Director Terry eyes another Clarets golden era

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LIFELONG Burnley fan Terry Crabb longs to celebrate his new role as director by watching the Clarets play top flight football again.

The 65-year-old first fell in love with his boyhood team in the late 1950s and revelled in the championship winning side of 1960.

Born in Burnley, Crabb grew up in the Harle Syke area of town, going to Heasandford Junior School, before leaving the area with his family at the age of 11. But he returned to the north west in the early 1970s, to see the Clarets go back to the big time again.

Now, with Burnley in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League, Crabb hopes he can once more prove to be a lucky charm, after applying to become the sixth member of the club’s new-look board. The appointment is awaiting Football League ratification.

Crabb admitted that joining a group of fellow Clarets was a big factor in his decision to make the leap from bond holder to director.

“That’s probably the forward most important thing for me to join the board,” he said. “It’s run properly by people who are either born in Burnley or people who are local to it now.”

Of his time on the terraces, Crabb said: “It was a privilege to see Burnley in the golden days of Adam Blacklaw, Alex Elder, Jimmy McIlroy, Ray Pointer and all the players in that team.

“We moved away when I was 11, steadily south, because of my father’s job. But we came back as often as possible to see my grandparents, so I would go to games then. In the early 70s and through the 70s I came back to live and work in Lancashire.

“But I moved away again in the 80s, and that’s when I ended up in Dorset.”

Crabb established Dorset Cereals in 1989 and sold the company in 2005.

During that time he met Prince Charles on a number of royal visits, and at Buckingham Palace after Dorset Cereals twice won the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement, although it did not emerge until later that His Royal Highness was a fellow Claret.

“Had I known there was going to be a connection in the future I might have mentioned something,” smiled Crabb.

Crabb is looking forward to a hands-on role at Turf Moor, although he admits he does not yet know exactly what it will entail.

“It’s too early to say,” he said.

“Hopefully I will be at the board meeting in a couple of weeks’ time and be able to have those discussions then.”

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6:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

owd nick says...

Can anyone apart from the Romans remember the last "Golden Era" that Burnley had?
Can anyone apart from the Romans remember the last "Golden Era" that Burnley had? owd nick

7:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

owd nick wrote:
Can anyone apart from the Romans remember the last "Golden Era" that Burnley had?
Why does it matter that it was a long time ago?
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Can anyone apart from the Romans remember the last "Golden Era" that Burnley had?[/p][/quote]Why does it matter that it was a long time ago? RobH2O

8:04pm Fri 31 Jan 14

owd nick says...

It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all.
It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all. owd nick

11:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

u owe u owe says...

owd nick wrote:
It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all.
Sad case of memory loss then.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all.[/p][/quote]Sad case of memory loss then. u owe u owe

9:11am Sat 1 Feb 14

RobH2O says...

owd nick wrote:
It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all.
Then the alzheimer's is kicking in sunshine. 1947 to 1965. Champions, cup finalists, 2nd Division champions twice, European Cup Quarter Finalists, several 2nd place and third place in the top flight, Charity Shield winners. And to think all of the success grown from careful husbandry of the club.

Your golden time recently was purchased with a rich man's cash. A title, a runners-up slot and the league cup. Before that, when was your last success? Ah, yes. 1914 the title and 1928 the FA Cup. So, without cash being parachuted in, and you having to rely on husbandry of the club, your golden period was 81 years between two titles.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all.[/p][/quote]Then the alzheimer's is kicking in sunshine. 1947 to 1965. Champions, cup finalists, 2nd Division champions twice, European Cup Quarter Finalists, several 2nd place and third place in the top flight, Charity Shield winners. And to think all of the success grown from careful husbandry of the club. Your golden time recently was purchased with a rich man's cash. A title, a runners-up slot and the league cup. Before that, when was your last success? Ah, yes. 1914 the title and 1928 the FA Cup. So, without cash being parachuted in, and you having to rely on husbandry of the club, your golden period was 81 years between two titles. RobH2O

10:11am Sat 1 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

owd nick wrote:
It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all.
If you're 62 you'll not live to see another 'golden era' for Blackburn Ruhvurrs will you? And in that knowledge, this is you trying to extract some retrospective revenge. It's a bit tragic, really.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: It's just that I am 62 this year, been watching football since I was 8 and I simply can't remember Burnley having a golden era that's all.[/p][/quote]If you're 62 you'll not live to see another 'golden era' for Blackburn Ruhvurrs will you? And in that knowledge, this is you trying to extract some retrospective revenge. It's a bit tragic, really. Chris P Bacon

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