View Full Version : First games against Swindon, Maidstone and Wycombe

07-10-2014, 09:50 AM
We have to go back 19 years to the last time Burnley played on 7th October and it was a first ever meeting against Wycombe Wanderers. The game was played at Turf Moor and we led from a Warren Joyce goal at half time.

We haven't played Wycombe that often, 10 games in total, but we don't have the best of records against them and this one ended in a 1-1 draw with the visitors equalising in the second half.

The previous game played on this date was six years earlier in 1989 and was also a first game against our opponents, on this occasion Maidstone United. The game was played at Dartford. Brendan O'Connell gave us an early lead but the Kent side equalised just before half time.

We were winners this time though, John Deary scoring nine minutes from the end to lift Frank Casper's team into fifth place in the fourth division, behind top clubs Southend, Lincoln, Carlisle and Stockport.

In 1972 we faced Swindon at home. We'd played them in cup competitions previously with very limited

07-10-2014, 03:08 PM
Taylor (2), Hamilton - a classic scoring combination

07-10-2014, 03:23 PM
Steve Taylor was a real predator in his first spell at Burnley, sadly it ended when the crowd turned on him after that penalty miss in the cup.

When he returned in 1987 he was nothing like the same player, lost his pace and was hardly a threat in front of goal.

But a cracking signing by Miller first time round.

07-10-2014, 08:01 PM
Taylor - a good player at the time but that penalty miss was a real sickener though!

08-10-2014, 08:42 AM
I don't think Steve Taylor was ever a firm favourite, even before the penalty miss, although I don't think that was fair. There always seemed the feeling that as he was bought after we were relegated to the Third Division he was 'a level below', even though he had 2nd Division experience, and was bracketed with Ian Wood, Eric Potts and David Holt. A better finisher than Billy, he also had a bit of pace, and they were a potent combination in the third tier. He had a bull-like head down running style and his first touch and dribbling skills were not in the same league as Hamilton,cassidy, Dobbo and the young starlets of the 81/2 side. Overall he was a good servant and I remember the hat-tricks more than the penalty miss, although it was horrible.