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Craig Brown

Where do you start? Villa 0 Burnley 3, January 1973, not a bad one to drool over. 

Keith Newton, Leighton James and Billy Ingham all by the 48th minute. Villa fans leaving 40 minutes before the end of a game or moaning that I kept jumping up celebrating yet another goal. 

Leeds 1 Burnley 4 Mar 1974: Paul Fletcher (2), Doug Collins and Geoff Nulty and the second one by Fletcher the greatest goal I’ve ever seen. He told me years later at the 2009 Wembley play-off final that he was about nine feet in the air when he hit it past David Harvey, I could have sworn it was 10. 

Burnley 2 Orient 1: the day all older Clarets will remember, the Orient player almost looked like he was about to say sorry when he scored. The final whistle tears of joy,a chap on crutches said to me “I think I can do without these now” as he danced up the terracing of the Longside. 

The 1988 Sherpa Van Final, let’s not mention the score but Burnley and Wolves fans showed what supporting football should be all about that day. Wade Elliott’s wiinner at Wembley what a day, couldn’t get a normal ticket by phone or online due to being a long-distance fan, but persuaded my wife that we could fork out a fortune on three tickets in “The Bobby Moore Suite”. Lunch, drinks, a seat you could have slept in and the players coming right past us with the trophy, money well spent. 

Thanks Wade, its a good job when you left Turf Moor you chose to come to the Blues (my second favourite team, if you are allowed one). Memories that I will “No Nay Never” forget.

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