Match 11
8th October 1988
Burnley (a)

18th OCTOBER 1988

Having crushed the Gulls in midweek, the general opinion on the coach to Burnley was that we could cause an upset of Rotherham proportions. Our 100% record of outshouting the home supporters was obviously going to end, but most felt that a City victory would be more than adequate compensation.

The game followed a similar pattern to last season's encounter at Turf Moor, in so much as City had the better of the opening exchanges. The turning point came on 31 minutes, when George Oghani was given space on the edge of the area and his superbly placed shot curled into the far corner. The rest of the first-half saw the play continue to ebb and flow, I couldn't help thinking what a great live TV match this would have been. City continued to press strongly after the interval, and with more than their fair share of possession, Exeter created many good chances. Rowbotham struck a vicious drive just wide, whilst keeper Chris Pearce performed a superb reflex save to foll Neville, when City's top scorer looked certain to equalise. Burnley did look extremely dangerous on the break, and it wasn't too much of a surprise to see Peter Zelem head home with twenty minutes left. The rest of the game belonged to the Clarets, and in the last minute a low cross was side-footed home by the new hero in this part of the world, Brendon O'Connell. However both City players and supporters had reason to be proud of their efforts, so neither party could begrudge the other a congratulatory ovation at the end.

'We're Proud of You' was again the theme of the day, and having witnessed a tremendous battling performance from a side which never knew how to give in, it summed up our feelings to a toe. We will play worse than this and win comfortably against poorer opposition. Make sure you soo the Burnley game in February, it looks sure to be a cracker.

I am sure you recall that day, May 9th 1987. An incredible crowd of 17,400 (vitually one quarter of Burnley's population) saw the Clarets beat a Leyton Orient side 2-1. I seem to remember that on the same day a team from a West Country holiday resort saved their skin by drawing the last match with Crowe. I also seem to remember that they attracted a massive crowd of 3,500 for the match - the most important in their history. Cor, what support!

Last season was a lot more successful for Burnley. A strong challenge was made to reach the play-offs, but three defeats in their last four matches proved fatal. They ran Norwich close in the Littlewoods Cup, but the highlight of the season was an appearance at Wembley in the final of the Sherpa Van Trophy. Tranmere, Rochdale, Chester, Bury, Halifax and Preston were defeated on route. A total crowd of 33,000 saw the two clashes with Preston, whilst 81,000 watched Wolves 2-0 victory in the final.

Burnley's ground, Turf Moor, has a capacity of 25,000, the second highest in the Fourth. There is a large covered terrace along one side of the pitch, a sizeable section of which is reserved for visiting supporters. It will be a struggle for City fans to make themselves heard, as we will be situated no more than a balm-cake's throw away from many of Burnley's lads.

Opposite and to the right of this terrace are two of the finest and largest stands in the Fourth division. Both are vast, covorod, ono tior constructions, containing very smart, uniform claret, plastic seats 6,800 of them to be exact. Burnley's supporters havo something of Population for 'anti-sout honerism', more of this in the 'Come On Burn-ley' article elsewhere in this issue. On the lighter side, Turf moor is the home of the best meat and vegantable ples in the Fourth Division unfortunately, on that point we can't think of a comparison in the First Division



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