PHOTOS: Burnley FC 1, Bristol City 1

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TWENTY years ago goals from Robbie Painter and John Francis secured the Fourth Division title in a 2-1 victory against York City at Bootham Crescent.

Two decades later there wouldn't be the same jubilation, but there would be many memories as the Clarets closed another season with a 1-1 draw against Bristol City at Turf Moor.

Charlie Austin goes close at the end of the first half.

Charlie Austin goes close at the end of the first half.

The performance and result wasn't spectacular, but the supporters were given their chance to applaud and celebrate the magical tenure of Barry Kilby in his final game as chairman, as he dished out awards to Terry Pashley's Youth squad at half-time.


The fixture itself began in unconvincing fashion as the typical end-of-season syndrome crept in.

With only pride to play for neither side found the necessary impetus to break the deadlock. The atmosphere, the tempo, and the occasion as a whole was flat.

Passes lacked precision, set-pieces were wayward and desire appeared non-existant. And even when the Clarets did penetrate, poor decision making thwarted their efforts.

Ross Wallace latched on to a neat pass in behind Jamie McAllister from Kieran Trippier but the winger's hesitation coupled with the reluctancy to cross with his right foot resulted in him cutting back and finding the arms of David James with his left boot.

At the other end it was Martyn Woolford's turn to provide the perfect pass when his lofted cross saw Brett Pitman run goal side of David Edgar only to head in to the arms of Brian Jensen who had been awarded a rare start for the Clarets.

Wallace pierced City's rearguard again midway inside the half but blazed his angled effort over the bar from deep inside the box. City's dangerman throughout the opening 45 minutes was Yannick Bolasie, his pace and trickery causing numerous problems down Burnley's left.

And the winger almost forced the breakthrough; after dropping infield he drove towards the edge of the box before slipping the ball in to Pitman who was denied by a last ditch challenge from Danny Lafferty. Cole Skuse's deflected shot had Jensen scrambling, but the keeper touched the ball wide with his fingertips.

And in the final action of the half, striker Charlie Austin forced the best opening of the game, side-stepping Liam Fontaine inside the penalty area, only to watch his measured finish across James flash past the far post.

The second half started with similar urgency, or lack of, though the Clarets grew in to the fixture with time. Austin went close from Trippier's cross after the full-back had been freed from Wallace's superb back heel but the striker's ferocious half-volley winded an unexpecting Fontaine.

The Clarets continued to press, finding joy on the flanks, and from another attack Bartley tested James from outside the box, though a better option may have been to find a disgruntled Austin who had bust a gut to hit the penalty spot.

Another cross from the right saw Austin's tame header gathered by James at full stretch and moments later Wallace cut inside on to his left foot only to drill wide of the near post with James seemingly troubled. Though Eddie Howe's side dominated, sensing the breakthrough, City did interrupt the momentum briefly; Woolford hooked the ball past Grant from a tight angle but Edgar headed off the line with Chris Wood lurking at the back post.

The visitors did hit a stumbling block in the second half. Goalkeeper James landed awkwardly and signalled to the bench and, as boss Derek McInnes hadn't named another keeper in his 16-man squad, Fontaine filled the void in-between the posts.

The task for the Clarets was to test the makeshift keeper, though as the game transpired they didn't do it enough. Austin should have put his laces through the ball after Ings found his strike partner in space on the edge of the six-yard box, but the 17-goal hitman hit substitute Ryan McGivern with a timid finish.

But the opener finally arrived in the 76th minute, and it was a strike fitting of any occasion. Ings received the ball from captain Chris McCann, turned Skuse on a sixpence and rifled a thunderbolt beyond Fontaine and in to the corner. Even James would have struggled coping with the fizzed effort.

However, Burnley's joy was short-lived and four minutes later the away side forced an equaliser. Bolasie robbed Danny Lafferty of possession, the ball broke for substitute Ryan Taylor who opened his body and bent a delightful shot past Jensen and in to the corner.

That was how the game and the season finished, but the players, management and staff were greeted by rapturous applause as they were paraded on the pitch after the clash.