Anfield goalscorer is special guest

Last updated : 06 January 2005 By Tony Scholes

Burnley went into the game in twelfth place in the First Division, our hosts were sat in second place just a point behind the leaders Ipswich Town.

Liverpool were under new management following the shock resignation of Bill Shankly during the summer and his assistant Bob Paisley had taken over, they had not dropped a single point at Anfield under Paisley.

It was Brennan who scored the only goal of the game, his first ever goal, with a thirty yarder that beat goalkeeper Ray Clemence, and is our only win at Anfield since 1964. A Peter Noble penalty in the League Cup a year later is the only goal we have scored at Anfield since.

Ian Brennan was not just about that game at Anfield. He had made his debut towards the end of the previous season in a crushing defeat at Stoke (yes, we did occasionally lose at Stoke in those days).

When Martin Dobson was sold to Everton he won his place in the side at left-back with Keith Newton moving onto the right and Peter Noble taking Dobbo’s place in midfield. He was virtually an ever present that season but missed most of the following season, Burnley’s last in the top flight after suffering injuries in a road accident.

After relegation he was back and remained in the side for most of the next four years, one of very few shining lights as we eventually dropped into the 3rd Division for the first time.

As we looked forward to lower league football Ian elected to move on at the end of his contract, a somewhat rare thing in 1980, and signed for Bolton where he stayed for two years before retiring from the game at the age of 29.

He made 212 appearances for the Clarets in all competitions, 175 of them in the league, and scored 14 goals (11 in the league).

That interest in football hasn’t left him and he is still a regular at the Turf watching the club he played most of his career with.

But tonight, it will be that goal at Anfield in September 1974 that many of us will remember. Even thought we had one hell of a side then, winning at Anfield was something to savour.