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Burnley had preceded the 1959/60 season with a number of
good solid finishes under new manager
Harry Potts, they
had a team of quality players, from the likes of club captain
skills of Northern Ireland's
Jimmy McIlroy, but the1959/60
season was to prove one that would live in the memory as
long as football is played in Burnley.












Seven wins in the first 10 games, marked Burnley as early
championship contenders, but it had been noted over the past
few years that the Clarets would always get themselves into a good
position, but fail to capitalise when it came to the crunch.

After five weeks injured with a muscle strain, Jimmy McIlroy played
in the away game at Highbury against Arsenal on December 12,
but after the game Jimmy McIlroy had suffered a re-occurrence of
his injury, and was set to miss the Christmas period, a difficult time
in the calender for any team, but now made especially tough
without their chief play maker.

The Boxing day fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford
represented one sch tough challenge, but Burnley triumphed on the
day 2-1, with Jimmy McIlroy's replacement Ian Lawson scoring.

For the return game back at Turf Moor 2 days later, Jimmy McIlroy
returned to the starting eleven, but he was not fit, and Manchester
United took advantage, and won 4-1.

After a 1-1 draw in the third round of the FA Cup away against
Lincoln, Burnley won the replay 2-0, with Jimmy McIlroy starting
and scoring, but his injury would continue to plague him, and he
was only used during key games.

A 2-1 Fourth round FA Cup replay win over Swansea Town at Turf
Moor, after a 0-0 draw at the Vetch Field, gave Burnley an away
draw against Bradford City, and were earned a 2-2 draw on an
almost unplayable pitch after being 2-0 down wit only ten minutes
remaining. Burnley won the replay 5-0, and qualified for the
Quarter-Finals for the 3rd time in 4 seasons.

After a 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers, when Burnley had
been 2-0 up, took the game into a replay, in which Blackburn won,
leaving Burnley to concentraite on the League.

The Clarets had been involved in a 3 way battle with
Wolverhampton Wanders
and Tottenham Hotspur.
On the 1st March 1960,
Burnley entertained
Tottenham, and in an
entertaining game, Burnley
won 2-0, but that joy was
short lived, when the Clarets
travelled to current League
Champions Wolves, and
were destroyed 6-1.

By the end of Easter,
Tottenham had fallen out of
the race for the
Championship, after they
lost two games in a row,
and upon their visit to
Wolves, they managed to
do Burnley a favour, by beating the League Champions in their
own backyard.

Burnley had five league games left, and four of them were away. On
Wolves last game of the season they thumped Chelsea 5-1,
Burnley drew at home against Fulham, but still had one game more
to play.

The League was finely poised, Wolves lead the way by one point,
having completed their fixture list, whilst Burnley simply needed to
beat Manchester City at Maine Road to win the League.  

65,981 fans attended the game, which Burnley won 2-1 sending
many Clarets fans delirious, and handing Burnley only their second
League Championship.



































*Goal Average applied instead of goal difference
  Team
Played
W
D
L
GF
GA
Pts
1
Burnley
42
24
7
11
85
61
55
2
Wolves
42
24
6
12
106
67
54
3
Tottenham
42
21
11
10
86
50
53
4
West Brom
42
19
11
12
83
57
49
5
Sheff Wed
42
19
11
12
80
59
49
6
Bolton
42
20
8
14
59
51
48
7
Man Utd
42
19
7
16
102
80
45
8
Newcastle
42
18
8
16
82
78
44
9
Preston NE
42
16
12
14
79
76
44
10
Fulham
42
17
10
15
73
80
44
11
Blackpool
42
14
10
17
59
71
40
12
Leicester
City
42
13
13
16
66
75
39
13
Arsenal
42
15
9
18
68
80
39
14
West Ham
42
16
6
20
76
91
38
15
Everton
42
13
11
18
73
78
37
16
Man City
42
17
3
22
78
84
37
17
Blackburn R
42
16
5
21
60
70
37
18
Chelsea
42
14
9
19
76
91
37
19
Birmingham
42
13
10
19
63
80
36
20
Nottm Forest
42
13
9
20
50
74
35
21
Leeds Utd
42
12
10
20
65
92
34
22
Luton Town
42
9
12
21
50
73
30