Match Of The Past: Burnley FC
We continue our series of historical videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship – League One and League Two are to follow – this afternoon with Burnley FC, and six videos spanning the years from 1960 to 1994. The greatest period in the history of this club was largely hidden from the view of television cameras – autocratic owner Bob Lord didn’t allow Match Of The Day cameras into Turf Moor until 1968 – but we do kick off with a short film made for the BBC on the subject of their league title-winning side of 1960, before skipping forward twelve years to follow the Clarets to Craven Cottage for an away league match against Fulham from the start of the 1972/73 season
By the middle of the 1980s, the decline of English football was more than apparent. Burnley had last played in the First Division in 1976, but our third match sees them on their travels again, this time to The Baseball Ground to play Derby County in a Second Division match from September 1984. Within three years of this match, however, the club was fighting for its survival in the Football League. With automatic promotion and relegation having been introduced, the club went into its final match of the 1986/87 season needing a win against Orient to cling onto its Football League status – it proved to be a very emotional afternoon indeed for all at Turf Moor.
Our final two matches come as the club revived itself at the beginning of the following decade. First up, the team travels to Bootham Crescent to play York City at the end of April 1992 on the cusp of winning the Fourth Division championship, and our final match is from two years later with the team looking for promotion with a long trip south to play Plymouth Argyle in an Endsleigh League Division Two Play Off Semi-Final second leg at Home Park in May 1994, having played out a goalless draw at Turf Moor in the first match.
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