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One Day In History - Burnley 1979-80



Teams: Queens Park Rangers v Burnley

Date: Saturday 27th October, 1979

Competition: Football League Division Two

Venue: Loftus Road, London

Following a seven game unbeaten run the R`s succumbed to a home defeat against Sunderland, they were looking to inflict damage on a Burnley side that sat rock bottom of the second division.

The Clarets were yet to win in 12 games, drawing five and losing seven, most recently a 3-2 defeat by local rivals Preston North End, a result that would leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Burnley supporters.

Burnley`s regular stopper Alan Stevenson was unavailable for selection, which paved the way for 19 year old stopper Billy O`Rourke to be handed his debut in W12, a game indeed that he would never forget.

Paul Goddard opened the scoring after 18 minutes, and the lead was doubled courtesy of an Ian Brennan own goal in the 27th minute on a damp day in W12.

Rangers sealed the game on the stroke of half time as Goddard doubled his tally for the day, while midfielder David McCreery also got in on the act to make it four.

Under the watchful eye of Burnley Chairman Bob Lord, the Clarets continued to capitulate as soon after the break young forward Clive Allen notched for Rangers fifth. Burnley at last started to carve out some play and opportunities and kept Rangers at bay for a brief period, but not for long.

Allen doubled his tally from the spot before Glenn Roeder rounded off a sensational game a minute before the end for Rangers seventh. Despite the scoreline young Billy O`Rourke drew the plaudits for a solid performance, which could have been far worse but for some heroics between the sticks.

The stopper who passed away in 2002 aged 41, left the field in tears, but was nevertheless voted as man of the match by the Burnley Express. Rangers players stayed on to show their adulation for the young keeper.

Rangers finished in fifth place with 42 points, a mere six points off eventual winners Leicester City. Burnley finished second bottom as Charlton Athletic propped up the second division table.

Final Score: Queens Park Rangers v Burnley

Attendance: 11,261

QPR: Woods, Shanks, Gillard, McCreery, Roeder, Wicks, Bowles, Wallace, Allen, Goddard, Burke (Walsh 41).

Burnley: O`Rourke, Scott, Brennan, Noble, Thomson, Rodaway, James, Dobson, Fletcher, Young, Kindon.

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Date:Thursday November 13 2008

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Your Comments

What a win, just a 1-0 would do me on Saturday though!
Boxer
Certainly my era that one, but I remember the games a few seasons earlier. Do you remember Dave Thomas,transferred from Burnley to QPR?His transfer in October 1972 from Burnley to QPR was then a record fee for a Second Division Club: £165,000.You finished behind us in 2nd place that season and he was always greeted with chants of ‘Thomas, Thomas Runner-Up’ when he returned to Turf Moor.
turfmanphil
Dave Thomas is what I'd call a REAL legend. A truly great winger. We've had far too many "legends" in recent years, that are anything but.
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