Having ended the 1965/66 season in 3rd place in the First Division Burnley were hopeful that it would bring a return to European football for the first time since the European Cup exploits of 1960/61.

Despite repeatedly doing well in domestic football only the League and Cup winners were guaranteed a place in the top two European competitions and for the rest it was possible inclusion in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup, and that was restricted to cities with trade fairs which ruled us out.