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Having drawn 2-2 at Ninian Park six days earlier in the second round of the League Cup, Cardiff City were at Turf Moor for the replay with the two clubs knowing that a home tie against Plymouth Argyle in round three was the reward.

Sometimes when a town hints at progress, it can mean the loss of iconic buildings. It had happened in the mid-1960s with the loss of the market hall in Burnley and now came confirmation that the Palace Theatre, which had by then become a bingo hall, would be no more.

It was to be demolished in 1974 to continue the development of the town centre that would provide an undisturbed string of shops, offices and parking facilities from Curzon Street to the Keirby Roundabout. The centre piece of the development was going to be a new ultra-modern Woolworth’s store.

One establishment in Burnley was very much a tradition, Holden’s Café in the Market Hall, but in 1973 it was the end of an era when Mr George Holden, who had owned and run the café for twenty years, had sold it to a Blackpool concern. He was retiring and all of his 23 staff organised a big farewell party for him at the Keirby Hotel.

The West End Residents’ Association, led by Mr Ronald Bushby, had come up with an alternative route for the M65, directing it alongside the Padiham to Barrowford bypass. Mr Bushby claimed it would save 42 homes in Rosegrove but the planners told him that many more homes would be lost due to changed required to other roads.

Speaking to the Burnley Express, the former mayor said: “We have intimated to the planners that we are one hundred percent behind the alternative route and will be supporting it when the public inquiry is held. If this line is accepted, it would be the salvation of Rosegrove and Hapton.” A spokesman for the North Western Road Construction Unit, the planners, responded to Mr Bushby, telling him publicly: “The line the residents’ association is backing is one which was ruled out as not being as good as ours. This line has no backing from the department.”

It wasn’t Alan Howarth’s night when he sat watching television with his 17-year-old son. Suddenly three police officers ran into the house searching for a youth they said they had seen run into the house. Mr Howarth was told to go upstairs to look but when he came back down, the police were taking his son. He ran to the police van outside demanding that they release his son and going as far as to shake his fists at the police officers. That antagonised the officers who arrested him for disorderly behaviour.

Mr Howarth told the court: “I was only trying to prevent my son getting into trouble. I knew he had not done anything wrong. I was not disorderly and I did not strike the officer.” The court believed him and he was discharged.

With Burnley due to play at home on Boxing Day against Liverpool, Burnley, Colne & Nelson Joint Transport confirmed there would be extra bus services on the day to cater for the crowds heading to and from Turf Moor. Burnley Football Club also confirmed transport arrangements for the Texaco Cup tie at Hearts would include a flight from Blackpool Airport.

The club had appointed Mr Ian Rawson as the new head groundsman at both Turf Moor and Gawthorpe. Mr Rawson had been with the club for three years and would be joined by assistants Mr John Jemeson and Mr Roy Oldfield.

Youngster Terry Pashley, who had made his first team debut as a substitute in the home leg of the Texaco Cup tie against East Fife, had celebrated his 17th birthday, and what a way to celebrate it. The Chesterfield born full back had made such good progress, he was rewarded with his first professional contract.

So, Cardiff at the Turf. On their previous visit in the Second Division, we’d won 3-0 with a Paul Fletcher hat trick, but this League Cup replay proved to be a much tougher task. There had been better football played at Burnley in the season but for excitement, drama and fluctuating fortunes, this was a game that would take some beating.

It was a case of the underdog refusing to go under, and by the end it took a freak goal, from a Welshman no less, to beat Cardiff but not before they’d taken the game into extra time.

Ray Hankin opens the scoring for Burnley

The first half was virtually a write off with little good football played and neither side ever looking as if they might make a breakthrough, but it was Burnley who stepped things up after the break with man of the match Doug Collins very much involved.

There was not much more than twenty minutes remaining when our pressure finally paid off and it was a simple goal with Ray HANKIN running onto a perfectly flighted Peter Noble centre to guide the ball with an astute header past goalkeeper Bill Irwin.

That goal looked likely to give Burnley victory but Cardiff had other ideas and seven minutes later they won a corner which led to their equaliser. The ball fell kindly for Gilbert Reece who saw his shot saved by Alan Stevenson. It resulted in a scramble which ended with Bobby WOODRUFF scoring from close in.

It remained at 1-1 and so the game went into extra time which got a dramatic start. In the very first minute of the extra thirty, Leighton James was halted by Philip Dwyer, leaving Sheffield referee Harold Williams with the simple task of pointing to the penalty. Up stepped JAMES who scored with his first ever spot kick for the Clarets.

Two minutes later, defender Richie Morgan, who had moved up from the back, went down in the box under a challenge from Colin Waldron. Again the referee pointed to the spot and MORGAN himself scored to level things at 2-2.

All square again but five minutes into the second half of extra time, the game was decided when Collins found James with a pass down the left. JAMES went past Gary Bell and flighted an intended centre to the far post which dropped over Irwin and into the net.

There was no comeback this time from Cardiff who saw Irwin save brilliantly from Hankin before Martin Dobson hammered a shot against the underside of the bar. But they had given us two tough games and it was a relief to finally win through.

The teams were;

Burnley: Alan Stevenson, Peter Noble, Keith Newton, Martin Dobson, Colin Waldron, Jim Thomson, Geoff Nulty, Ray Hankin, Paul Fletcher, Doug Collins, Leighton James. Sub not used: Billy Ingham

Cardiff: Bill Irwin, Philip Dwyer, Gary Bell, Peter King, Richie Morgan, Leighton Phillips, Gilbert Reece, Andy McCullough, Derek Showers, Johnny Vincent (Dave Powell 14), Bobby Woodruff.

Referee: Mr H. Williams (Sheffield).

Attendance: 12,397.

League Cup Second Round Replay Results

Monday 15th October 1973
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Bournemouth 2 – after extra time

Tuesday 16th October 1973
Birmingham 4 Blackpool 2
Bristol City 2 Scunthorpe 1
Burnley 3 Cardiff 2 – after extra time
Fulham 3 Oxford 0
Grimsby 0 Luton 0 – after extra time
Nottingham Forest 1 Millwall 3

Monday 22nd October 1973
Manchester City 0 Walsall 0- after extra time

Monday 29th October 1973
Liverpool 1 West Ham 0
Sunderland 2 Derby 2 – after extra time

Wednesday 31st October 1973
Hull 3 Leicester 2

League Cup Second Round Second Replay Results

Tuesday 23rd October 1973
Luton 2 Grimsby 0

Monday 29th October 1973
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Bournemouth 1 – after extra time

Tuesday 30th October 1973
Walsall 0 Manchester City 4

Wednesday 31st October 1973
Derby 0 Sunderland 3

Burnley Goalscorers (League)

3: Frank Casper, Doug Collins, Martin Dobson, Paul Fletcher, Geoff Nulty
2: Ray Hankin, Leighton James, Colin Waldron

Burnley Goalscorers (Cups)

5: Leighton James
4: Paul Fletcher
2: Ray Hankin, Peter Noble, Geoff Nulty
1: Colin Waldron

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