VILLE V BURNLEY:
TIT HISTORY SO FAR …
Our 123 year history against our Lancastrian neighbors …
City and Burnley will see the horns for the 104th time this afternoon – five months after the teams met at the Etihad in one of our first closed-door matches.
This result went in the direction of City and overall it’s a game in which we have generally performed well over the years.
Starting in 1897, it was Burnley who beat the first meeting on October 30, winning 3-1 at Turf Moor with the second leg at Hyde Road ending in 1-1.
Our first win was a 1-0 home success in March 1900 and in 1903 a 6-0 City victory at Hyde Road would be the first of many beatings the Clarets have suffered over the years – including the upcoming Sixth clash. years later that saw City win 4-0.
Between 1900 and 1920, City would lose just once, winning seven and shooting the other two by a 26-8 goal tally. Ouch.
The Clarets – who won their first high-flying title in 1920-21 – recorded their biggest win against City so far in April 1922 with a 5-2 victory at Turf Moor and their first two visits to the splendid City’s new Maine Road stadium ended as 2-2 and 3-3 draws.
In fact, it’s fair to say that there have always been goals and fun when these two teams meet.
For example, in October 1925 City beat Burnley 8-3 and won the return to Turf Moor 2-1 – but while City were relegated that season, Burnley survived by one point.
After a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor in 1933, City progressed in the FA Cup, the Clarets will have to wait until 1948 to taste the next victory.
But it was not always a disaster for our Lancastrian cousins. Between March 1953 and March 1963, Burnley had his best streak of success in this match, winning 11 and shooting three of the next 19 games, including 4-1 and 5-2 at Maine Road, not to mention a victory of 6-3. on their original soil.
During this span, Burnley had won their second elite title in 1959-60 and City faced the champions in games two and three of the 1960-61 season, with City winning both encounters 2-1 at Maine Road and 3 -1 at Turf Moor – within six days!
Between 1966 and 1970, City would then lose just one of the next 10 games and among the results was a 7-0 loss at Maine Road.
And from April 1975 to the present day, a game against City has become a painful experience for Burnley fans.
The Clarets have managed only one win in the last 24 games and the combined goalscoring tally is a revelation to any Burnley fan.
City have won 17 goals, drawn six and lost only once, scoring 72 goals and conceding 17 – that’s an average of more than three goals per game for City and includes 6-0, 6 -1, 5-0 (x4) and 4- 1 (x2) drubbings.
It is now 57 years since Burnley last won at City with their last success in 1963 and what was once a fairly even game has been totally dominated by City for over 47 years.
Saturday, the story of this historic meeting continues …