Burnley 5-3 Fulham
With mist hovering over the surrounding moors and rain sheeting almost sideways from a leaden sky, the Clarets and the Cottagers served up a classic English midwinter thriller.
Eight goals including a hat-trick, two penalties, a sodden treacherous pitch and shuddering tackles which were launched as though life itself was at stake.
Fulham went in front after a deflected shot on 15 minutes before two penalties from Peter Noble turned it around with the match barely a quarter over.
On the half hour the visitors equalised with another deflection, 2-2 at the break.
The second period had hardly begun before Leighton James put Burnley ahead only for Fulham to equalise again just minutes later.
With the rain still pouring the match settled down until the Clarets won it with two goals in the final seven minutes.
Peter Noble completed his hat trick when a fierce cross from Paul Fletcher hit him in the chest and bounced into the net.
Then after a Fulham backpass stuck in the mud, Steve Kindon eagerly latched on to the ball and galloped towards goal before finishing in style.
Making his Clarets’ debut was 20 year old right back Tony Arins, standing in for the injured Derek Scott, while on the receiving end of the five goal salvo was former Burnley keeper Gerry Peyton.
Peyton had been Alan Stevenson’s understudy during his time at Turf Moor and had moved on to Fulham in 1976.
After taking over from another ex-Claret in Peter Mellor, he went on to make almost 400 appearances in a ten year career at Craven Cottage. He is currently the goalkeeping coach at Arsenal.
Burnley team (235): Alan Stevenson, Tony Arins, Ian Brennan, Peter Noble, Jim Thomson, Billy Rodaway,
Brian Hall, Billy Ingham, Paul Fletcher, Steve Kindon (Peter Robinson), Leighton James.
A year ago today Burnley FC scooped two major awards at the Northwest Football Awards dinner at the Point in Manchester.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche won the much-prized Northwest Manager of the Year Award, ahead of Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Premier League champions Manchester City.
Also trailing in Dyche’s wake was Brendan Rodgers, manager of Premier League runners-up Liverpool.
Completing the Turf Moor double was Danny Ings, who collected the Northwest Championship Player of the Year trophy, following his award as overall Championship Player of the Year.