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14th April 1979

As Rovers Supporters prepare for Saturdays FA Cup Semi Final with the knowledge that Premiership Football is virtually assured for next season, let me take you back 26 years to the 1978-79 season.

With the news on the eve of the 1978-89 season that star winger Dave Wagstaff was to leave the Rovers for Blackpool, Rovers started the season under the management of newly appointed manager Jim Iley.

After finishing 5th the previous season, under the guidance of Jim Smith, Rovers started badly and within 8 games Jim Iley was shown the door.

The start of the season had been a disaster and despite the signing of Duncan McKenzie from Chelsea, Rovers finishing bottom of the league and were relegated with 30 points.

The worst part of the season being that Rovers lost valuable points that could have prevented relegation if they hadn’t been beaten home and away in the league 2-1, on each occasion by Burnley.

The following season Rovers bounced back, winning promotion under new manager Howard Kendal, however during the same season Burnley were relegated and were not to meet Rovers in the league until the 1982-83 season when Rovers got revenge by beating them 1-0 at Turf Moor and 2-1 at Ewood, ensuring that Burnley only stayed in the division one season.

Whilst Rovers continued their progression into the premiership and the ultimate prize of being crowned Premiership Champions, Burnley went into free fall never again to beat the mighty Blue and Whites.

The Burnley win on the 14th April 1979, has been written in the record books, however the minds of all Rovers supporters it is etched as the last date that Burnley beat the Rovers. (26 years)

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