EARLIER this week Burnley’s supporters clubs convened to make their annual awards and emerged with an eye on the past and the future.
Each voted for their own player of the year, a fair number plumping for Kieran Trippier, who looks to be a steal and who can build on an excellent first season at Turf Moor.
There were two special awards made, one recognising the achivements of the 2011-12 youth team, FA Youth Cup semi-finalists, the other honouring Jimmy Robson, scorer of the 100th FA Cup final goal 50 years ago, as the Clarets went down 3-1 to arch-rivals Spurs in a game marked out by high quality attacking football.
This year’s cup final is on the same date. These days, and especially after the terrible quarter-final showing, Blake and Little left on the bench in 2003, when the Clarets crashed out to Watford, you don’t expect quite as much.
Back in Jimmy’s day a run to the competition’s latter stages was fairly commonplace, unsuprisingly as Burnley were one of the best sides of the time. Probably thanks to Spurs’ presence the 1962 final is available on DVD, I think, and was immortalised on the big screen when a clip of the scoreboard appeared in the Beatles’ film Help.
Todmorden-born cameraman Jon Lord unearthed some super footage taken from the BBC archives of the teams travelling to Wembley and filmed in the dressing rooms before the game for a valedictory programme when the channel, for a time anyway, lost its cup coverage.