Danny Blanchflower and the cup final:

Danny Blanchflower the captain and the genius:
“The game is about glory. It’s about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.”

The date is the 5th of May 1962, the second consecutive year that Danny Blanchflower lead us out at Wembley. This time to face Burnley one of the greatest teams of the 1960s. This final was a game with the tactical tempo of a board game being played with great caution and patience, it was dubbed the chessboard final, but it was our final and the trophy had our name on it. The team sheet included some of our greatest players of all time the likes of Blanchflower,Greaves,Mackay and John White to name but a few of this exceptional pool of players, included in the squad was the key full back Peter Baker who sadly passed away earlier this week. Baker who grew up just down the road in Southgate was a pivotal member of the 1960/61 double winning side and our 1961/62 triumphs.

The final started with us taking the lead as Jimmy Greaves gave us an early lead, the score remained 1-0 at the end of the first half, due to the fantastic goalkeeping of the two Scottish goalkeepers Bill Brown of Spurs and Adam Blacklaw of Burnley. Shortly after the marching band took to the field at the interval, Burnley drew level! The 100th goal scored in an FA Cup final. However Burnley were not going to push us out of the game, as Bobby Smith was found expertly by John White as the Yorkshireman hammered home to restore our 1-0 lead. And our quality shined through with the leadership of Danny Blanchflower and we had the chance to win the final after a burnley hand ball gifted Danny the chance to win it from the spot. The man from Belfast brilliantly dispatched the penalty and the cup yet again was ours! Danny and the lads carved our name in to the history books.


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