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1959/60 Series - Part Thirteen

July 25 2006

The 1959/60 review series continues with a home game against Blackpool. The Clarets fans were left shocked as Burnley lost 4-1 to a Blackpool who were on a run of poor form.

1959/60 Series - Part 13

Burnley v Blackpool - Saturday 10th October 1959

After their very recent 3 game trip down south, this week sees Burnley back at Turf Moor for their League Division 1 encounter against Blackpool.

Referee: Mr. W. Crossley (Lancaster)
Linesmen: Mr. G. Earnshaw and Mr. J. Shaw.
Crowd: 28,104


Burnley: Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Adamson, Cummings, Miller, Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington.
Blackpool: Farm, Armfield, Martin, J.Kelly, Gratrix, H.Kelly, Hill, Peterson, Mudie, Durie, Kaye.

With Blackpool continuing their run of poor form, the Clarets faithful were expecting to see their heroes pick up what was considered to be an easy 2 points, but everyone had reckoned without the wonderful goalkeeping skills of George Farm who turned in one of the performances of the season when more or less single handedly keeping out the marauding Clarets.

Inside the first quarter of an hour, unbelievably to all those watching Blackpool had taken a 2-1 lead, and this after Jimmy Robson had given the Clarets a very early lead, Blackpool from literally their only two forages had unexpectedly taken the lead when first Kaye and then Durie had scored. Even with the score at 2-1 Burnley were expected to still go on and win this game. With attack after attack and corner after corner, Burnley were doing everything bar score. The ball was bouncing off everyone in the Blackpool team and through their frustrations Blackpool were quickly resorting to spoiling tactics and were committing fouls galore, but with all the resulting pressure the Clarets could still not get the ball passed the brilliant Farmer in the Blackpool goal.

Incredibly Blackpool somehow managed to score another two goals without a further Burnley reply, Durie grabbing both to finish the game with a well taken hat trick. The Turf Moor crowd could not believe that Blackpool had managed to win this game by 4 goals to one, and went away shaking their heads in disbelief, with the knowledge that this was two points lost and to make matters worse we were up against our immensely fierce local rivals Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in our next league game.

Programme Review

Teams as printed in the programme apart from the one Blackpool change with Kaye coming in on the wing in place of Parry.

Harry Potts Calling

This week due to his very well written column, I have decided to repeat them almost in full.

Well, here we are back at Turf Moor once more and for those of us who have been fulfilling club engagements it looks longer than a fortnight since we were casting our eyes about these familiar surroundings.

We have, as you are aware, had a very busy spell since our last home game with Birmingham City, putting in two "friendly" games, one in Kent, the other in Devon, in addition to our important League match at Tottenham, in London.

Now that little lot is behind us we can look back upon it with the greatest of pleasure. Firstly because each of these games brought us high commendations from our opponents and their supporters. That is a very nice recollection to come home with. Now I want to pay my own tribute in this public manner to our players for the splendid way in which they embraced these additional matches coming, as they did, right on the heels of the strenuous six weeks opening to the football season.

I have always found that nothing is nearly so hard to do if you enjoy what you are doing and our players unmistakably find it a pleasure to be playing for Burnley. So long as that interest prevails we can certainly anticipate making progress that will please us all.

The lads just lapped up these two games with Southern League Folkestone and Second Division Plymouth Argyle, and as you must have read from accounts of their performances which have come to your notice from those two towns, they put on such first-class exhibitions that they were treated with the sort of acclaim usually reserved for film stars. Quote from the Folkestone Herald; "People who had come from all over Kent saw a brilliant exhibition of football from First Division Burnley."

I wish to pay tribute to the splendid way both the Folkestone and Plymouth clubs and kindred organisations in their respective towns gave us welcome. We had a grand reception from Plymouth and would have had quite a number of additional receptions provided in our honour had there been as much time following the game as we had at Folkestone. There we remained for two days after the match and, believe me, we could not get away from being feted by one organisation and another. We felt it was a great tribute to our club in the first place that Folkestone should invite us to participate in the match they put on to inaugurate their floodlighting installation. They have a ground worthy of such treatment. The invitation from Plymouth had an affinity by way of it being the occasion of the testimonial match for their assistant trainer, Neil Dougall, son of our own long-service friend of Turf Moor, Billy Dougall. Neil began his playing days here, has ended them at Home Park, Plymouth, but remains on the staff there as does his father here. Billy went with us to share in this occasion in honour of his son and it will be a happy recollection for him in the years to come.

Before our next League match programme makes its appearance we shall have staged a very interesting game at Turf Moor. On Monday week, October 19th, we shall be meeting Great Britain's Probable Olympics team here. That we and our ground have been chosen to accommodate this side is a considerable Football Association recognition and I appeal to our public to help make the occasion successful by according the game their support. With this help from YOU we may well speed the time when our now highly suitable headquarters for such events will be allotted more representative games, something we have long desired.

I have always had nothing but admiration for Harry's programme notes, and have always felt that they were written right from the heart with total sincerity. Just wish some of today's managers would take note.

Next game:
Blackburn Rovers v Burnley Division 1 Saturday 17th October 1959

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