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In time we hope it will be a complete history, with pictures, of all programmes from games that have involved Burnley Football Club over the course of their history. Of course as the club were founded in 1882 and were also one of the clubs to take part in the inaugral season of the football league this will ultimately be quite a list.
Below you will see links to each season (these are also repeated in the left menu). Simply select the season you are interested in and you will goto an area where (in time!!) each games programme will be represented.
Towards the end of the 2011/12 season Burnley said goodbye to their Chairman Barry Kilby, who after over a decade at the helm stood down due to bad health. Barry Kilby who had Burnley's Claret blood running through his veins stood tall through all sorts of troubles from ITVDigital, not renewing fans favorite Stan Ternents contract, and the departure of Owen Coyle amongst the lows. But he and Burnley stood tall, it is the end of an era but in Joint chairmen Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz Burnley seem to be in good hands two more men with Burnley's Claret Blood running through their veins.
On to the football side, Burnley lost Jay Rodriguez to Southampton for £7 million, a new Burnley record transfer fee, Brian Easton left as his contract elapsed, Alex-Ray Harvey also left Turf Moor unfortunately never having to show on the big stage his enormous potential. Young Scottish forward Joe McKee left, he joined Owen Coyles Bolton Wanderers, Young Zavon Hines also left Turf Moor after the club didnt renew his contract, he eventually signed for Bradford City, Dominic Knowles also left the club and had a succession of impressive trials especially at York City where he came of the bench to notch in a 2-0 win over Gateshead.
On the recruitment front, Burnley signed Jason Shackell from Derby County with a fee rumoured to be in the region of £1.2million, a colossus of a centre half who was made Burnley captain at the expense of Chris McCann. Luke O'Neil came in from Mansfield for an undisclosed fee, with George Porter who arrived from Leyton Orient for a initial £90.000 rising to a possible £260.000 with promotion and appearance add-ons. Joseph Mills came on a season long loan from Premiership Reading. Midfielder Brian Stock was the last through the door when he signed from Doncaster Rovers for another 'Undisclosed' fee.
The pre season started at Altrincham where Burnley hit the ground running with a 4-1 victory, a 1-0 win at Bury followed. Burnley then traveled down to the south to play Bath, Cheltenham with Burnley winning 3-1 and 4-0 respectively. Burnleys last pre season game was at Rochdale where the 3-1 defeat wasn't the only dark cloud to pre-season, as Danny Ings suffered a knee injury ruling him out of the start if the season.
Burnley's development squad also had a pre-season, although it consisted of the first year pros and the youth squad, they lost to Barrow 3-0, but beat Mossley 2-0, Alfreton 3-0, Padiham 2-1 and Droylsden 4-0. The Development squad has pulled out of its respective league which consisted of lower league teams to play behind closed door games against better opposition including Scottish Giants Glasgow Celtic and newcomers to the Championship Huddersfield Town.
The season started with a potential banana skin game away at Port Vale in the League cup, but Burnley with the first team on show coasted past the valiants 3-1. The league cup also saw Plymouth Argyle come to Turf Moor, and with a disappointing display saw the Clarets through on penalties after a dire 1-1 result after 120 mins. Burnley and Eddie Howes side drew Charlie Austin's former employers Swindon Town in the next round, but a 3-1 defeat saw Burnley's League cup run end.
The first league game of the season came just four days later in the shape of Owen Coyle's relegated Bolton with a squad full of Premier League players. Burnley won with goals from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin. A plane flew over Turf Moor with the message "Judas Coyle - You Reap What You Sow" a pop at Coyle, with the 15.000 Burnley fans in Turf Moor left the former manager in no doubt how they felt, But more importantly they sang their hearts out for Eddie Howe, the new darling of the terraces.
Eddie Howe was the new terrace favorite, but with fewer than three months into the new season, Eddie's made a decision based on his family to leave and return to the South Coast. As hard as it was to take, very few fans could feel angst towards the Howe. Eddie had built a team the fans could truly get behind, and his signing Austin breaking all sorts of scoring records,
With the international break upon the club, and with the club lying in 19th place as both the top scorers in the divisions and the worst defence, watching Eddie Howe's Claret team was nothing but entertaining. Charlie Austin already having 2 hat-tricks to his name in the 5-2 home victory against Peterborough, and the 3-3 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday, even his last game saw the Clarets score 3 times, unfortunately Crystal Palace scored one more taking the game 4-3 even tho Burnley were two goals up early on.
The first game after Eddie's departure was local rivals Blackpool, and in the manager's seat was Burnley legend Terry Pashley, Pash is Burnley's stalwart being involved with Burnley's youth side since the early 90's after being hired by Jimmy Mullen. Blackpool came and were put to the sword by 'Pash's' Clarets, with a defensive display Burnley had been crying out for, resiliant and compact, the 1-0 win courtesy of Charlie Austins 16th of the season and Burnley keeping the first clean sheet since the opening day. Next up for caretaker Terry Pashley was Bristol City, and although the defensive resilience wasn't present the fighting spirit was there in abundance, taking the game in time added on 4-3. Terry's last game before a new manager was in place was against league leaders Cardiff City, and they showed the Clarets why they were flying high battering the Clarets 4-0.
Next game, new era! Bookies were all over the place trying to work out who would be Burnley's next permanent manager, with scoundrel Coyle being favorite for most of the time, Steve Lomas of St Johnstone, Micky Phelan,Manchester United's No2, Steven Pressley of Heart of Midlothian, Ian Holloway from Blackpool, Micky Mellon of Fleetwood Town were all in the frame, and of course Sean Dyche who eventually ticked all the joint chairs boxes and became the new Clarets chief
With Sean Dyche taking the reigns his first game was against newly relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were despached with relevent ease, with Austin and Paterson getting the goals in a 2-0 win, his second against Leeds United where a strike from top goal getter Auston sealed a 1-0 victory. Two defeats followed against Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic.
The 7th game into his reign, and Sean Dyche faced Burnley's fierce neighbours Blackburn Rovers, with a 21,341 crowd crammed into Turf Moor, saw Blackburn somehow escape with a draw 1-1 with Sam Vokes grabbing a much deserved equaliser late in the game, a game where Burnley dominated. Burnley ended the year in 13th place, in the tightest divison in years.
Three league wins in January saw Burnley climb into 7th place, this without the injured Charlie Austin, but Febuaury wasnt as good with three defeats and two draws saw Burnleys brief flirtation with the play-offs over with for another season, and with just 6 points collected in 5 game sin March including another 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers, this game at Ewood Park where again Burnley dominated, this time the incompetentce of the referee and his officials cost Burnley the points.
A perfectly good goal scored by Austin ruled out for offside and a goal given to David Dunn at the other end saw Blackburn share the spoils in a less than capacity crowd at Blackburn, after all Burnley tickets sold Blackburn were unable to fill the home end.
With relegation still mathamatically possible after two losses on the bounce to Blackpool and Leeds United saw Burnley drop to 17th, but a nuch needed win against Bristol City at Turf Moor and a draw against Cardiff City saw Burnley safe in mid-table. Burnley still had a hand in the relegation, when they beat Wolverhampton Wandreres at Molinux 2-1 which saw Wolves relegated (baring a miricle, which didnt come).
A final game of the season with both Burnley and Ipswich Town safe, everyone expected a side witch featured kids, but Dyche wanted to finish as high as possiblem, he named his strogest team and with goals from Stanislas and Paterson, Burnley finished 11th and above Blackburn Rovers for the first time in 34 years.
The end of the season came and with it came the retained list, Grant left for Derby after his contract ended, while Jensen and McCann left the club, Jensen coming on for Grant in the last few minutes to a standing ovation from the Turf Moor crowd.
With the disappointment of last season's possible quick return to the Premiership behind us, Burnley Boss Eddie set about trimming his top heavy squad.
Players who were out of contract and not offered new deals were Steve Thompson who signed for his boyhood team St Mirren, Kevin McDonald who as yet hasn't found another club, 1000 game man Graham Alexander who at 40 years of age wanted to find a club where he would get more minutes on the pitch, Preston North End obliged.
Chris Iwelumo left for Watford for an undisclosed fee, Clarke Carlisle was sent to Preston North End on a season long loan, Jack Cork went back to Chelsea (his wage demands were well out of Burnley's reach). Youngsters Kudiersky, Lynch, Anderson, and Micheal King all were released.
Burnley were almost static in the transfer market in June/July with so many out, only Trippier and Ben Mee both on season long loans form Manchester City coming in.
Youth players who were given their first pro contracts were Attacking Midfielder Joe McKee, Striker Joe Jackson, Hard tackling Midfielder David Lynch, Winger/Striker Ross Wilson and Belgium Youth International Medhi Lazzar. Add to those Alex-Ray Harvey and Wes Flecther who are both on there third deal, and Striker Dominic Knowles who signed a second one year extension, Eddie Howe is building on the youth.
With pre-season well under way games at Altringham, Bury, Torquay and Bristol Rovers as Eddie Howe decided against the friendly games on the other side of the Atlantic which the former managers opted for, instead he opted for a South Wales training camp.
At Pre-season went beating Altringham(4-2), Bury (3-0), losing to Bristol Rovers (2-0), then beating Torquay (3-1), all was well as all the players getting time on the pitch.
Then the news we had all been expecting! Owen Coyle, the man we called God threw his cards on the table and bid £3 mil for Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles, both key players and both with a single year left on thier contracts! The board were left with little option but to accept Boltons offer, and Burnley's talisman and possibly the best right back in Burnley's recent history were gone!
Howe went out and spent straight after when he finally signed Republic of Ireland International Keith Treacy from Preston at the third attempt, the first two tabled bids were turned down flat by the cash strapped club, the reported figure was a cool million, but officially released as undisclosed.
And on to the last pre season game at home to Sunderland, a game where Burnleys new Number 9 Jay Rodriguez scored the winner in a 1-0 victory.
With the first game of the season looming it doesnt look like any more players will be coming through the Turf Moor gate, but with still an air of optimism, and the chance to blood some of the younger players, maybe we are awaiting another Jay or New Captain Chris McCann from the Gawthorpe training ground?
As first games go the first of the campaign wasn't the best, 0-2 down to Watford who had Chris Iwelumo in thier starting eleven, but with two firsts in the last 20 minutes by new signing Keith Traecy and a first for the club by Charlie Austin rescued a point for the Clarets, the game ending 2-2.
Jay Rodriguez wrote numorous chapters in the history books when he scored 4 in the 6-3 victory over Burton Albion in the League Cup.
In the wake of the first two games Burnley sold Danny Fox for another undisclosed fee said to be £1.8 million, uproar within the Clarets faithful erupted, even worse when bids reportedly were put in for Jay Rodriguez by Fox's new employers Southampton and North East giants Newcastle United.
Eddie Howe stated in his press conference after the 2-0 debarcle against Crystal Palace that it wasnt his choice to sell Fox, it seems like the board of directors are making sure Burnley will be here for years to come.
Burnley went out and signed strikers Danny Ings and Zavon Hines, Ings was a reported one million pounds (most of which will be add ons) but disastor for the 19 year old as he injured his knee before a competative ball was struck, and Hines from West Ham United where a tribunial will settled the fee Burnley had to pay, which was £300.000.
With new signing Ings out for at least six months, he was imediatly joined by Martin Paterson who has had a torid time with injurys over the last couple of years, he will be out for some time.
In a very indifferent season where there was some great performances a 5-1 victory against Nottingham Forest, an away win 2-1 against West Ham United, a great comeback against Hull City where Burnley came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 with 2 of the goals coming from David Edgar, a 4-0 home win against Jummy Bullard's Ipswich Town.
But with those highs came some lows, two 2-1 defeats against Leeds United, where Burnley twice had the game won only for leeds to score late goals and snatch all the points.
Eddie Howe brought in winger come striker Josh McQuoid from Millwall on loan, and in doing so loaned out new signings Treacy (To Sheffield Wednesday), Treacy has all the talent to be a top division player but lacks consistancy to take him there, Zavon Hines was also loaned out to get some first team action to Howes former club Bournemouth and the out of favor Amougou who looks to have played his final game for Burnley seeing out his contract at Bristol City.
With yout team graduates, Fletcher at Crewe, Joe Jackson and Alex-Ray Harvey at Barrow, Kevin Long first at Accrington Stanley than at Rochdale with Clarke Carlisle at Northampton Town after leaving Preston and with Howe releasing Leon Cort from his contract, Burnley look to start next season with a fresh team with no big wage earners sitting on thier hands.
Eddie Howe's first season in charge ended with a whimper a 4-0 defeat to Blackbool, leaving the seaside club cemented in a play-off position, but with the squad trimmed even further and the Leagues intoduction of financial fair play, Eddie and Burnley are in a very strong position.
Other casualties in Eddies Cul, are Amougou who will see out his contract after a loan spell at Bristol City, Brian Easton who was told his contract would not be renewed went on trial to Leeds United, Youngsters Knowles, Wilson, Lynch and Yadolahi were released without kicking a first team ball in anger, Yadolihi i thought was an outstanding prospect and Lynch will have a profesional career somewhere.
The season ended in a whimper the last game was a dire 1-1 draw with Bristol City who played the last 15 minutes with a centre half in goal after goalkeeping legend David James went off injured. With the tabloids linking Jay Rodriguez and Trippier with big moves away, its going to be a long summer holding off the vultures.
Brian Laws the football equivalent to marmite! you either love him or hate him, what ever your opinion he is here to stay! 2009/10 after the shock departure of the man we all named 'God' Owen Coyle, the man who came into the firing line was our former trainee Brian Laws.
As the dust settled on Burnley's relegation from the top flight after just one season, fingers started pointing, and the first stop was Laws, the man who was given the unenviable task of filling 'Gods' shoes. Very few men could have come in and done better, Coyle was building the future with players with potential like 'Big' Kev McDonald. Kevin Long, David Edgar, Eckersley, Easton and Diego Penny. The trouble Laws had was the established players seemed to take a kick in the balls when Coyle left, thier performances seemed to suffer as a result and with that the results on the field could not replicate those at the start of the season, where 'Gods' team beat the likes of Manchester United and Everton!
Rumours were rife with stories hitting Internet message board dressing room unrest, player unrest, a tactically inept manager, players going above the management and straight to the chairman ! well, Laws stuck at it, and with it started to build a team, his team !
Out went Joey who basically ended his own time at Turf Moor with comments about Laws in the press, Caldwell who played the last two games of a injury plagued season but did not do enough to warrant a contract renewal, Blake who told anyone who would listen he didn't want to leave Turf Moor, left, the contract of one year with a pay to play second was not what the ageing striker wanted, he joined Owen Coyle at Bolton. Remco van der Shaaf has been given an 18 month loan deal basically ending his time at the Turf, Recent acquisition from north of the border Nicky Weaver left, after inept performances in the reserves. Steven Jordan who never won over the Claret faithful fully left on a free agent, last seen being hit by a truck before a trial at Crystal Palace then turning up the next day for a trial with relegated Portsmouth, before ending up with our play-off opponents Sheffield United.
Burnley and Laws raked in almost seven million pounds for top scorer Steven Fletcher as Mick McCarthy took Steven south to Wolverhampton Wanderers. With the loanees Namini, Cork and Nugent all returning to AC Monaco, Chelsea and Portsmouth. Jack Cork later returning on a season long loan.
So with the squad culled Laws payed out for Marney from Hull City an energetic tigerish midfielder, Chris Iwelumo the much travelled Scottish forward was next in, a hard working forward who unfortunately will be remembered in his international career for his miss against Denmark.
Ross Wallace was next in following in the footsteps of Graham Alexander, by traveling down the M65 from Preston North End, a left winger with attitude, more importantly a player witch has reinvigorated the Claret faithful, and a player who will give the Clarets natural balance.
Bury, Oldham, Accrington Stanley and Stoke City give Laws' Burnley a pre season test and a round the world trip to Singapore, where Craig Mawson was given a place in the squad covering for injured Diego Penny, and Alex-Ray Harvey given his chance in the sun, the young classy midfielder who ran the show in the midfield for the reserves on so many occasions will I'm sure give the manager a selection conundrum.
The season started well a victory over one of the promotion favorites Nottingham Forest (1-0), beating Leicester City (3-0) a fantastic 4-3 victory over Neighbors Preston North End with a hat-trick from Chris Iwelumo, defeat away at Swansea (0-1) but creditable draws against Ipswich and Crystal Palace (1-1 and 0-0) gave the Clarets a fantastic platform for what should be a successful season under Laws.
Closure, on 21st September 2010 fate brought Owen Coyle back to Turf Moor, and with it brought over seventeen and a half thousand supporters through the turnstiles, Home made signs calling our former manager 'Judas' and 'liar' were constantly being confiscated by stewards. Owen himself had a security ring around him and his assistants of no fewer than eight burly security guards who shadowed Coyle from his arrival till his departure.
The game itself was a victory for Brian Laws, as he had his Burnley side play the best football of he short time in charge, a 1-0 win courtesy of a Wade Elliott volley before half time was enough, and the beginning of a new dawn. Exit Coyle and enter Brain Laws, the season is about to begin.
As the season progressed under Brian Laws, it was clear for all to see that no matter what Laws did he would never have 100% support from the Clarets faithful.
Burnley as a squad continued what they did so well in the premiership and only managed the one victory on the road, a 2-1 victory over Barnsley on Boxing day. The same bunch of players could not manage back to back victories in a pretty average Championship (although Brian Laws argues that Burnley never suffered back to back defeats! ).
