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1959/60 Series - Part Eleven

The 59/60 Series

June 19 2006

The Longside takes you back to the 59/60 Championship season with the eleventh installment of the 1959/60 Series. This week sees the Clarets take on Folkestone in a friendly, and the mighty Spurs at White Hart Lane.

1959/60 Series - Part Eleven




Folkestone Town v Burnley (friendly)

Official opening of floodlights Wednesday 30th September 1959


League Division One

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley Saturday 3rd October 1959


 Folkestone Town v Burnley (friendly)



Who else but Burnley would send the entire first team down to Kent to play a friendly a few days before a top of the table clash with league leaders Tottenham Hotspur? Not only that, but then follow up with another friendly at Plymouth on the Monday immediately after this game, especially as they are challenging for the League title, unbelievable! Well they did and Folkestone were to be ever grateful to them for doing so, if only the Kent club knew then, that they were entertaining the Champions elect.



Referee: Mr R.H.Harding (Woolwich)

Linesmen: Mr D.G.Reding and Mr T.Robinson





Collins, Oakley, Bassham, Flannery, Atkinson, Woodison, Hampson, Churms, Heenan, Tyrell, Dudley.



Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Adamson, Cummings, Miller, Connelly, White, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington


Burnley entertained a full house at Cheriton Road to commemorate the Kent club’s new floodlight installation. This was to be the first game of an eventual three against Folkestone, with the Clarets appearing again in 1961, and the third visit was in the pre-season of 1982 with Brian Miller (who played in both the 1959 and 1961 games) taking his side down there again at the invitation of the Kent club.


The game itself proved to be very entertaining with the Clarets treating the non-league crowd to some scintillating football, Burnley coming out of the match 3-1 victors with two goals from John Connelly and one from Bill White.


Programme Review:


Teams were as printed in the programme.



This is a nice little commemorative 8-page programme at 6d.


Committee man Fred Blunt wrote the following:




Tonight's game will be a talking point for many seasons to come. The long awaited switch-on not only heralds a new era in Folkestone football, but marks the visit of one of the great names in English soccer.


Last Saturday Burnley, with a confident win over Birmingham, consolidated their position as Division 1 Championship contenders. Today we welcome them at Cheriton Road as the best football side to grace this ground within living memory. On Saturday next they will meet the Spurs at White Hart Lane in a potential classic.


He went on to say:


May we here and now wish them victory in that encounter which could well establish them as league leaders, and the good luck to hold that position at the end of the season.


We are indebted to The Chairman, officials and players of Burnley for visiting us to make this game worthy of the occasion. They will be staying in Folkestone until Saturday and we hope the weather will continue in its recent vein so that they may enjoy to the full their stay in this very pleasant town.


Very kind and thoughtful words indeed.



Game 11 in the 1959/60 Series

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

Saturday 3rd October 1959



After their midweek visit to Folkestone, Burnley travelled the short distance to meet the mighty Spurs. As a result of their previous victory at Turf Moor against Birmingham City, the Clarets were now fourth in the table and only one point behind the current League leaders, Tottenham Hotspur.


Referee: Mr R.H.Mann (Worcester)

Linesmen: Mr J.K.Hobley and Mr D.J.Lewis.


Attendance: 42,717




Tottenham Hotspur:

Hollowbread, Baker, Hopkins, Dodge, Norman, Marchi, Medwin, Harmer, Smith, Dunmore, Jones.



Blacklaw, Angus, Elder, Adamson, Cummings, Miller, Connelly, White, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington


Due to international duty for Northern Ireland, Burnley had to go into the game without Jimmy McIlroy, but Spurs also had players on international duty with three key players also missing, so it was a very hopeful Burnley that went into the game against a much weakened Spurs side. There was still no respite from the heat wave that was continuing to affect the whole of the country.


From the kick off it was a very determined Spurs side that were showing off all the skills and it was no surprise when they took the lead in under 10 minutes from a shot from Medwin. Tottenham continued to play the much more direct football, and were expected to go further into the lead, but it was a resolute Adamson and Cummings that took the game by the scruff of the neck and started to turn things around, with the Clarets coming more and more into the game.


Both teams went in at half time exhausted from the intense heat, the score still 1-0 to Spurs. The game continued in the second half as it had in the first, with both teams taking it in turns to attack. By the last minute of the game it was a desperate-for-a-point Burnley side that finally managed to get the ball in the net from a shot from the unlikely Brian Miller.


The Clarets had put in a very workmanlike performance and went off to Plymouth the happier team, after securing a vital point against the current league leaders.


Programme review:


Teams were as printed in the programme.





The Spurs programme was a very disappointing flimsy 4-page affair costing 2d. Not much in it at all, so this week there is nothing to write about really, the only thing that caught my eye was the statement in bold at the bottom of the front page. It reads:




What is that all about?


Next game:


A testimonial: Plymouth v Burnley - Monday 5th October 1959

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