Scunthorpe United 1-3 Burnley
25 years ago today the Clarets travelled to play a Fourth Division fixture against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, a ground where Burnley had never won, neither had they ever managed victory at Scunthorpe’s previous home, the Old Showground.
The home team had been beaten just once in the league on their own ground all season but on that day were no match for a Clarets side determined to demonstrate their promotion credentials.
After a first half during which Burnley had most of the play, it was goalless at the interval, but just five minutes after the restart the Clarets were ahead.
John Francis fed Ian Measham down the right and the full back sprinted to the by-line and swung a cross into the middle.
A ruck of United players tried to get the ball clear but John Deary was in first, forced it to Ron Futcher who stabbed it home from close range.
It took the Clarets only two minutes to double their lead when Measham and Futcher combined on the right, the Rocket crossed the ball right on to Roger Eli’s head and it flew into the net.
On the hour Scunthorpe’s task became that much more difficult when left back Dave Hill was sent off after a clash with Joe Jakub.
As often happens, perversely Scunthorpe then began probably their best spell of the match. Mark Hine immediately pulled a goal back then Chris Pearce had to be on top form to keep out a number of goal-bound efforts.
In the last ten minutes the visitors regained their composure and began to assert their superiority once more.
On 86 minutes Futcher floated in a delicious ball from out wide on the flank, with 19 year old Danny Sonner, making his Clarets’ debut, desperate to get their first.
However skipper Steve Davis was quick to pounce on it, 3-1, game over.
Burnley were seventh after this game, they eventually finished sixth but lost to Torquay United in the play-off semi-final.
Burnley team (235):
Chris Pearce, Ian Measham, Ian Bray, John Deary, John Pender, Steve Davis,
Andy Farrell, Ron Futcher, John Francis (Danny Sonner), Joe Jakub, Roger Eli.