The final straw came after the home match against struggling Scunthorpe United, a game where Burnley expected to run riot. Burnley were humiliated 0-2! and with that the writing was pretty much on the wall, as the papers reported the following day 'Barry Kilby rang Laws to ask him to stand down' . He did with immediate affect.
Terry Pashley once again was on hand to step into the void behind Stuart Gray, the first team coach Laws brought to Burnley, with a third man Graham Alexander on the pitch. Gray, Pash and Grezza all pitted thier wits against Play off opponents Sheffield United, and whatever was said before hand the players certainly reacted winning 4-2 and looking like the team we all expected back in August.
Laws did leave Burnley with some great memories, the defeat of Owen Coyles Bolton in the League Cup and the 4-3 victory at home to Preston, not to mention beating Barnsley on thier own soil for the first time in over 70 years.
Under Stuart Gray, Pash and Grezza Burnley won 2, drew 1 and lost 1, the wins against Sheffield United and Port Vale (in the FA Cup) both by 4-2 scorelines. A creditable draw against league leaders Queens Park Rangers (0-0), Lee Grants first clean sheet of the season. Burnley under the Caretakers lost away to Reading 1-2 as the only blemish.
Forum's, Papers, Message Boards and local news reports and rumours were changing almost by the hour as Burnley's search for a new manager started. Once again Preston North End parted with thier manager around the same time, with Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic all joining us in the manager hunt.
Burnley released a press statement, declaring that there was six in the running, we all guessed to whom these six were Sam Allardyce recently sacked (for strange reasons) at Blackburn was one in the running, Paul Lambert from Norwich (whom Burnley had permission to speak turned down). Malky MacKay from Watford another name constantly mentioned, Derek McInnes from St Johnstone was linked also.
All the names that have been mentioned apart from Lambert were just rumours according to the official site, Phil Brown took the job at Preston, so that ruled him out early doors.
So the only name, which was constantly reported, was Bournemouth's young enterprising manager Eddie Howe, But even that took more turns than an expensive scalextric! the week he signed for Burnley, the Monday he was offered both the Palace and Charlton positions (reportedly), he declared he was going to stay on a Bournemouth on Tuesday. By Thursday, Burnley spoke with him, and the Claret post was one he said was far too good an opportunity to turn down.
Eddie Howe said his goodbyes live on Sky when Bournemouth travelled to Colchester on Friday night (14 Jan) and he was in the stands at Burnley on Saturday the 15th with Barry Kilby, signing shortly after the game.
Burnley had played the game and got their man, the only one on the reported list which would unify the Claret faithfull, something Brian Laws was never likely to do, as for some Laws' appointment was wrong to start with.
Scunthorpe United the team what saw Laws last game in charge, were also the team what saw Eddie Howe took his baptism as Burnley chief. It ended with another clean sheet for Lee Grant but we failed to score ourselves 0-0 was the result for his fist game in charge.
With Burnley's dire away form still hanging over our heads Eddie Howe took the Clarets south to face former manager Steve Cotterill's Portsmouth, a game which saw Dean Marney score with an overhead kick! yeah an overhead kick, maybe thats how he should shoot in the future with his back to goal? who knows, but it was just the second away win of the season, It took Brian Laws nine attempts to do, Eddie took just two games to chalk up an away win.
Burnley were looking good value for at least a play-off place with the new man at the helm, Eddie took 10 points out of a possible 16 in February including wins against promotion chasing Norwich and Watford, a creditable draw in Cardiff and the battle of the M65 coridoor ending in a 2-1 Victory over PNE.
March started well enough 1-0 wins over Palace and Hull (away), but Burnleys promotion chase hit a bad patch, a humiliating 3-0 reverse at home to Millwall and a 2-0 tonking at Bristol City. Burnley had to thank Jay Rodriguez for rescuing a point at home to struggling Coventry Burnley scraping a 2-2 draw.
Burnley's all but dropped out of the promotion frame when three defeats in three games, Ipswich, Leicester and Forest being the victorious sides winning 2-1,4-0 and 2-0.
It wasnt till one of the form teams in the division came to Turf Moor a game where it had everythng, pace, skill, guile of the Swans, Burnley resiliance and a 1000th competative game for Alexander who with the last kick of the game almost got Burnley a third, but with and Eagles penalty and an own goal from Williams 2-1 would be suffice to get the Claret faithful looking at the run in with an air of optimisum.
Chris Eagles scored twice as Burnley came from behind to defeat Derby on thier own patch and it was all in Eddie Howes and Burnley own hands for a play-off place, but Cotterill and Nugent who came to Turf Moor on bank holiday monday and stole a point, Burnley played some great football but the end came with a goal form last seasons claret hero Nugent with a goal against the run of play, and Cotterills resolve as to not to get beat at any cost, another Eagles goal equalised but a 1-1 draw made we had to rely on Foerst slipping up(they didnt).
A defeat at Elland Road (1-0) live on Sky, and a 1-1 draw against a Craig Bellamy inspired Cardiff City on the last day of the season saw Burnley looking to the heavens thinking what might have been, or even what should have been!
Charlie Austin was bought from Swindon for an undislosed fee, said to be in the reigion of £1.5mil, Marvin Bartley came in from Howes former club Bornemouth for around £300.000 both young and energetic players who due to injuries havent had the chance to show what they can offer.
Special mention to Burnleys player of the season and players player of the season Jay Rodriguez who picked up International honours when selected to play in Italy for the England U21 squad, he impressed so much he has also been selected for the U21 tournament (initial 40 man squad). Ands with 15 gaols Jay also shared the coveted Golden boot with Chris Eagles, quite a season the the Burnley born front man.
A season of if's and maybes.
Burnley prepare for life in the Premiership for the first time in there illustrious history, 50 years to the season that Burnley were crowned First Division Champions. Owen Coyle or GOD as he is now known has achieved the unbelievable when he guided the Clarets into the promised land.
2009/10 starts with a full pre-season which covers England,America and Scotland, with money to spend Coyle has wasted no time in bringing in new faces to bolster his squad, the most expensive of these so for is Steven Fletcher who signed for a whopping £3 million pounds, doubling the previous highest fee ever payed by Burnley. he is joined by Tyrone Mears form Derby for half a million, Brian Easton from Hamilton, Richard Eckersley form Manchester United and David Edgar from relegated Newcastle United.
While in America, Owen gave a trialist a run out, Fernando Alexander Guerrero Vásquez, a 19 year old left winger, who against VC Fusion scored set up a goal and won a penalty, and in doing so alerted all sorts of interest, but Owen signed him initially on a year long loan with an option to purchase, he is quick, has a few tricks and his early career was only at a small Spanish side named Real Madrid! Burnley were back, and with Andre Bikey signing from Reading for an undisclosed fee, before Burnley's home game against Manchester United, little Burnley were looking at the stars.
Burnley's ideal signings seem to be young, hungry and keen to test themselves at the highest level, this has all the hallmarks to be a fantastic season. Another of these signing was loan man David Nugent who came to us from the south coast and Portsmouth.
It all started like a dream, after the opening day stutter Burnley beat Manchester United at Turf Moor with a stunnning goal coming from Robbie Blake, then followed that up with another 1-0 victory this time over Everton, Wade Elliotts gola settling the game.
Two heavy away defeats followed to Chelsea (0-3) and Liverpool (0-4) before besting Sunderland 3-1 with loan signing Nugent notching a brace.
Another heavey away defeat this time at Spurs where the Beast shipped five, but the home win over Birmingham kept Burnley in the top half of the Premiership.
A defeat to local rivals Blackburn live on sky, where Burnley looked the better team, but for goalkeeping lapses.
Burnley looked at the next few games and it seemed like we could do the impossible, Portsmouth, Hull City, West Ham, Fulham and Wolves were all winable on paper, Burnley took just five points from a possible 15.
Although a performance of epic levels came at Eastlands where Burnley held Manchester City 3-3.
Boxing day came and the visitors were Bolton, a draw then two days later its Everton and Owen Coyles last league game as Burnley boss another defeat (0-2). MK Dons was the first game for Burnley in 2010, and with the refusual of a press conference spoke volumes as it became aparent that Coyle was on his way!
Burnley had managed to snuff the approches for Owen Coyle from Celtic and from the Scottish FA for the Scotland national job, but the lure of Coyles former club Bolton Wanderers was too much of a pull for Coyle. Just 5 days into the new year and 2 days after the victory over MK Dons, Coyle announced he wanted to leave Burnley, a decision which left a sour taste in many of the Clarets faithful! One supporter wrote this open letter to Sky Sports, and it just about sums up the ill feeling around Turf Moor.
"Firstly, thanks very much for your time here. You brought us fantastic success playing great football with a young, exciting team. You turned the club round, brought us cup runs, victories against United, Arsenal and Chelsea and you helped us win promotion via the play-offs and a fantastic day at Wembley.
And now you've gone and ruined at all.
On Thursday you said the Bolton job was not for you, but was a great job for somebody else. And yet on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday your friend Alan Nixon, the Mirror journalist, ran stories saying that you were in talks with Bolton. And now it appears you have gone.
You spoke at great length in your time at Burnley about being a man of honesty and integrity, yet sadly you have shown none here. Skipping the post-match press conference on Saturday was weak, particularly given the excuse and the widespread press reports which confirmed you had spoken to the Bolton chairman on Sunday. We deserved better.
You will surely spout about how you have an attachment at Bolton. Well I've checked the records and you have spent longer at Burnley than you did there. And there is no way, absolutely no way on Earth, that those Bolton fans appreciated you as much as the Burnley fans did. You had something like 15 clubs, why is this one so spectacular? Particularly given that you were third choice behind Andy Walker and John McGinlay?
You have spoken at great length about how you wouldn't want a player if they wanted to speak to you about money, about cutting your cloth accordingly, about how £15k a week is a more than decent wage. And now you appear to be leaving for a club hugely in debt (compared to our debt of £0) just so you can spend a bit more cash. Either you have betrayed your principles or you were making it up.
This may seem emotive, but Burnley fans genuinely believed in you and what you were doing. At Bolton there will be an expectation you will survive and thrive, but there were no such expectations at Burnley. See how the Bolton fans react if you get one point out of 30 away from home like you have with us this season.
On top of that Bolton are below Burnley in the league. Your success at Bolton may lead to Burnley getting relegated - you will be profiting from our potential failure. All this after leaving us mid-season and at the start of a very important transfer window. What about the deals you had lined up?
Every way I look at it you have betrayed the club that gave you your opportunity. Let's not forget that you were interviewed for Bolton two years ago and they weren't sure about you - we took the chance.
You could have chosen any manner of ways to leave Burnley. We all knew you were going to leave at some point but we all imagined you'd come back with a top-six club after establishing us in the Premier League. We'd have given you a standing ovation and sang your name from the roof tops. Not now, you would not have been short of options and you have chosen to leave in this back-handed, cowardly manner. You've made your bed and you'll have to lie in it when we play Bolton on the 26th of January.
When you were appointed, Brendan Flood said he thought we may have the new Bill Shankly. Who knew that instead all we had was the next Mark McGhee? "
Kevin Clarke 4th January 2010
After the unexpected departure of Owen Coyle and the entire backroom staff, Burnley turn to former Claret Brian Laws to manage the Clarets. Brian's first action was to employ Russ Wilcox as his assistant and promote Graham Alexander to player coach.
Manchester United at Old Trafford was Brian Laws baptism of fire, and although a 3-0 defeat was all Brian and the boys got for a truly battling performance where a little more luck and better finishing would have resulted in a fairer result for the Clarets.
After the defeat by Championship Reading in the FA Cup, Laws wasted no time in bringing in fresh faces, Fredric Nimani was first a loan deal from French giants Monaco, a tall imposing striker who made his debut form the substitutes bench against Bolton. Two days later Stoke centre half Leon Cort joined for a fee of £1.5 million, Nicky Weaver a vastly experienced goalkeeper joined on a free after leaving Dundee United in the SPL.
Laws second game as Burnley boss came at Owen Coyles Bolton Wanderers team, and he couldn't wipe the smile of the man now named 'Judas' face! Burnley going down 1-0.
The fans were almost unanimous in not wanting Laws, and with a forth defeat in four attempts, this time at home to Chelsea, the writing should have been on the wall for Burnley, relegation was an almost certainty, Laws was not the man.
In came former Celtic man Danny Fox who scored on his debut, the winner against struggling West Ham United at Turf Moor (2-1). Laws had his first win, but a 3-0 bashing at Craven Cottage brought the Clarets crashing back down to earth.
Defeats against Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Arsenal, Wolves, Blackburn (at home), Wigan and Manchester City where Burnley were 5-0 down at half time (at home). A draw against Stoke, and a first away win for Brian Laws and Burnley in the premiership, where Hull City were thumped 4-1. Three more defeats followed Birmingham, Liverpool and Sunderland. Burnley were relegated before the last game of the season, where a Spurs side came and somehow were beaten 4-2 by the Clarets.
In some quarters people 'in the know' say saved Brian Laws's job. Laws managed Burnley for 18 Premiership and one FA Cup games, he lost 14 Drew 2 and Won just the three! and he still kept his job! HOW?
The season ended like most people predicted when Brian Laws took over! Relegation!
What should have been, if Coyle hadn't jumped ship, If Laws wasn't seen as the 'best man' for the job.
Burnley start the 2008/09 Campaign six players light, James O’Connor signed for Sheffield Wed after refusing a new contract, Jon Harley who eventually went down south to Watford, again after turning down a new deal, David Unsworth also turned down a coaching based contract, and Andy Cole who wanted first team football went to Nottingham Forest. John Spicer and Gareth O’Connor were also released, with Spicer going to Doncaster. with Gabor Kiraly looking to have an extended stay on the bench after Owen Coyle placed the Hungarian on the transfer list.
The six players soon turned to seven on the way out of Turf Moor with the unsettled Kyle Lafferty moving for a fee approaching £4million, and moving north to his boyhood heroes Glasgow Rangers, Burnley had the funds to rebuild.
Two players were given full time contracts, Alex MacDonald and Adam Kay, they will join Jay Rodriguez who has been offered and accepted a 2-year extension.
Owen Coyle who took over from former manager Steve Cotterill, starts his first full term in charge, with his trusted no2 Sandy Stewart who followed him down from Scotland, with first team coach Steve Davis very much a part of the new regime.
With the money from the sale of Lafferty, and with the bank still holding the cash from the Wayne Thomas and Andy Gray sales from the previous season. Owen had the finances to make changes.
Martin Paterson would be first through the door a £1million capture from relegated Scunthorpe, which will rise to £1.3 based on add on's, which will make Martin, Burnley's record transfer fee.
Kevin McDonald, a man mountain of a boy,19 year old Kevin who joined from Dundee, where he was touted as the best young player in Scotland, £500.000 secured his signature. While Owen was quick to snap up Christian Kalvenes a left back who was on his way back to his native Norway, Kalvenes was picked in Scottish premier divisions team of the year, and looks a fantastic buy.
With the goalkeeping position a worry for all Clarets fans, it was great news to hear that a solution had been found, in the 6 foot 5 inch frame of Peru's No1 Diego Alonso Penny Valdez, with Kiraly transfer listed, and Jensen who is prone to the odd mistake, Diego who has been handed the No1 shirt and in pre season looks the part.
Also joining is a player who could be the kingpin of Burnley’s Midfield Remco Van Der Schaaf he was signed on a free after leaving his former club Vitesse Arnhem, a player who will sit in front of the back four and win the ball.
Impressed? well the best is yet to come, Chris Eagles (right) back from his exploits with Premiership Champions Manchester United, illuminated their tour of South Africa, scoring two goals in four games, Signed for Burnley in a reported 1.25 million pounds and Scored the winner on his debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle Chris looked every inch of a 1 million pound footballer.
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Steve Cotterill had just endured his worst season as Burnley manager the season previous, the 19 game winless run, sticking in many a Burnley fans mind. This would be his last season as manager of Burnley, only 16 League Games in and he left by 'mutual consent', so mutual that he came to his own 'Sacking'.
Steve Cotterill, who will still go down as a legend in Burnley's recent history, he built a team from nothing, brought premiership players in and gave Burnley fans some great times. But towards the end those good times became a distant memory, The victory over West Brom on the opening day of this season was the highlight, but with only 4 more victories in the next 15 games it would be his undoing, on a Tuesday night home game against a lacklustre Hull City ( who went up into the Premiership through the play-offs), it was the straw that broke the camels back, or so to speak.
Burnley were left in 15th place, on the 6th of November after the Hull defeat, Cotterill who had signed Steven Jordan, Gabor Kiraly, David Unsworth had all been signed by Cotterill on frees whilst Clarke Carlisle was a £200k replacement for the out going Wayne Thomas, who signed for Southampton in a £1.2mil deal, the only other signing for Burnley would be Besart Berisha, the Albanian front man who terrorised England's B team whilst on international duty at Turf Moor, he signed for £350k from Bundesliga side Hamburg SV , but unfortunately we didn't see any of the Striker for two reasons, Cotterill didn't pick him, and in November injury struck him down whilst on International duty. Steve Cotterill also brought back Robbie Blake for £250k from Leeds United a cool million less than what we sold the striker for.
His signings didn't have the impact Burnley needed to push on, Gabor was prone to the odd clanger, as was Steven Jordan whilst Unsworth for all his knowledge was a little too slow in the back line for this division, only Clarke Carlisle looked like a bargain. So at a meeting with Brendon Flood after the Hull City debacle, they decided the best thing for Burnley Football club would be for them to part company, and as a consequence Steve Cotterill's reign at Burnley would be at an end.
