This feature concentrates on events on this day 54 years ago when the Clarets’ four sides all won handsomely, scoring 22 goals between them and conceding just four.
Leading the way were the “B” team, who put seven past Bury ”B” in their Lancashire League Division Two encounter. 17-year old defender Johnny Gibson, playing up front, hit a hat-trick with some now familiar names also on the score sheet very early in their Turf Moor careers. Les Latcham got two, Dave Merrington started it all off and Ralph Coates scored the seventh in the closing minutes.
There was another hat trick as the reserve team beat Stoke City reserves 6-0 at Turf Moor to go fourth in the Central League. All the goals came after the break, with inside forward Ron Fenton helping himself to three of them, with two coming from Trevor Meredith and one from Andy Lochhead.
In the “A” team’s 5-2 victory against Preston North End in Lancashire League Division One there was a third hat-trick, again scored by a defender. Mick Buxton, who started the game in his usual position of left back, was hampered by a groin injury after less than half an hour. As was quite often the case in those days, before substitutes, an injured defender was moved up front “for nuisance value” and the team was re-shuffled.
Buxton duly took his place in the forward line alongside a trio of quite useful attacking players, Arthur Bellamy, Willie Morgan and Willie Irvine! Irvine had already put the Clarets ahead by then, but amazingly Buxton made light of his injury, scoring Burnley’s next three goals before Irvine completed the nap hand near the end.
And so to Burnley’s senior side, who just managed four, easing to a comfortable victory at Old Trafford to maintain their position at the top of the First Division table. Although the Clarets had been top of the league since early September they had lost their last three away matches and an early goal by United’s David Herd had them rocking for a time. On 36 minutes however Burnley were level when Angus found McIlroy down the right.
The Irish maestro slipped a delightful ball through to Harris who lobbed keeper David Gaskell from 15 yards. The Clarets went in front after an hour when Elder crashed in a shot after one of his exhilarating runs down the left. The keeper couldn’t hold it and Robson was where a good goalscorer should be to deftly lift the ball into the net. Eight minutes later it was 3-1 when Robson crossed from the right and Pointer pounced to crash a venomous volley past Gaskell.
With United floundering the scoring was completed in the last minute when another slide rule pass from Robson found Connelly who hit the net with a powerful low shot.
Burnley team (235):
Adam Blacklaw, John Angus, Alex Elder, Jimmy Adamson, Tommy Cummings, Brian Miller,
John Connelly, Jimmy McIlroy, Ray Pointer, Jimmy Robson, Gordon Harris.