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Denting & Drinking More London Pride?

By now of course you will all know that Burnley FC face the current holders Spurs in the Carling Cup Semi-Final with the first leg at White Hart Lane to be played in the New Year during the week beginning 5th January.

The return leg will be played at Turf Moor two weeks later sometime in the week beginning 19th January.

The draw of course was made on Saturday during the time that Vital Burnley was down due to essential site maintenance and server upgrades so we apologise to our posters for not being able to bring you the news in a timely fashion.

Derby County though probably got the short straw and now have to face Manchester United in the other semi. In our poll, 77% would have preferred to have drawn the Championship side for obvious reasons, compared to 9% Manchester United and just 14% Spurs.

Incredibly this will be the 4th Premier League side from London we will have faced in the competition this season.

Having now chucked out Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal, can we make it a clean London Sweep and add Tottenham Hotspur to the casualty list?

It is hard to believe that in our heyday of the 60s, Burnley and Tottenham were the Manchester United and Chelsea of their time but they were.

Old fogies like me will just about remember though the dismal 1962 FA Cup Final in which we lost 3-1 to Tottenham despite Jimmy Robson scoring the 100th goal at Wembley.

We have had happier times in recent memory though against the men in white although we do have to discount the result of our last match against them, when they defeated us 3-0 at Turf Moor in the Carling Cup back in November 2004.

Our most memorable victory against Spurs was at White Hart Lane back in January 1983 when we defeated the home team by an incredible 4-1 margin in the League Cup competition. This of course was also the last time we qualified for a cup semi-final. The season though was to have its disappointments as we were relegated to the third tier of English football despite our cup exploits.

Clarets will also remember the more recent victory over Spurs in November 2002 again in the Carling Cup when we defeated them 2-1 at Turf Moor during Stan Ternent`s reign as gaffer.

After defeating the cream of London already including Chelsea and Arsenal, we should hold no fear of Harry Redknapp`s men and a draw at least at White Hart Lane would set us up nicely for the return game at Turf Moor.

The Clarets fate and hopes though could be decided to some degree by the result of the first match from the away tie and Clarets fans going to the the match in the Capital could after the game be either celebrating or drowning their sorrows over a pint or two of Fullers London Pride.

Let`s hope it`s the former and another London clubs pride is the one that`s dented.

So what chance we will be playing Manchester United at Wembley in the final?

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 7 2008

Time: 6:31PM

Your Comments

Come on you Clarets we can beat this lot over two legs! Wembley here we come
turfmanphil
A note of caution. Last year in the semis Arsenal thought the same and were tanned 5-1 with the other leg a draw. Two legs are more difficult for underdogs as Arsenal found out. Just an observation.
oldun
Far comment all depends in my opinion on the first leg score. I fancy our chances at home if we get a 1-0 defeat or anything better at White Hart Lane
turfmanphil
Spurs have beaten Newcastle away and Liverpool at home (as well as watford away) to get to the semis. I cannot see Burnley stopping Spurs even if you draw the first leg at Spurs..
The Tailor
I couldn't see us beating Chelsea and Arsenal
turfmanphil
Over two legs it will be very tough. If we can get back to the turf with a 1 goal deficit or better - We can give it a real go in the 2nd leg!
Claretdale
I am glad that Burnley are improving and doing well in the Championship - they had some great duels with the old Spurs teams of Bill Nicholson and theirs was a great honest rivalry between the clubs. Obviously I want Spurs to win but I also hope that The Clarets do well in the Championship and grace the Premier League next season with their presence! COYS
canadianraptor
Cheers CR, like I say as an old fart I remember some of the battles our two clubs had in the 60s/70s and it would be good to return to our natural home after so long and play you guys on a regular basis
turfmanphil
I guess this will be a good battle and a Spurs fan I have total respect for your club and expect these two games to be tight. I saw you play yesterday and was impressed with your attacking football but IMO if we get tight on you I think we will have enough to just scrape through but if we go out and think let you have the ball and drop of you then we may find our Wembley return demolished. It will be difficult for us but predict a 2 - 1 win at Spurs for us and a 1 1 draw at yours. Sorry but I just think Harry sees this cup essential for our Uefa footy next season and he will play our best team and I think this will prove a little too much for you but as I have said it will be a great battle and I for one give you total respect and keep my fingers crossed that our players do the same. Good Luck anyway and good Luck in your league.
loz
As a spurs fan I don't see this as a foregone conclusion. Burnley have been playing some good football and with the history of the two clubs, it's good to see such a semi final. It will be a hard fought battle over two legs. You have a slight edge in having the second leg at home, but I'm sure most would point out we should have an edge because of the money we've spent. I was hoping you guys would dump out united and we'd have a Spurs Burnley final, but it was not to be. I think we'd have to beat you by three at white hart lane for us to feel comfortable, but I don't think that will happen.
shelf16
Whatever the result we can ask nothing more than we give 100% which I am sure we will. This coud be our most difficult one to win precisely because as you say Redknapp wants to win it and is not tempted to play kids or put out a second string team
turfmanphil
Welcome to all the Spurs fans by the way and for your kind comments about our 'ickle club with a big heart! We have a thread in our Matchday Mayhem forum if you want to discuss the up&coming games in more detail. The thread is called 'The Great Carling Cup Semi-Final Thread ' and here is direct link to cut&paste:http://www.burnley.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=2769&posts=1&mid=11629#M11629
turfmanphil
Very much looking forward to this clash. As a northern Spurs fan (who's missus happens to be a Burnley fan), I do have a great respect and liking for Burnley and catch aquite a few games at the turf. We are both planning to get to the Burnley leg of the tie, albeit we'll be in different stands. Think we'll just scrape by though.
Bobdemon
Would love to be a fly on the wall in your place after the results are known, Bob!! If you go to the Turf and sit with the wife in the home end, you should be OK if you dont wear any colours and resist the temptation to stand up & cheer if you score! ;-) Then again, any excuse to get away from the missus and sit with yer Spurs mates!! lol. Should be a cracking game
turfmanphil
Well, I must confess, I have previously been and sat in the home end. (Not wearing my colours). But this time i'm aiming for the away stand. Odly enough I was considering wearing a spurs shirt to the Arseanal game, then I thought better of it. Would've been funny seeing the gooners faces though
Bobdemon
THE dates for the two legs of Burnley's semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur have now been announced. The first leg will take place at White Hart Lane on Tuesday, January 6th 2009, with an 8 p.m. kick-off. Spurs will then travel to Turf Moor on Wednesday, January 21st 2009 for the second leg, which kicks-off at 7-45 p.m.
turfmanphil
 

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