With Steve Cotterill now gone, and with his former assistant Dave Kevan leaving a month before, it was left to his first team coach to step into the void, enter Steve Davis former Captain who had played for the Clarets on three different occasions and was a Wembley Winner in the famous Claret'n'Blue. Leicester City would be the opponents,(ironically the team where Burnley found Steve Cotterill),installed as caretaker manager Steve Davis won his one and only game 1-0 with Andy Gray getting the goal.
(The 125 year commemorative Brochure given out at the end of the season to season ticket holders, and is available to buy from the club shop)
On the manager's front, the bookies had a headache on a daily basis with leaks about who would be the next Burnley boss, Mike Newel was an early definite, Paul Jewel too had the Bookies stopping to take bets, but the leak we all believed was that Peter Reid had signed a contract that would take him back into management. But when Owen Coyle's name was finally released we were all looking back to his Bolton days, a centre forward who hated to lose.
Owen Coyle was installed as Burnley manager before the Stoke City game on November 24th 2007, and a promise of attractive attacking football came with his first addresses, he started with a well earned draw against Stoke, then he took his new attack minded Clarets on the road with immediate success, beating Charlton and Watford away, a TV date with sleeping giant Wolves showed the world he meant Business, not only beating them, but playing a sort of football Burnley fans have been dreaming of for decades.
Arsenal would be a glorious chance for Coyle to show all and sundry that he was going to make Burnley a force, a 2-0 defeat was no embarrassment, in fact Arsene Wenger praised Burnley for the way they played the game, even loaning youth team starlet Mark Randell to the clarets for the rest of the season.
With January upon us and the Transfer market open, Newspapers were gossiping and money was being mentioned, the sale of top scorer Andy Gray, who showed no respect to the management, the directors, but most of all the supporters of Burnley Football Club by orchestrating his move to Charlton, Stanislav Varga came in on loan from Sunderland, with Andrew Cole who was a magnificent capture by Burnley's new boss.
With the January transfer market shut, and with Coyle's reluctance to pay over the odds for players, Burnley's season petered out, 7th place in the table is were Burnley stood when Cole and Randell made their way to the Hawthorns to face a West Brom team who were beating any team put in front of them, and Cole and co were too put to the sword beaten 3-0, with that Burnley's beleaguered squad dropped down the league in 13th place. so near but...ah you know how it goes.
Owen Coyle ended his first half season, with a home game against FA Cup finalists Cardiff City, this game will go down as legend, Burnley drawing the game 3-3 with a horrible over the top tackle from Darren Purse on Andrew Cole leaving the former England International incensed, Purse rightly so, was shown the red card (Over turned by the Welsh FA), off went Purse down the tunnel, with an enraged Cole looking for a show down with the 6 ft 2ins, dirty, Cardiff centre half, players and coaches from both sides ran up the tunnel to calm this highly volatile situation, Riotous laughter sounded around the Turf, like watching a scene from Benny Hill, and that's the last we saw of Andrew Cole, who would be remembered more for his exit, than his superior class on the pitch.
The last game away to Crystal Palace was poor, Clark Carlisle saw red (but the English FA, well..spineless bunch), and with Coyle using the already dead game as a fitness task throwing on youngster MacDonald, and a run out for the returning to fitness Michael Duff.
So the season which started with a bang, resulted with us getting rid of BYMOTP, allowing a legend to take charge of a game, then the hiring of the "New Shankly" aka Coyle, impressing Arsenal, watching Cole chase Purse, then finally after all this it ended with a 5-0 stuffing.
2006/07 was a season for the die-hards, a season what saw Burnley go four months without a win (19 games), not forgetting the 125-year anniversary
The loan players of the previous season have gone, Lowe, Bermingham, Dyer, Lee Grant, Ricketts and Bardsley. In came Steve Jones and Stephen Foster from Crewe Alexandra.
The season started well wins over Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City and a draw away at Sheffield Wednesday saw Burnley sat proudly at the top of the Championship. But it wasn't to last one point in the next three, and defeat in the League Cup against lower league Hartlepool United, August was one of frustration.
September came with Gifton Noel Williams scoring a hat-trick off the bench against Barnsley an Andy Gray goal against Stoke saw the side from the Potteries leave Turf Moor pointless, with Burnley sitting pretty on the top ten of the championship.
A scintillating display against Norwich away at Carrow Road live in front of the TV cameras saw Andy Gray score twice and one apiece for James O'Conner and Alan Mahon in a 4-1 win. Burnley followed this by beating Hull City 2-0 at Turf Moor. Two scoreless draws followed before another fantastic game against Preston North End with an Andy Gray goal in the last minute saw them off at Turf Moor by 3 goals to two. Burnley went through the whole of October without losing.
November started in the same way with a first career goal for Chris Mccann in the 1-0 home victory over Ipswich Town, but three defeats followed against Cardiff, West Bromwich and Birmingham before Burnley ended the season with a victory over Leeds United.
Burnleys Christmas slump was a worry for the Burnley fans, but with the Clarets sat in 6th place, no one could envisage the catastrophic drop in form Burnley were about to go through. December 2nd Burnley took a respectable point of Ipswich Town at Portman Road, then defeats in eleven games along with 8 draws saw Burnley not win a competitive game until April 3rd when a Plymouth Side came to relegation threatened Burnley who sat in 18th place looking over their shoulder at the drop-zone.
Panic seemed to set in at Burnley, Cotterill re signed Ade Akinbiyi in January who came back looking like he should be competing in Mr Universe so muscle bound was he. Mike Pollitt came in on loan, which saw Brian Jenson hand in a transfer request, Pollit only managed one game due to Chris Kirklands injury at Wigan saw the stopper recalled. Joey Gudjonsson was signed for £150.000, as was Steve Caldwell from Sunderland.
The loand market was also used when Manchester United player Eric Djemba-Djemba came in, along with Graham Coughlan and Paul McVeigh. Djemba-Djemba was a quality signing, after an initial settling in period of three games, he lifted Burnley, and with Paul McViegh who scored 3 in 8 appearances also was inspired, Coughlan not so inspiring, he managed just one start and one substitute appearance.
Burnley went into League game 39, sat in 18th Place with 42 points, it wasn't good enough. Burnley sat in 6th Place with 32 points four months earlier (19 games earlier).
Game 39 Plymouth Argyle, less than ten thousand brave die-hard fans attended that day, and saw Burnley return to thier early season form beating the south coast side 4-0 and it could easily been more, Goals from Michael Duff, Wade Elliott, Steve Jones and Paul McViegh saw off the Pilgrims.
A John Spicer goal at St Andrews, saw Burnley make it 2 wins out of 2! Burnley then beat Cardiff City 2-0, a defeat at Leeds followed by two more victories against Norwich and West Brom, before the Clarets ended the season by losing the final two games against Sunderland and the Coventry.
As seasons go, this is one as hard to work out as the Bermuda Triangle. Injury to Andy Gray could be the reason? A season which saw Mich Hyde leave, Frank Sinclar leave, John McGreal play his last game, debuts for Steve Foster, Steve Caldwell, Stee Jones and Joey Gudjohnsson while loan players Lee Grant, Djembe-Djemba, Coughlan, McVeigh and Mike Pollitt graced the Claret and Blue Shirt.
This season is reviewed from start to finish in Dave Thomas' book 'Russians Don't Land Here", a book that reviews every game, every transfer story, every event through the eyes of the author and the fans.
Steve Cotterill's second season in charge, started with a dash to Florida to secure the services of defender Wayne Thomas(Left), who left stoke in the summer to sign for a very persistent Cotterill. along with Wade Elliott and Gareth O'Connor who impressed during Burnleys FA Cup game at home to Bournemouth the season previous when the teams met at Turf Moor. James O'Connor would also be a new arrival, when he initially signed on loan from the Baggies.
One thing about Steve Cotterill, is that his teams never get hammered, he somehow gets the players to dig deep, while having the forward thinking to play the youth players, McCann and Lafferty going on the pre-season tour to Austria. And his strategy in the loan market would be International youth players, Cahil,Bardsley, Dyer, Grant, Birmingham as well as a former England full International in Micheal Ricketts, he used this resource to the max.
But this season would be another struggle, 52 points and 17th place, with no cup runs to talk of beating Carlisle and Barnsley before coming unstuck to Premiership Aston Villa, away at Villa Park.
One player who not only did we see the bast off, we saw nothing of, Karbassion, who came straight from Arsenals youth team, made only 5 substitute appearances, and a cameo at Villa. Gifton Noel Williams on the other hand showed us all, his size and bulk, he looked the part but with arthritis in the knees and a distinct look of any interest in chasing any cause, never won over the Burnley faithful. Cotterill made a slight boob with Gifton, IMO.
The third season running, Burnley lost their top marksman, first we lost Blake, and now Ade Akinbiyi. Burnley have always been a selling club, so with the lack of substantial funds we will remain to be. And with Steve Cotterill working the market, we are no longer losing players for peanuts.
Stan was gone, it would take a man of real substance to instill a belief in a beleaguered Burnley, that man was Steve Cotterill.
When Steve Cotterill walked in the door to just 8 first team players (Jenson,Roache,Camara,Blake,Grant,Ian Moore,Branch and Chaplow) and two youth players (Matty O’Neil and Joel Pilkington). That would not be good enough to win any game, so off he went with little money Burnley could afford to give him after the ITV Digital fiasco still hurting the finances of this great club.
John McGreal was the first in the door a freebie from Ipswich Town, Before a ball was yet to be kicked in Steve Cotterill's first season ,McGreal would be joined by Frank”The Power” Sinclair with Micheal Duff costing thirty thousand pounds and a pre-season friendly with Cheltenham Town , Danny Coyne ,and Mich Hyde (who's goal away at Blackburn will go down in the memory for years). were soon to follow through the in door.
His Loan signings were a gamble at the best ,But he unearthed a diamond in the shape of Gary Cahill (On loan from Premiership Aston Villa), England U21 Whittingham joined too for a month. as too did Irish U21 Dean Bowditch and Welsh U21 Richard Duffy . But there was some strange ones too Sanokho who made just three sub appearances. John Oster who left us to play in the Premiership with Reading, Jean Louis Valois who just disappeared of the face of the planet.
That January Burnley spent Erm? Big? (£600k)in the shape of Ade Akinbiyi a centre forward who would become a enigma in a Burnley shirt ! his first start in a Claret shirt lasted just under two minutes ! Getting himself sent off for a forearm smash and an attempted head butt on Sunderland's George McCartney .
Robbie Blake (Burnley's top scorer) was sold to Premiership Birmingham City for £1.75 mil ,after being the subject of a bidding war between Birmingham and Paul Jewell's Wigan athletic ,Richard Chaplow was also sold by Steve Cotterill for a fee of £1.5 mil to West Bromwich Albion.
Steve's first game would stick more in my mind than anyone else's a 2-1 home defeat to Dundee United, with Owen Coyle listed in the squad, it wasnt because it was the new managers firt game , it was my wedding day, and anyone who gave the half time pint a miss, would have seen me and my new wife on the pitch , with two bloody big bees.
This was Steve Cotterill's first season and it WAS a successful season ,we avoided relegation we had two magical cup runs Beating Liverpool (who at the end of the season would be crowned Champions of Europe) , Holding our fierce rivals Blackburn to a draw at the turf and with the help of the eight thousand Fanatical Clarets fans behind them losing marginally by the odd goal in three over at Ewood . Also Aston Villa had been put to the sword at Turf Moor with a mighty 3-1 scoreline.
One of the hardest things to do in football, must be to leave the club you love, Stan Ternent wasn't sacked, he wasn't asked to leave, the board just didn't offer the man who saved them on so many levels, a new contract! The reasons, Unknown to the mere mortal. one day someone will speak an tell us the reason, but until that day comes, i think all Burnley fans will hold Stan in the highest regards.
The season itself, was a poor one, but also a successful one, Stan kept us up, on "Beer Money". His team was build on hope youth and Lonee's, the hope came as players were sold, Taylor to Forest, before a competitive ball was kicked, Micheal Duberry's finger put paid to that. Man Utd winger Chadwick was brought in, along with former Blackburn player David May,other Lonee's would come in the shape of Todd, Farrelly, Wood, Orr, Adebola, and Jay McEeverly.
19th Place was our league placing, in a season what saw Burnley conceded 77 goals only Wimbledon conceded more, but we finished two points above relegation, and that alone made Stan's last, and hardest a success, remember Stan got told half way through the season there would be no tomorrow, a lesser man could have let it slip. But not Stan the man, legend to the last.
The name on everyone’s lips was “ITVDigital” the company who promised mega money, delivered nothing, Stan who had two seventh place finishes in his previous two seasons, looked to improve, but the financial implications ITVDigital left us in an impossible position. We needed to cut the wage bill; we needed to pay the outstanding debts.
Gazza had left, and new arrivals were thin on the ground as Stan had to “Cut his cloth “, the season would also see the last games for, Ian Cox, Paul Cook, Nick the Greek, Steve Davis, Gordon Armstrong and Lee Briscoe
Strange season just doesn’t tell half about this season, Dave Thomas reviews it brilliantly in his book, Its Burnley not
To try and get this season in to any sort of contex, try losing 7-4, 7-2, and 6-2 at home? Scoring 5 at
One player who wore the famous shirt for the last time as a player would be, Andy Payton, just two appearances from the bench was all his final season brought, and a month on the seaside at
So near and yet so far, Stan Ternent's finest season as Burnley manager, in my opinion. One goal just one goal stopped Burnley reaching the play-offs, a second season seventh placing was impressive.
But the drama of this season would live long, the money was rolling in ITVDigital were selling the Championship and the football league, and paying through the nose for the privilege, but in true mothers saying "Their eyes were bigger than their bellies", it just didn't add up, and at the end of the season before they had to pay out the dividend, they went Bust ! But although we knew this was happening, no one really knew the implications.
Stan in turn made great strides forward making Burnley a real Promotion prospect. £1mil was spent on an Injured Robbie Blake, £500k on Dimi Papadopoulos, Republic of Ireland International and a true left sided player Alan Moore came in, former Man utd trainee came in on loan at the end of the season from Forest, scoring 5 goals in 8 games, but the signing that would reignite the Clarets, was Paul Gascoigne arguably the best England player of many a decade, signing on loan from Everton.
It was a great time to support Burnley, Winning games scoring goals, signing big players, taking thousands of fans on the road, Burnley were becoming a force!
Right until the last game of the season, Coventry we won with a solitary goal from Gareth Taylor, but one more goal could have made the next few years so much easier, Burnley and Norwich City went into the last day of the season tied on 72 points, Millwall and Birmingham could have also missed out if results had been different. But it wasn't to Be for Burnley, as Norwich won 2-0, that second goal condemned the Clarets to miss out on the play-offs for another year.
I could not do this season justice, But Edward Lee and Phil Whalley do, in their book "The Pride and The Glory"(Above) they report match by match the entire season, a season not to forget.
I could start this review of the 2000/01 season with defeats to Blackburn, Preston and Bolton in three horrible weeks in December 2000 but that would be unfair, I could have started ranting about the derby at Ewood were after being herded like sheep into the ground we witnessed a demolition that in Burnley’s eyes was an annihilation,Yes it was that bad a 5 – 0 defeat to your most hated rivals that lives long in the memory, it took years to get over that, and if I had caught the B******d fan who taunted me, I would still be waiting for my release date.
But I am not going to relive the failures of this season, but the success of Stan’s third season in charge.
Burnley took the unique steps of not selling the club short when it came to Shirt advertisement, choosing instead not to bear a brand name, the rumour was at the time was Simonstone company Time computers were in talks but the green and blue slogan would have looked naff on the famous Claret and Blue, so no deal was struck.
Harry Potts who passed away in 1996 would be honoured in a unique way too, Supporters clubs met and worked out a way for the Great man to live long in the memory of the new younger fans who were flocking to the Turf, “The Harry Potts Longside” was mentioned, but it was decided that changing part of the famous Brunshaw Road to Harry Potts way would be the ideal way to celebrate the man who had an association with Burnley lasting over 43 years. Peter Pike Burnley’s long standing MP and Burnley fanatic would put this to the council, and he was successful, with Mrs Potts loaning Burnley her late husbands Burnley memorabilia to the club,which has been fittingly placed in the trophy cabinet, which is all still on show to this day.
Eleven Supporters Clubs would meet Burnley chairman Barry Kilby in August of 2000, the new relationship worked as 11,900 season tickets had been sold,
Modus enterprises were first on the scene the season previous when Brendan Flood sponsored games towards the end of the 99/00 season, and I assume would be on hand with the club announcing that the Cricket Club would be sold off to be relocated on Fulledge Rec, strange indeed? The club also set out a statement for the rebuilding of the Cricket Field stand, incorporating erm, a Hotel! The Cricket Club ground would be sold off for retail development?
Any way with the Fans flocking back and the finances looked the best for years without the sale of our most prized assets the future was truly looking good, not as good as those horrendous gold suits worn when the Golden Gamble was drawn at half time.
Stan brought in Lee Briscoe, Phil Gray and Kevin Ball before the season had started, Ball would become a legend for getting himself sent off for a tackle that would live long in my mind, when he took out Blackburn Born David Dunn by the kneecap in the first competitive derby since April 1983, Ball was so high, so hard, so late it almost started a riot on and off the pitch, but Blackburn with Walkers millions were too strong on that day winning 2-0 with Alan Mahon making his Rovers Debut.
