THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

5 March ~ Burnley and Blackburn go into today’s "Cotton Mills Derby" having had very different seasons so far. While Burnley are near the top of the Championship, Blackburn have struggled in lower-mid table. However, a look back at the 1952 FA Cup sixth round might give Rovers fans hope.

Burnley were an established top-tier team at the time and would win the title within a decade, so went into the match as favourites against mediocre Second Division Blackburn. A crowd of 52,920 packed in to Ewood Park and were treated to an upset as Bill Holmes, Alec Glover and Albert Nightingale scored for the home side, though not until after Jackie Chew had put Burnley 1-0 up.

Blackburn went on to lose the semi-final eventual Cup winners Newcastle.

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