The 1980s completed as Clarets hit rock bottom
Today sees all the results, league tables and programme covers added for the final half of the 1980s which includes all the seasons from 1985/86 to 1989/90.
It kicks off with Burnley in the Fourth Division for the first time in the club’s history and ends with us in the same place after five successive years during which there was never really any sign of a promotion push but a real shocker of a season when we nearly lost our Football League place altogether.
The previous five years had seen a record high of 44 players make league debuts but that was blown away in this five years with another 54 joining the list along with David Miller and Tony Morley who both returned for short loan spells.
Steve M Davis (the second) made his debut during these five years when he came on loan from Southampton in the 1989/90 season. Of all the debutants, no one went on to make more league appearances for us. When he left for the final time as a player in 2003 he’d clocked up a total of 327 appearances. Three more went on to pass the 200 total. Andy Farrell made 257 league appearances while John Deary and Ray Deakin reached 215 and 213 respectively.
The full list of league debutants during the five years is: Ray Deakin, Jim Heggarty, Brian Chippendale, Dennis Peacock, Andy Robinson, Darren Heesom, Ashley Hoskin, Phil Harrington, Neil Edwards, Andy Kilner, Peter Haddock, Richard Holden, Ian Britton, Wayne Entwistle, Rob Regis, Jason Harris, Peter Leebrook, Phil Murphy, Tony Woodworth, Mark Caughey, Phil Devaney, Jason Hardy, Paul Comstive, Peter Daniel, Andy Farrell, Steve Gardner, Shaun McGrory, George Oghani, Chris Pearce, Peter Zelem, Steve P Davis, David Reeves, Brendan O’Connell, Gary Rowell, Paul Atkinson, Winston White, Ian Measham, David Jones, Mark Monington, David Williams, Stewart Hooper, John Deary, Roger Eli, Tony Hancock, Mark Harris, Peter Mumby, Steve M Davis, Ron Futcher, Junior Bent, Paul McKay, John Francis, Nigel Smith, Neil Buckley and Neil Howarth.
The 1985/86 season started with Martin Buchan newly installed as manager but he was followed by Tommy Cavanagh before we saw returns for both Brian Miller and Frank Casper with Casper still in charge at the end of the 1989/90 season.
The League Tables from 1985/86 to 1989/90 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.Share this page :