With Burnley Buzzing Stan went out and bought Stockport flying forward Ian Moore for a cool £1mil the first one million pound signing in Burnley’s history, with Claret Hero Payton not being allowed to recapture his first two seasons goalscoring feats spending over half the season benched , as Stan partnered Cooke, Gray, Moore, and toward the end of the season Gareth Taylor, but with only 21 starts, and a further 25 substitute appearances in both league and cup he would still become Burnley’s top goalscorer with 15 goals 9 of which coming in the league.
Barry Kilby outlined the targets for Burnley after promotion and that was to become a top 40 team in England, Stan superseded that, Burnley were officially the 27th best team in England.
The end of the century and a season of records and first’s.
Andy Payton scores the last
Burnleygoal of the 20th century and the first goal of the 21st.
Payton wins the Golden boot after scoring 27 League goals.
Ian Wright, Wright, Wright signs
The first season that squad numbers were used in the football league.
5 named subs were allowed, 3 could be used in any one game
The official opening of the Jimmy McIlroy stand.
And on a sunny day on Humberside,
Stan Ternent had truly arrived, and unlike his first season, where 40 players were used, this season even with the new 5 named subs, Stan kept his side to the regular 15, with new signings Dean West and Mitchell Thomas, along with the 2 loanee’s who came in towards the end of last season, Cowen an Cook who had both signed on permanently.
Twenty five wins, twenty seven goals for the Padiham predator, hundreds of Claret Santa’s in the 23,000 crowd at Derby in the FA Cup, the twentieth century had gone and the 21st would bring success and heartache under Stan the Man, who if cut would bleed Claret and Blue.
Wycombe Wanderers were first up, a 1-1 draw down at
Wigan would be Wright’s debut, a sell out (in the home end), and with Burnley fans desperate to see Ian Wright would loss there colours and file into the Away end at Turf Moor (me included). But it would be an anti-climax a 0-0 draw, no goals for
But his presence would matter in his 15 games (11 of the bench) Wright would notch 4 goals, all important and equalizer away to Gillingham, a winner at home to Notts County, with another in the 3-2 win against Brentford, and one in the 3-0 demolition of Reading.
Stan was back and he craves Burnley to be among the elite.
1997-98 had just ended and so did Chris Waddle's tenure as Burnley Manager, with him went Glenn Roader, Gordon Cowans and Chris Woods, bleak times seemed upon Burnley again.
But a saviour was at hand! Francis Stanley Ternent (Stan), left his job at Bury where he was a legend, winning two promotions and stabilizing the team in all of Greater Manchester's shadow in the Championship.
Former record signing Vinnicombe had gone, Jamie Hoyland had gone, Gerry Harrison and Damian Matthew had played their last games in a Claret shirt and Marlon Beresford had been sold to Middlesbrough in the March with former manager Waddle still fighting a relegation battle.
Thread bare, would be how the team was when Stan walked in, but amazingly, he begged borrowed and stole, he somehow managed to use 40 players, but he biggest talking point of the season was when Stan publicly sacked 4 players live on radio, in a post match press conference!
He ranted "It's not personal, its business, Steve Blatherwick,Lee Howey, Mark Winstanley and to a lesser degree Micheal Williams, because he will never win the crowd over. will not play for Burnley Football Club again. They are not right for Burnley and they are not coming from where i am coming from. They are on the transfer list - they can all go on a free transfer". Stan had arrived, his way or the highway.
Stan would become a Legend in almost every Burnley fans eyes, his actions in the transfer market would be as swift as his sacking of the ousted four, bringing in Gordon "Stretch" Armstrong and Peter Swan from arch Nemesis Neil Warnock from his former club Bury. But it would be the turn of the year when he signed Graham"de"Branch"io", and Steve Davis one legend in the making , and one Legend making a return (Steve's third time in the Claret shirt). Tom Cowan and Paul Cook would sign in March and with that, Stan had assembled a side what would do Burnley Football Club justice.
On the plus side while Stan would sign defenders and Midfielders, his Forward line would go from strength to strength Andy Payton(above right) would notch 20 league goals, With Andy Cooke bagging 9, and Burnley's newest wing wonder Glen Little(above left) notching 5, in a stop start season with the In's and outs constant. a respectful 15th place and the threat of relegation was never an issue
Stan had arrived !!
The season that resembled a roller-coaster, with more ups and downs than a depressed man on laughing gas.
Chris Waddle, England and Geordie superstar, Burnley's new manager and with him came a complete new back room, Gordon Cowans England coach and Aston Villa legend, Glenn Roeder straight from England coaching staff, Chris Woods former England Goalkeeper, Tony Parks who famously won the UEFA Cup for spurs with fantastic goalkeeping. the Dream Team, The Dream Ticket, unfortunately the Dream was a nightmare.
(right, Chris Waddle's Autobiography,listing his life right up until he took the Burnley job)
Burnley under Chris Waddle managed to stay in the relegation positions all season , the highest place Burnley found themselves this season was a shocking 19th ! and it took a nail biting last gasp game against relegation fodder Plymouth Argyle. Two Andy Cooke goals saved us and sent Plymouth down, with it Chris Waddle out of management.
People say that the second half of the season was Promotion material? Rubbish, 21 points were gathered before the new year crept in and just 31 points in the second half of the season, a total of 62 points would have given Burnley a 13th place in the 2nd division.
Chris Waddle with his new signings failed, seven game it took to score a league goal that season, a further five more games before we won a game. Gerry Creaney would be Burnley's mid season saviour 8 goals in his 9 games on loan from Manchester City (before he was recalled), Creaney was a success but Micheal Williams, Steve Blatherwick and Lee Howey weren't, even £250k spent on midfield man Mark Ford did work out as it should.
With goals hard to come by Barnes,Eastwood,Eyres,Carr-Lawton Mark Robertson and John Mullin all spending time up front, it took Chris Waddle to go down as a Burnley hero when he exchanged Paul Barnes, who never really won over the hearts and minds of the Clarets faithful, for the Padiham Predator, Andy Payton.
With Any Payton paired with Andy Cooke Burnley had found a pairing that worked, with an aging David Eyres left for pastures new(signed for Preston), a new Claret legend was born Glen Little having been signed by Heath from Glentoran the season before, the mercurial winger would be a major part in Burnley's turn in fortunes, too little to late for Waddle who would leave after the Plymouth Game.
Taken from the Independent newspaper August 1997
Waddle's plan to wake up `sleeping giant'
Glenn Moore talks to a superstar eager to learn his trade as a manager
Glenn Moore: Saturday, 16 August 1997
It was a steamy afternoon in Lincoln and Chris Waddle, former wing wizard and terrace hero from Tyneside to Provence, was helping to cart Burnley's match kit into the changing rooms at Sincil Bank. Alongside him, offering a helping hand, was Frank Teasdale, the Burnley chairman.
Welcome to life in the Nationwide League's Second Division. It is hard to imagine Kenny Dalglish and Sir John Hall pushing the kit skip at Newcastle, where Waddle began his playing career, or Irving Scholar and Bernard Tapie, the chairmen of Spurs and Marseilles when Waddle was playing for them. Like several contemporaries, Waddle could have cut his managerial teeth in the Premiership, so why Burnley?
Waddle, who makes his home debut as manager against Gillingham this afternoon, explained: "A lot of people I spoke to said `work as high as you can', a lot said `go and learn your trade'. I think this club fits both. They have the potential to be regarded as a sleeping giant. It should be a good First Division club at least. I have a three-year contract and that's my target. I had no connection with the club, apart from playing there once with Newcastle and getting beat, but I had waited for a club of this stature."
By the standards of the division Burnley are very well supported and well funded. They just missed out on the play-offs under Adrian Heath last year and, importantly for Waddle, have a tradition of good football.
"I like to play," he said. "I hate long-ball football. There will be times we do hit it long, no team can pass pass perfect all the time, but I've said to the players, `get it, pass it, move'. I'd never resort to direct football. If success means doing that I'd rather walk away, go and follow a team as a spectator instead."
Waddle's first three matches are against teams who play the direct game to varying degrees. Last Saturday they lost at Watford, today Waddle makes his home debut against Gillingham. In between, they were at Lincoln for a Coca-Cola Cup tie.
It is five hours before the game but Burnley are taking the opportunity to lay out the kit before the crowd gathers - and to have a look at the pitch to see if the infamous John Beck, now manager of Lincoln, has done anything to it.
It looks perfect but one of the groundstaff admits that when Beck arrived he attempted to have the corners banked as on a cycle track so a long ball hit into the corners would hold up. A few holidaying schoolboys are hanging around. As usual they follow Manchester United, not the local team, and are thrilled when Waddle allows them a quick look around the bus - it is the one United use.
This is a rare touch of luxury for Burnley. Waddle admitted that while he had talked about management to a lot of people the most "invaluable" preparation was having a month as a player at Falkirk last season and five at Bradford. "I'd been accustomed to clubs where you can wave a cheque book around and where everything was geared to the players. Where you were spoilt. I'm not saying those clubs are small clubs but they were not as big as the ones I was used to and that gave me a different expectancy."Waddle has spent pounds 600,000 bringing in former Premiership players Mark Ford (Leeds), Steve Blatherwick (Nottingham Forest), Lee Howey (Sunderland) and Michael Williams (Sheffield Wednesday) along with Marco Gentile, nephew of the infamous Claudio Gentile. He also has an impressive back-room staff of Glenn Roeder, Gordon Cowans and Chris Woods, who is also eligible to play. Not surprisingly, the bookmakers have Burnley down at 9-4 to gain promotion.
"If the bookies are right, I'll be happy but I don't have a magic wand. It would be a massive achievement to go up this season, new players need time to settle. All I can do is get the players to believe in what we are trying to achieve, to play football, give effort and commitment. We won't fail for lack of effort, it will be because we were not good enough or did not have the luck. People say luck levels itself out. I'm not a great believer in that."
Continental theory is in vogue and he will introduce afternoon training later in the season but notes: "Marseilles' training wasn't hard. People say `you do morning and afternoon' but we'd do 40 minutes in the morning and 45 in the afternoon. It is pointless doing it because they do it. It has got to be beneficial. We have cut out all the chips and stuff like that but you can't watch them 24 hours a day. Me and Jean-Pierre Papin used to have a McDonalds after training. You just hope that players are good pros and when they leave training they go home, they eat sensibly, they stay in and do all that, but English players are a breed of their own."
Supporters, too. In the evening Waddle is taunted with chants of "you're not famous anymore" when he warms up, but he had earlier recalled: "I, noticed a difference in the way I was perceived when I came back from France. People always say you are a good player in your country but if you go abroad, and do very well, you are looked at differently. When I came back I was known as a great player - and I was a better player. Also, everybody was saying how well I was playing yet I could not get in the England squad."
Ironically, the man who would not pick him was his first opponent as manager, Graham Taylor having returned to Watford. "It wasn't a problem. I don't bear any grudges against Graham. He was manager and he had to make decisions about who to pick and leave out, I'll have to do the same."
Taylor is also at Lincoln, probably to watch Lincoln's Gareth Ainsworth, a modern-day Nigel Callaghan who causes Burnley problems from the start. Burnley are clearly the better footballing side but they have problems on the flanks and, despite the first of three superlative saves by Marlon Beresford, are behind to an excellent Phil Stant goal at half-time.
Waddle, who is not fully fit, has made himself substitute. On the touchline he is a prowler, pacing about the manager's box like an expectant father, but he shows little emotion. Only once does he berate the lenient referee, ex-player Steve Baines, when Paul Barnes is unfairly pulled back. Most of the time he restricts himself to clapping and encouraging his team.
With 13 minutes to go he is rewarded when Howey heads in a corner. Waddle, pleased with the team's resilience, leads the mutual applause with the 436-strong away support then heads for the dressing room before re-emerging for the long round of media interviews.
Then it is home to Sheffield to reacquaint himself with the family. I remind him of an interview when his wife, Lorna, complained that she would send him out for a takeaway and he would stop on the way back to watch a kids pick-up game in the park, so keen was he on football, and would come back with a cold dinner.
Waddle confirms that he has not changed, this week he watched six live and two televised games.
"I'll be seeing a lot of football this season. I knew it would be hard until I got into a routine but I haven't just gone and said to Lorna `I'm taking this job'. I've been offered jobs since I was 32 [he is 36] and we've talked about it for years. She said `go for it'."
With Heath starting his first full term as a manager, expectations were high, especially when he broke Burnley's Transfer record when he signed Paul Barnes from York City for a fee of £400k.
Heath appointed John Ward as his no2, he then released John Francis, Warren Joyce, and Nathan Peel along with youngsters Matty Taylor, Glen Davis, Wayne Dowell, Derek Adams and John Borland.
Our new manager was learning fast, with his interview with the Clarets official match day programme he stated " The first thing is that there is no such thing as a free transfer. Every player that joins Burnley without us paying the other club actually costs money. First division footballers want First Division wages and that is a 'hidden' cost that people have to bear in mind before they think about knocking us for bringing in free transfers" wise words indeed, words that are accurate in every season whom ever the manager may be.
With these words ringing in everyone's ears, Heath went out and brought back 'Big' Vince Overson, a former England U21 international in the form of Damian Matthew, and Nigel Gleghorn.
(Paul Weller(left) who joined Burnley as a trainee in 1993 and went on to a 11 year stalwart at the club, after a brief spell at Rochdale, he returned to work at the Centre of Excellence at Burnley)The season looked bright With our own 20 league goal getter paired up with new signing Paul Barnes with youngster Andy Cooke waiting in the wings, Burnley just might have the fire power to take us up, but it wasn't to be Barnes hit 24 League goals including a 5 goal haul against Stockport County, (a feat Andy Lochhead managed 31 years earlier). Nogan notched 10 before his "Fall out with Heath?" and was subsequently transferred to Preston, Andy Cooke meantime bagged himself 10 league goals.
A poor finish to the season saw Burnley miss out on the play-offs, and Heath left! to become No 2 at Everton.
Heath had Burnley playing well, and to leave after just one season was bad to take, but to leave the Managers position to take a No 2 position? that just defied my logic.
The end of the Longside !
The end for Jimmy Mullen !
The sale of Steve Davis !
3:33 Protest !
Clive Middlemass as Caretaker !
Stange times at the Turf ..
This season was like standing on suicide bridge, Hoping it would all work out for the best. The third tier of English football is where Burnley had found their level, relegation the season previous and a extremely poor 17th place finish this year.
Jimmy Mullen had taken Burnley up twice and down once, when he left, days after the 3:33 protest "Backs to the Board" Burnley were sat in 11th Place, after having lost 4 games on the bounce without scoring a single goal, the game against Crewe was a game too far for the Burnley faithful, although not totally directed at the manager, but at the board and the players, this was a dark day in Burnley's history. Jimmy left us in a better position, than when he came.
Clive Middlemass took control as caretaker, and then Adrian Heath as full time manager, but the season didn't lift! only 4 wins in the remaining 19 games, and 2 wins in the last 3 saved Burnley from relegation.
Some clown even tried to set fire to Jimmy Mullen's wife's coat before he called it a day, things with Jimmy were never that bad, he is a Claret hero and always will be.
The longside got pulled down , as did the Bee hole end, a new chapter in Burnley's famous history was about to begin.
Relegation! one season in the first division and it ended in relegation.
The transfer record what stood for 16 years smashed, the £200k Burnley paid Rangers for full back Chris Vinnicombe eclipsed the Leighton James transfer of £165k when Potts brought him back from QPR in 1978.
It was broke again before a ball could be kicked, £250k was paid for Liam Robinson, when Burnley made a deal with Bristol City.Another signing was Mark Winstanley who signed from Bolton.
Jimmy Mullen used the trial market to good effect in the early days, Alan Harper, John Gayle and Gerry Harrison all signed on after successful trials,
But the season would be long and hard, with the euphoria surrounding Burnleys Wembley victory over Stockport, the previous season was all but lost on the crowds(which were massively up on the previous few years) ,Money making games against liverpool in the Newly named Coca-Cola Cup and the FA Cup would keep the bank manager happy.
But although this would be Longside poster "LightclifeClarets " favorite season, it was poor, 31 Players were used in the 46 games, and it wasn't until Paul Shaw and Kurt Nogan came in towards the end of the season where survival looked likely, but it wasn't to be, Burnley were back in division three.
Burnley finished the campaign on 46 points, 8 points away from safety. Those in the relegation dog fight till the end of the season were Sunderland, Portsmouth, and West Brom all escaping leaving Swindon, Bristol City, and Notts County joining Burnley down in Division 3.
Goals were hard to come by too, Heath didnt score a league goal, Liam Robinson only notched 7, David Eyres would again be top League goalscorer with 8! The 3 goals in 11 starts for Nogan, and 4 in 8 for Shaw. were the striking contributions, Captain Steve Davis bagged 7 from centre half.
Six years to the day when Burnley were last at Wembley, but this time the Clarets would be victorious.
Jimmy Mullen's 2nd full season as manager of Burnley and he would be celebrating another promotion, this time to Division one. One of the reasons for Burnleys dramatic change in fortunes would be the arrival of David Eyres, a winger with a magical left foot, Eyres scored 19 league goals in 45 goals and was Burnleys top goal getter by a country mile.
This season would see the arrival of the "Tin Man", Ted McMinn a magical winger signed in the March 94 from Birmingham City, Walters son Warren Joined from Plymouth (who he would score against in the Play-off semi final). We also acquired a "Rooster" in the shape of Kevin Russell, Burnley were building a team of speed and finesse.
When Burnley beat Bradford in mid October, they would not fall out of the top 10 all season, we would finish the season on 73 points, 12 behind Plymouth Argyle and Stockport County.
