Burnley FC's Memorable Journey

The 1966/67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Campaign

In the mid-1960s, European football was quickly becoming a significant chapter in the tale of many English football clubs. For Burnley FC, the 1966/67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup campaign provided an exciting opportunity to test their mettle against Europe's best.


The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a precursor to the UEFA Cup and subsequently the UEFA Europa League, was a renowned European competition. Burnley's participation came as recognition of their consistent performances in the English top tier.

First Round: VfB Stuttgart

Burnley began their European sojourn against German side VfB Stuttgart. The Clarets, demonstrating their home prowess, secured a comfortable 2-0 win at Turf Moor in the first leg. In the return leg in Germany, Burnley showed resilience, securing a 1-1 draw, ensuring a 3-1 aggregate triumph and advancing to the next round.

Second Round: SSC Napoli

The draw for the second round presented Burnley with a challenging opponent in the form of Italian side SSC Napoli. However, the Clarets rose to the occasion. A goalless draw in Italy set the stage for an intense second leg at Turf Moor. Burnley emerged victorious with a narrow 3-2 win, ensuring their progression to the third round.

Third Round: Eintracht Frankfurt

In the third round, Burnley locked horns with another German powerhouse, Eintracht Frankfurt. The first leg at Turf Moor saw Burnley assert their dominance with a convincing 3-1 victory. However, the return leg in Germany proved to be a more challenging encounter. Despite facing intense pressure, Burnley managed to secure a 1-1 draw, resulting in a 4-2 aggregate win.

Quarter-Finals: Hamburger SV

Burnley's quarter-final opponents were familiar adversaries, Hamburger SV, who they had faced in the European Cup six years prior. The first leg in Germany was a tightly contested affair, ending in a 1-1 draw. The second leg at Turf Moor, however, witnessed a spirited Hamburg side claim a 2-1 victory. This result meant that Burnley's impressive journey in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup came to a halt in the quarter-finals, with an aggregate score of 3-2 in favor of Hamburger SV.

Reflection on the 1966/67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Campaign:

Burnley's 1966/67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup adventure showcased the club's ability to compete at the highest European level. Their journey to the quarter-finals, defeating tough European outfits along the way, remains a proud chapter in the club's history.

For fans and football historians alike, this campaign is remembered as a period when Burnley demonstrated skill, tenacity, and the spirit to challenge the European elite. The Clarets' performance in this competition remains a testament to the club's rich footballing legacy.

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