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1959/60 Series - Part Six

Burnley v Preston

April 12 2006

The Longside takes you back to the 59/60 Championship season in the sixth installment of the 1959/60 Series. This week sees the Clarets host local rivals Preston North End at Turf Moor.

 1959/60 Series, Game 6 - Burnley v Preston North End





Burnley v Preston North End - Tuesday 8th September 1959



Hoping to get back into winning ways after their recent drubbing at the hands of Chelsea, the Clarets were entertaining local rivals Preston North End in this Tuesday night fixture.


In the Preston side was the local hero Tom Finney and the crowds favourite hardman Willie Cunningham, one of the most feared right backs in the country. Another name to note was that of Frank O'Farrell who was to go on and manage none other than Manchester United.


Referee: Mr K.A.Collinge (Rochdale)


Linesmen: Mr.B.Dennett and Mr.H.Tonge


Attendance: 29,195





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


Preston North End:

Else, Cunningham, Walton, Fullam, Dunn, O'Farrell, Finney, Milne, Hatsell, Sneddon, Taylor



The early exchanges saw Burnley doing most of the approach work, and as expected Cunningham playing his normal hardman role. He soon had Pilkington laid flat out on the pitch from a very late tackle. Burnley carried on taking the game to North End, but without that cutting edge needed to win games.


Missed chances were in abundance from all the Burnley forward line. Any threat from Preston came through Finney, but Angus was keeping the maestro fairly quiet. It was Sneddon who broke the deadlock when he chipped the ball over the advancing Blacklaw and the North End were 1-0 up.


The goal wakened up North End and they took up the mantle and started to play the better football, Sneddon again forcing Blacklaw into a super double save. This save from Blacklaw seemed to give the Clarets the boost that they needed and now it was Burnley who were on top, continuing to pressurise the North End defence but without being able to make the required breakthrough.


At the start of the second half, Burnley appeared to have come out with renewed vigour, and they were the ones now doing all the attacking, with Else in the Preston goal having to save shot after shot.


With only twenty minutes of the game left Pointer headed home the equaliser from a sweet cross from Connelly. The Clarets continued to storm the North End goal, Else was in tremendous form and he single-handedly was managing to keep the Clarets at bay.


With only minutes left on the clock Connelly once again crossed in a beauty, which Robson managed to get his head to and the ball ended up in the back of the net, Burnley winning the game by two goals to one.


Programme Review:


Teams as printed apart from one change for North End with Fullam replacing Smith at left half. Amazingly the Clarets were able to field an unchanged side for the sixth game running.


Harry Potts Calling:


This week Harry made reference to the continued wonderful weather, but due to the hard pitches he felt that it was not helping with the injury situation, in particular to David Smith and Trevor Meredith who were both casualties with broken legs. He was also happy to report that Colin McDonald was back in light training.


Praise was given to the youngsters who played a big part in their recent win over Rovers reserves at Turf Moor. He also printed this statement, which is of particular interest especially in light of the recent bad publicity of poor gamesmanship in today's Premiership.


"As you are aware, the Football Association has this year issued instructions to all League Clubs by letter to advise their players to cut out poor gamesmanship and other unsavoury practices that bring discredit to the game of football.


I do not think we shall have much to worry about in that respect regarding our staff. We most certainly will do our best to ensure that is so because here at Burnley we feel that if everybody concerned - officials, players, spectators - play their part towards this admirable intention it will help the game in general to an enormous extent and must bring about a great improvement in football to the advantage of our own league competitions, and the vast improvement of our national status in the international field. I do hope that this season will see great progress made in these directions. "


Now wouldn't it be great if the likes of Mourinho and Ferguson could print statements like that today?


One advert this week of personal interest was the rail trip to Blackpool Illuminations at just 5s/3d return, a bargain if ever I saw one. I just used to love getting on the train at Burnley Barracks station and heading off for the lights, a real treat for us youngsters during the 50's.and 60's.


My biggest memory of those trains was that wonderful smell of the smoke from the train chimney, I can just smell it now, looking down the line for the train approaching the Barracks from Burnley Central, shrieking out at the first signs of smoke and then finding a carriage with a corridor, you were the bees knees if you had a corridor. Then all piling onto one side of the train looking out for the first glimpse of Blackpool Tower, 3d for the first to shout out that they had seen it. Oh them were the days.





Next game: Burnley v West Bromwich Albion Saturday 12th September 1959.


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