Have you ever wondered how Yellow Sport might have reported the football 59-years ago this weekend? Let us take you on a magical trip back to Saturday, April 22, 1961…
Champions Spurs are beaten at Burnley
Burnley 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur
FIRST DIVISION CHAMPIONS, Tottenham Hotspur, certainly didn’t have it all their own way against old adversaries, Burnley, at Turf Moor.
The Clarets, backed by the majority amongst a crowd of 28,991, have always provided the Lilywhites with a tough challenge. The two sides played out a thrilling 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane back in early December but after the Spurs triumphed by three unanswered goals in their recent FA Cup semi-final meeting at Villa Park, the East Lancashire men were keen to make amends.
And so it proved. Gordon Harris scored twice while Jimmy Robson and Jimmy Mcllroy also found the net as last season’s title winners gave the North Londoners – hoping to complete a unique double for the first time in their history – food for thought.
Peter Baker’s first goal of the season and one from Bobby Smith ensured the scoreline remained reasonably respectable for Bill Nicholson’s men.
Burnley: Adam Blacklaw, Alex Elder, John Angus, Thomas Cummings, Walter Joyce, Brian Miller, Gordon Harris, Jimmy McIlroy, Jimmy Robson, Ray Pointer, John Connelly
Tottenham Hotspur: Billy Brown, Peter Baker, Ron Henry, Maurice Norman, John White, Dave MacKay, Danny Blanchflower, Les Allen, Terry Dyson, Terry Medwin, Bobby Smith
League Division One
Arsenal 1-5 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Birmingham City 0-2 Blackpool
Burnley 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Cardiff City 1-1 West Ham United
Fulham 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa
Newcastle United 4-1 Bolton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest 2-2 Leicester City
Preston North End 2-4 Manchester Utd
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Everton
West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Chelsea
Division One round-up…
Arsenal endured an afternoon to forget as second-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers romped to a 5-1 victory at Highbury Stadium. Jackie Henderson’s goal was a stark reward for the Gunners. Barry Stobart bagged a brace, while Peter Broadbent, Bobby Mason and Jimmy Murray sent the Black Country men home in a buoyant mood.
Arsenal: Jack Kelsey, Dave Bacuzzi, Billy McCullough, Terry Neill, Arfon Griffiths, John Barnwell, David Herd, Geoff Strong, Jackie Henderson, George Eastham, Mel Charles
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Malcolm Finlayson, Gerry Harris, Phil Kelly, Bill Slater, Ron Flowers, Ted Clamp, Barry Stobart, Jimmy Murray, Bobby Mason, Norman Deeley, Peter Broadbent
John Dick gave West Ham United the lead against Cardiff City at Ninian Park. However, Peter Donnelly ensured the Welshmen a share of the spoils in front of a disappointing crowd of 9,549 – Both sides remain in the bottom half of the table.
Cardiff City: Graham Vearncombe, Alexander Milne, Danny Malloy, Alan Harrington, Graham Moore, Barry Hole, Colin Baker, Brian Walsh, Derek Tapscott, Derek Hogg, Peter Donnelly
West Ham United: Brian Rhodes, Joe Kirkup, John Lyall, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Alan Sealey, Andy Malcolm, Malcolm Musgrove, Tony Scott, Phil Woosnam, John Dick
Graham Leggat’s first-half goal for Fulham was cancelled out after the interval by Edward Thomas as Blackburn Rovers earned a point in West London. Bedford Jezzard’s Cottagers are four points above the relegation places with a game to play.
Fulham: Tony Macedo, Johnny Key, Bill Dodgin, Jimmy Langley, George Cohen, Eddie Lowe, Alan Mullery, Pat O’Connell, Tosh Chamberlain, Graham Leggat, Johnny Haynes
Blackburn Rovers: Bobby Jones, Matt Woods, John Bray, Keith Newton Ronnie Clayton, Edward Thomas, Peter Dobing, Fred Pickering, Andy McEvoy, Bryan Douglas, Derek Dougan
It proved to be a difficult afternoon for Ted Drake’s Chelsea. The Pensioners were soundly beaten by three goals to nil by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Derek Kevan netted twice for the Baggies – Bobby Robson adding a third.
West Bromwich Albion: Jock Wallace, Stan Jones, Stuart Williams, Don Howe, Jack Lovatt, Chuck Drury, Alec Jackson, Clive Clark, Bobby Hope Derek Kevan, Bobby Robson
Chelsea: Peter Bonetti, Mel Scott, John Sillett, Peter Sillett, Terry Bradbury , Sylvan Anderton, Frank Blunstone, Ron Tindall, Mike Harrison Bobby Tambling, Jimmy Greaves
League Division Two
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Huddersfield Town
Bristol Rovers 3-1 Sheffield Utd
Derby County 2-3 Charlton Athletic
Ipswich Town 4-0 Sunderland
Leeds Utd 7-0 Lincoln City
Leyton Orient 1-0 Norwich City
Liverpool 3-0 Stoke City
Middlesbrough 3-0 Portsmouth
Rotherham Utd 3-3 Swansea Town
Scunthorpe Utd 2-0 Plymouth Argyle
Southampton 3-2 Luton Town
Division Two round-up…
League leaders, Ipswich Town, took another step towards the First Division with a resounding 4-0 victory over Sunderland at Portman Road. Town leapfrogged Sheffield United who surprisingly went down 3-1 at struggling Bristol Rovers. Liverpool are a place back in third – The Merseysiders saw off Stoke City 3-0 at Anfield.
Leeds United were the big winners of the day, thrashing bottom of the table Lincoln City by seven unanswered goals at Elland Road.
Charlton Athletic won by the odd goal in five against Derby County at the Baseball Ground.
Meanwhile, Leyton Orient required a single strike to see off Norwich City at in front of a 12,106 crowd the Leyton Stadium. Tommy Johnston scored the only goal of the game against his former club in what was the O’s last home fixture of the season.
Leyton Orient: Robertson, Wright, Charlton, Lucas, Bishop, Lea, White, Dunmore, Johnston, Graham, Newman
League Division Three
Brentford 2-2 Bournemouth & Boscombe Ath
Bury 3-0 Hull City
Chesterfield 2-2 Reading
Halifax Town 2-1 Newport County
Port Vale 1-1 Bristol City
Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Colchester Utd
Southend Utd 4-1 Coventry City
Swindon Town 1-0 Notts County
Torquay Utd 1-6 Queen`s Park Rangers
Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Barnsley
Walsall 2-1 Grimsby Town
Watford 2-2 Bradford City
Division Three round-up…
Impressive Queen’s Park Rangers hit Torquay United for six at Plainmoor, meanwhile, Southend United were too strong for Coventry City – The Shrimpers winning by four goals to one at Roots Hall Stadium. Bottom of the table Colchester United produced a spirited performance to earn a share of the spoils following a 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury Town. Watford was also held 2-2 – Bradford City taking a point back to Valley Parade. I was the same outcome at Griffin Park, Brentford where Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic were the visitors.
League Division Four
Accrington Stanley 2-1 Southport
Aldershot 2-1 Carlisle Utd
Barrow 1-1 Exeter City
Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 Mansfield Town
Chester 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Crystal Palace
Gillingham 1-1 Stockport County
Millwall 4-3 Peterborough Utd
Northampton Town 5-1 Rochdale
Oldham Athletic 0-2 Wrexham
Workington 2-0 Hartlepools Utd
York City 4-1 Darlington
Millwall won an entertaining seven-goal thriller with Peterborough United at the Den. South London rivals, Crystal Palace, also picked up two points following a 2-1 success over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.