After last season’s first time foray into Europe, could this season be another that would stand out in Burnley’s great history ? the answer was yes it could.
The Clarets started off the new League campaign like a house on fire, winning 8 of their first 10 matches, so almost immediately the expectations of a second Championship within three seasons were very high indeed amongst the Burnley faithful. Unfortunately even though we had such a fantastic start, the momentum couldn’t be continued, and with the major distraction of a superb F.A.Cup run culminating in a second Wembley final appearance, the Clarets finally ended their season in runners up spot, second only to Champions Ipswich Town. Even though we were runners up in both The League and the Cup, the 1961/62 season will go down in history as one of the most exciting, entertaining seasons ever witnessed by Clarets fans.
To give you a flavour of the sort of results that we achieved, I can give you some mouth watering scorelines, Birmingham City away WON 6-2, Leicester City away the very following week WON 6-2, Fulham away WON 5-3, Manchester City home WON 6-3, Birmingham City home WON 7-1, West Ham United home WON 6-0, 3rd Round F.A.Cup QPR home WON 6-1. Fantastic entertainment backed up by the attendance figures, the lowest League gate this season was against Sheffield United with a crowd of 21,526, and the highest against Totteham Hotspur with a gate of 46,810.
Even the F.A.Cup brought in large home crowds with 50,514 attending the 5th Round match against Everton.
It was a pleasure and a priviledge to have witnessed the skill, the pride, and the passion that was shown by the players week in and week out in what really were special seasons for Burnley fans. I just hope that today’s generation of Clarets fans are at some stage in the very near future allowed to experience for themselves, those magical feelings of what it is like to follow a very successful team.