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1959/60 Series - Part Seven

West Brom at home

April 19 2006

The Longside takes you back to the 59/60 Championship season in the seventh installment of the 1959/60 Series. This week sees the Clarets host West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor.

 1959/60 Series, Game 7 - Burnley v West Bromwich Albion





Burnley v West Bromwich Albion - Saturday 12th September 1959.



Going into this game fresh from the midweek victory over local rivals Preston North End, the Clarets faithful had high hopes of picking up the points again, and they were not to be disappointed.


The Baggies today had in their team two names who were to go on to appear in the headlines in their future years, they were Don Howe and Sir Bobby Robson.


The continuing heatwave was causing serious water shortages, and the population of Burnley were now having to queue up for their drinking water at the recently erected standpipes. There had been no rainfall for over a month now and there was no end to the drought in sight.


Referee: Mr A.Holland (Barnsley)

Linesmen: Mr C.L.Coop and Mr D.L.Lovelady


Attendance: 23,807





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


West Brom:

Potter, Howe, Williams, Setters, Kennedy, R.Robson, Jackson, Allen, Kevan, Burnside, Hogg.


The first half of the game was a truly scrappy affair. This was in the main due to the heat the players were having to endure. The only exception was John Connelly who seemed to cope better than most and was proving to be a bit of a handful to the Baggies defence.


The bone hard pitch was not helping either, and two of the West Brom players had to go off for treatment after heavy falls. With only minutes left of the first half Bobby Robson put in an hopeful ball which deceived Blacklaw and ended up in the Burnley net, and so it was West Brom who went in at half time 1-0 up. 


At the start of the second half Jimmy McIlroy came out with his shoulder heavily strapped to his side and took up a position on the wing. Remember in those days there were no substitutes, so injured players had to carry on if possible and it was usual for them to revert to playing on the wings.


It was McIlroy who started to turn the game in favour of the Clarets with his consistent accurate passing game. With Burnley continually pushing forward, surely it was only a matter of time before they would equalise, and sure enough they did, Jimmy Robson tapping in a cross from Pilkington.


The Clarets continued to attack, and after having a goal disallowed for offside, Pilkington scored from another of McIlroy's superbly accurate passes. The game finished 2-1, with the Burnley following going home happy with another two points in the bag.


Programme Review:


Teams as printed apart from one change for West Brom with Burnside replacing Dixon. Once again the Clarets were able to field an unchanged side for the seventh game running.


Harry Potts Calling:

Harry started his notes this week commenting on the wonderful spectacle of football that had been witnessed on the previous Tuesday evening at Turf Moor against Preston North End.


He also gave a big thank you to all the supporters for getting behind their team in such an enthusiastic way, and he along with the supporters were very much looking forward to the reverse fixture at Deepdale next Tuesday evening.


This week Harry finished his notes with much sadness as he paid tribute to Collie Smith, the young Burnley cricket professional who had lost his life in a tragic car accident the previous Sunday.





Next game: Preston North End v Burnley Tuesday 15th September 1959.





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