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19 October 2016

Burnley 5-1 Leeds United
Saturday, 19 October, 1968   

Forty eight years ago today, Football League Champions-elect (and unbeaten) Leeds United were hit for five by the “Burnley Babes”, a Turf Moor combination of youngsters and experienced heads.

The demolition began on 18 minutes when Dave Thomas, who had just turned eighteen, launched a pass that must have travelled almost 50 yards before it dropped to the feet of Frank Casper.

Casper held off a couple of challenges and laid the ball off to Ralph Coates who shot underneath goalkeeper Gary Sprake.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Coates lofted a cross over the United defence for Casper to head into the net.

Billy Bremner pulled a goal back for the visitors just before half-time, but within seconds of the restart it was 3-1 when Madeley and Gray dithered and 20 year-old John Murray nipped in to score.

Thirten minutes from time Steve Kindon, in only his fourth outing in the top flight, latched onto a pass from Murray, positively flew past right back Reaney and smashed the ball into the net.

The rout was complete on 80 minutes when a sleeping Leeds defence allowed Casper to collect the ball just outside the penalty area and chipped the ball into the net.

Leeds United soon recovered their composure, eventually going on the lift the League title by six points, suffering only one other defeat during that campaign.

However it had been an astonishing performance by the Clarets, undoubtedly the highlight in an exhilarating run of eight consecutive victories in league and League Cup.

Burnley team (2-3-5): Harry Thomson, Freddie Smith, Les Latcham, Martin Dobson, Colin Waldron, Colin Blant, David Thomas, John Murray, Frank Casper, Ralph Coates, Steve Kindon.

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