View Full Version : Burnley on Match of The Day - since 1964

16-08-2014, 08:00 PM
MOTD clocks up 50 years this year from its early beginnings in black and white that was screened for the first time on 22 August 1964 at 6:30pm on BBC2.
An estimated audience of just 20,000 people managed to see Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-2.

I found an old copy of the BBC's - "MOTD The Complete Record" from 1964 to see when Burnley first appeared on the programme. This source shows we didn't feature at all in the inaugural 1964-65 season, which could have been down to Lord Bob's views on televised football. (he once vowed to 'burn the cameras' at one earlier TV experiment) Burnley didnt feature the following 65-66 season either, (home or away).

According to the book, Burnley's first appearance on MOTD came on 29 September 1966, when the Clarets faced Manchester United at Old Trafford. We lost 4-1 with goals from Crerand, Herd, Law and Sadler. Burnley's goal coming from Andy Lochead.
We were screened again later that season on bonfire night, 5th November at Filbert Street and got anoth

16-08-2014, 08:06 PM
I seem to remember a very, very short slot for the 65-66 Bournemouth away cup tie and the possibility of the replay being televised being quoshed by the Burnley's own football divisionary Mr Lord.

16-08-2014, 08:20 PM
'burn the cameras' That was what Bob Lord threatened do if the BBC turned up to film the replay at Turf Moor.

The BBC did not come for that replay and we thrashed Bournemouth 7-0, Andy Lochhead got 5, Willie Irvine 1 and Bomber Harris1.

16-08-2014, 08:21 PM
Attached link has records of ITV coverage. - view external link (homepage.ntlworld.com/carousel/ITVfootball68-83.html)

16-08-2014, 08:59 PM
We didn't travel down for the replay as the morning papers listed it for showing. Lord Bob pulled the plug at lunchtime.

16-08-2014, 09:02 PM
They showed the Spurs home match in April 75. With the diminutive Micky Finn between the sticks we managed a 3-2 win.

16-08-2014, 09:56 PM
Another reason for our lack of appearances was in those days the number of outside broadcast units and cameras and the need to get the film back to edit in studios before the show started.
We did appear on TV earlier though, our home European matches were filmed.