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1959/60: Burnley v Arsenal

By 1959/60 Team
April 9 2007

With the cup run ending, the Clarets had a tough fixture ahead as Arsenal visit Turf Moor in today's edition of the 1959/60 series.


1959/60 Series - Burnley v Arsenal
Saturday 19th March 1960

Referee: Mr. L. Haworth (Beverley)
Mr. J. Lindsay and Mr. W. Kenworthy

Crowd: 20,327


Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Seith, Adamson, Miller, Connelly, Lawson, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington
Kelsey, Magill, McCullough, Ward, Dodgin, Groves, Henderson, Herd, Clapton, Barnwell, Haverty

It was back to very important League matters this week, after the very disappointing exit from the Quarter finals of the F.A.Cup last week, it was essential for the team to lift themselves for this tough fixture against the Gunners. I must say the turn out was very poor considering how successful we had been in the Cup and how important this League fixture was to us, especially lying in third place only 5 points behind the leaders Spurs and with 2 games in hand.

The Clarets faithful were not to be disappointed though with Burnley running out comfortable winners by 3 goals to 2.

Pointer got himself on the scoresheet first after some good work from Lawson who was deputising for the injured McIlroy. Burnley totally outplayed the Gunners in the first half with both Connelly and Lawson playing extremely well.

Early on in the second half Henderson profited from some sloppy defensive work to level the scores at 1-1. The Clarets soon sorted themselves out though, and were soon back in the lead with a rare headed goal from Miller. They continued to dominate the game and Connelly scored to make it 3-1. Another defensive mix up allowed Henderson to score his second and bring the score back to 3-2. There were no further goals and the Clarets finished the game 3-2 winners.

Programme Review

Team changes to those printed in the programme were Lawson in for McIlroy and Clapton and Barnwell in for Charles and Bloomfield.

Harry Potts Calling

This week Harry explained in his notes, that even though it was disappointing to lose in the Cup, it was very important to get back on the winning trail in the League. He believed that the hotly disputed penalty given in the first game against Blackburn when we were 3-0 up was probably the main reason for us losing out, but he still believed that this 1959/60 season could go down in history as being one of the best season's ever in the club's history. How right he was going to be.

Due to Wolves playing their Cup semi-final on Saturday 26th March our game against them was moved to Wednesday 30th March.

Next game:
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley - Wednesday 30th March 1960

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