On our trip down Cut Throat Lane this evening we are travelling 22 seasons back to the Roy Mac era and life in the third tier following promotion the previous season. A miserable Tuesday night in October and a crowd of just 4,328 witnessed a sorry 0-1 from Utd’s perspective. All this after a rip-roaring derby win v Col U the previous Friday evening.The Clarets doubled us that season and we haven’t met them since! Flicking through the programme good to see Martin Butler had pocketed his second hatrick of his U’s career against said Col U. Remember his first………………...7-2 v Mansfield. I was unable to resist calling the Utd club call number. Remarkably the line is live and a robot answered reminding me the service is administered by I-Line Services(?) but that’s as far as I got…
I loved Colin Davies the general manager’s optimism with his vision of a refurbished Abbey in a few years’ time. Probably good for his mental wellbeing that he didn’t predict potential armageddon in 2005, instead. Finally, some interesting names in the Burnley squad. Merry- go- round manager Micky Mellon, Paul Crichton in goal(booooo!), another ex-U Tom Cowan and even the lead singer of The Jam and Style Council graced the side at that time.
On this day in 1973 the Sydney Opera House was officially opened by the Queen. Designed by a Dane it was estimated to take four years to build but took fourteen. The original budget was 7 million dollars but in the end it cost 102m. The roof has over one million tiles, all shipped not from Thailand(sic) but Sweden! And it meant employment for 10,000 construction workers. You are truly enriched.