Blackburn v Burnley: Six classic East Lancashire derbies

It has been 43 years since Blackburn and Bolton last locked horns in the English top flight, but the rivalry remains every bit as keenly felt as it was back in the 1960s.

In anticipation of Sunday's 1pm encounter, MirrorFootball looks back at six classic East Lancashire derbies of yore.

1. Blackburn 2-0 Burnley (FA Cup 5th round replay, March 16, 1960)
There was little to choose between two sides who had shared six goals in the first encounter at Burnley and another fiercely contested match, characterised by a brutal Jimmy McIlroy foul on Derek Dougan, went to extra-time. Burnley were unlucky to see Brian Pilkington's goal disallowed for offside in normal time and matter worsened in the additional half-hour when the Clarets went down to Peter Dobing's strike and an Alistair MacLeod header.

2. Burnley 3-3 Blackburn Rovers (FA Cup 5th round, March 12, 1960)
The hosts must have thought they were in the quarter-finals when they raced into a three-goal lead at Turf Moor thanks to goals by Pilkington, Roy Pointer and John Connelly but a controversial penalty for handball helped the Clarets turn the tide. Peter Dobing scored within two minutes of Bryan Douglas' spot-kick and, four minutes from time, left-half Mick McGrath forced a replay.

3. Burnley 2-3 Blackburn Rovers (Division Two, December 26, 1977)
Burnley almost came back from death after going 3-0 down to goals by Blackburn's David Wagstaffe, Sear and Noel Brotherston. In the second half, though, the home side rallied as Tony Morley and a Peter Noble penalty gave Clarets fans some Christmas cheer. Rovers went on to finish fifth in the second tier, with Burnley a distant 11th.

4. Blackburn Rovers 5-0 Burnley (Division One, April 1, 2002)
Matt Jansen scored twice as promotion-chasing Rovers ran riot at Ewood Park. Craig Short and Steve Davis had given the hosts a two-goal half-time lead before Jansen doubled the tally after the break. Craig Hignett's late strike compounded a miserable April Fool's Day for the Clarets, who finished seventh in the Championship, five places behind Graeme Souness' runners-up.

5. Burnley 0-0 Blackburn Rovers (FA Cup 5th round, February 20, 2005)
These two rivals had no met for four years but absence did not exactly make the heart grow fonder as the pitch was invaded no fewer than three times by supporters. There was little to choose between the two teams at a freezing Turf Moor and the match went to a replay after a goalless draw.

6. Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Burnley (FA Cup 5th round replays, March 1, 2005)
According to Ryan Nelson, "the stands were rattling" even before the players set foot on the pitch. In a fevered atmosphere Micah Hyde cancelled out Tugay's opening strike but Ewood Park erupted four minutes from time when Morten Gamst Pedersen crashed in the winner to put Rovers in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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