On the day that we pay our first competitive visit to the Crown Ground in the EFL Cup, we look back 12 years to another local derby in the first round of the same competition. Just as Steve Cotterill was getting into his stride as the Burnley manager, after replacing Stan Ternent, the Clarets travelled to Gigg Lane for a potential banana skin encounter.
There were three goals in the first 18 minutes, with Bury midfielder Mattis scoring the first two of them, one for each side. Both were headers from corners, with Mattis finding Burnley’s net on 12 minutes, then nodding past his own keeper from Robbie Blake's corner just five minutes later. Within 60 seconds Bury were in front again with yet another header, this time from centre back Challinor.
On 33 minutes Mo Camara was in full flight down the left and heading for goal when he was brought crashing down. Robbie Blake stepped up and calmly slotted home the spot kick to make it 2-2 at the break.
The Clarets stepped up the pace in the second half and won the tie after 52 minutes. Another exhilarating run from Camara ended with a superb cross which was palmed away by the keeper, straight to Blake who made no mistake from close in.
Burnley team (442):
Danny Coyne, Michael Duff, John McGreal, Frank Sinclair, Mo Camara,
Richard Chaplow, Tony Grant, Micah Hyde (Lee Roche 65), Graham Branch, Ian Moore, Robbie Blake.
In the Shakers’ side was a future Claret, David Nugent, who went on to play alongside both Michael Duff and Robbie Blake in Burnley’s first Premier League season of 2009-10. Graham Branch had appeared briefly for Bury at the beginning of his career more than ten years earlier.