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1959/60 Series - Part Two

Burnley v Everton

March 22 2006

The Longside takes you back to the 59/60 Championship season in the second installment of the 1959/60 Series. This week sees the Clarets take on the mighty Everton at Turf Moor.

  1959/60 - Game 2, Everton (H)




Tuesday 25th August 1959. Only three days after the victory over Leeds United, Burnley were to play Johnny Carey's Everton at Turf Moor. Only the previous week Burnley's Les Shannon had joined Everton as coach.


This night game was to be a welcome respite from the heatwave for all concerned. The Clarets fans were hoping for another victory in the style of the one against Leeds a few days earlier, and they were not to be disappointed. Everton were coming into this game on the back of a disappointing 2-2 draw against Luton Town the previous Saturday.


The Crowd: 29,192


The Teams:


Burnley - Blacklaw, Angus, Cummings, Seith, Miller, Adamson, Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington


Everton - Dunlop, Parker, Bramwell, B.Harris, Jones, Meagan, J.Harris, Thomas, Hickson, Collins, O’Hara


The Referee: – Mr F.Cowan from Manchester


The Linesmen: - Mr J.A.Cattlin and Mr J.Higham


The first few minutes of the game were a little scrappy with both teams weighing each other up, but it was Burnley who were the first to find their feet when Robson volleyed home a Pilkington cross.


Within the first twenty minutes Burnley were 3-0 up with further goals from a Pilkington header and a Pointer tap in. All three goals had been scored in a fantastic six minute spell for the Clarets. This was enough to wake the sleepy Everton and it was Thomas who drove a shot passed the diving Blacklaw to make it 3-1.


The game became end to end stuff with chances being saved by both Dunlop and Blacklaw, but at the half-time whistle the score remained at 3-1.


At the start of the second half it was Everton who were playing the better football, and were having a tremendous spell when Robson scored his second against the run of play. Everton wouldn't lie down though and continued to fight back, and it was Miller who headed against his own bar but the ball bounced down and was cleared. The referee however, was convinced the ball had crossed the line and awarded a goal to Everton - 4-2.


Now Everton continued to push forward and Burnley were now under the cosh. Everton were looking the more likely to score again, but it was Connelly who made it 5-2 after slotting the ball home after a break by Robson. The final whistle blew minutes later and both teams left the pitch to rapturous applause from both sets of supporters.


Programme Review


Burnley's programme this season has a new cover, costs 3d and has 16 pages. The Burnley team was as published in the programme but Everton made one change with Bramwell playing at number 3 instead of Tansey.


‘Harry Potts Calling’ the managers feature (see below) made interesting reading this week with a statement from all at the club for everyone to get behind them, sounds familiar but with a bit more truth in it than the same pleas today.


Interesting adverts were Lucas batteries, Redman’s telling us there was no bacon like theirs, Altham travel services saying we score everytime we use them, Stanley Matthews football boots, and the usual back page advert for Massey's Brewery.


Two other very interesting entries were a full squad listing of this season’s professionals, all 38 of them. What we would give for a squad that size today? Finally, there’s a list of season ticket prices, My Oh My how we could live with those prices now.








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