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On This Day - April 27

27 April 2016

1914

Burnley 2-2 Bradford City


On Monday 27 April 1914, Burnley played their final First Division fixture of the momentous 1913-14 campaign, two days after the Clarets had lifted the FA Cup following a momentous 1-0 victory against Liverpool at the Crystal Palace Grounds.

Captain Tommy Boyle was presented with the famous old trophy by King George V, the first time ever that the reigning monarch had attended the FA Cup final.

The team arrived at Rosegrove Station that Monday afternoon around 4pm, met by a crowd of about 10,000 waiting to cheer their heroes.

With skipper Tommy Boyle safely in charge of the FA Cup they boarded an open-topped charabanc and began their journey to Turf Moor.

Along Accrington Road to the Mitre, then along Trafalgar Street to Manchester Road and down to the Town Hall, with cheering crowds lining every inch of the route.

The party was entertained to afternoon tea at the Town Hall by the Mayor, after which Tommy Boyle and the players came out onto the balcony to show the FA Cup to the thousands gathered on Manchester Road.

The players were then driven to Turf Moor, again through cheering crowds, to begin their preparations for that evening’s match against mid-table Bradford City.

Before kick-off the players of both teams were led out by Tommy Boyle carrying the FA Cup and the band struck up a rousing version of Handel’s “See The Conqu’ring Hero Comes”.

Then it was time for the action with the Burnley team showing just one change of personnel from the FA Cup-winning line-up, wing-half Levy Thorpe coming in at left half for Billy Watson, who moved to the forward line to replace winger Eddie Mosscrop.

The Bantams were managed by a former Burnley player Peter O’Rourke, who had won a Second Division Championship medal in 1898 whilst he was at Turf Moor.

The visitors’ side contained two members of Bradford City’s victorious FA Cup team from 1911 and they began as though they were determined to rain on Burnley’s parade.

Within half an hour they were two goals in front and it appeared as though the Turf Moor finale to a historic season was to be an anti-climax.

However on the hour Tommy Boyle made it 2-1 from the spot, then, three minutes from time, an equaliser came from an unlikely source.

Burnley’s left back David Taylor, a rare scorer indeed, was on the end of a cross and found the net with a bullet header.

Taylor in fact was the third member of Bradford City’s 1911 FA Cup winning team who was on the field that evening having moved to Turf Moor from Valley Parade in December 1911, and was now the proud owner of two FA Cup-winners’ medals.

2014

With the Clarets and their fans already celebrating promotion back to the Premier League the PFA announced that three Burnley players had been included in the Championship team of the Year for 2013-14, Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier and Jason Shackell.

A few weeks earlier Ings had already been chosen as Championship Player of the Year for 2013-14.

Two former Clarets also featured in their Divisional Teams of the Year, Premier League Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Kevin McDonald, who was a key member of the Wolves team who won the Championship of League One.


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