Video of the Day: Burnley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, April 1983
Burnley go into this afternoon’s round of Football League Championship matches four points clear at the top of the table, and it seems increasingly likely that the club will be making a return to the Premier League come the end of this season after just the one season away. A home match against a mid-table Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon will be expected to bring the club a further three points, but this is a match of enormous history, one that goes back to the very beginnings of league football in this country.
Both of these clubs were founder members of the Football League in 1888 – Wolves actually did a league double over Burnley in that very first season, beating them by four goals to nil and four goals to one – and the two clubs also played out an FA Cup final in 1960 as well as a Sherpa Vans Trophy – now better known as the Johnstones Paint Trophy – in 1988, but today we’re going back to April 1983 and a Second Division match between these two clubs which saw them playing at opposite ends of the Second Division tables as the season began to draw to a close.
Burnley were bottom of the Second Division and were three points adrift of the dotted line marking relegation as the two clubs went into this match in April 1983. Wolverhampton Wanderers, on the other hand, were already looking as if they’d done enough to ensure promotion back into the top flight. They may only have been in second place in the table behind Queens Park Rangers, but with nine games to play of their season they were twelve points clear of fourth placed Leicester City. Commentary comes from Martin Tyler.
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