Burnley's fans had a lot to celebrate in the 1961/62 season,
as the club and team ethos that had been nurtured since the
Second World War had started to bear fruit. Already a
League Championship under their belt in the 1959/60
season, Burnley were gunning for a League and Cup
double, only the second time that Century that, that feat had
occurred, when things started to go badly wrong.
Burnley were imperious through out the season, but would be
undone by a couple of bad
months at the end of the season. Burnley's FA Cup Campaign had
started in the best
possible way, with a 6- home drubbing of Queens Park Rangers,
next up was 1-1 draw
with Leyton Orient at Turf Moor, the 4rd replay was won by the
Burnley drew Everton again at Turf Moor, this time a 3-1 win saw
the Clarets sail through to the Quarter Final stage.
Fulham was next up, and after 1-1 draw at Villa Park, Burnley
squeezed through 2-1 at Filbert Street, which set up what was
country would meet at Wembley.
Burnley had lost in the Semi Final against Tottenham Hotspur 0-3
the season previous, when Tottenham went on to win the double, a
feat Burnley were well on their way to achieving that season.
But Burnley's form capitulated in the last two months of the season,
after leading the race fr the title for most of the season, and having
a six point gap between them and Ipswich Town 6 games before
the end of the season, everything went wrong, and come the FA up
Final, Burnley had thrown away their chances of the double.
The Claret and Blue of Burnley met the White of Tottenham in a
final 100,000 people ventured to Wembley to watch, but Claret
hearts were left broken when Greeves, Smith and a penalty from
Blanchflower all scored for Tottenham Hotspur. The only bright spot
was Jimmy Robson scoring fr Burnley, which was the 100th
Wembley FA Cup Final goal.
Although the day was lost, Burnley fans still felt that the Claret had
plenty more success to come, little did they know, that before
Burnley would be back at the Twin Towers, they would go to the
very bottom of the Football League, and more than 25 years would
||Tottenham Hotspur Team
|Jimmy Adamson (C)
||Danny Blanchflower (C) (1)
||Bobby Smith (1)
|Jimmy Robson (1)
||Jimmy Greaves (1)
||Tottenham Hotspur 3
|May 05 1962 @
|Referee: J Finney