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Last month we added the results, league tables and programme covers up for a five year period up to and including the 1979/80 season and today it moves on a further five years to the end of 1984/85.

The last updated finished with us having been relegated to the Third Division for the first time and this current update sees firstly a promotion and then two further relegations, leaving us in the basement Fourth Division as the fortunes of the club plummeted.

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Football was changing too and the number of debutants was the highest we’ve seen in a five year period. There were four in the very first game of the period, a 1-1 home draw against Newport that saw all of Ian Wood, David Holt, Tommy Cassidy and Steve Taylor play for the first time and by the time the 1984/85 season had ended that total had reached 44.

Of that group of players, only Neil Grewcock went on to make 200 plus league appearances for Burnley and then just with a total of 202. Only three more, Micky Phelan (168), Steve Taylor (131) and Peter Hampton (118) reached three figures.

The debutants during these five seasons, in chronological order, were Wood, Holt, Cassidy, Steve Taylor, Eric Potts, Colin Anderson, Andy Wharton, Phelan, Trevor Steven, Micky Wardrobe, Paul McGee, Mark Allen, Phil Ray, Ian Muir, Willie Donachie, Mike Walsh, David Miller, Terry Donovan, Lee Dixon, Roger Hansbury, Joe Gallagher, Tommy Hutchison, Kevin Reeves, Gerry Gow, Malcolm Waldron, Steve Daley, Dennis Tueart, Steve Kennedy, Wayne Biggins, Steve Baker, Kevin Glendon, Phil Malley, Hampton, Kevin Hird, Barry Powell, Grewcock, Alan Taylor, Neil Whatmore, Peter Devine, Geoff Palmer, Les Lawrence, Joe Neenan, Mark Rhodes and Tony Chilton.

The name on the manager’s door went through a few changes too. The 1980/81 season kicked off with Brian Miller in charge but by the end of the 1984/85 season all of Frank Casper, John Bond and John Benson had followed him with Benson having taken charge of his last game.

The League Tables from 1980/81 to 1984/85 are all now available and in the drop down menu as are all the Results for the same seasons. These results don’t yet carry the opposition scorers although these will be added as soon as possible. The Programmes for all of the five seasons are also now available.

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