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On This Day - September 9

9 September 2015

1978

Burnley 3-2 West Ham United

With five games of the season gone the Clarets were still unbeaten after they came from two goals down to overcome West Ham in a five goal thriller at Turf Moor. Manager Harry Potts was jubilant after clinching an important signing earlier in the day.

Leighton James had left Turf Moor for Derby County three years earlier, but the prodigal son was now returning to his spiritual home from QPR. As it happened James did not appear in this fine advert for Second Division football, which was featured prominently on that evening’s Match of the Day.

The Hammers began as though they meant business and from the first whistle pushed Burnley back. Their overwhelming dominance paid off with two goals in quick succession just after the half hour, both headers from centre forward David Cross.

The Clarets looked down and out but dragged themselves back into the game immediately with a headed goal from Ian Brennan, already his second of the season, when the full back was on the end of a looping cross into the Hammers’ goalmouth.

Five minutes into the second half, it was 2-2 when a sublime lob from Brian Hall found Paul Fletcher unmarked, and Fletch slid home his own second goal of the campaign.

It was anybody’s game now but gradually Burnley gained the upper hand as West Ham faded, their early poise only a memory. With ten minutes left the points were secured when a corner from Terry Cochrane was met at the near post by Jim Thomson, who crashed his header into the net for a rare goal.

It was the Burnley fans’ last sighting of winger Terry Cochrane in a Claret shirt, the Irish international was sold to Middlesbrough just a couple of weeks later.

Team (2-3-5):
Alan Stevenson, Derek Scott, Ian Brennan, Peter Noble, Jim Thomson, Billy Rodaway,
Terry Cochrane, Brian Hall, Paul Fletcher, Steve Kindon, Malcolm Smith.


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