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On This Day: January 27

26 January 2016

Cheltenham Town 2-1 Burnley, 
FA Cup 4th round

This was not a good day at the office for Burnley Football Club, as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by opponents from two divisions below.

It was one of those typical days in the competition, loved by romantics, but rather more memorable for some teams than others.

It was the first time the clubs had met competitively and the Clarets’ first-ever visit to Whaddon Road.

There were some familiar faces in the Cheltenham squad, former Clarets Neil Howarth as well as Mark Yates who was a member of Burnley’s 1991-92 Fourth Division Championship squad.

There were also some faces in the Cheltenham ranks who would become very familiar indeed over the coming years at Turf Moor, manager Steve Cotterill and a 24 year old defender called Michael Duff.

The Robins had a stroke of luck after just 16 minutes when Burnley’s Greek international goalkeeper Nik Michopoulos tore a calf muscle and limped off, to be replaced by Luigi Cennamo, making his first senior appearance for the Clarets.

The 21 year-old Cennamo was certainly a cosmopolitan character, born in Germany to Greek and Italian parents and he had signed for Burnley the previous summer from Greek club Olympiacos.

It’s fair to say his debut was not an unqualified success, within ten minutes of him taking his place between the sticks the Clarets were two goals down and heading for defeat.

Although Alan Moore replied on 30 minutes it proved to be merely a consolation and Cheltenham did enough to hold on to their lead for a famous victory.

Although he was not entirely to blame for Burnley’s defeat, Luigi Cennamo’s brief flirtation with English football was over.

He never played for the Clarets again and left Turf Moor at the end of the season.

Manager Stan Ternent was typically blunt after the final whistle, “Sometimes it comes down to endeavour, commitment and will to win, if you don't have those you lose”, he said "We got just what we deserved.”

Burnley team (442):
Nik Michopoulos (Luigi Cennamo), Dean West, Arthur Gnohere, Ian Cox, Lee Briscoe,
Glen Little (Graham Branch), Kevin Ball, Tony Grant, Alan Moore, Ian Moore (Brad Maylett), Gareth Taylor.

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