While we finished 12 points behind 3rd placed Plymouth, that is who we would play in the 2 legged play-offs, a goalless draw at home to the Pilgrims, left Plymouth chairman shooting his mouth off to the press, insinuating that the hard work was done and Plymouth were going to Wembley! Just the motivation Jimmy Mullen needed to raise the Clarets for this game.
Jimmy posted up the Plymouth Chairman's comments on the Away team dressing room down at Home Park, and the players didn't disappoint. Plymouth scored early but Two goals from Super Johnny Francis and the other from Pilgrims old boy Joyce and they were out, all that was left in their changing room after the game were empty champagne bottles and a Plymouth newspaper.
Stockport County who also finished 12 points above Burnley, and a team who Burnley failed to beat in both game that season, were all that stood in the way of Captain John Pender and the thirty nine steps to Promotion.
The game witnessed by 44,806 the vast majority wearing the Claret and Blue of Burnley, Stockport who had in their ranks a beanpole of a forward by the name of Kevin Francis (in the words of Fred Dibnah " A poor mans Peter Crouch"). This was like a home game for Burnley, and just like a home game, Burnley made it hard work Chris Beaumont scored with a header just 2 minutes in, Then as things went from bad to worse, Burnley's Francis limped off with a knee injury. Stockport's rough house tactics didn't pay off with a moment of madness, Wallace of Stockport disgustingly spat in the face of the Tin Man, and Referee David Elleray had no option but to send him off.
With Stockport down to ten men Burnley pushed on, and with a delightful goal from top goalscorer Eyres when he curled the ball into the far corner of the net and a scuffed shot from the edge of the box from Garry Parkinson (that seemed to take a lifetime to hit the net). There might also have been the finest Burnley goals of all time in this final, Steve Davis running almost the entire length of the pitch passing player after player only to scuff his shot while rounding the County Keeper (the ball actually going for a throw in).
Special mention to the Clarets youth team, who after hammering Blackburn Rovers 5 - 0 in the semi final, went on to meet Manchester United in the final of the Lancashire FA Youth cup. It would be the first time Burnley had progressed to the final in the 24 years that the cup had been contested.
Out of the bottom League and the word is "Consolidation" , One thing what can never happen is that Burnley can never be allowed to drop so low again. Now in the Second Division (not the Third) ,As the inaugural season of the Premiership would be about to begin .
Adrian Heath (Pictured left), was the biggest plus on a season where the previous seasons promotion had to be build on. Heath signed from Manchester City who did what Micheal Conroy had done in the Fourth Division Championship Season , and Score 20 League goals .
With a new No1 in the shape of Marlon Beresford, legend Steve Davis ,and midfield dynamo John Deary to compliment Adrian Heath , the Claret backbone look's strong . Although consolidation was the word ,the future was looking bright.
"They came to York in their thousands, they're going home as champions!"
Seven long years in the basement ,enough for even the Freakiest Austrian, but for Burnleys loyal fan base it was punishment of the severest nature .Almost going out of existence itself in 1987 ,to be also rans in the division what was home to the 'greats' such as Rochdale and Stockport .
But "Jimmy Fixed it for us" a home made banner lifted at Brunton Park ,Carlisle,by a young Clarets fan said it all. Jimmy Mullen a legend to all Clarets ,for he did what four other Managers failed to do ! He lifted Burnley out of the Fourth Division ,at the first time of asking . Jimmy Mullen was brought to Burnley a year earlier replacing former No2 Mick Docherty had left to join Stan Ternent at Hull City ,to act as assistant to Frank Casper. it was Frank Casper who brought the nucleus of the side to Burnley what was to be victorious under his former No2 .
The season started with links to the Orient game well and truly severed with the release of Ray Deakin and Neil Grewcock , 'Rocket' Ron Futcher also left ,leaving a void up front ,what was to be filled by a man who would write his name in the Claret record books , That man was Micheal Conroy .
Another man who would go down as a Claret legend was bought that season, a measly £60K secured the services of Stephen Davis a elegant centre half ,signed after an initial loan spell the season before.
During the Championship season Burnley used no less than five goalkeepers, Chris Pearce who started the campaign as No1 ,was to be replaced by his No2 David Williams ,But also Lonee's Nicky Walker (from Hearts), Andrew Marriott (from Nottingham Forest), And the late Mark Kendall (who signed as goalkeeping coach,but played on three occasions).and twenty two out field players of whom seven would not be offered contracts at the end of a remarkable season.
The season saw seven debut's ,Micheal Conroy, Andrew Marriott, Steve Harper, Adrian'Spaceman'Randall, Mark Kendall, Nicky Walker and Mark Yates .
Also on a sad note Burnley trainee Ben Lee tragically died at turf moor ,the game at York was postponed on the 10th of March as a mark of respect to a young man who was said to have had a great future ahead of him. RIP
What a season! Frank Casper lost his No2 Mick Docherty just before the start ,He left his beloved Clarets to join a certain Stan Ternent as No2 at Hull city. That was the start of the Burnley career of one Jimmy Mullen ( who had just been sacked by Blackpool) who stepped into the void left to join Frank Casper as his No2. And that was before a ball was kicked!
John Pender who cost the clarets £70-000 when signed initially on loan from Bristol City was one of a number of new faces to grace the Claret and blue this season. David "Diddy" Hamilton was the first main signing of yet another season in the basement. Burnleys Squad was a mind boggling 27 professionals come late September ( only 21 wore the claret shirt) .
The season however saw two Legends play there last league games for Burnley,Neil Grewcock and Ray "Wooshie" Deakin .It also saw the last in a claret shirt for Steve Davis Mk 1 who refused terms on a new contract and left for Barnsley for a fee of £180-000. Winston"Corn-circles" White played his last game as did Ron Futcher .
Playoff defeat ended the season what saw some fantastic victorys and stories of support that would last for years.
Quite a season !
"Teasdale Out" was the public cry from the start, as Frank Casper started his first full season as the manager of Burnley, he had been caretaker twice, both times taking over from club legend Brian Miller. Casper himself is a Burnley legend in his own right after his goalscoring exploits in the seventies.
The season started with six new faces in the shape of Roger Eli(below right), Peter Mumby(below left), Joe Jakub (a second time Claret),John Deary, with Andy Farrell doing an eleventh hour change by deciding to re-sign for the Clarets, And the seventies Rock-Star looking throwback that was the enigma Tony Hancock(pictured left).Signed from Stockport County Tony who played in 22 games as a striker for the Clarets did not register a single goal ,he was the iconic figure in the season to forget. He was offloaded to Preston North End by January ,he was a Claret for only six months.
Burnley starting their sixth consecutive season in the bottom division, stagnated 16th place in the 88-89 season,and the same again this year. Businessmen were sniffing around Turf Moor like vultures ,one of whom was Graham "Chalky"White , who offered Burnley £1mil to ground share with his fast rising Colne Dynamos, but that and other offers of help were rebuffed . And as the season progressed the Burnley faithful were getting more and more frustrated ,no money ,bad performances, and losing games hand over fist ,demonstrations ensued with the vocal element directed at the board and the manager .
Burnley were not scoring, Burnley's fans were given little to shout about, Casper decided to fill the void of front-man in December when he signed aging striker "Rocket" Ron Futcher,who's 7 league goals in 22 appearances were enough to guarantee Burnley didn't get dragged into the relegation places again.Burnley finished on 56 points only 7 points above the drop zone. Another player Casper spent "big" on was speedster John Francis a £90k signing from Sheffield United.And this was the first season as a Claret for Stephen Davis (MkII) on loan from Southampton.
At the seasons end "Teasdale out " was the sound ringing in everyones ears ,But fair play to our former chairman he withstood every insult, slur, and hostile attitude, to stand tall and finish what he set out to do, That was to make Burnley soluble ,and he did this through the worst times the club has ever witnessed , "Thank you Mr Teasdale " your vision in times past gave this great club the foundation of which cannot be measured in words.
Supporters unrest, Players fighting, a true Claret legend stepping down,
and Graham “Chalky” White sniffing around ,Just another year in the doldrums's.
Wembley was now history, and relegation was still an eye opening proposition Burnley sat in 18th place after the second draw in successive games at the beginning of April, The Orient game was fresh in the supporter’s minds when the promise of a new beginning was yet to materialise. Brian Miller left in January to be replaced for the second time by Frank Casper.
Clarets who played at Wembley the previous may were on their way out, Peter Daniel(below left), Steve Taylor, George Oghani, Paul Comstive, Ian Britton, Leighton James and Ashley Hoskins an unused sub 12 months previous all left during this ‘another’ season to forget.
Burnley were now a lower league club with a famous past, and teams who we compete against don’t look to the past they look to the pitch. And even with some past masters on show , Burnley could not relive there former glories ,even after a 6-0 drubbing of York City the chants of “Championies” from the Longside were just empty shouts, as Brian Miller the saviour ,the True Claret , could not take us to the next level .
In February 1989 Brian Miller stepped down, with the statement “It is the right time for me, it is the right time for the club and it is the right time for the fans, who I believe wanted it this way” . Words of a true Claret, who put the Club before himself.
His replacement was Frank Casper ,a No2 at Bury and the No2 of the fans choice of replacement Martin Dobson, but in Frank Casper hope was given in the shape of 3 wins in 4 games , But if that was the honeymoon period then the rest of his managerial time at Burnley was a shambles, This season we finished 16th ! 6 points above the drop! And with only 3 wins in his next 20 games, it’s amazing that we managed to be placed so high.
The one factor that sticks in my mind during this time in Burnley’s history was the signing of David Jones, The worst player Burnley has ever had (Bar none!) . "We needed height" was the message Frank Casper told us an with that we got a 6 foot 4 man straight of the basketball court, because I’m sure the lad had never played football in his life before.
So another shambolic season where the only success was a disallowed goal! George Oghani's(top left) strike against Luton Town in the Littlewoods cup was a classic, Oghani went past four Luton Defenders and stuck the ball into the Bee Hole End net, just for the ref to pull the play back 40 yards for a foul, that never was. Oghani who famously nicked window locks from Woolworth's, and who was subsequently sacked after breaking our own goalies nose (Chris Pearce), But still goes down as a legend ,because he was the only player who the fans could put any faith in at all ,in a team full of has-beens and no hopers.
Following Burnley is becoming a chore with every season.
Never forget 9th May 1987 , Well Brian Miller didn't, at the start of the 1987/88 season Brian Miller culled the squad, releasing no fewer than 9 players leaving himself with the biggest rebuilding job in Burnley's history, Neenan, Hampton, Rodaway, Gallagher, Parker, Kennedy, Hessom, Woodworth and legend Leighton James were all released (James taking a job as youth team coach)
Phil Malley, Ray Deakin, Ian Britton, Ashley Hoskin, Neil Grewcock, Peter Leebrook, Phil Hardy and Phil Devaney were the only surviving players (Devaney and Hardy had only made 8 starts and 2 sub appearances between them, since the step up from youth set up to first team). Later in the season youth team coach Leighton James was asked to don his boots again .
Twenty thousand pounds was the amount Brian Miller spent as he brought in Chris Pearce, Paul Comstive, George Oghani, Peter Zelem, Peter Daniel, Steve Taylor, Andy Farrell, Shaun McGrory and Steve Gardner all becoming Clarets.
New look Burnley were back, a new belief was all around Turf Moor, a youth set up in place with Claret Legends James and Arthur Bellamy at the helm, four wins in the first six games was enough for the fans to flock back to the Turf. The future was looking the brightest it had for years, and it took Brian Miller the one man club legend to do it. Even riots at home to Bolton in the FA Cup and two pitch invasions during the last home game of the season could not take away from this seasons success.
Finishing 10th in the league and competing right up until the last for a play-off place was testament indeed to the "Club that almost died" and in particular Brian Miller and Frank Teasdale who were given the task of raising this former giant from the disastrous position we had found ourselves in.
The pinnacle of the season was the Wembley showpiece "The Sherpa Van Trophy" it might not have the heritage of the FA Cup, but for Burnley (and Wolves) it was the most important competition in the world. It was fitting than Brian Miller a loser in the 1962 FA Cup final 26 years previous was the man to lead out the clarets.
Defeat followed as the Wolves were just too strong, but it was a victory in East Lancashire, for those who were there will never forget the day eighty one thousand people attended, almost 30 thousand supporting Burnley (Not bad considering Burnley town had a population of less that one hundred thousand).
Burnley were back , this was a season to remember!.
The men that saved Burnley, this preview will dedicate to those men of Claret.
From the diresctors, The management, The players, the former players, and the fans who pulled together, and kept Burnley alive.
Frank Teasdale, the local business man who purchased enough of former Chairman John Jackson's shares to take control of the beligured club. his vice Chairman Dr David Iven
The new Board members who dug deep, to keep Burnleys head above water, B,Blakeborough, C.Holt and B,Rothewell.
The older Board Members, B,Dearing,and J,Simmons
Burnley are Unique.
Manager and former player Brian Miller.
Assistant Manager and former player Arthur Bellamy
Commercial manager and former player J Thomson
and legendary pysio Jimmy Holland
secretary and former player Albert Maddox
Joe Neenan - Goalkeeper
Phill Malley - Defender/Midfielder
Peter Hampton - Defender
Billy Rodaway - Defender/Midfielder
Joe Gallagher - Defender
Ray Deakin - Defender/Midfielder
Derick Parker - forward
Leighton James - Winger
Ashley Hoskin - Winger
Neil Grewcock - Winger/Forward
Steve Kennedy - Utility
Ian Britton - Midfielder
Wayne Entwistle - Forward
Robert Regis - Forward
Peter Leebrook - Defender
Jason Harris - Midfielder
Murphy - Forward
Tony Woodworth - Goalkeeper
Mark Caughey - Forward
Phil Devanney - Forward
Jason Hardy - Defender
John "Bloody" Bond!!!!!!!!!!!
I know what you all will be thinking with the title, but if he built the foundations with his only season in charge 1983-84, well he built them out of straw! (left, how the Sun newspaper broke the news)
The season started with Bond's old Manchester City's old boy's leaving(Steve Daley, Denis Tueart, Gerry Gow), Burnley legend Billy Hamilton unhappy and sold, new recruits by the bucket load Hampton, Grewcock, Devine, Taylor, Hird, Powell, Whatmore, Turner(who never got a game).
The first league game home to Plymouth Argyle, 5 days after Bond's acrimonious departure, the only players who played and were at the club last season were Roger Hansbury(who's days were numbered), Derek Scott who would leave at the season, Vince Overson who would depart for stoke at the end of the season, Micky Phelan who also was playing his last season in the Claret and Blue of Burnley, Tommy Hutchinson who would be stripped of the captaincy in December, and former Matlock striker Wayne Biggins. Too many changes the team had not only had to get use to a new manager, they also had to get to know each other.
This season hard to take, from the championship season two season before, the list of quality players who came through the ranks, to now, Burnley were reliant on journeymen players who have no connection with this once great club, players who just didn't care, Derek Scott, Vince Overson and Micky Phelan apart Burnley were shite, it was horrible, there was no light at the end of the tunnel.
The only light came when Jackson, who was chairing the club with massive debts took local businessman Frank Teasdale and former Lancashire cricket legend Jack Simmons onto the board to increase the capacity to the six.
John Benson the man Bond brought in to assist him, tried, he was given the job straight after Bond was sacked, Bond who in mine and other opinion wrecked the club from the top to the bottom, had the absolute nerve to try and sue Burnley for breach of contract, and wrongful dismissal, the man spent Burnley's little money on old mates and long contracts, but the John Bond legacy was still to affect Burnley.
In December John Bond took over at Swansea City, who like Burnley were struggling at the foot of the third division, and it was Bonds team who played out a draw six days after Burnley had given the supporters hope with a hard fought 3-2 win away at Walsall.
So Bond the man Jackson hired, had the last laugh, Jackson himself stood down with Teasdale a board member for just four months taking the chair at this once great club, Benson also left.
Burnley were in debt, with no manager, Burnley were in trouble, the Fourth Division beckoned for the first time in Burnley's 103 year history, dark dark days lay ahead!
One of John Bond's acts as manager was to have a young Andy Payton released, but one youth player who did progress was Ashley Hoskin (third from right, front row seated)
After the relegation in 1982-83, John Jackson and his board decided to break Burnley's long tradition and hire an "Outsider", Burnley who since 1958 had only five managers, including Frank Casper who was caretaker manager, and whom Bond replaced, they were Harry Potts, Jimmy Adamson, Joe Brown and Brian Miller legends one and all!
John Jackson, a board member since 1976, took the unprecedented step to hire "Outsider" Bond, then proclaimed that this was a "extremely bold and ambitious approach", and didn't just expect promotion, he wanted the championship.
John Bond arrived at Burnley five months after leaving his former side Manchester City who were deep in relegation trouble in the First Division. His appointment in June 1983 was not what the Claret faithful had wanted, I Myself could not comprehend why club stalwart Martin Dobson wasn't given the post? why we broke the tradition what had served Burnley so well for decades?
As managers go, John Bond had all the credentials, a fantastic right back for West Ham United who's academy was as fruitful as our own, playing in a side that housed world cup winners Moore, Peters and Hurst. As a manager he won championships with both Bournemouth and Norwich before leading unfancied Canaries to the League Cup final in 1976, he became one of the most wanted managers in the first Division when Manchester City hired him in 1980, and with an FA Cup final and respectability in the league, all was well, until 1982-83 where with Manchester City at the bottom of the first division , Bond walked out ! Resigned taking John Benson with him, Benson who had followed Bond since his Norwich days when he was Bonds youth team coach.
