Six years to the day when Burnley were last at Wembley, but this time the Clarets would be victorious.
Jimmy Mullen's 2nd full season as manager of Burnley and he would be celebrating another promotion, this time to Division one. One of the reasons for Burnleys dramatic change in fortunes would be the arrival of David Eyres, a winger with a magical left foot, Eyres scored 19 league goals in 45 goals and was Burnleys top goal getter by a country mile.
This season would see the arrival of the "Tin Man", Ted McMinn a magical winger signed in the March 94 from Birmingham City, Walters son Warren Joined from Plymouth (who he would score against in the Play-off semi final). We also acquired a "Rooster" in the shape of Kevin Russell, Burnley were building a team of speed and finesse.
When Burnley beat Bradford in mid October, they would not fall out of the top 10 all season, we would finish the season on 73 points, 12 behind Plymouth Argyle and Stockport County.
While we finished 12 points behind 3rd placed Plymouth, that is who we would play in the 2 legged play-offs, a goalless draw at home to the Pilgrims, left Plymouth chairman shooting his mouth off to the press, insinuating that the hard work was done and Plymouth were going to Wembley! Just the motivation Jimmy Mullen needed to raise the Clarets for this game.
Jimmy posted up the Plymouth Chairman's comments on the Away team dressing room down at Home Park, and the players didn't disappoint. Plymouth scored early but Two goals from Super Johnny Francis and the other from Pilgrims old boy Joyce and they were out, all that was left in their changing room after the game were empty champagne bottles and a Plymouth newspaper.
Stockport County who also finished 12 points above Burnley, and a team who Burnley failed to beat in both game that season, were all that stood in the way of Captain John Pender and the thirty nine steps to Promotion.
The game witnessed by 44,806 the vast majority wearing the Claret and Blue of Burnley, Stockport who had in their ranks a beanpole of a forward by the name of Kevin Francis (in the words of Fred Dibnah " A poor mans Peter Crouch"). This was like a home game for Burnley, and just like a home game, Burnley made it hard work Chris Beaumont scored with a header just 2 minutes in, Then as things went from bad to worse, Burnley's Francis limped off with a knee injury. Stockport's rough house tactics didn't pay off with a moment of madness, Wallace of Stockport disgustingly spat in the face of the Tin Man, and Referee David Elleray had no option but to send him off.
With Stockport down to ten men Burnley pushed on, and with a delightful goal from top goalscorer Eyres when he curled the ball into the far corner of the net and a scuffed shot from the edge of the box from Garry Parkinson (that seemed to take a lifetime to hit the net). There might also have been the finest Burnley goals of all time in this final, Steve Davis running almost the entire length of the pitch passing player after player only to scuff his shot while rounding the County Keeper (the ball actually going for a throw in).
Special mention to the Clarets youth team, who after hammering Blackburn Rovers 5 - 0 in the semi final, went on to meet Manchester United in the final of the Lancashire FA Youth cup. It would be the first time Burnley had progressed to the final in the 24 years that the cup had been contested.
1993 - 1994 Division Two, Promoted via Play-Offs