Claret Special: FA Cup Final 1962, Burnley vs Tottenham

After adopting Burnley as our team of the season, we just had to go back and look at one of their most important matches.

In 1962 Burnley met Tottenham at Wembley. It was their third appearance in the FA Cup final, their record even. But Tottenham were not just any team: Bill Nicholson’s side had achieved the first double of the century. Blanchflower, Greaves & Co. would prove a fine opponent. However, Burnley were also only two years removed from winning the league. And McIlroy, Adamson, Connelly and Pointer some of the finest players in the country.

We give a very quick rundown of Burnley’s club history, the landscape of English football in the early 60s and of course the match itself.

Here are the minutes:

  • 0:00:00 Intro; Why did we adopt Burnley?
  • 0:03:30 Burnley FC history in a nutshell (FA Cup win 1914, League title 1921, FA Cup final 1947)
  • 0:11:45 Building the 1960 side, a second League title & prior meetings with Tottenham
  • 0:19:15 Jimmy Greaves’ transfer; finalists path to Wembley
  • 0:25:00 Preliminaries, line-ups, kits, referees; TV broadcast
  • 0:31:30 Kick-off, first blood to Spurs, stagefright for Burnley?
  • 0:40:00 Corner kick technique, Burnley too impatient, Spurs dangerous on the counter and quick on the trigger
  • 0:52:00 Spurs general set-up, tactics, Burnley’s trouble dealing with Greaves, Jones & Co.
  • 0:59:00 Burnley’s best phase before and after half-time, score the equaliser…
  • 1:07:00 …just to concede again from kick-off
  • 1:12:00 Jimmy McIlroy’s contribution, end-to-end action in the closing phase
  • 1:16:15 Penalty to Tottenham, or was it a foul on Blacklaw? Blanchflower converts
  • 1:23:00 Trophy presentation, MOTM (Cliff Jones), perception of the match
  • 1:28:30 Burnley going forward
  • 1:34:30 How Jimmy McIlroy signed for Burnley

The match itself ganered a very favorable rating and is recommended for anybody with a passing interest on English football from the 1950s-60s. And if that’s not you, what are you doing with your life? Well at least check out the Pathé highlights:

And here are the full 90+ minutes for your enjoyment:

About Sebastian

Sebastian writes and talks about football of all eras in German and English. His series of Retro Match Reports focus on British, German and Italian football history. For YYFP he is currently working his way through the late '70s and early '80s. Follow Sebastian on Twitter: @maltacalcio.

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