Blackburn Rovers 1-4 Burnley
With yet another East Lancashire derby fast approaching we look back on a clash in the old First Division between the neighbours and rivals that took place at Ewood Park 51 years ago today.
The meeting between the two at Turf Moor earlier in the season had finished 1-1, but this time it was the Clarets who came out on top with a third successive victory on “enemy” soil.
Burnley opened the scoring after 40 minutes after an exchange between Alex Elder and Ian Towers led to the winger delivering a cross for Willie Irvine to blast his shot into the roof of the net.
A minute before half time the lead was doubled when Elder’s cross-shot from the left hit Mike England and was set up perfectly for the Irish international to latch on to it and make it 2-0 to the visitors.
Burnley had dominated the first half, particularly after an injury to Rovers full back Billy Wilson on the half hour had left the home team with only ten men.
This was the final season before substitutes were introduced into the Football League.
The Clarets continued their domination throughout the second half but it was not until ten minutes from time that they scored again, thanks to a ferocious free kick from Brian O’Neil just outside the box after Towers had been fouled.
Five minutes from time Rovers were at last on the scoresheet when Mick McGrath converted a Bryan Douglas cross, before Irvine scored his second and Burnley’s fourth, slotting home after a lightning run down the right and fast low cross by Arthur Bellamy.
Of the Clarets who played in that game goalkeeper Adam Blacklaw later moved to Ewood Park, while on the Rovers side was defender and former Burnley player Walter Joyce together with Burnley-born winger Mike Ferguson.
The Rovers manager was Jack Marshall, who had begun his football career as a 20 year old full back at Turf Moor in 1938.
Burnley team (235):
Adam Blacklaw, John Angus, Alex Elder, Brian O’Neil, John Talbut, Brian Miller,
Ian Towers, Andy Lochhead, Willie Irvine, Arthur Bellamy, Les Latcham