A MOVE from White Hart Lane means a trip down Memory Lane for Jimmy Robson.

It is 55 years this year since the former Burnley forward scored against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

He did not know it at the time, but while Robson’s goal was not enough to put more silverware in Burnley’s cabinet - two years after being crowned champions of England - it did go into the history books.

For his early second half equaliser, which cancelled out Jimmy Greaves’ opener, was the 100th FA Cup final goal scored at Wembley.

But he could have grabbed the 102nd as well.

“Spurs scored first and then we equalised to make it 1-1 and then Spurs scored more or less straight away,” Robson recalled.

“But just after that I had a goal disallowed for offside.

“Of course the Burnley supporters said it was never offside, but it was disallowed at any rate.

“You don’t know yourself at the time.

“I’ve slowed it down on the video and you can’t tell because you don’t have the cameras there like they do now.

“The ball was played through the middle and I ran through the middle and took it on, went round the keeper and put it into the back of the net.

“The chances of being offside are pretty slim.

“It could have been 2-2, and then you don’t know after that.”

In the end the Clarets lost 3-1, with Bobby Smith and Danny Blanchflower joining Greaves on the scoresheet.

“It was an experience,” said Robson.

“It’s worth going to lose, although every team’s intention is to go and win. But the day itself was absolutely fantastic.

“Spurs will have good memories of it.”

Despite being on the losing side, his milestone goal is a happy memory for Robson too.

“I didn’t know anything until someone afterwards said it was the 100th FA Cup final goal at Wembley,” he said.

“It didn’t mean anything at the time. Not when you’ve lost.”

But now?

“No-one else can do it can they?” smiled Robson, recalling the goal.

“It was a cross from the left and all the pace was on the cross. I just stuck my foot to it but it’s gone through the keeper’s legs and into the back of the net like a shot. He didn’t have time to close his legs.

“Gordon Harris put the cross in. He had a good left foot and was a good crosser of the ball.

“I didn’t celebrate my goals. I used to just turn round and go back to the centre circle.

“I might have stuck my hands up in the air at Wembley though. I can’t remember.

“But that was one of the highlights of my career, playing at Wembley in an FA Cup final.

“A lot of teams have played there now without going that far in the cup. It used to be the cup final and that was it.

“They used to play the semi finals at neutral grounds. We played Fulham at Villa Park, and because it was 1-1 we played the replay at Leicester. We won 2-1 and I scored them both.

“Just to know you’re going to go to Wembley and play, it’s immense really.

“The only other time you got to play there was for internationals.

“If you weren’t an international this was your party piece really.

“I looked forward to it. We went out onto the ground before the match and just walked around and looked at the pitch itself. It was great.

"It’s not the same now because a lot of teams play there without going as far as we did.

“It used to be a unique occasion whereby if you got to a cup final you went to Wembley, but you can go there whether or not.

“It’s strange going to play a league game there.

“Some of the lads might never get the chance to play there again.”

Robson will re-live his landmark moment from the stands on Sunday, having bought at ticket for the game.

He admits he would not want to trade places with any of the modern day Clarets and get back out onto the Wembley turf.

“No. They were good days when I played,” he said.

“The team was great, and the bunch of lads were great as well.

“We had the older end, the experienced end with Jimmy McIlroy, Jimmy Adamson, Tommy Cummings, and then we had the young lads like Ray Pointer, John Connelly, myself, Adam Blacklaw. We had a good set-up really and it was brilliant to be part of the team.

“Football’s changed quite a bit.

“Quite honestly I watch matches now and they don’t put the ball in the box like they used to, and that would have annoyed me, and it would have annoyed a lot of other people.

“I probably wouldn’t have scored as many goals as I did,” added Robson, who scored 79 goals in 202 appearances for the Clarets.

“Sometimes they get into positions where they can cross the ball and it’s never crossed, and you’ve got people waiting in the middle, and you wonder why they don’t cross it.

“They are goalscoring opportunities for me. You don’t know where the ball’s going to finish, you don’t know who’s going to get on the end of it, it’s a good chance to score a goal. But that’s not the way modern day football is played.

"I played at the right time. I played at the right time for Burnley anyway. I was part of a side that was always well up the league and always had the cup runs as well. It was just a good time."