Andrew Greaves column: Burnley win was definitely worth the 35-year wait

Burnley celebrate victory at Ewood Park

Burnley celebrate victory at Ewood Park

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by

WELL it might have been 35 years but by god it was worth the wait! March 9 2014 will forever go down as the date when the Clarets ended this horrible hoodoo once and for all.

The key moment for me, however, was not either of the Burnley goals but the moment Jordan Rhodes – who’d earlier fired Rovers in front – latched onto a poor David Jones backpass. . . and promptly shot against the base of the post.

That was the bit of luck we have perhaps been missing in this fixture in recent years.

Even at 1-0 down, I never once felt nervous; the key for everyone was keeping calm and allow Rovers to go about their business.

By the time Rhodes hit the opener, we’d already had the ball in the back of the net, Sam Vokes turning in a Scott Arfield cross-shot only to see the offside flag up.

Matchwinner Danny Ings really should have dragged us level before half time but, after doing the hard work and intercepting a poor ball back, he fired straight at Paul Robinson before screwing the rebound wide.

Half time came and it was the Rovers fans in high spirits.

But after Rhodes spurned his chance, you just sensed the tide had turned.

Exit David Dunn and the home side looked to suddenly lack ideas.

Sean Dyche – who I doubt will ever pay for a drink in Burnley again – threw on Ross Wallace and Ashley Barnes and it had an immediate impact as from a Wallace free kick, Jason Shackell got to the ball before Robinson to head the Clarets level.

The Scot was involved in the winner as well, beating Tommy Spurr to a ball on the byline before cutting it back for Ings to score after Barnes failed to control.

That sent the away fans – 4,500 of them behind that goal – into raptures.

Rovers, to their credit, threw everything at it but they never really troubled Tom Heaton and Mike Dean’s whistle after four minutes of added time brought to an end almost four decades of hurt.

Now the monkey is off the back, perhaps the more significant point about this particular three points is the fact it leaves us eight clear of Derby County in third.

Maybe my mate last week was right, it is ours to lose now!

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5:55pm Mon 10 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

Despite what Rovers fans and journalists would have you believe, here is a an interesting statistic that might surprise you.

The last 12 league games at Ewood Park between Blackburn and Burnley have ended with 7 wins 2 Draws and 3 losses for Blackburn ? Wrong, The Clarets have now won 7 of the last 12 league games at Ewood.
Despite what Rovers fans and journalists would have you believe, here is a an interesting statistic that might surprise you. The last 12 league games at Ewood Park between Blackburn and Burnley have ended with 7 wins 2 Draws and 3 losses for Blackburn ? Wrong, The Clarets have now won 7 of the last 12 league games at Ewood. FCBurnley
  • Score: 15

6:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Well done Burnley you deserved and grinded out the 3 points on the day because your players work so well as a team. A team that never gives up and who believes in their manager. Something in which Rovers do not possess. Good luck in your journey to the Premier League its yours to lose now.
Well done Burnley you deserved and grinded out the 3 points on the day because your players work so well as a team. A team that never gives up and who believes in their manager. Something in which Rovers do not possess. Good luck in your journey to the Premier League its yours to lose now. Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 20

6:57pm Mon 10 Mar 14

McClaret says...

What a great time to be a Burnley fan. Nice stat FCBurnley, got so bored with the 35 year thing, it was 11 games!
What a great time to be a Burnley fan. Nice stat FCBurnley, got so bored with the 35 year thing, it was 11 games! McClaret
  • Score: 15

7:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

Stat courtesy of Tony at Clarets Mad.
Stat courtesy of Tony at Clarets Mad. FCBurnley
  • Score: 11

8:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

TurfMoorTom says...

What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me
What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -12

9:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

bluenick says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Despite what Rovers fans and journalists would have you believe, here is a an interesting statistic that might surprise you.

The last 12 league games at Ewood Park between Blackburn and Burnley have ended with 7 wins 2 Draws and 3 losses for Blackburn ? Wrong, The Clarets have now won 7 of the last 12 league games at Ewood.
Well then! Why is the Dingle express having a pull out to celebrate the historic win? Oh yes ! It was your cup final!!!! PMSL!
Is the Dingle bias telegraph following suite????
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Despite what Rovers fans and journalists would have you believe, here is a an interesting statistic that might surprise you. The last 12 league games at Ewood Park between Blackburn and Burnley have ended with 7 wins 2 Draws and 3 losses for Blackburn ? Wrong, The Clarets have now won 7 of the last 12 league games at Ewood.[/p][/quote]Well then! Why is the Dingle express having a pull out to celebrate the historic win? Oh yes ! It was your cup final!!!! PMSL! Is the Dingle bias telegraph following suite???? bluenick
  • Score: -12

10:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

spudpaul61 says...

heres the thing these rovers bums have been dealt with, we now have bigger fish to fry let them wollow in mediocrity and the past they deserve it !!! football has come back home UTC
heres the thing these rovers bums have been dealt with, we now have bigger fish to fry let them wollow in mediocrity and the past they deserve it !!! football has come back home UTC spudpaul61
  • Score: 6

10:50pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me
Is that what you say to your punters once they've handed over your drug money behind the skip round the back of the Londis up Shadsworth?
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me[/p][/quote]Is that what you say to your punters once they've handed over your drug money behind the skip round the back of the Londis up Shadsworth? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 8

10:58pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me
Its starting to get a little repetitive now Mungo, knock it off.

