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On This Day: November 4

4 November 2015

1997

Luton Town 2-3 Burnley

This was not the Ade Akinbiyi and John Spicer show, with a supporting cameo by Brian Jensen, from November 2005, but an encounter at the same venue which ended with the same score, eight years earlier.

During Chris Waddle’s year in charge at Turf Moor the Clarets went into this match searching for a first away win of the season, with Manchester City loanee Gerry Creaney looking to add to his already impressive haul of six goals in just eight outings.

Making just his second Burnley start was Gordon Cowans, a European Cup winner with Aston Villa alongside former Claret Tony Morley, in 1982.

The visitors soaked up early pressure then, on 25 minutes, an exhilarating run down the left by Chris Vinnicombe ended with a through ball to Michael Williams.

Williams juggled the ball before his cross shot beat the keeper to put the Clarets ahead, with the only goal of his Burnley career.

Just after the half hour the Hatters turned the game around with two goals in three minutes from a man who, a decade later, would join the Clarets and become a Turf Moor legend, Graham Alexander.

On the hour it was Burnley who turned it around again, to clinch the points, thanks to goals in quick succession from Creaney, in his penultimate Burnley outing, and Paul Barnes.

Two other future Clarets featured in the Luton line-up, Irish international Phil Gray, together with another legend, Steve Davis, who moved to Turf Moor from Kenilworth Road a year later, joining Burnley for a second time.

Team (235): Marlon Beresford, Chris Brass, Chris Vinnicombe,
Gordon Cowans (Steve Blatherwick) Lee Howey, Neil Moore,
Chris Waddle (Paul Smith), Michael Williams, Gerry Creaney (Andy Cooke), Paul Barnes, Paul Weller.





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