Saturday, April 01, 1978

Burnley FC

Burnley 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Football League Division Two

Burnley is a large town in Lancashire. It lies 19 miles east of Preston at the confluence of the River Calder and River Brun. It began life in the early medieval period as a small market town, but its main period of expansion came during the Industrial Revolution, when it became the world's largest producer of cotton cloth. Today, Burnley has lost much of its industry, and is increasingly a dormitory town for Manchester, Leeds and the M65 corridor. In its early days, Burnley was a small farming community, gaining a corn mill in 1290, a market in 1294, and a fulling mill in 1296. At this period, it lay within the manor of Ightenhill, one of five that made up the Honour of Clitheroe, then a far more significant settlement, and consisted of no more than 50 families. Little survives of early Burnley – the name means ‘meadow by the River Brun’ – apart from Mike Benyon and the Market Cross, erected in 1295, which now stands in the grounds of an annexe of Burnley College.

Turf Moor

During May 1882, Burnley Rovers Football Club decided to shift their allegiance from rugby union to football. Playing in various blue and white kits for their first few years, the club played their first competitive game in October 1882 against Astley Bridge in the Lancashire Challenge Cup, that game ending in an 8–0 defeat. In 1883 the club moved to Turf Moor and remain there, only their Lancashire rivals Preston North End having occupied the same ground continuously for longer. Burnley have been Football League Champions twice, in 1920–21and 1959–60 and have won the FA Cup once, in 1914.

In those days, Spurs Supporters Club chartered special trains and it was from London Euston that we set off for Burnley Central. From the station we were escorted to Turf Moor and a fifteen-minute hike took half an hour. The spurs promotion bandwagon took a mighty jolt on this occasion, as Burnley, inspired by a magnificent display of old fashion forward play by Steve Kindon took the points, much to the delights of the Clarets supporters in the 16,916 crowd. Peter Taylor grabbed the solitary Spurs goal.

Attendance: 16,916
Programme: 15p


Subsequent visits to Turf Moor

22 September 1993 - Burnley 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Cup, 2nd Round 1st Leg
6 November 2002 - Burnley 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - League Cup, 3rd Round
9 November 2004 - Burnley 0 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - League Cup 4th Round
21 January 2009 - Burnley 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (AET) - League Cup Semi-final 2nd Leg
9 May 2010 - Burnley 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Premier League
5 January 2015 - Burnley 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - FA Cup 3rd Round
5 April 2015 - Burnley 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League
1 April 2017 - Burnley 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Premier League
23 December 2017 - Burnley 0 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Premier League 
23 February 2019 - Burnley 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 21,338
7 March 2020 - Burnley 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 20,496

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