Maine Road beckons for replay victors
By Tony Scholes
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2010
The FA Cup Semi-Final draw of fifty years ago paired Burnley with Sheffield Wednesday, provided we could overcome Blackburn Rovers in the replay at Ewood Park.
At lunchtime, on 14th March at Lancaster Gate, the Football Association headquarters, the draw was made. It was ball number one, Burnley or Blackburn Rovers, paired with ball number 4, Sheffield Wednesday.
The draw continued with ball number two, Wolverhampton Wanderers, drawn to play Aston Villa who were ball number three.
The FA quickly confirmed the venues. The Wolves v Aston Villa game was to be played in the West Midlands at West Brom's Hawthorns whilst our semi-final, should we get through would be at Manchester City's Maine Road.
The date for the semi-finals was Saturday 26th March 1960 and that was just two weeks after the sixth round games. Win or lose, our league match scheduled for that date would be off. Our opponents were Wolves in what was building up into a big clash. It was put back four days to the following Wednesday.
Now everyone waited with baited breath for Wednesday's replay at Ewood Park.