13 August ~ Burnley are back in the Premier League and kick off their campaign today at home to Swansea, and there’s little doubt their fans would be delighted with a repeat of the 1960-61 season. Then Burnley, defending League champions, made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup where they met today’s opponents. It was the third time the teams had been drawn together in the Cup in four years and the Clarets, managed by Harry Potts, swept aside their second-tier visitors in front of 30,977 at Turf Moor.

John Connelly opened the scoring after just 14 minutes for “redoubtable” Burnley side-footed in from six yards. Jimmy Robson doubled the lead with a header half an hour later and a minute after that it was three when Ray Pointer nodded in from close range. All that was left was for Robson to get his second on 73 minutes, another tap-in.

Swansea finished the season in a respectable seventh in Division Two but Burnley suffered frustration, finishing fourth in Division One and losing in both cup semi-finals, in the League Cup to Aston Villa and in the FA Cup to eventual Double-winners Spurs. The Clarets also went out of the European Cup in the quarter-final, losing 5-4 on aggregate to Hamburg.

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