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The Great Britain Olympic Amateur Team were stepping up their preparations for the summer games scheduled to be held in Rome in 1960 and as part of those preparations they visited Turf Moor to take on the Burnley team.

They found a town that, on that very day, had seen the last resident lose their domestic water supply with everyone now having to use one of the 250 standpipes situated around the town. Our photograph shows neighbours Mr A. Smith and Miss A. M. Newbould of Healey Wood Road bringing home their water. Mr Smith was described by the local press as one of the unluckiest men in Burnley because not only did he need water for domestic use but also a further 20 gallons each day for his small holding where he kept pigs, pigeons and poultry.

coe standpipesA hard time then for Mr Smith, but an even harder one was on the horizon for one 16-year-old Padiham youth if he wasn’t prepared to change. He was up in front of the magistrates after being arrested for shouting obscenities outside a pub which were described by Inspector E. Bowden as more disgraceful than anything he had heard from grown ups. Senior probation officer Norman Yates told the court that the youth had appeared three times since August for similar offences, that he knew it was illegal for him to drink intoxicants but had no scruples in doing so. He said: “This drinking, coupled with his temper, is likely to bring out in him the sort of reputation that gives Teddy boys a bad name.” Mrs Beatrice Hindley (presiding) said if he continued he was certainly heading for prison.

This time he was spared a custodial sentence which meant he was free to go to the Imperial at Nelson where they had announced a big star act for the following weekend. Entertaining there on the Saturday night was none other than ‘The Man with the Golden Trumpet – Eddie Calvert’. The Preston born trumpeter’s most well known tune was Oh Mein Papa.

Harry Potts didn’t treat the Olympic hopefuls lightly and named a full strength side. Only John Angus (on FA duty) and Jimmy Robson (injured) were missing. The Great Britain team hadn’t played together too often and that was most apparent in their attack. It was not until late in the match that they revealed some semblance of order. Their defence, helped by over-elaboration and woolly play by the Burnley forwards, coped with reasonable success in the first half, although the need for better covering tactics was apparent but no doubt would come with more experience of playing together.

Burnley missed chances before Jimmy McILROY put them ahead with a lucky goal, his shot being diverted into the net off a defender for the only goal of the first half. Soon after the resumption, when H. Forde downed Ray Pointer, M. J. Pinner gauged the direction of a McILROY penalty but not its speed and the lead was doubled.

John CONNELLY made it three with a terrific shot after dribbling round W. Neil and Billy WHITE darted through to beat two men and Pinner with a rising drive to make it four. Then CONNELLY completed the scoring for Burnley when a spinning centre had the defence floundering and the right wing man was there to apply a close in finishing touch. Pinner was the outstanding player for the Olympic team but in the end it was an easy 5-0 win for Burnley.

The teams were;

Burnley: Adam Blacklaw, Tommy Cummings, Alex Elder, Bobby Seith, Jimmy Adamson, Brian Miller, John Connelly, Billy White, Ray Pointer, Jimmy McIlroy, Brian Pilkington.

GB Olympic Team: M. J. Pinner (England), D. Gardener (England), W. Neil (Scotland), R. Sleap (England), A, D’Arcy (England), H. Forde (Ireland), A. McIntosh (Wales), J. R. Ward (England), R. Brown (England), P. Kane (Scotland), J. H. Devine (Scotland).

Referee: Mr Frank Carter (Burnley).

Attendance: 5,935.

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