The Orient Game – 9th May 1987

Burnley Football Club Thirty Years On 

It’s hard to believe that in just seven days time from today it will be 30 years to the day that the Clarets beat Orient 2-1 at Turf Moor to maintain their Football League status, over the years the club has changed in some many ways both on and off the field with a new look Turf Moor, Training Ground and now Premier League football.

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We must also take the time next week to remember the team members from that day against Orient who helped to save our club, but are sadly no longer with us Chairman Frank Teasdale, Manager Brian Miller, Assistant Manager Arthur Bellamy, players Ray Deakin and Ian Britton.

Despite the fact there has been a number of changes to Turf Moor its still the heart beat at the centre of the community.  A small mill town club punching above its weight as Sean Dyche manages Premier League survival with a small squad and limited budget just like Brian Miller did in the old Fourth Division thirty years ago.

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So this weekend at Turf Moor lets get behind Sean Dyche and his squad for the final push to stay in the Premier League, whilst thanking the team that kept a club alive on the 9th May 1987.

The Squad – Joe Neenan, Peter Leebrook, Peter Hampton, Billy Rodaway, Joe Gallagher, Ray Deakin, Neil Grewcock, Phil Malley, Leighton James, Phil Devaney, Ian Britton, Ashley Hoskin, Brian Miller and Arthur Bellamy.

How strange that 30 years on Leyton Orient have this weekend been relegated to the Vanarama National Conference League.

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