Michael Kightly’s third goal in as many games saw the Clarets celebrate the centenary of the club’s historic FA Cup win with victory over Ipswich Town.
On April 25th, 1914, John Haworth’s Burnley beat Liverpool 1-0 with Bert Freeman scoring the only goal in front of George V and 72,778 fans in the last ever final to be played at Crystal Palace.
On that day Freeman netted in the 57th minute, while Stoke City loanee Kightly, wearing a replica kit alongside the rest of his team-mates to mark the anniversary, struck in the 54th minute to take the Clarets on to 92 points for the season.
And, after signing off from Turf Moor for the term triumphantly, the players and management were presented with a promotion trophy in the culmination of the fixture.
The players, who also received medals after being confirmed as Championship runners up, then embarked on a lap of appreciation.
After celebrating their Premier League return on home soil on Bank Holiday Monday, the Clarets were straight back at it against the play-off chasing Tractor Boys and almost took the lead within a couple of minutes of referee James Linington’s first whistle.
Danny Ings’s clever movement across the front saw the Clarets leading scorer ghost goal-side of Tommy Smith inside the box and the 25-goal striker cushioned the ball in to the path of Scott Arfield whose thumping drive cannoned off defender Christophe Berra for a corner.
The visitors were the side with everything to play for - sitting on the coat tails of Brighton in sixth spot - yet it was the hosts that seemed more eager to press and within a minute of Arfield’s effort, Smith threw himself at Ings’s strike to block once Ashley Barnes had held off Berra to provide the assist.
Mick McCarthy’s men were able to register a shot on goal in the opening 10 minutes when Daryl Murphy’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was arrowing towards the far corner, but Ben Mee stuck a boot out to block as Tom Heaton plunged to his left behind the full back.
The Town rearguard was constantly being stretched and that was the case again when Kieran Trippier fired a diagonal pass in to Ings after gliding past Stephen Hunt and, after drawing Berra, the SkyBet Championship Player of the Year nodded a header in to the path of Barnes who couldn’t quite connect on the stretch after edging ahead of Smith outside the six-yard box.
In the 11th minute, football united for a period as all four walls of the stadium, plus staff and players on the benches of both teams, observed a minute’s applause in memory of Year 7 Shuttleworth College pupil Robbie Williamson who tragically died midweek after falling in to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
After Smith recovered to thwart Barnes, who had found space from Trippier’s lofted pass, the Clarets full back had to be alert to divert the New Zealand international centre-back’s header over the bar after Berra had picked him out from Hunt’s set-piece.
Just after the half-hour mark, Dean Marney broke from a Town corner and freed Kightly with a perfectly measured pass only for the winger’s centre to be glanced wide by Arfield under pressure from Ipswich skipper Luke Chambers.
Under the constant instruction of boss Sean Dyche - who vowed that his side would ‘go hard’ regardless of sealing promotion - the home side continued to pick passes and pull Town’s backline out of position.
That happened when Ings’s lay-off for Barnes took four players out of the game, though Dean Gerken fell low to his right to claim the striker’s attempt.
Town’s best and most penetrative passage of play arrived just before the break when Murphy traded passes with Williams to find space in behind Trippier and the striker’s centre was turned over by Fraser Richardson at the back post.
But there was still time for the home side to register another shot on goal before the interval when Ings cut inside from the left, stepped past Smith and Berra, before rifling a shot in to the side-netting.
The visiting fans understandably expected and anticipated more ambition from their side after half-time, but they were left waiting as the Clarets continued to control and dictate the fixture.
The Suffolk outfit needed a win to keep their hopes of a top six finish alive, but those dreams were quashed when Kightly pounced.
Barnes’s pass behind Smith found Ings who, after committing Chambers, fired against the legs of Gerken only for the rebound to roll kindly in to the path of Kightly who turned in to an empty net.
Ings, who hasn’t scored since his memorable winner against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last month, was desperate to add to his tally and it almost arrived in spectacular fashion when his half-volley from 25 yards flashed wide of the upright.
Both managers opted to make changes soon after with Dyche withdrawing match-winner Kightly and Arfield and introducing Junior Stanislas and Ross Wallace either side of McCarthy’s double change. The Town boss opted to introduce Paul Taylor and Frank Nouble at the expense of Hunt and Richardson respectively.
However, while McCarthy attempted to boost his side’s attacking impetus, his defence continued to be exposed. Trippier found Marney on the overlap and the midfielder’s cross was smashed against the bar by Ings from close range.
Town forced a number of opportunities as the game petered out with Heaton making a sensational save from Taylor’s set-piece as the keeper sprung to his right to claw the effort out of the top corner.
Nouble then fizzed a half-volley just over the bar from the edge of the box, while Williams glanced a header narrowly wide of the post.
But once Ings left the field to a standing ovation - replaced by Keith Treacy - Linington sounded his whistle to bring an end to the clash.
The Clarets will now complete the 2013/14 campaign against Reading at the Madejski Stadium next weekend, with kick-off at 12-15 p.m.