The season ahead looked bright, we were back in the third division, but had a fantastic team, a team of youth and experience, and a team of home grown players Steven, Overson, Phelan, Dixon, Wharton, Laws, with the older heads Stevenson, Hamilton, Taylor and Dobson we had a good enough team to go straight back up, the bookies even made Burnley Favorites to win the League.
But Bonds way was quick and decisive, out went Laws for £50k, Trevor Steven for a club record received fee of £350k, Stevenson free, Wharton free, Dixon Free, and he stripped Martin Dobson of the captaincy!
In came Tommy Hutchinson who was made team captain, Gerry Gow, Kevin Reeves, Roger Hansbury, Dennis Tueart, and later in the season Steve Daley all players who have followed Bond from team to team.
But it could have all been so different, Kevin Reeves was unlucky, a career ending injury mid season, when Burnley placed comfortably in 6th place, with Reeves having played 27(1) games in all competitions scoring 15 goals, while strike partner Hamilton had plundered 13 League goals, "If" must be the biggest word in football, If Reeves hadn't got injured? if Hamilton's goals hadn't dried up? "If" we could have been celebrating Bond instead of morning him as we all do.
The last12 games of the season saw Burnley pick up just 6 points out of a possible 36 ! relegation form ! But one absentee from 5 of the remaining six games was Bond? John Bond decided that his time would be better spent scouting teams and players instead of managing his/our team. Burnley finished the season in 12th place, poor return considering we were favourites to win the league.
Bond who was not the fans choice as manager , will go down as the man who almost killed this great club.
Two of the greatest games in recent history came in this season, Beating the mighty Liverpool 1-0, and going to White hart Lane to defeat Spurs, two games constantly talked about.
While league form was inconsistent beating Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United, putting seven past Charlton Athletic who had former European Footballer of the year Allen Simonsson in their team, scoring four against Sheff wed Middlesbrough and Carlisle in the league, only winning 12 League games all season.
Having two fantastic cup runs, possibly the involvement in the cups was to the detriment to Burnley's League form, An FA cup run that saw Burnley reach the quarter final, a League Cup run what saw Burnley reach the Semi-Final.
Brian Miller who was in his first stint as Manager of Burnley, would be dramatically replaced two days after his 46th birthday, and hours before Burnley defeated Ricardo Villa, Osvaldo Ardiles, Garry Mabbutt, Grahame Roberts, Ray Clemence, Steve Archibald and the rest of Tottenham Hotspurs the current FA Cup holders, on their own patch. Frank Casper who was put in caretaker charge the day of the game, the way it happened is just another way chairman John Jackson upset the Clarets faithful.
Burnley who had a vibrant young team, who should have never been struggling at the foot of the second division, but that is where we were, winning only 5 games in the league in his 24 games before Jackson wielded the axe with Miller the recipient, Burnley with the talents of Steven, Phelan, Overson, Laws, and local lad Andy Wharton breaking through, and with the experienced pros such as Martin Dobson, Steve Taylor, Alan Stevenson, Irish Internationals Tommy Cassidy and with Billy Hamilton fresh from his exploits in Spain82.
Relegation on the last day of the season, a defeat at Crystal Palace, sealed Burnley's fate, with only 4 points separating Burnley in 21st place, and Cambridge United in 12th. Burnley's 12 league games in the last month and a half was their undoing, relegation it was, Frank Casper was not offered the job after his cup heroics, as John Jackson wanted an Outsider!
Champions, on the wettest of nights at Turf Moor ( my first game), a draw with Chesterfield was enough to secure the Championship for Burnley.
But off the field things were changing Bob Lord who put the majority of his shares up for sale, keeping just 100. John Jackson and Dr David Iven and their consortium bought 3000 shares taking control of the club, Jackson a board member since 1976 became Chairman while Dr Iven who had been at the club since the forties became vice Chairman, in December 1981 Bob Lord died, the man who was at the helm for some of Burnley's Greatest times and the man at the heart of Burnley's greatest mistake; the selling of Jimmy McIlroy in 1963. But a man of Burnley, a man with great insight, a man who Burnley owe a great deal.
John Jackson on the 25th of November 1981 at the Centre Spot, Jackson Presided at the inaugural meeting of The Burnley Football Supporters Club, a committee was set up, and Burnley's far flung fans had a voice, before Internet and E-Mail, when phone calls and hand written letters were the only way to find out information of you club, Burnley Supporters Club raised funds, sorted cheaper travel, formed a bond where social friendships were made, away from the longside. The reason i type this when apart from the date, is that the supporters club would have a huge part in securing Burnley's future, in the seasons that will follow.
Back to the season, when Lord put his share up for sale, Burnley were looking at the relegation places winning just one game in the first eight league matches. and sat rock bottom of the second division, but with Jackson installed in the chair, Burnley's fortunes changed, going on a run where Burnley were undefeated in the league for 20 games, winning 11,from Oct 10th till March 6th, including 6 wins on the bounce, a defeat away at Exeter City turned out to be just a blip, Burnley continued to surge up the league losing just once more ironically against Southend at home, the irony was that it was against Southend on th 14th of May where Burnley secured promotion.
Burnley's team against Southend cost £288k! that's £12k less than Burnley received from Everton in 1974 for Martin Dobson, who would return to Turf Moor for £100k.
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At the last home game of the season Chesterfield were the visitors Turf Moor, second in th table Carlisle who before the game were sat two points behind the Clarets and with a home game against Chester City still to come.
Needed Burnley to lose, even a draw would suffice for Carlisle, but they had to beat Chester by 7 clear goals, but a draw is what Burnley got, losing at half time, Kevin Young drew the Clarets level three minutes after the break, in a wet and windy night, where 18.000 had turned out to see the Clarets finish on a high. The Claret faithful left the Turf wet and happy, as the future looked the brightest it had seemed for years,
Burnley's playing staff for the start of the campaign had just eight players who cost a fee 6 of those are listed above, Eric Potts and Steve Taylor were the other two.
While Burnley's production line youth turned out Phil Cavener, Paul Dixon, Micky Phelan, Brian Laws, Vince Overson, Andy Wharton, Derek Scott, Kevin Young, while the apprentices that year had Mick Phelan, Trevor Steven, Mark Allen, Steve Kennedy, and David Miller.
While Burnley re wrote the record books for winning every league they appeared in, Billy Hamilton also topped the goal scoring charts to become the third divisions top goalscorer.
With Bob Lord now at rest, Burnley seemed to be in good hands, a life long Claret in the Chair with a fans eye view on how he wanted to mould Burnley's future, a Claret Legend in charge of the team, the youth set up bringing through players who could take the Clarets to the very top.
Burnley start life in the Third Division for the first time in there 98 year history, with Brian Miller who starts his first full season in charge.
Miller who had inherited an old squad, set out to instill new blood and with Steve Taylor arriving from Mansfield Town, David Holt came in from Oldham, Tommy Cassidy from Newcastle United, Ian Wood also from Oldham, with Eric Potts coming in from local rivals Preston.
Those who left Turf Moor would include the "Ginger Pele" Billy Ingham after 12 seasons at Burnley, Peter Robinson who moved to Holland and Sparta Rotterdam.11 other Players were given free transfers at the end of 1979-80 including Brian Hall Malcolm Smith and Marshall Burke.
The season promised so much Burnley stagnated in the top ten from the end of September onwards, giving new manager Miller a serious challenge to escape the third division at the first attempt, But it wasn't to be. Burnley finished 8th on 52 points(at 2pnts a win).
But a record would be set th 21 clean sheets Burnley kept Stevenson in goal for 20 of those games and understudy Billy O'Rourke standing in for the other.
New signing Steve Taylor would be Burnley's top League scorer notching 16 goals With Big Billy Hamilton scoring 9 himself with Derek Scott helping himself to 9 league goals too. Captain Dobbo who would be linked with the player managers job at Bury would also help himself to 7 goals.
It would also see Brian Miller turn to the youth teams, giving Trevor Steven his Debut against Huddersfield, Micky Phelan debuted this year too, coming on as sub against Chesterfield at saltergate and continued to be used till the end of the campaign.Andy Wharton who's "BFC" tattooed knuckles also made his debut coming in at lefty back in place of David Holt and at right Back covering for another youngster Brian Laws.
Things were bad at Burnley, Harry Potts resigned after the 2-0 defeat against Cardiff at Turf Moor. which led to Brian Miller stepping into the void bringing with him Frank Casper as his no 2 .and Arthur Bellamy as youth coach. Burnley needed a miracle and it was only November.
Brian Miller could not have asked for a harder start, Preston away losing 3-2, and a trip to Loftus Road and QPR, what saw Burnley's young goalkeeper leaving the field in tears after conceding seven on his debut, Billy O'Rourke would be the lamb to the slaughter that day Burnley lost 7-0, Miller kept faith and O'Rourke played the next game at home to Orient, losing again this time 2-1, which incidentally was the first time since the 1900's where Burnley fielded two brothers.
Kindon was sold to Huddersfield Town, Fletcher was sold to Blackpool, Hall left and Noble would be sold,again to Blackpool! and Burnley hadn't left the 70s.
In came Billy Hamilton a £55k signing from Queens Park Rangers, and (my all time favorite Claret) almost made the dream debut by having put the ball in the net away at Eastville the (former) home of Bristol Rovers, but it would be disallowed, leaving Burnley with just a point a 0-0 draw on Hamilton's debut. The signing of Hamilton marked the end for Paul Fletcher who went 23 games without scoring a single goal,Fletcher subbed during the 5-3 win at home to Cambridge United his last appearance in a claret shirt, his No9 would be passed on to a new hero.
Kindon who's last season in a Claret shirt would be stop, start playing 9 games coming of the bench twice scoring 3 goals, his final appearance would come in the Orient game where he left the field to allow Vince's older Brother Richard to create history, Kindon would be on his way across the pennines to Huddersfield.
Leighton James would join his Boyhood heroes this season too, when speculation linking James for a move to Manchester United, although unsubstantiated, just upset Burnley's novice manager Brian Miller, but he would be leaving to join Swansea City for a fee of £130k where he joined up with former international team mate John Toshack. James played in the 0-0 draw at home to Birmingham City in the penultimate game of the season, his replacement for the last game away at Watford would be the last in a Claret shirt for the "Ginger Pele" Billy Ingham would leave before the next season Bradford his destination.
Burnley were relegated, but with only six wins all season, survival was never an option, Burnley were 8 points away from safety, with 2 points for a win and Burnley only taking 2 points in the last 8 games, the writing was on the wall at a very early point of the season. Harry Potts left in Oct with the new blood coming in, in the shape of Claret legends Miller, Casper, and Bellamy.
The future wasn't bright, third division football was waiting and with 11 players sold or released at the end of the year, Miller needed more that just luck to save his Burnley.
The Burnley Express ran a story Blaming Bob Lord for Burnley's failings, the sports editor put the blame entirely on Lord shoulders, implicating lack of serious funds and interference in team selection coaching and training. which was rebuffed in the managers programme notes in the last home game of the season, Brian Miller attacked the sports editor of the Burnley express, a thing he did earlier in the season when unsubstantiated rumors surounding James and his transfer to United.
Brian Miller who was born a stones throw away in Hapton, who had supported Burnley from the age of eight, would if cut, bleed Claret and Blue, and who felt the hurt of relegation just as much if not more than the Clarets faithful who had never seen Burnley sink so low.
. "Nothing succeeds like success" Harry Potts words after the quarter final draw of the Anglo Scottish cup, Glasgow Celtic over two legs ! what a draw, Celtic the first British team to win the European Cup 11 years earlier.The Anglo-Scottish success was a highlight of another unsuccessful league season.
Crystal Palace won the league with 57 points, Burnley finished in 13th place had 40 points.Burnley were there on the night when they won the title losing 2-0 with over 50 thousands Eagles fans,
Burnley started the season well drawing there first three games,then winning the next two, but the sixth game saw Burnley hammered by Sheffield United 4-0, and that's basically how the season would pan out for Burnley, no undefeated runs to talk off just an indifferent season in a weaker 2nd division.
Leighton James had returned form QPR, Pashley would be sold to Blackpool Terry Cochrane would be transferred to Middlesbrough ( a quarter of the £210k fee would go straight to Coleraine, as part of the original deal that brought terry to Turf Moor).
So with a front line of James, Kindon, Fletcher, Morley it would be hard to comprehend that Burnley centre midfielder Peter Noble would be Burnley's top goalscorer with 14 goals although half would come via the penalty spot.with Billy Ingham netting 9 league goals and Fletcher scoring the same.
James only had a return of 3 in 37 games, Kindon also 3 in 37 games.
"A game of two halves" some sporting philosopher once said, well 1977/78 was 'a season of two halves'.
Potts saved Burnley the season previous, with 6 wins in the last twelve games, well one thing is for sure, Burnley with more or less the same team that finished the season before, did not follow on in that winning form. In fact no wins in the first nine, only four goals scored in those nine games, and one of those was an own goal. Burnley were struggling.
Potts who spent the sixties bringing through young players for the Burnley coaching system, was in the late seventies going to the cheque book, Brian Hall signed from Plymouth Argyle for £25.000, and a masterstroke when Potts brought home Steve Kindon for a bargain £80,000 from Wolverhampton Wanderers. But with Burnley Chairman Bob Lord always keen on balancing the books, allowed Brian Flynn to move to Leeds United for £175.000 which financed the deals.
Kindon started 27 League games this season, following his return 'home'. and with a return of 12 League goals, and with a partner for Paul Fletcher, turned Burnleys stumbling season.
Kindon scored on his 'second debut' against Notts County on November 12th, with strike partner Fletcher notching his first league goals of the season, a 3-1 victory was a start, But Burnley were stuck deserted at the bottom of the second division.
Two more wins and a draw in the next four games and a first league goal in a Claret shirt for former Liverpool man Brian Hall, against Luton in a 2-1 win, still could not uproot Burnley form the base of the Division.
Christmas came and with just single point in the festive period, Burnley were starting 1978 looking up at the rest, But Potts started to work some magic, and with a win at Burnden Park, Bolton, and then a home victory over Stoke City, Burnley started to climb of the foot of the table.
Derek Scott's first ever goal for the Clarets in the 1-2 defeat at the Goldstone Ground, was little consolation as Burnley's Keith Newton called it a day on his great career. One door closes, another one opens...or so to speak.
The second part of the season was promotion form, 11 victories, since the turn of the year, and goals a plenty, 38 goals scored since January, while Stevenson and co only let past 24 ! Burnley finished the season in 11th Place, after spending the first five months of the season rock bottom.
Burnley's looked to the next season full of hope, full of belief, would Potts deliver?
Any hopes Burnley had of a quick return to the top flight were short lived, an opening day draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers who would go on to become second division champions, Burnley gaining just 8 points before the 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle on 30th October.
In this bad spell, Burnley lost 1-0 in the League Cup second round to Torquay United from the Fourth Division at Plainmoor.
Ray Hankin left for Leeds United in September for £180.000, his last game on the 18th was a landmark in Burnley's history, for when Malcolm Smith replaced Billy Ingham, he would to become the Clarets first ever loan signing.
Burnley played thier 3000 league game on 16th October against Charlton Athletic a 4-4 draw which saw new signing Terry Cochrane add to his debut goal a week previous against Orient.
A Peter Noble penalty the only goal of the game against Oldham Athletic on 6th November would be the last time Burnley would take all the points until late February the following year, During that time Burnley would lose seven matches, drawing the other seven, leaving Burnley in 21st place, and looking relegation to the third tier of English football for the first time in Burnleys history.
Southampton was the game where Joe Brown's affiliation with the club to a close, he played in the 50s, and returned to coach the Clarets in 1961, and sixteen years later he would receive the sack after just 13 months in soul charge of the first team.
Harry Potts' first game was a 2-1 victory at home to Carlisle United, Terry Cochrane and another penalty from Noble would secure the man who was at the helm for Burnley's glory years of the 60s, new time in charge would get off on the right note.
But with the Carlisle game out of the way Potts took the clarets on the road to Notts County and Hull City where Burnley were comprehensively beaten 5-1 and 4-1 respectively.
But with only two defeats in the last twelve games saw Burnley safe and a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at least the Claret supporters something to cheer about, it was the first League meeting between Blackburn and Burnley for eleven seasons, since Blackburn finished dead last in 1965/66.
Tony Morley scored his first and second goals for the Clarets against Notts County on May 7th 1977, and with Paul Fletcher's goal in the 3-1 victory secured Burnley's second division status.
Talk in summer of 1975 of Burnley being League Champions did not seem far fetched. They had been close enough the previous season, and given freedom from injuries this time, why not? few could forsee the traumas that lay ahead.
Although early league form was generally unimpressive, with only one win in the first ten games, there were high spots. Peter Noble hit a Hat-Trick in that one win, the 4-1 defeat of Middlesbrough on 30th August, and went one better a fortnight later by scoring all four in the eight goal thriller against Norwich. The team showed its capabilities by reaching the quarter finals of the League Cup, defeating eventual champions Liverpool on the way. Fran Casper returned to the first team after 18 months' absence and scored his hundredth league goal to defeat QPR on the Turf on 18th October. But the comeback was short lived. A major blow came in November with the departure of Leighton James to Derby County for £300.000; James had publicised his desire to leave and bowed out after the worst display of the season when Wolves came to the Turf and won 5-1.
Burnley had sunk to 20th place by the time the FA Cup third round match against Blackpool came up. An inept display saw the Second Division side win 1-0, with Ray Hankin sent off. This was to be Jimmy Adamson's final match as Burnley manager, and the following week assistant Joe Brown was promoted to take charge of the team. Brown's first match was at Norwich with a much changed side, and this was the last game in Burnley colours, coincidentally, for both Frank Casper(right) and Mick Docherty.
