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A Nap Hand at Stadium MK: The Back Story

15 January 2016

At Burnley Football Club there is invariably something new to add to the pages of the history of the club and this week, of course, it’s our 5-0 win at MK Dons.

We start with it being the first time Burnley have scored five goals in a senior competitive match under the management of Sean Dyche, and the memorable occasion (memorable for us that is) was also the Clarets’ first league visit to Stadium MK.

Burnley last scored five in a match in September 2012 when Peterborough United were crushed 5-2 at Turf Moor in the Championship. The Posh were actually 2-1 ahead in that game, following an early goal from Chris McCann, but a hat-trick from Charlie Austin and a late strike from Junior Stanislas saw them off.

Six months earlier, in March 2012, Burnley’s 5-1 demolition of Portsmouth at Fratton Park was the last time we scored five away from home. An early goal from Kieran Trippier was followed by a Pompey equaliser, before Danny Ings made it 2-1 on 47 minutes. Charlie Austin came on as a sub after 52 minutes and proceeded to take over, scoring a hat-trick, the first on 74 minutes and the last two both in added time.

March 2009 was the last time Burnley won by a five goal margin, when Nottingham Forest were beaten 5-0 at Turf Moor. Robbie Blake, Wade Elliott, Clarke Carlisle, Jay Rodriguez and Joey Gudjonsson scored the goals and incidentally this was the last time, before Tuesday, that the Clarets had five different scorers in a match.

Now we start going a little further back in Burnley FC history. It’s more than 30 years since the Clarets won a senior competitive match away from home by a margin of five goals or more. In the dark days of November 1984 Burnley journeyed north in the FA Cup first round to play Penrith at their tiny Southend Road ground. Penrith were rock bottom of the North West Counties League and were no match for the Clarets, then plying their trade in Division Three. Hat-tricks from Kevin Hird and Alan Taylor, two goals  from Barry Powell and one from Neil Grewcock gave Burnley a 9-0 win, equalling the club’s biggest-ever victory in a competitive fixture.

Now for the endpiece, revealing that dusty page in club history that really makes Tuesday’s performance rather special, the last time that the Clarets won a Football League match by a five goal margin, away from Turf Moor. Believe it or not this has happened just once before in the post war history of Burnley Football Club.

Almost seven decades ago, on the last day of May 1947, Burnley won 5-0 in a Second Division fixture at the Boleyn Ground, home of West Ham United. Harry Potts scored twice, with Jackie Chew, Billy Morris and Jack Hays also on target. It was the penultimate match of the season and just happened to be the victory which clinched promotion back to the top flight after 17 years away.

Who said history was boring?

by club historian Ray Simpson

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