Burnley Football Club were one of the twelve founding members of the Football League in 1888 and finished 9th in that inaugural season. They were founded in 1882 and moved to their famous Turf Moor ground in 1883. The current claret and blue home strip was first adopted for the 1910/11 season.
Burnley's first major achievement came in 1897/98 when they were Champions of Division Two. This was followed in 1914 by the FA Cup. This was the last final to be played at Crystal Palace and, in front of George V, Burnley beat Liverpool 1-0, Bert Freeman scoring the winner.
The team were becoming established as a major force in the League, and in 1919/20 Burnley finished as runners up in the First Division. In the following season Burnley were defeated in their three opening games before going on a 30 match unbeaten run (a record at the time). This lead to Burnley being crowned as 1920/21 Division One Champions for the first time in their history. This feat was repeated in 1959/60 when, after never leading the Championship at any stage, Burnley won their final game of the season at Maine Road to be crowned as Division One Champions.
Unfortunately the club gradually went into decline and eventually found themselves in Third Division. They were crowned Division Three Champions in 1981/82, but sank to a new low after being relegated to the Fourth Division at the end of the 1984/85 season. It got worse, leading to the famous 'Orient Game' at the end of the 1986/87 season. Amazingly Burnley had to beat Leyton Orient in the final game of the season and hope that Lincoln lost, otherwise it would mean Conference football. Incredibly both results went their way and, amidst highly emotional scenes, Burnley had survived as a Football League team.
Burnley had turned the corner and in 1991/92 were crowned as Division Four Champions, thus completing the set of winning all four Divisions of the Football League.
Burnley Back to the Premier League
It was Monday 25th May, the venue Wembley Stadium, Burnley v Sheffield United for a place in the Premier League. An unstoppable 13th minute scorcher from Wade Elliott was sufficient to win the match to the delight of the 36,000 Burnley fans in attendance. It was one of the greatest days in the history of Burnley Football Club, and Burnley were back in the top flight of English football.