In an attempt to stave off the inevitable, under23 international Tony Morley was signed from Preston North End in February. Morley was to go on to championship and European Cup success with Aston Villa, but his impact at Turf Moor was disappointing. Wins against Birmingham and Newcastle in April kept hope alive, but the inevitable blow fell when Turf Moors biggest crowd of the season, 27.411 saw Manchester United win 1-0 on Easter Monday.
So it was back to Division Two.the way back this time would not be so easy.
Taken from Burnley v Scarborough Match Programme, 9th January 1990, extract compiled by Ray Simpson and Wallace Chadwick
The season begun on 17th August with a 1-2 defeat by Wolves, memorable for a 40 yard goal lobbed into the Burnley net by a certain Geoff Palmer, later of cause to don a Claret shirt himself.
After defeat at Ipswich a week later, Burnley were due to play Chelsea at Turf Moor on Tuesday, 17th August. In hour prior to the match the town was alive with the rumour that Club captain Martin Dobson, had been sold. Come the kick off, sure enough, no Dobbo, and later it was confirmed the great man had signed for Everton for a 'considerable sum'.
Although the Chelsea match was lost, a run of good form was then enjoyed and on Tuesday, 24th September the Clarets travelled to Anfield for the eagerly awaited clash with the Reds. In only his seventh league appearance Ian Brennan scored his first goal for Burnley, and what a way to open his account. From fully thirty yards a left foot rocket fairly flew into Ray Clemence's net off a post, never rising more than twelve inches off the ground. The Kop was duly silenced and the Clarets came home with both points having held out against some punishing Liverpool pressure.
The following Saturday, what a let down, a 3-5 hammering by the men from Upton Park.
The season proceeded brightly enough however and the first hat-trick of his Burnley career by Peter Noble on 23rd November against Newcastle helped to ease the pain, if ever so slightly of the Hillsborough Semi-Final.
During December the draw was made for the third round of the FA Cup. Who have Burnley drawn?...Who?...Wimbledon? dont they play tennis there rather than football? Or are that team that particular set of characters on T.V. ?
No, It was right enough, Wimbledon or somebody in the third round Pass me the record books, whats out highest score in the FA Cup?
The rest, as they say is history. Some Guy called Dickie got in the way of everything that fateful day in January 1975 and Burnley somehow contrived to pluck ignominious defeat from the waiting jaws of a potential cricket score. Funny how Wimbledon's real feat was to hold the mighty Leeds United at Elland Road, in the forth round (Dickie Guy again) and then lose only to a deflected shot in the replay. Being an unfashionable sort of club has its advantages sometimes.
The league season continued with quite a good set of results after the Wimbledon trauma. Around Easter, however it all went wrong and after a 3-0 win at Coventry on 1st April there was only one more win in the last ten matches of the season which ended with a 0-0 draw at home to Stoke City on 26th April. In the penultimate match at Maine Road on 19th April, Derek Scott made the first of over 270 league appearances for Burnley.
A mid table finish then, but only eight points behind champions Derby County and having scored more goals than anyone else.
Taken from Burnley v Halifax Town Match Programme, 30th December 1989, extract compiled by Ray Simpson and Wallace Chadwick
Burnley's return to the top flight after a two year absence began at Sheffield United on 25th August with a fine 2-0 win. Peter Noble, close-season signing form Swindon Town, made his Burnley debut in this game, substituting for the injured Mick Docherty.
Thew Clarets had gone into the league season as Charity Shield winners, defeating Manchester City 1-0 at Main Road with another timely goal from Colin Waldron.
The season unfolded with a seven match unbeaten run ending at Ipswich on 22nd Sept. During this period the Clarets delivered a 7-0 thrashing to East Fife in the Texaco Cup helped with a hat-trick from Paul Fletcher
After a promising start the league season fell away somewhat, and in that period before Christmas, a run of 20 league games brought only four wins. The FA Cup had commenced however, and two fine away wins in January saw the Clarets progress to the fifth round, and a home tie with Second Division Aston Villa.
An opportunist goal from Paul Fletcher gave Burnley victory and brought a home tie against giant killers Wrexham in the quarter final.
Over 35.000 people, the biggest gate at Turf Moor for many years, crammed into the ground to see another narrow 1-0 victory, this time a goal by Frank Casper doing the trick. Hillsborough next stop !
Having already won the Charity Shield, the Clarets had also progressed to another final, six straight wins having seen them safely through to the Texaco Cup Final against Newcastle United.
Meanwhile the Club's league form suddenly turned with a solid 3-1 win over high-flying Everton at Turf Moor on March 16th. The following week, seven days prior to the FA Cup semi-final against Newcastle, the Clarets visited Elland Road to play runaway leaders, Leeds United who were in full cry in pursuit of the league title. Not for the first time, Burnley spoiled the party for the yorkshiremen. Tow find goals from Paul Fletcher, including 'the goal of the decade', and acrobatic overhead kick that will be remembered as long as football is played by those who saw it, helped the Clarets to a 4-1 win.
The semi-final at Hillsborough on March 30th has been well documented. Newcastle were a bit too goo, Malcolm McDonald a bit too fast and Frank Casper carried an injury. It could have been so different if Geoff Nulty's header early on had gone in instead of hitting the bar,If only..., if only....
To add insult to injury, the Magpies also triumphed in the Texaco Cup Final played at St James Park on 24th April, although, sandwiched between these Cup ties Burnley did win at St James Park in the league on 10th April, A small crumb of comfort perhaps.
The season ended on the 27th April with another game against Newcastle United, a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor giving the Clarets a respectable sixth position, only two points behind third placed Derby County.
Taken from Burnley v Scunthorpe Match Programme, 12th December 1989, extract compiled by Ray Simpson and Wallace Chadwick
The season began on 12th august with a 2-2 draw at home to Carlisle after twice being a goal behind. The attendance was disappointing too, less than 10,000 the lowest gate since the the War. Keith Newton made his Burnley debut in this game.
A draw at Fulham followed, then three straight wins saw the Clarets emerge as early season leaders of the Division.
A narrow win at home to Blackpool, 4-3 after being 4-0 in front and coasting, and five draws saw Burnley still unbeaten but now behind Sheffield Wednesday.
The last of these draws, 2-2 at Luton was the last appearance in a Burnley shirt of one of the club's finest post-war talents. Dave Thomas had made his Burnley debut in 1967, the youngest Claret ever to appear in Division One and second youngest ever behind Tommy Lawton in 1936.Thomas was transferred to QPR who were emerging as Burnley's main rivals for promotion.
Three more wins and two draws followed including 3-3 at Middlesborough where Burnley came from 3-1 down with 10 minutes to go.
The unbeaten run ended, somewhat disappointingly at home to Orient on 11th November after 22 games but the Clarets were still on top of Division Two, 2 points in front of QPR, with Luton and Aston Villa a further point behind.
Four more wins followed all by 1-0 then home draws agaisnt Oxford and Fulham and a 2-1 win at Blackpool.
The first game of 1973, on 6th January saw Burnley travel to Villa Park, so often a graveyard of Claret aspirations, this time, however, Burnley turned on the style and walked all over Aston Villa 3-0, to remain out in front.Villa themselves were in third spot, but a gap was opening up between Burnley and QPR, and the rest. The top two met at Loftus Road on 27th January, but on one of the very few occasions during this triumphant season, Burnley were second best and the Londoners emerged 2-0 winners.
Three more wins and two draws followed, then a surprise 0-1 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday kept the promotion pot simmering a little longer.
A single goal victory at Cardiff followed, then two more home wins against Portsmouth and Millwall. The Clarets were back on the rails until a visit to the City Ground, Nottingham on the last day of March.
Just about everything that could go wrong did that day as the League leaders were hammered 3-0 by mid-table Forest.
The shock was soon out of the teams system however and a solid 2-0 win at Huddersfield on 14th April brought promotion to withing two points.
Nearly 23.000 people packed Turf Moor on the Monday of Easter week 1973 to see two goals from Paul Fletcher that were enough to beat Cup-Finalists Sunderland, and guide the Clarets safely back to the top flight.
A fine 2-0 win against bogey-team Oxford United followed, then successive 3-0 victories at Turf Moor against Brighton and Luton brought Burnley to within a point of the title. The final league game of the season was at Deepdale on 28th April and just as Burnley needed a point to clinch the second division championship ahead of QPR, Preston needed a point to stay in Division Two.
The first half of a hard fought Lancashire derby ended with Preston going ahead and the news of QPR also leading, the Clarets began the last 45 minutes of the season in determined mood. With only ten minutes of the half gone and the men form Turf Moor in possession, a fine move saw Colin Waldron pick the ball up in the left centre of the field, twelve yards outside the Preston penalty area.
As Burnley fans of the late 60s and early 70s will verify, Colin did the simple things rather well. He strode forward, and from 28 yards smashed the championship winning goal high into the net leaving the keeper helpless.
After a flurry of excitement, the game petered out into the draw that both teams wanted, and Burnley were Champions.
Back then to the first division. Back to the top flight to rub shoulders with the City giants and the cheque-book managers. But for how long?
Taken from Burnley v Scunthorpe Match Programme, 18th December 1989, extract compiled by Ray Simpson and Wallace Chadwick
Burnley's first season in Division Two for 24 years began at Cardiff on 14th August and the Clarets had to come from two goals behind to secure a point. The second match of the season, at home to Luton Town on 21st August, marked the farewell of one of Burnley's favorite sons. John Angus' Burnley career had begun in September 1956 and included the First Division Championship success in 1959/60, and the disappointment of the FA Cup defeat by Tottenham Hotspurs in 1962 as well as the clubs European exploits.
As the season opened up it was apparent that the Clarets were a little way short of bouncing straight back into the top flight. There were high spots however, including a 6-1 thrashing of Orient on 28th September in which Arthur Bellamy helped himself to a hat-trick. There was also an exhilarating 5-2 win over Middlesborough on the 13th November.
By the turn of the year an inconsistent Burnley were frustratingly short of making a strong promotion challenge. An important signing was then made in January that was to strengthen the defence short-term as well as for some considerable time in the future. Alan Stevenson made his Burnley debut on 22nd January at Orient after signing from Chesterfield.
The season reached its low point on 12th February. A 0-2 defeat at home had the fans seething and demanding the resignation of manager, Jimmy Adamson. An erratic spell followed with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor on 26th February followed by four defeats and a draw in the next six games. At Easter, with six games left, the Clarets were hovering just above the relegation zone.
The corner then seemed to turn with the season ending with six straight wins, and Burnley finished in a respectable 7th position.
The scene was set for a memorable season to come.
Taken from Burnley v Scunthorpe Match Programme, 12th December 1989, extract compiled by Ray Simpson and Wallace Chadwick
The season kicked off on August 115th with a home game against Liverpool. A 1-2 defeat was only the start of a disastorous spell in a series of games against the strongest opposition posible.
The first win of the season didn't come untill the last day of October, at home to Crystal Palace, the team's 15th League game of the season. Prior to this only four points had been gained and six goals scored. In addition, Third Divison Aston Villa had dumped the Clarets out of the League Cup.
Highlights were few and far between this season as can be imagined but on the 27th February, the nearest thing to a high spot came when Burnley visited Selhurst Park and beat Crystal Palace 2-0, the team's first away win of the season, and also the first 'double'.
The following game on 6th March, the visit to Turf Moor by Southampton marked the debut of £60.000 buy, Paul Fletcher, the Clarets first significant venture into the transfer market for some considerable time. Fletchure came with a fine reputation and a golden future predicted. Goals were needed from him, from somebody fast.
Goals were notorisusly difficult to come by however and the Clarets found themselves sinking deeper and deeper into the mire, Division Two beckoned.
A run of three wins and two draws followed and Burnley at last hauled themselves off the bottom rung of the First Division. moving above Blackpool who were beaten at Turf Moor on 10th April, by Paul Fletcher's first in a Claret shirt.
Burnley visited Highbury, scene of many Claret triumphs on 20th April for a vital match for both clubs. Arsenal sneaked it, 1-0 and were on their way to the coverted double. The Turf Moor men left London with relegation a certainty. last of the Lancashire town clubs to slip out of the limelight that is reserved for the First Division.
Would they come again? Could they come again?
Could 'The Team Of The Seventies' compete with the cheque book?
Only time would tell.
Copiled by Ray Simpson & David Wiseman
Taken from the Burnley v Grimsby Town match day programme 2nd December 1989.
Relegation, a word seldom used around Turf Moor for 20 years of more, was looking a distinct possibility in October 1969, after Burnley had won only one of their first thirteen League games. Three successive victories, two of them both remarkably by 4-2 after being 2-0 down, relieved the situation, but early 1970 was a time when good results were needed badly. Happily, the results came and Burnley finished up 14th for the fourth season in a row.
The season began with a new man in goal. Following the sacking of Harry Thompson in the close season. Peter Mellor came from Whitton Albion and quickly established himself with some spectacular displays, most notably against Leeds at Turf Moor on August 26th when Mellor earned Burnley a draw against all the run of play.
Harry Pott's twelve years as club manager ended in February 1970 when he "moved Upstairs" to become general manager and Jimmy Adamson took over the running of the team. One of Adamson's first results was the best of the season, as Steve Kindon hit a hat-trick in the 5-0 rout of Nottingham Forest. Kindon averaged almost a goal a game over the second half of the season as the team's form improved.
The man who did more than any to ensure that Burnley would have a 24th consecutive season in Division One, however, was Ralph Coates. His consistent displays in midfield earned him an England debut against Northern Ireland at Wembley on April 21st 1970. Coates was also selected by Alf Ramsey in his original squad of 28 for the Mexico World Cup, but was left out when the final 22 were named.
Compiled by Ray Simpson & Wallace Chadwick
Taken from the Burnley v Stockport match programme 28th November 1989.
Season 1968/69 was not a good time to follow Burnley away from home. The team conceded 57 goals in 21 away league games, and this was the key statistics to another indifferent season. Hammerings came at faily regular intervals throughout the season, the worst being the 7-0 drubbings at White Hart Lane (Sept 7th) and Main Road (Dec 7th).
And yet this season had more than its fair share of moments to savour. Between Oct 8th and Nov 9th Burnley played eight games and won the lot, following a shake up after a 4-0 home defeat by Liverpool which marked Jim Thompson's debut. Into the team came Steve Kindon, whose amazing runs down the wing quickly made him a hero; John Murray, who hit eight goals in these eight games, the highlight of a brief first -team career; and Colin Blant, a hard man who made his mark on many First Division forwards of the time. Six of those wins were in the League, while the other two earned a place in the League Cup semi-finals and a seemingly easy passage to Wembley against Third Division Swindon Town. The old Bogey raised its head again, however, as Burnley went down 3-2 at the Hawthorns to a side including one Peter Noble, about whom more later.
The previous season's youth cup winning team provided several new members of the first eleven, while Dave Thomas, still only 17 at the start of the season, became a regular. Possibly Thomas; finest game of the season came on October 19th when Leeds came to the Turf and were beaten 5-1, one of only two league deafeats Don Revie's side suffered this season. What potential th eteam had, but what frustrating inconsistency!
Andy Lochhead scored his 101st and last league goal for Burnley at West Brom on August 24th, and a few weeks was transferred to Leicester, for whom he appeared in the F.A.Cup Final at the end of the season. A new generation was taking over at Burnley; could they sustain First Division status for much longer.
Compiled by Ray Simpson & Wallace Chadwick.
Printed in the Burnley v Stockport County programme 18th Nov 1989.
A rare thing happened at Turf Moor in the close season of 1967. Frank Casper became th club's first transfersigning since Alex Elder almost eight years previously. He soon became a hero, scoring in each of his first three games league games adding two more in the fifth, a 5-1 hammering of Tottenham on September 2nd which was to prove the highlight of a moderate season.
Another player moved to Burnley around the same time with less publicity, but was to prove at least as important to the club over the next few years. Martin Dobson made his debut, at centre-forward (a position which it was soon became clear was not his best) at Wolves on September 23rd. A month later, manager Harry Potts raided the marked again to buy defender Colin Waldron from Chelsea....another more than usual purchase.
The club was never going to be more than a mid-table outfit this season, and the defence had some alarming lapses, worst of all in the 8-1 embarrassment at the Hawthorns on November 11. Even struggling Coventry, whose long first division career began at Turf Moor on August 19th 1967, hit five past us in the rematch.
Gordon Harris was transfered to Sunderland in January 1968, and Willie Irvine, whose 124 league games had yielded a remarkable 78 goals, moved to Preston in March. At the end of the season Burnley collected their first £100.000 transfer fee from the sale of Willie Morgan to Manchester United.
The season is perhaps best remembered for the club's first success in the FA.Youth Cup. Over 11.000 came to Turf Moor on 110th Mat 1968 to see Coventry beaten in the final by a team including Dave Thomas, Steve Kindon, Mick Docherty, Alan West and Eric Probert. The future it seemed was in safe hands.
Compiled by Ray Simpson & Wallace Chadwick
Taken from the Burnley v Colchester match day programme 4th November 1989
1966 and all that, England win the World Cup, Burnley finish 3rd in the first division, Irvine re-writes the Claret record books, Brian Miller hands over the captaincy to Alex Elder.
