone who turned up in the belief that they were just going to roll over were way of the mark as City put in a very dogged performance to try to stop us winning the League.

Only 4 minutes into the game and we were in front, a mistake by Trautmann had allowed the ball to roll into the net off the far post from a clever little cross from Pilkington. The Burnley following went wild, beyond their expectations this, Burnley 1-0 up already. Manchester City though, were not going to take this lying down and before too long they equalised from a Hayes shot.

Now the finger nails were being bitten, though unlike Saturdays game against Fulham, Burnley were not showing any signs of those nerves, and they continued to play well, and pressurise the City defence on a number of occasions. This continued pressure was rewarded just before half time when Meredith blasted the ball past a flailing Trautmann, 2-1 at half time.

The second half continued in the same vane as the first with some entertaining end to end football. Burnley seemed to be in control though, although towards the end Law did break through on goal and it was only a very timely tackle from Adamson that kept him from scoring.

The game seemed as though it was never going to end and it was to the chorus of very loud whistling from the Burnley contingent when the referee final blew up for full time.

Burnley had won the game by two goals to one, and had become CHAMPIONS OF LEAGUE DIVISION 1. Nobody could believe it little Burnley yes little Burnley were CHAMPIONS OF THE LEAGUE.

 

Programme Review

Just two team changes to those printed in the programme both of them for Man City, Branagan in for Leivers and Hannah in for Sambrook. 

The City programme was a very neat 16 pager costing 4d. It contained quite a bit of information on the Burnley team and their history, and also contained like most programmes of the day, many adverts, one of which caught my eye, as I had never heard of it. Something called Eleven O' Clock, apparantly an aperitf.

 

 

Well that is the final chapter in this particular season and I do sincerely hope that you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

Everyone at TheLongside.co.uk would like to thank the 1959/60 Series team for their work over the past year in producing this very interesting read and we look forward to reading your comments on the message board.

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