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On This Day - December 23

23 December 2015

Nineteen years ago today the Clarets scraped through their FA Cup second round replay against fellow Division Two side Walsall after 120 minutes plus a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out.

Paul Barnes had given Burnley the lead just before half-time, with the Saddlers’ Adrian Viveash equalising on 74 minutes.

With no addition to the score in the extra 30 minutes it was time for the dreaded shoot-out from the spot.

The penalty kicks were to be taken at the Bee Hole end, with the Clarets going first.

Paul Barnes scored Burnley’s first and Walsall’s opener was saved by Marlon Beresford (1-0).

The second from Paul Smith found the net, as did Walsall’s second (2-1). Damian Matthew scored Burnley’s third, then Walsall’s third was saved by Beresford (3-1).

Things were looking good then Gary Parkinson’s spot kick was saved by Saddlers’ keeper Jimmy Walker, with Walsall scoring their fourth (3-2).

Not to worry, Mr Dependable, David Eyres stepped up to ram home his penalty and the Clarets were through 4-2.

This was Burnley’s first-ever penalty shot-out in the FA Cup, after their introduction to the competition, after one replay then extra time, in 1991-92.

However it was Turf Moor’s second attempt to stage this particular replay, after the original tie had finished 1-1 at the Bescot Stadium.

The first replay, a week earlier, had been abandoned at half time because of floodlight failure, with Walsall leading 1-0.

This is the only instance in Burnley FC history when a senior fixture has been abandoned for any reason other than adverse weather conditions.

Burnley team (235):
Marlon Beresford, Gary Parkinson, David Eyres,
Gerry Harrison (Chris Brass), Mark Winstanley, Jamie Hoyland,
Damian Matthew, Paul Smith, Glen Little (Paul Weller), Paul Barnes, Nigel Gleghorn.

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