Harry Potts calling, his programme notes on the opening league game of the season against Jimmy Robson's new club Blackpool, he writes " It is never easy to part with one who has been a grand servant as we have had to within the past few days, by the movement of Ray Pointer from Turf Moor to near neighbours, Bury. Ray had the decision in his own command when Bury made their approach and we wish him every happiness in his new football home. He is one of the most conscientitious and loyal players ever to wear the Burnley jersey, a credit to himself at club and International level."
On the youth players, Potts makes this point, "During the Summer months we have perused our youth recruitment policy with zeal and look forward with high hopes to the first-class development of inside forward or wing half Tony Morrin, from Bury, Willie Brown, inside forward from Scotland;half-backs Stephen Done from Accrington, Keith Nodding from County Durham and English Schoolboy International Peter Jones from Ellesmere Port, all who have joined us as apprentice footballers"
Its where Burnley start, and even back when we where riding high in the top division, its the only way of competing, Potts, Adamson and further back Brown all knew this, out of the bunch above only Peter Jones and Willie Brown went onto make first team appearances two for Peter Jones and one for Willie Brown. Not all youth players make it!
Burnley would finish 3rd this year with all but Angus (Amble), Elder(Glentoran), Harris(Worksop), Lochhead(Redfrew jr),Harry Thompson(Shotts) and Todd(Glentoran) all came through Burnleys youth/apprenticeship, no team could boast stats like this and still remain fighting for titles and cups!
Two who came through the ranks were Lochhead and Irvine, with Irvine netting a record 29 League Goals with another 8 coming in the Cups, while strike partner Lochhead netting 15 League Goals and 8 in the Cups, Both strikers would be thankful for the other youngsters in the side, wingers Willie Morgan and Ralph Coates would no doubt be instrumental in the amount of goals scored.
Bob Lord also hit the headlines this year, when he announced that the League Cup should be compulsory, this after Burnley were absent for four years.
Burnley would enter Europe again next season, this time the Fairs Cup, for the third place finish in the League.
The U21s went abroad to play in an international tournament at the end of the year this time going one better than the defeat in the final last season, by beating the mighty Barcelona in the final, this after taking the scalps of Inter Milan,Cologne and Fortuna Dusseldorf.
1964-65 a season of mediocrity! 42 games played, 16 wins, 16 defeats, and 10 Draws we scored 70, we conceded 70! we finished the season a lowly 12th.
There were successes, the was boardroom wranglings, there was approaches for players, management, and the ghost of Jimmy Mac was still about and not to mention of Ken Bates (The future Leeds and Chelsea Chairman).
It was a mixed up season on and off the pitch! With Sunderland asking for permission for manager Harry Potts, and former Captain Jimmy Adamson, upset Chairman Lord to the point he was to report the Makems to the League for " Flagrant breach" of league rules, the pair were going nowhere, Jimmy Adamson was offered and accepted a coaching role, another of the looking after our own mentality.
With Lord still public enemy No1 with some of the Burnley faithful because of the Jimmy Mac affair, would still be haunted by the magical Irish man who is regarded as the best ever Claret, this time it would be his father in law Luther Wilkinson (Former Vice Chairman) at odds with Lord over the transfer of his shares in the club,( the prospective buyer Wilkinson was transferring shares to was, would be Ken Bates!) something Lord would have to on another occasion this year this time local businessman Eric Cookson.
Lord built Burnley, and he would not lose control without a fight!
On the plus side this season would see a forward partnership with Youngsters Lochhead and Irvine notching 43 goals between them (Lochhead 21 Goals in 38 games and Irvine 22 Goals in 33 games). And still young enough to be part of the Burnley team th FA asked to represent England in a youth tournament in Germany.
The U21s went all the way to the final in West Germany beating Ajax , Auswahl Marl and Italian giants Juventus on the way only to lose out to Red Star Belgrade. But still a fantastic effort.
Adam Blacklaw (above), made his 15oth consecutive appearance against Manchester United on the 6th October 1964, and former colleague John Connelly, Blacklaw came out on top with a clean sheet it finished 0-0
Burnley also blooded Ralph Coates, Les latcham, Dave Merrington and Goalkeeper Harry Thompson who would be christened God in a green jersey a year later.
Burnley's squad was getting younger and younger, the youth set up which was the envy of the whole league, with only Elder in the current squad costing a fee. 12th place was a disappointing return, but with the youngsters of Irvine, Lochhead, Morgan, Coates,Merrington, and Thompson no one doubted that this year was just a blip.
Robson hero so many times before was sold to Blackpool, David Walker who had the thousand yard stare and put the fear of god into apposing players,Bordeaux Clarets 2nd fave all time player was also sold on to Southampton. Stockport County took John Price of Burnleys hands too. The blond bombshell Ray Pointer would also play his last game for the Clarets, his injury jinxed last couple of years saw Pointer just 13 league games his last a 3-2 defeat at Sunderland.
Life after Jimmy Mac!
When Jimmy McIlroy was transferred to Stoke, most ardent Burnley fans were predicting a serious decline, but they would be wrong, Jimmy McIlroy was an integral part of Burnleys history, but one man doesn't make a team.
Bob Lord went on record saying "When you only have one customer, you have to take a bad price. We only had one customer and yet got a good price" strange thing to go on record saying when only a few months earlier Lord said McIlroy had a job for life at Turf Moor.
On the 28th March 1964 Jimmy made his return to Turf Moor with his new team Stoke City, when asked by the Burnley Express in the build up to the game McIlroy was quoted saying " I was asked if i wanted to play at Turf Moor or give it a miss in view of the Easter program. My reply to our manager was that i did want to play or they would call me a coward" ??
1963-64 was not a successful season for Burnley, however it would be the spate of injuries not the absence of McIlroy would be the main reason!, in the first seven weeks of the season Burnley had 22 injured players in a squad of 35! i don't care how good your squad is, NO team could make a serious championship challenge with so many of your first team squad unavailable!
To name a few of the injuries, Alex Elder out with a fractured ankle, Ray Pointer and Willie Irvine would also be out for up to three months, John Connelly had an appendix operation, youngster Bellamy and terrier O'Neil would also miss the start of the season.
It wasn't just the injuries which condemned Burnley to a 9th place finish, poor by Burnleys recent standards. The season would see the last games for legends Meredith, Joyce and Connelly as Burnley sell to survive policy was still a massive talking point around Turf Moor.
(Above :Jimmy Mac making his first return to Turf Moor for Stoke city)
But with all the unease with the injuries and the sales of class players, Burnleys conveyor belt kept churning out replacements, Willie Morgan, Arthur Bellamy, Willie Irvine and Brian O'Neil, the future is still very bright.
The season was the last for Championship winning skipper Jimmy Adamson, who won the footballer of the year in 1962, and was approached by the Football Association to become the England manager ( he refused and the post went to Sir Alf Ramsey), and he was also offered to become the Coach of the USA, and offered a princely sum of £2.000 for a twelve month contract with "very generous expenses", Jimmy turned them down too stating that " I'm happy at Burnley and i want to stay there.", the strange thing is Potts only used Adamson in 12 league and cup games?
Burnley would be going through a transitional period with Chairman Bob Lord reluctant to pay for players, and leaving an uneasy feeling around Turf Moor. Top half finish just wasn't good enough for the faithful!
A funny story (well it made me laugh), when Burnley went away to Nottingham Forest for the last away game of the season, the Forest fans who were slightly disappointed at the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Burnley, decided to throw stones at the team coach! only for Brian Miller, Adam Blacklaw, Brian Talbut, Alex Elder and Potts himself getting off the coach and holding the culprits till the police turned up and apprehended them. Miller, Talbot and Blacklaw would put the fear of God into any one if you rub them up the wrong way, I can just imagine the Forest fans faces when they saw the size of Burnley's players when they dismounted the coach.
A season which for once wasn't full of promise at the start, but by the end, the youngsters who had been thrown in, did Burnley proud. and a 7-2 win on the last day of the campaign would see all Burnley fans go on their summer jolly's with a smile on their faces.
The future was different with more questions than answers, but it was bright. Potts was rebuilding with the tried and tested policy, of bringing through the youth.
This was the season that will be remembered most by Clarets fans, not for the football, no, it was because the unbelievable had happened, after a cup tie at Anfield in February 1963, Jimmy McIlroy was placed on the transfer list, yes THE Jimmy Mac who only a short time earlier Bob Lord had uttered the immortal words that Mac would have a job at Burnley for life, yet here we were allowing arguably the greatest player ever to play for Burnley leave for pastures new. Once the news had broken, despite all the protests thrown Mr Lords way it wasn't long before, at the beginning of March, Mac had signed for Stoke City for an incredibly low fee of just under £25,000, just a quarter of his real value in those days.
Such was the esteem that Mac was held by the Clarets fans, in protest, thousands of them vowed never to set foot on Turf Moor again, and many of them stuck to their word, with the effect to the club of the loss of much needed gate revenue.
Some have said that this was the start of the demise of Burnley Football club, but personally I don't think it was, the club wasn't that financially sound, and probably could have done with the transfer money, also the team carried on playing well, even finishing in 3rd position without the great Jimmy Mac.
Nobody has really understood the real reason for the transfer until Jimmy himself came out with the following statement at the launch night of the now famed Rhapsody In Claret and Blue video.
From the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, first published Tuesday 7th Dec 1999.
JIMMY McILROY last night told for the first time why Burnley soccer chairman Bob Lord sold him to Stoke City 36 years ago.
The Turf Moor legend revealed his friendship with a boardroom rival of Lord's - Reg Cooke - prompted his shock departure.
McIlroy's sensational revelation answers one of soccer's biggest mysteries.
The day McIlroy was placed on the transfer list in February, 1963, following an FA Cup defeat at Liverpool has been seen by many as the beginning of the end for the Clarets glory years.
The reason behind the split and McIlroy's subsequent move to Stoke City has always remained shrouded in mystery.
Generally it was felt only three people ever knew the real reason - Bob Lord, the then manager Harry Potts, and McIlroy himself.
Both Lord and Potts have since died and last night McIlroy, now 68, threw some light on the matter for the first time.
McIlroy - widely regarded as the Clarets' finest ever player and now back in the fold at Turf Moor after having the East stand named after him - yesterday shed light on the events that rocked the town.
After reliving his glory days at the official launch of the club's new history video 'A Rhapsody in Claret and Blue' McIlroy spelled out that his relationship with the Cooke family led to Lord, Burnley's autocratic chairman, demanding that he leave the club he had helped win the League Championship in 1960.
He said: "It was the worst day of my football career. I can remember Harry Potts calling me into the office at quarter-to-ten to break the news and say that he was putting me on the list." McIlroy, who played 497 games for Burnley following his arrival from Glentoran in March, 1950, said: "Immediately I knew it wasn't Harry's decision because he looked in pain. He looked more stunned than I did so obviously he had been told by Bob Lord that I had to go."
"In fact some time afterwards I learned from a Burnley director that Lord had called a meeting at his factory on the Sunday morning and he said to Harry Potts 'McIlroy has to go.'
"And I gather that Harry said 'I still need him' and Lord is supposed to have said 'well either he goes or you go. I've told this to many people and I don't think anyone accepts it. I was very friendly with the family of a Burnley director, who everyone knew Bob Lord detested. He was called Reg Cooke.
"At one time he was vice-chairman of the club and I was friendly with his son and in fact in away games his son used to bring me back in his car.
"I can remember Jimmy Adamson saying to me one day that Bob Lord won't like this, being so friendly and seeing so much of the Cookes.
"But I thought I'm not going to let Bob Lord choose my friends for me. But I'm convinced that's the sole reason Bob Lord put me on the transfer list. I feel sure that my friendship with the Cookes ended my career here."
McIlroy admits that being told he had to leave Turf Moor was the worst day of an illustrious playing career that also brought him 51 caps for Northern Ireland. And reliving the episode on video yesterday brought the memories flooding back.
"There was one moment, and I was glad I was sitting at the back, because it was at the time of me leaving Burnley and seeing the crowds' reaction I actually had a tear in my eye.
"I feel a bit daft saying that but it happened. And it brought it home to me once again how much I meant to the Burnley fans and I now realise how much they mean to me."
There was another event that season which due to the furore surrounding the Mac story, went more or less unnoticed and that was the departure of another of THE great Clarets, Tommy Cummings.
Tommy played his last Division 1 game at Burnden Park against Bolton on 22nd August 1962 after a career with Burnley spanning almost 16 years and having played a total of 479 competitive games. Tommy has been revered as having scored the greatest goal ever at Turf Moor, that goal was scored against Newcastle United on the 19th January 1952.
Tommy finally left the club in March 1963, when he went onto Mansfield Town as player manager.
After last season’s first time foray into Europe, could this season be another that would stand out in Burnley’s great history ? the answer was yes it could.
The Clarets started off the new League campaign like a house on fire, winning 8 of their first 10 matches, so almost immediately the expectations of a second Championship within three seasons were very high indeed amongst the Burnley faithful. Unfortunately even though we had such a fantastic start, the momentum couldn’t be continued, and with the major distraction of a superb F.A.Cup run culminating in a second Wembley final appearance, the Clarets finally ended their season in runners up spot, second only to Champions Ipswich Town. Even though we were runners up in both The League and the Cup, the 1961/62 season will go down in history as one of the most exciting, entertaining seasons ever witnessed by Clarets fans.
To give you a flavour of the sort of results that we achieved, I can give you some mouth watering scorelines, Birmingham City away WON 6-2, Leicester City away the very following week WON 6-2, Fulham away WON 5-3, Manchester City home WON 6-3, Birmingham City home WON 7-1, West Ham United home WON 6-0, 3rd Round F.A.Cup QPR home WON 6-1. Fantastic entertainment backed up by the attendance figures, the lowest League gate this season was against Sheffield United with a crowd of 21,526, and the highest against Totteham Hotspur with a gate of 46,810.
Even the F.A.Cup brought in large home crowds with 50,514 attending the 5th Round match against Everton.
It was a pleasure and a priviledge to have witnessed the skill, the pride, and the passion that was shown by the players week in and week out in what really were special seasons for Burnley fans. I just hope that today’s generation of Clarets fans are at some stage in the very near future allowed to experience for themselves, those magical feelings of what it is like to follow a very successful team.
Fresh from the euphoria of winning the League, The Clarets had to face one of the hardest seasons ever, starting with a gruelling trip to the USA, Charity Shield Final, the new League cup competition, F.A.Cup, European Cup, OH! and the small matter of defending their title. WOW was this really our Burnley, well, yes it was and an unprecedented situation for Clarets fans to be contemplating.
The trip to the USA happened in the close season, and a trip that really the Burnley board had probably wished they hadn't bothered with. They had been invited to join in the first real attempt at bringing major soccer to the USA. Drawn in a group that included;
New York, Kilmarnock, Nice, Glenavon,and Bayern Munich, Burnley eventually finished 2nd in the group behind Kilmarnock.
Bob Lord couldn't wait to get back to England after numerous press accusations of whinging and negativity by his team.
Their first encounter of the season was the Charity Shield game against cup holders Wolverhampton Wanderers, the game was played in front of a crowd of 20,000 and finished 2-2, the goal scorers were Miller and Connelly, the teams held the shield for 6 months each.
Onto the real season with the Clarets winning their first game at home to Arsenal in front of 24,553 by 3 goals to 2, scorers for Burnley were Connelly (2) and Pointer.
Burnley continued in reasonably good form and by the end of October had won 10 games and lost 5.
Their first ever League Cup encounter occurred on the 24th of October when the Clarets met Cardiff City away, a game which we won 4-0 with goals from a Harris hat trick and Connelly. We reached the semi-finals of this competition eventually losing out to Aston Villa after two drawn games and then a replay at Old Trafford.
November 16th 1960 was a milestone in Burnley History, their first ever European Cup game, it was against Reims, in front of a crowd of 36,742, Burnley won the first leg 2-0 with goals from McIlroy and Robson, then travelled to Reims losing the 2nd leg 3-2 with goals by Connelly and Robson, but going through on aggregate 4-3.
Now in the quarter final stages their next opponents were SV Hamburg and after a thrilling 3-1 win at home with goals from Pilkington (2) and Robson, the 2nd leg looked to be a formality, but true to form Burnley managed to lose the game 4-1, their only goal from Harris, thus leaving the Competition on aggregate by 5-4.
Back to the League, December the 3rd and away to Tottenham Hotspur, this game turned out to be one of those I was there games, truly a game to remember in Burnley folklore, Spurs had shot in to a 4-0 lead, goals by Norman, Jones (2) and MacKay, it was still the first half, Connelly managed to pull one back in the 38th minute, so we went in at half time 4-1 down, all over ? well no, the Clarets came back in the second half and brought a thriller of a game back level at 4-4 with goals from Robson, Pointer then a further goal and equaliser by Connelly. A truly magnificent game and one which will live long in the memory.
The League season was a real up and downer with us having quite a bit of a lean spell between January and early April, even though we managed to win all our last 3 games we did only manage to finish 4th in Division 1.
FA Cup, this was another not to be competition with the Clarets eventually losing out in the Semi Finals to the magnificently consistent Spurs side that went onto to win the Cup and also took the League title.
In summary it was a season that promised a lot, but gave us nothing, but in defence of the Clarets they had endured a long and hard season playing an astonishing 61 games in all competitions, so not a bad season at all considering.
The championship season, Burnley's second, and to date last, time to become Champions of the country.
A great time for all Clarets and one younger fans can only look back on with envious eyes (a bit like most of us with Englands World Cup win)
Alex Elder, Jimmy Robson, Tommy Cummings, Adam Blacklaw, Brian Miller, John Angus, Ray Pointer
John Connelly, Jimmy McIlroy, Jimmy Adamson, Brian Pilkington,Trevor Meredith