ON THIS DAY
Saturday 7 September, 2002
Derby County 1-2 Burnley
There have not been many domestic matches in the top divisions on this date in recent years, the first weekend in September nowadays tends to be reserved for international fixtures. Burnley have not played on this date for 14 years, since the club’s first Football League visit to Pride Park in Division One, then the second tier.
Derby had relocated from the Baseball Ground in 1997 and the Clarets’ very first trip had been in the FA Cup third round in January 2000, when an Andy Cooke goal had been enough to win the tie.
Burnley went into this match at the very bottom of the league, having played five games and with only one point and one goal to show for their efforts.
It looked to be a familiar story when the Rams went ahead after just eight minutes but, despite dominating possession and creating numerous chances, they were still only one goal in front at the break.
They were made to pay in the second half after Clarets’ boss Stan Ternent made an inspired switch, bringing on Glen Little for Lenny Johnrose.
After being dropped from the starting line-up, Little was in determined mood and proceeded to create havoc down the Derby left. However, only six minutes in, it was Robbie Blake who made the breakthrough when he was brought down by Riggott and despatched the spot kick himself. It took the Clarets just a further four minutes to turn the game on its head when Blake, in tandem with Little wide on the right, slammed a cross into the Derby box, where an attempted clearance from Barton ended up in the net.
Now it was Burnley’s to lose and they took the game to the home side, restricting their opponents to very few clear-cut chances.
At the final whistle the Clarets were up and running with their first victory of the season and had climbed off the bottom of the league.
Burnley team (442): Marlon Beresford, Dean West, Ian Cox, Arthur Gnohere, Lee Briscoe, Mark McGregor, Tony Grant, Lenny Johnrose (Glen Little), Paul Weller, Ian Moore, Robbie Blake.
In goal for Derby was a former Burnley junior, Andy Oakes, who was injured during the game and had to leave the field. His replacement was a 19-year-old making his Rams’ debut, and a player who would become very familiar to the Turf Moor fans in the years to come. His name was Lee Grant.