Memorable Matches: Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United
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At the end of the 2008/09 season Burnley beat Sheffield United in the Championship play-off final to secure a place in the Premeier League after a 33-year wait.

A 13th minute super strike from Wade Elliott was all that was needed to seal the deal for Owen Coyle and his men. 

  • The Build Up

Burnley finished the season 5th with 76 points and played Reading in the play-off semi-finals, beating them 3-0 on aggregate across both legs. 

The Clarets had a mixed season winning 21 games and losing 12. The fans thought they had lost their play-off chances at the turn of the new year when from December 26th to January 27th the club went five on a five game loss streak.

However, the club saved their promotion push after impressive home form saw them go unbeaten from February 28th where they lost 4-2 against The Blades' rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

  • The Match

Coyle's line-up was unchanged from their win over Reading and remained: Brian Jensen, Michael Duff, Clarke Carlsile, Christian Kalvenes, Graham Alexander, Chris McCann, Wade Elliott, Steven Fletcher, Martin Paterson, Robbie Blake

The Clarets dominated the match and had far more chances on goal the there Yorkshire counterparts, who had their best attacking phases in two penalty shouts. 

On 55 minutes Burnley nearly doubled their lead but a Nick Montgomery goal-line clearance kept the Sheffield club in the match.

Any chance Montgomery had given The Blades with his efforts, were thwarted when Jamie Ward was sent off, for a second yellow, with ten minutes to go.

The nerves crept in and the final moments of the game became very tense, all that was lost though when referee Mike Dean blew the final whistle. 

  • What happened next?

The 37,000 Burnley fans in attendance roared with pleasure and pride after knowing they would be back in the top flight after three decades. 

After securing promotion the club tried to bolster the squad by signing Steven Fletcher for £3-million pounds as well as Tyrone Mears and David  Nugent.

Coyle left the Clarets to join Bolton Wanderers in January 2010. His replacement, Brian Laws, couldn't keep Burnley up and they were relegated back to the Championship.  

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