The season kicked off on August 115th with a home game against Liverpool. A 1-2 defeat was only the start of a disastorous spell in a series of games against the strongest opposition posible.
The first win of the season didn't come untill the last day of October, at home to Crystal Palace, the team's 15th League game of the season. Prior to this only four points had been gained and six goals scored. In addition, Third Divison Aston Villa had dumped the Clarets out of the League Cup.
Highlights were few and far between this season as can be imagined but on the 27th February, the nearest thing to a high spot came when Burnley visited Selhurst Park and beat Crystal Palace 2-0, the team's first away win of the season, and also the first 'double'.
The following game on 6th March, the visit to Turf Moor by Southampton marked the debut of £60.000 buy, Paul Fletcher, the Clarets first significant venture into the transfer market for some considerable time. Fletchure came with a fine reputation and a golden future predicted. Goals were needed from him, from somebody fast.
Goals were notorisusly difficult to come by however and the Clarets found themselves sinking deeper and deeper into the mire, Division Two beckoned.
A run of three wins and two draws followed and Burnley at last hauled themselves off the bottom rung of the First Division. moving above Blackpool who were beaten at Turf Moor on 10th April, by Paul Fletcher's first in a Claret shirt.
Burnley visited Highbury, scene of many Claret triumphs on 20th April for a vital match for both clubs. Arsenal sneaked it, 1-0 and were on their way to the coverted double. The Turf Moor men left London with relegation a certainty. last of the Lancashire town clubs to slip out of the limelight that is reserved for the First Division.
Would they come again? Could they come again?
Could 'The Team Of The Seventies' compete with the cheque book?
Only time would tell.
Copiled by Ray Simpson & David Wiseman
1970 - 1971 Division One, Relegated*