Burnley legend Jimmy Robson reflects on a famous night at Maine Road when the Clarets were last crowned champions of England

Burnley - champions of England!

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 9:00 am
Burnley show off the Football League Championship trophy in 1960

It is an achievement that still hasn't sunk in with Jimmy Robson, 60 years on.

Robson, now 81, is one of the surviving members of the side that went to Maine Road on Monday, May 2nd to face Manchester City, knowing a win would seal the First Division title.

The Clarets, famously, had not topped the table at any stage all season, and had drawn their final home game 0-0 against Fulham two days previous.

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That left them in third place, behind leaders Wolves and Spurs.

Anything less than a win against City would mean Wolves - who went on to win the FA Cup, beating Blackburn Rovers 3-0 - would be champions for the third-successive season.

The Clarets earned a fourth-minute lead through Brian Pilkington, who saldy died in February, before City hit back through Joe Hayes.

On the half hour, Trevor Meredith, in for the injured John Connelly, scored what proved to be the winning goal, as Burnley were crowned champions for the second - and last - time in their history.

Robson insists Burnley were deserved champions: "The season finished on the Monday, at Manchester City

"We'd never been top all season until the last match.

"It didn't sink in at the time (the magnitude of the achievement), and it still doesn't.

"We were a good side, we used to share all the work between us.

"Adam (Blacklaw) was a good goalkeeper. his reactions were good, he used to make saves no other goalkeeper would have made.

"We had two full backs, John Angus and Alex Alder, who were top class, and Tommy Cummings and Brian Miller, who were good players as well.

"Brian was no-nonsense.

"Jimmy McIlroy and Jimmy Adamson in the centre of midfield - they were special. Jimmy Adamson was captain and talked a lot on the field.

"Jimmy Mac was just a great player.

"Brian Pilkington and John Connelly were the wingers...we had some very good players when you think back.

"John was straight-forward, he used to go up the line and get crosses in, I liked playing with him.

"I used to like playing with Ray Pointer as well, he was no-nonsense, he didn't mess about, we played together well.

"We were a good side. You could go from the goalkeeper all the way through.

"We deserved to win the title, even though we hadn't been top until the last game.

"We had to win it, it was after the season finished, Trevor (Meredith) came in for John, who was injured, and got the winner, after Pilky got the first.

"Manchester City gave us champagne, and we came back and everyone was out on the streets."