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1959-60: Burnley v Chelsea

By 1959-60 Team
January 26 2007

The Longside bring the next edition of this series with a game against Chelsea at Turf Moor. The weather was also an issue back in this season it would seem but the match went on.

1959/60 Series - Burnley v Chelsea
Saturday 16th January 1960

Referee: Mr. R. T. E. Langdale (Darlington)
Linesmen: Mr. E. J. Daniel and Mr. A. Edge.

Crowd: 21,916


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

Matthews, J.Sillett, P.Sillett, Anderton, Scott, Crowther, Brabrook, Brooks, Livesey, Greaves, Blunstone.

Fresh from their recent victory down in the capital over West Ham, the Clarets today were at home to Chelsea. This Chelsea side having earned themselves the reputation of being THE hard team in the League. Their style of play certainly was not pretty, and they didn't take any prisoners, this was surely going to be a very tough test for the young Clarets, but they were looking for revenge for the 4-1 thrashing at Stamford Bridge in the early part of the season, and they certainly didn't want to relinquish the second spot in the League.

The Turf Moor pitch was covered in snow, and the conditions were such that pretty football was not going to be on the agenda.

As expected, from the off, Chelsea got stuck in, tackles were often and very hard, but the Clarets were in no mood to be turned over without a fight, and Angus and Elder kept both Chelsea wingers at bay with some fine defensive work.

First blood was drawn by Burnley when Robson had the ball in the net from a fine Angus free kick. As the game progressed the pitch worsened with both teams struggling to stay on their feet, but Burnley managed to go in at half time 1 goal to the good.

In the second half, as a result of a period of dominance by Chelsea, the Burnley defence was caught flat footed, after a fine run by Brabrook, Brooks bagged the equaliser.

Brian Pilkington became the lone target for the bashers of Chelsea, time after time he was hacked to the ground, but undeterred he picked himself up, dusted himself down and went back for more. It wasn't long before the Clarets were back in front when Robson finished off a fine move by Pointer. The conditions worsened, but both teams battled on regardless, and by the time the final whistle blew, they were thoroughly exhausted as a result of the gruelling conditions. It wasn't a great game, the conditions wouldn't allow it, but it was another two points in the bag, and the Clarets maintained their position of second in the League.

Programme Review

Teams as printed in the programme apart from Lawson in for McIlroy.

Harry Potts Calling

The main theme of Harry's notes this week were the recent cup games against Lincoln City, this is what he had to say:

"Well, we are over our first hurdle on the road to Wembley and if not spectacularly, certainly deservedly, in my opinion.

It is true that we had many pulsating moments of anxiety in our first encounter with Lincoln City, at Lincoln, on Saturday, but having regard to the fact that the second half found us labouring under a very serious handicap through John Angus being unfit as the result of a mishap during the game: the additional and very important factor that we were without the services of Jim McIlroy, and also bearing in mind our first half supremacy which was worth at least a two goal lead instead of a one goal lead. I feel we deserved the share of second half luck that came our way in those tense last 20 minutes . And if we had had that extra goal to help our efforts, there is little doubt, I think, that we should have finished winners at Sincil Bank. Admittedly, the fine efforts Lincoln made to turn our difficulties to their advantage undoubtedly entitled them to a second chance, and we shall retain complimentary recollections of our meetings with them because of the way they fought every inch of the way. They certainly did not let us get through to Round Four without a struggle, but the second meeting at Turf Moor turned out to be a more comfortable passage than the one at Lincoln.

we did not enter into this second chapter without our pre-match anxieties. There was the question of whether John Angus and Jim McIlroy would stand up to the test. We did not decide to include them without feeling very sure that they were both fit to play again, but fitness tests and other examinations are never so stern as match play itself, and there is always that little bit of uncertainty whether players who have been out of action or under treatment, as they have had to be, will break down inside ninety minutes of football as strenuous as Cup-tie football is. Happily both stood up to the exacting test splendidly, and most certainly that was of great value to our efforts on Tuesday evening. I did not fail to note the shrewdness of my respected fellow manager, Bill Anderson, in putting Angus's fitness to the test. Happily, the result was very gratifying to me for John met it firmly enough to demonstrate that he had no injury problem on his mind.

We benefited enormously too, from the re-appearance of "Mac" and realised what they had escaped from by what he did on Tuesday without being in top gear.

I congratulate our players on their determined efforts against anything but easy opposition. You never know how well your opponents will play when it comes to a Cup tie, particularly when your opponents are from a lower division of soccer than your own. Their attitude of "all to gain and nothing to lose" is a tremendous spur, and they usually pull out that extra they do not maintain in their league games. That is why meeting teams from your own group is usually a matter for more correct assessment. In the majority of such cases, you know their football will probably follow their normal pattern, because they rely upon the type of football that has brought them success in their league matches. It is not easy for them to discard their routine ideas for emergency ones, whereas those teams who doubt their own normal standard being good enough to succeed against a team from a higher circle, naturally take the line that hard work and bustle are the best trading methods. And that is why it is so commonly said, and with so much truth, that there are no easy Cup games. Often matters go well enough, early enough, in such games, to make them easy for the side on top, but on balance, the favourites mostly find it a tough job tackling a less fashionable club in the Cup. Crowd fervour, of course, is a very big factor, and there is no doubt that we shall have to be prepared for that in our next tie at Swansea."

Next game: West Bromwich Albion v Burnley - Saturday 23rd January 1960

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