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Denting & Drinking More London Pride?

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?

Place your bets!

Do you think we will get to Wembley? Vote in the Poll and tell us why below

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Date:Sunday December 7 2008
Time: 6:31PM


Come on you Clarets we can beat this lot over two legs! Wembley here we come
07/12/2008 18:34:00
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.
07/12/2008 19:07:00
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
07/12/2008 19:12:00
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
07/12/2008 20:04:00
I couldn't see us beating Chelsea and Arsenal
07/12/2008 20:20:00
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!
07/12/2008 20:23:00
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
07/12/2008 20:42:00
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
07/12/2008 20:57:00
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.
07/12/2008 23:54:00
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.
08/12/2008 00:32:00
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