Classic Match: Leicester City 2 Blues 6
Feature by Brian Cartlidge
Updated Thursday, 16th October 2008
On a pitch covered in ice Kenny Burns grabbed a hat-trick in what was described at the time as one of the greatest away victories in Blues' history.
A local businessman had promised a Triumph TR7 Sports Car to the scorer of the sixth goal should Blues manage to score six in any game that season and Burns duly obliged. Trevor Francis, Gary Emmanuel and a Denis Rofe own goal adding to the Foxes misery.
This is how the front page of the Birmingham Sports Argus on the night of December 4th 1976 described events at Leicesters old Filbert Street ground:
'A breath taking six goal display of scoring flair won a £3,000 Sports Car for Blues' players at Leicester in what must have been one of the best away performances in the club's history.
'Dynamic Kenny Burns ensured that the sponsor had to donate the car when he headed home the sixth goal to complete ahat-trick after 65 minutes.
'The white frost bound pitch looked unplayable - even dangerous - but the brilliant control of Trevor Francis proved that if your good enough you can play the game on anything.
Francis' balance and skill on the tricky surface was almost uncanny - and so was Burns' courage and scoring ability in going for his goals.'
With only 12 minutes gone Blues signalled their intentions when Garry Emmanuel opened the scoring with a 25-yard screamer and just two minutes later Francis cracked in the second from a Garry Pendrey free-kick.
Somewhat surprisingly it took Blues until the 33rd minute to increase their lead when Francis beat two defenders on the left before crossing for Burns to head home his first and Blues' third.
Four minutes later it was 4-0 when Burns slotted home a John Connolly centre.
Rofe headed past his own keeper from another Connolly centre minutes into the second half before Burns grabbed his third from yet another Connolly cross to give Blues a 6-0 lead.
Blues relaxed from then-on-in and the Foxes scored twice through Kember and Worthington to bring the final score to 6-2.
The game, which was shown also on BBC's Match of the Day on the same night, will also be remembered for being the first game in which a player was seen wearing tights - such were the conditions on the day - Leicester winger Keith Weller being that player.
Blues: Latchford, Page, Styles, Pendrey, Gallagher, Want, Emmanuel, Francis, Burns, Hibbitt, Connolly. Sub: Rathbone.