Top 10 fascinating East Lancashire derby facts

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Top 10 fascinating East Lancashire derby facts Top 10 fascinating East Lancashire derby facts

1. Burnley and Rovers met for the first time on September 27, 1879. Rovers ran out 4-2 winners at Turf Moor but the Clarets gained revenge with a 5-1 hammering of their rivals at Ewood Park the following March.

2. The two East Lancashire rivals met some 13 times in the derby before the Football League was founded in 1888 - they were among the 12 founder members.

3. The crowd for the first derby was exactly 5,000. Those in attendance at Turf Moor were witnessing the start of one of football's most famous rivalries.

4. Burnley's Jerry Dawson and Blackburn's Ronnie Clayton share the record for the number of appearances in an East Lancashire derby. They played in 19 each.

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Disaster banner ronnie clayton.jpg for the homepage

 

5. In 1929 the Clarets and Rovers put on a thriller for a 23,000 at Ewood Park as the goals flew in with Blackburn running out 8-3 winners.

6. The the early days of the derby there was an informality about the reporting of games. One Rovers scorer was listed as unknown while two Burnley goals were credited to 'scrimmage'.

7. Jack Bruton is the only man to score for Rovers against the Clarets and for Burnley against Rovers as he turned out for both clubs in the 1920s.

8. Blackburn complained to the Football League about what they believed to be Burnley's illegal number of Scottish players in the 1880s. The claim was thrown out.

9. Jimmy Robson scored one of the most celebrated derby goals for the Clarets when his strike at Ewood Park in 1960 put Burnley well on the way to the League title - and also gained revenge for a defeat to Rovers at Turf Moor earlier in the season.

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: CHAMPIONS: 1960 title-winning Clarets side are (back l-r) Alex Elder, Jimmy Robson, Tommy Cummings, Adam Blacklaw, Brian Miller, John Angus, Ray Pointer, (front) John Connelly, Jimmy McIlroy, Jimmy Adamson, Brian Pilkington and Trevor Meredith

 

10. Former Rovers boss Graeme Souness has been involved in derbies in Liverpool, Glasgow and Istanbul but he said about the East Lancashire derby: "That's a proper game...it really is something else."

 

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5:17pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Rover since 1947 says...

There is one other international who has scored for both clubs in the derby. Any guesses who that was?
There is one other international who has scored for both clubs in the derby. Any guesses who that was? Rover since 1947
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7:34pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Stone Island: says...

11, Burnley haven't beat Rovers since 1979.
11, Burnley haven't beat Rovers since 1979. Stone Island:
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8:43pm Thu 6 Mar 14

The Curator says...

There's only one very important fact here .Burnley ain't beat Rovers for very nearly 35 years ..
There's only one very important fact here .Burnley ain't beat Rovers for very nearly 35 years .. The Curator
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7:05am Fri 7 Mar 14

1riversider says...

Someone needs to do their homework!!
The first match was on 3/11/1888 when Rovers won 7-1.
The second match was on 4/2/1889 when Rovers won 4-2.

In fact Rovers won the first 6 meetings.

Typical rubbish reporting from the LET, but then again does anyone expect anything else.

Come on you blues.
Someone needs to do their homework!! The first match was on 3/11/1888 when Rovers won 7-1. The second match was on 4/2/1889 when Rovers won 4-2. In fact Rovers won the first 6 meetings. Typical rubbish reporting from the LET, but then again does anyone expect anything else. Come on you blues. 1riversider
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8:00am Fri 7 Mar 14

Captain Beefheart says...

27th December 1982, was Burnleys last win against Rovers! Im a Blackburn lad and no mathmatician but lets have it right, that makes 32 years, not 35 ;0)
27th December 1982, was Burnleys last win against Rovers! Im a Blackburn lad and no mathmatician but lets have it right, that makes 32 years, not 35 ;0) Captain Beefheart
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9:11am Fri 7 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Captain Beefheart wrote:
27th December 1982, was Burnleys last win against Rovers! Im a Blackburn lad and no mathmatician but lets have it right, that makes 32 years, not 35 ;0)
I'm a Burnley fan and that game was a 1-0 win for Blackburn.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Beefheart[/bold] wrote: 27th December 1982, was Burnleys last win against Rovers! Im a Blackburn lad and no mathmatician but lets have it right, that makes 32 years, not 35 ;0)[/p][/quote]I'm a Burnley fan and that game was a 1-0 win for Blackburn. Champagne plus charlie
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12:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Stone Island: says...

Captain Beefheart wrote:
27th December 1982, was Burnleys last win against Rovers! Im a Blackburn lad and no mathmatician but lets have it right, that makes 32 years, not 35 ;0)
I think you'll find that's incorrect.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Beefheart[/bold] wrote: 27th December 1982, was Burnleys last win against Rovers! Im a Blackburn lad and no mathmatician but lets have it right, that makes 32 years, not 35 ;0)[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that's incorrect. Stone Island:
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