You've been beaten at home by Burnley. You have nothing left so drop the nonsense, there's a good retard.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me[/p][/quote]Its starting to get a little repetitive now Mungo, knock it off. You've been beaten at home by Burnley. You have nothing left so drop the nonsense, there's a good retard. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 10

11:20pm Mon 10 Mar 14

stevieclaret says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me
Ur boring ewood Tom. Every regular on here knows u r a fraud. To away and try another pseudonym!
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: What a load of **** - how can it be worth waiting 35 years to beat one club one solitary time when in the intervening period we nearly fell out of the league and they won the thing!! I suspect while they've been competitive with Man Utd in the recent past we were of little concern and the 35yr thing was only in our heads. They'll know it'll just be a short lived blip and will be well ready for us next time and probably now relishing some competition which we've been unable to provide for the last 2 generations. Just devils advocate and all that...feel free to keep having a go at me[/p][/quote]Ur boring ewood Tom. Every regular on here knows u r a fraud. To away and try another pseudonym! stevieclaret
  • Score: 7

8:13am Tue 11 Mar 14

A Darener says...

The vultures are gathering. Mark Hughes is contemplating taking Ings off your hands. That will teach you to beat his favourite team, after United.
He will not be alone, even if you go up keeping hold of your " star" players will be difficult. But best of luck with that. Looking forward to watching your games next season. I could do with some fun in my life.
The vultures are gathering. Mark Hughes is contemplating taking Ings off your hands. That will teach you to beat his favourite team, after United. He will not be alone, even if you go up keeping hold of your " star" players will be difficult. But best of luck with that. Looking forward to watching your games next season. I could do with some fun in my life. A Darener
  • Score: -1

9:21am Tue 11 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

A Darener wrote:
The vultures are gathering. Mark Hughes is contemplating taking Ings off your hands. That will teach you to beat his favourite team, after United.
He will not be alone, even if you go up keeping hold of your " star" players will be difficult. But best of luck with that. Looking forward to watching your games next season. I could do with some fun in my life.
Shame on you. Getting pleasure out of the potential demise of someone else.

How things in Venky world. Do you deserve each other? Surely not! What has Venky done to deserve you lot - Oh loyal constant attendee.

I thought Rovers played well on Sunday by the way.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: The vultures are gathering. Mark Hughes is contemplating taking Ings off your hands. That will teach you to beat his favourite team, after United. He will not be alone, even if you go up keeping hold of your " star" players will be difficult. But best of luck with that. Looking forward to watching your games next season. I could do with some fun in my life.[/p][/quote]Shame on you. Getting pleasure out of the potential demise of someone else. How things in Venky world. Do you deserve each other? Surely not! What has Venky done to deserve you lot - Oh loyal constant attendee. I thought Rovers played well on Sunday by the way. RobH2O
  • Score: 3

9:41am Tue 11 Mar 14

A Darener says...

More to the point what had Rovers done to deserve the Venky's? Or football for that matter?
More to the point what had Rovers done to deserve the Venky's? Or football for that matter? A Darener
  • Score: 1

10:06am Tue 11 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

A Darener wrote:
More to the point what had Rovers done to deserve the Venky's? Or football for that matter?
You mean the same Venkys that have ploughed Millions upon millions of pounds into your club?

They bought you for £43 million and since then have funded cheap as chips season tickets for your ungrateful fans at a cost of several million to them.

A £50 million per year wage bill has been covered by them (x2).

They have spent over £15 million in transfer fees since you were relegated into the Championship plus many millions upon millions of wages.

I would estimate that they have spent probably £150 million on your club and you lot are the most ungrateful, whiny, moaning set of plastics ever in the history of the game by constantly blaming them for every thing wrong at BRFC.

The sooner they dispense with your club the better and allow you to resume your place in the lower reaches of football, as I am sure they will not want to keep **** money away.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: More to the point what had Rovers done to deserve the Venky's? Or football for that matter?[/p][/quote]You mean the same Venkys that have ploughed Millions upon millions of pounds into your club? They bought you for £43 million and since then have funded cheap as chips season tickets for your ungrateful fans at a cost of several million to them. A £50 million per year wage bill has been covered by them (x2). They have spent over £15 million in transfer fees since you were relegated into the Championship plus many millions upon millions of wages. I would estimate that they have spent probably £150 million on your club and you lot are the most ungrateful, whiny, moaning set of plastics ever in the history of the game by constantly blaming them for every thing wrong at BRFC. The sooner they dispense with your club the better and allow you to resume your place in the lower reaches of football, as I am sure they will not want to keep **** money away. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 6

11:10am Tue 11 Mar 14

We'll win the next one says...

Well done to Burnley, the game wasn't the best but Burnley have the hunger, desire and the never give up attitude. A good team and good manager, best of luck in your journey to the Premiership.
RTID.
Well done to Burnley, the game wasn't the best but Burnley have the hunger, desire and the never give up attitude. A good team and good manager, best of luck in your journey to the Premiership. RTID. We'll win the next one
  • Score: 5

11:10am Tue 11 Mar 14

A Darener says...

The sooner they dispense with your club the better and allow you to resume your place in the lower reaches of football, as I am sure they will not want to keep **** money away..
Very, very, very true! The sooner the better.
The sooner they dispense with your club the better and allow you to resume your place in the lower reaches of football, as I am sure they will not want to keep **** money away.. Very, very, very true! The sooner the better. A Darener
  • Score: -2

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