Chelsea 1-1 Burnley (partially found footage of FA Cup match; 1956)

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Programme for the match.

Status: Partially Found

On 1st February 1956, Chelsea hosted Burnley for an FA Cup Fourth Round replay match at Stamford Bridge. The clubs ultimately drew 1-1, contributing towards a further three replays over eighteen days before Chelsea finally progressed.


Chelsea and Burnley, as Football League First Division members, both entered the FA Cup in the Third Round.[1] Chelsea defeated Hartlepool 1-0, while Burnley overcame Bury by the same score line.[1] They were drawn against each other in the Fourth Round, with their encounter occurring at Burnley's Turf Moor on 28th January 1956.[2][3][1] The hosts took the lead thanks to Peter McKay's goal after five minutes, but Eric Parsons secured an equalised after 83 minutes.[4][5][2][3] Thus, a replay was ordered, with Chelsea now holding the home advantage.[6][4][5][3]

The replay occurred on 1st February in front of 26,661 fans.[4][6] After battling for 90 minutes on a frozen pitch, both sides were again drawing 1-1, with Chelsea's goal coming from Frank Blunstone after 55 minutes, only for Brain Pilkington to level things after 68.[4][5][6][3] Extra time was played, but neither side produced any further goals.[4][6] Since the 1991 season, a penalty shootout would have been necessary to decide the winner.[7][5] However, until this amendment to the rules occurred, multiple replays were possible until a side finally came out on top.[7][5][3][4] Thus, the two sides met at Birmingham City's St Andrew's Stadium on 6th February; this time, Burnley gained the lead after 18 minutes thanks to McKay, but Peter Sillett scored a penalty after 33 minutes to make it 1-1.[8][4][5][3] In the second half, Peter McKay quickly scored for Burnley, but Chelsea's Roy Bentley would again level the score.[4][8][5] No further goals occurred, even during extra time, forcing another replay.[4][8][5][3]

A week later, the sides clashed at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium, but neither side broke the deadlock.[9][4][5][3] Finally, two days later, Chelsea finally progressed after goals from Jim Lewis and Ron Tindall after 36 and 81 minutes respectively ensured a 2-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane, Burnley noted to have been tiring throughout the match.[10][4][5][3] With five matches and a combined total of 540 minutes having occurred within eighteen days, this Fourth Round tie was one of the longest in the FA Cup's history.[7][3][5][4] For Chelsea, the joy from the win would be short-lived, as they would be eliminated from the Cup just three days later following a 1-0 loss to Everton.[4][5]


According to ITV Football, ITV televised the second half of the 1st February encounter live.[11] It was the second FA Cup match where ITV provided live coverage, after Arsenal's 2-1 win over Bedford Town on 12th January that same year.[11] The full broadcast has yet to resurface, although a recording consisting of highlights from both halves can be found online.



Highlights of the first replay.

Highlights of the third replay.

Highlights of the fourth replay.

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