Season 1968/69 was not a good time to follow Burnley away from home. The team conceded 57 goals in 21 away league games, and this was the key statistics to another indifferent season. Hammerings came at faily regular intervals throughout the season, the worst being the 7-0 drubbings at White Hart Lane (Sept 7th) and Main Road (Dec 7th).
And yet this season had more than its fair share of moments to savour. Between Oct 8th and Nov 9th Burnley played eight games and won the lot, following a shake up after a 4-0 home defeat by Liverpool which marked Jim Thompson's debut. Into the team came Steve Kindon, whose amazing runs down the wing quickly made him a hero; John Murray, who hit eight goals in these eight games, the highlight of a brief first -team career; and Colin Blant, a hard man who made his mark on many First Division forwards of the time. Six of those wins were in the League, while the other two earned a place in the League Cup semi-finals and a seemingly easy passage to Wembley against Third Division Swindon Town. The old Bogey raised its head again, however, as Burnley went down 3-2 at the Hawthorns to a side including one Peter Noble, about whom more later.
The previous season's youth cup winning team provided several new members of the first eleven, while Dave Thomas, still only 17 at the start of the season, became a regular. Possibly Thomas; finest game of the season came on October 19th when Leeds came to the Turf and were beaten 5-1, one of only two league deafeats Don Revie's side suffered this season. What potential th eteam had, but what frustrating inconsistency!
Andy Lochhead scored his 101st and last league goal for Burnley at West Brom on August 24th, and a few weeks was transferred to Leicester, for whom he appeared in the F.A.Cup Final at the end of the season. A new generation was taking over at Burnley; could they sustain First Division status for much longer.
Compiled by Ray Simpson & Wallace Chadwick.
1968 - 1969 Division One