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1959/60: Tottenham Hotspur (h)

By 1959/60 Team
April 9 2007

This edition takes a look at how the Clarets fared against the League leaders at Turf Moor before the next two big games against Blackburn Rovers.


1959/60 Series - Burnley v Tottenham
Tuesday 1st March 1960

Referee: Mr. D. Howell (Birmingham)
Linesmen: Mr. J. Tatlock and Mr. J. A. Roberts

Crowd: 32,992


Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Adamson, Cummings, Miller, Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Lawson, Pilkington.

Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower, Norman, McKay, Medwin, Harmer, Smith, Allen, Jones

Here we are on a Tuesday night at Turf Moor with the prospect of a cracker of a match against League leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs came into this game 5 points in front of the Clarets but they had played 2 games more. A Clarets victory was imperative in order to keep the League leaders in our sights.

Right from the kick off Spurs played with attacking flair and were showing the Clarets that they were not going to surrender their 5 point lead that easily.

Throughout the first half Tottenham were the better team by far with Norman and McKay dominating the middle of the park and Blanchflower showing all his classy wing half ability. Blacklaw was kept busy in goal and showed some of his own goalkeeping class with many a fine save.

As the game went on though Burnley started to get a grip and began to create some chances of their own, with both Miller and Robson going close. But it was Ray Pointer who grabbed the lead for the Clarets scoring a beauty of a header from a Connelly cross. Fantastic stuff, the crowd going wild with excitement at the goal, but Spurs were too long in the tooth to roll over easily and were soon pressurising the Burnley goal with wave after wave of attacking play.

With this amount of pressure could the Clarets hold out? YES they could, they took advantage when the Spurs broke in numbers, the ball broke for McIlroy who pushed the ball through to Connelly who cracked a great drive past the flailing Brown in the Spurs goal. 2-0 to the Clarets unbelievable stuff, the crowd going absolutely wild at the scoreline, surely now we had done enough to secure the 2 points? The answer was YES as Burnley managed to keep a clean sheet with some fabulous defensive play.

At the final whistle there was an almighty cheer and the Clarets left the field to a standing ovation, now only 3 points behind the leaders with 2 games in hand, fantastic stuff, the dream was still very much alive.

Programme Review

Team changes tonight were Cummings in for Seith and Medwin in for White. 

Harry Potts Calling

Tonight's programme notes were all about the criticisms levied at the Burnley board for their handling of the crowd for last weeks cup replay against Bradford City. These comments were printed in full in last weeks review of the game.

The following was an advert for the admission prices for the next 2 home games against our dear neighbours Blackburn Rovers, it was the policy in those days to charge more for admission to the Cup games. 

Next game:
Burnley v Blackburn Rovers - Saturday 5th March 1960

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