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A cup trip to Lincoln for Harry Potts and his team

It was time for the FA Cup 3rd Round draw sixty years ago. The dramatic events were, as always, held in the FA Council Chamber with BBC Radio allowed in to cover the event as the 64 balls went into the blue velvet bag while workers and schoolboys huddle around radios listening for their team’s number to be drawn.

On this day the drama was extended for Burnley fans who waited and waited for our number 10 to be drawn, and they couldn’t have had longer to wait. We were last out with an away draw against Lincoln City with the game to be played on Saturday 9th January 1960.

Lincoln had been beaten 5-0 two days earlier at Scunthorpe in a Second Division fixture and they sat 18th in the table, three points behind Liverpool who had just, by the way, appointed Huddersfield manager Bill Shankly as their new manager to replace Phil Taylor.

Lincoln were managed by Bill Anderson. He’d been in charge since the league programme resumed at the end of World War II and he would remain manager there for a further five years. This would be the first FA Cup meeting between the clubs since the 1904/05 season when Lincoln won a Turf Moor replay 2-1 after a draw at Lincoln.

Our last league game against the Imps had been back in the 1933/34 season. On that occasion we won 3-1 at home but lost the return fixture at Lincoln by four goals to nil.

The draw was believed to give Burnley a reasonably bright chance of advancement into the fourth round with manager Harry Potts keen on having another good cup run having gone all the way to the 6th round in the previous season.

The full draw was;

Gillingham or Torquay United v Swansea Town
Bury v Bolton Wanderers
Fulham v Hull City
Stoke City v Preston North End
Bath City v Brighton and Hove Albion
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Watford v Birmingham City
Derby County v Manchester United
Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers
Scunthorpe United v Margate or Crystal Palace
Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic v York City
Manchester City v Southampton
Nottingham Forest v Reading
Bristol City v Charlton Athletic
Stockport County or Crewe Alexandra v Workington
Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough
West Bromwich Albion v Plymouth Argyle
Sheffield United v Portsmouth
Newport County v Tottenham Hotspur
Rotherham United v Arsenal
Exeter City v Luton Town
Aston Villa v Leeds United
Ipswich Town v Peterborough United
Blackpool v Mansfield Town
Liverpool v Leyton Orient
Huddersfield Town v West Ham United
Rochdale or Bradford City v Everton
Wrexham v Leicester City
Bristol Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers or Port Vale
Chelsea v Bradford Park Avenue
Lincoln City v Burnley

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