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1959/60 Series - Game Nine

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May 15 2006

The Longside takes you back to the 59/60 Championship season with the ninth installment of the 1959/60 Series. This week sees the Clarets travel to St James' Park for the game against Newcastle United.

1959/60 Series, Game 9 - Newcastle United v Burnley





Newcastle United v Burnley Saturday 19th September 1959



This Saturday the Clarets were on their travels again, this time to St James' Park, Newcastle. Having suffered a midweek defeat at the hands of near neighbours Preston North End, the Clarets travelling faithful were hopeful for both points against a Newcastle team that had lost four out of their first seven games. They were not to be disappointed.



Referee: Mr R.H.Windle (Chesterfield)

Linesmen: Mr L.Meadows and Mr L.W.Port


Attendance: 38,576




Newcastle United:

S.Mitchell, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Allchurch, Tait, Eastham, R.Mitchell.



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



The heatwave which continued was making life tough on the bone hard pitches, with many players suffering foot jarring injuries, Bobby Seith being a notable casualty for Burnley. Straight from the kick off it was Newcastle who tore into the Burnley defence with some very determined attacking football.


The opening period saw the Magpies totally dominating the play, but both Angus and Elder were up to the task ahead, stopping the Newcastle progress from both flanks. This left Newcastle having to go straight down the middle, with the classy George Eastham proving the most difficult to handle. It was from one of many Eastham jinking runs that saw United take the lead with a Tait goal.


That goal was just the spur that Burnley needed, and it was from an Adamson free kick that McIlroy crashed the ball into the Newcastle goal for the equaliser. From the resulting kick off Burnley were again on the back foot with Eastham continuing to terrorise the Burnley defence, but the Clarets managed to hold on to go in at half time with the scores level at 1-1.


Harry Potts must have had some serious words during the half time team talk, as Burnley came out in the second half a different team, and were soon in the lead with a fiercely struck drive from Connelly. The Geordies were now weakening and with Burnley's defence settled in comfortably there appeared to be only one outcome to the game which was a win for the Clarets, and it was Connelly with his second goal that had put the game beyond doubt at 3-1.


Programme Review:


Two changes to the teams printed in the programme with Tait coming in for White in the Newcastle team, and funnily enough McIlroy coming in for White for the Clarets.



The Newcastle programme consisted of 16 pages and was priced at 3d. On the whole like the Preston programme it was very disappointing with very few articles of note. Unusually there was no official welcome of the visiting team, in fact the only related Burnley item was a pen picture of Jimmy McIlroy.


One item I will relate was from Dick Graham, the trainer of West Bromwich Albion, it appeared in a section entitled "Things they say."


It stated:


" Too many players, once they have gained a regular first team place, are content to jog along at the same level. They are receiving top wages and there is no incentive to improve"


Nothing much has changed has it?


One advertisement I did find amusing was this one:



Seems like a local store for local people, nobody else is welcome!




Next game Burnley v Birmingham City Saturday 26th September 1959.


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