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1959/60 Series - Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers

September 5 2006

The Longside takes you back to the 59/60 Championship season with the seventeenth installment of the 1959/60 Series. This week sees the Clarets host reigning champions Wolverhampton Wanderers at Turf Moor.

1959/60 Series
Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday 7th November 1959



Referee: Mr K.Howley (Middlesborough)

Linesmen: Mr L.Clarke and Mr J.Hunt


Attendance: 27,793





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



Finlayson, Kelly, Harris, Clamp, Stuart, Flowers, Deeley, Mason, Murray, Broadbent, Horne.


This week sees the game (apart from the Rovers one obviously) that all Clarets fans were most looking forward to, a visit from the current League Champions and leading goalscorers Wolverhampton Wanderers.


This season, as last, the Wolves were in fine form and scoring goals at will, and large numbers of the Burnley faithful were expecting a thrashing, but an outstanding performance by the Clarets meant that it was the Wanderers supporters who went home with their tails between their legs after suffering a huge 4-1 defeat.


Unusually this week, Wolves were without one of their greatest players of all time, Billy Wright who had recently retired from the game. Billy was the sort of player who would have managed to get into any football side of his era. He was well respected by all football fans for his achievements at Wolves and especially his achievements for England as captain. He was one player who was sure to be missed.


Today's fascinating encounter kicked off with both teams taking it in turn to mount attacks, Horne for the Wolves and the superb McIlroy for Burnley both doing their utmost to create the first opening in the game. That honour fell to Burnley, who at the time of the goal were just having the better of the play. It was Ray Pointer who opened the scoring from an opportunist's goal, which resulted from a mix up in the Wanderers defence.


Straight from the resulting kick-off though, Mason had equalised for Wolves after a sweet passing move involving Flowers. It was end-to-end stuff with both sets of supporters going wild, and it wasn't long before Robson had put the Clarets into a 2-1 lead. Wolves kept up the pressure and continued to counter attack the Burnley goal but spirited performances from both Angus and Elder kept them at bay.


Just before the half-time whistle, Ray Pointer grabbed his second goal of the match giving the Clarets a 3-1 lead. Both teams left the field with the sound of rapturous applause ringing in their ears.


The second half mirrored the first with Wolves continuing to mount attack after attack, but the Clarets defence held firm, they were not going to let this one slip. After some superb wizardry from McIlroy, Connelly netted the fourth Burnley goal and the game finished 4-1 to Burnley.


With that unbelievable scoreline it was the Burnley fans who left Turf Moor ecstatic, after having witnessed a truly wonderful performance by their heroes, they just, could not believe that we had thrashed the mighty Wolves by 4 goals to 1. Was this an omen as to what was to come for the rest of the season?


Programme Review:


Teams as printed in the programme apart from the one change for Wolves with Clamp replacing Slater.





"Harry Potts Calling"


In his column this week Harry gave huge praise to the visiting Wolves team with specific regard to them having won the League Championship for the last two seasons and he wished them good luck in their attempt to equal Huddersfield and Arsenal's record of having won it three times in succession.


Harry was always one for highlighting in his programme notes the achievements of his players at international level and this week was no exception, this was what he had to say:



Congratulations go to our right-winger John Connelly, who, playing for England against Sweden, joined the select company of players who have scored on their first International appearance at Wembley. Following that joy for him he received another representative call to play for the Football League against the League of Ireland at Blackburn last Wednesday evening.


And warmest congratulations, too, to our clever young left-back, Alex Elder, who gets his first professional cap for Ireland's "B" Team next week - we are very proud of you Alex- and to Brian Miller, selected to be in reserve for the England Under 23's against France, at Sunderland next Wednesday. He has had a similar call previously, being required for the match with Wales at Wrexham last season when one of the chosen players became a doubtful starter.


The call to Elder really puts him on the way up and the fact that he will be playing at right back for Ireland "B" will in no way disturb him, for he has operated on both flanks on many occasions before coming to Turf Moor.


Different people have different ideas about whether it is an advantage or a disadvantage for clubs to have their players called away for representative engagements. My personal opinion is that if the players are considered good enough to be chosen, both their clubs and themselves benefit by the experience it affords them.


That more than makes up for their absence from routine club training entailed on such occasions. We certainly are always proud to find our players recognised and will always be pleased to release any that are invited for such engagements.



I always admired the way Harry paid particular attention to praising his players in public, he was a great motivator. The statement he made with regard to international duty would certainly be controversial today, as we actually stop the full League programme for internationals.


Next Game:


Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley Saturday 14th November 1959.

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