Dave Burnley: A campaign to roll back the years

Dave Burnley: A campaign to roll back the years

Dave Burnley: A campaign to roll back the years

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ON Saturday at the Madejski Stadium Reading, the curtain came down on what surely will be remembered as one of the most remarkable seasons in the entire history of Burnley Football Club.

To win automatic promotion to the Premier League against all the odds as well as breaking many records along the way, has got to be up there with the very best of achievements.

The fantastic feat mirrors why I chose to support Burnley from primary school age 50 years ago in 1964 because even then, they were the underdogs in the top tier of English football. A small fish in a big pool but ready to stand toe to toe with any team and battle it out against the much bigger city clubs.

That same mentality will be required in the 2014-15 campaign.

That’s for the future of course, and probably the sternest challenge we have ever faced given the disparities between ourselves and the remaining 19 other competitors.

But before that big test let’s cast our minds back to that opening game of the season against Bolton - it was all doom and gloom about our prospects wasn’t it?

If you remember top goalscorer Charlie Austin had just left for QPR and I, along with everyone I came across had predicted a lower half finish.

Even so, out of blind loyalty I put a small bet on Burnley to finish in the top three at 50/1 never thinking I would be collecting it this week.

So once again, let’s hear it for everyone who has contributed to this amazing triumph.

From the joint chairmen to the directors, from the chief executive to the president, from the first team coaches to the youth team coach.

Thanks to the head of sport science, the academy director, the physiotherapist, the education and welfare officers and the programme editor.

But my biggest accolade is reserved for our imperious leader who has transformed our little club from apparently going nowhere to where they are today. St Sean – the patron saint of underdogs.

In closing, I would like to wish all Clarets a great summer. See you next season in the Premier League, yes the Premier League!

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4:17pm Tue 6 May 14

RobH2O says...

I'm not so sure about it being one of the most remarkable in the club's history. Its the best direct promotion since 1972/73. 1972/73 was a touch better because we were promoted as champions of the Second Tier, rather than Runners-Up.
Still, the best season for 41 years is a bloody marvellous thing!
I'm not so sure about it being one of the most remarkable in the club's history. Its the best direct promotion since 1972/73. 1972/73 was a touch better because we were promoted as champions of the Second Tier, rather than Runners-Up. Still, the best season for 41 years is a bloody marvellous thing! RobH2O
  • Score: 10

6:14pm Tue 6 May 14

McClaret says...

Personal favourite seasons were 88 and 92, the start of the comeback to where we belong.
Personal favourite seasons were 88 and 92, the start of the comeback to where we belong. McClaret
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Tue 6 May 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -9

7:37pm Tue 6 May 14

RobH2O says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
You are a liar about our attendance data
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]You are a liar about our attendance data RobH2O
  • Score: 8

8:10pm Tue 6 May 14

TurfMoorTom's_Psychiatrist says...

Hello everyone. Nurse Ratchet has brought to my attention the matter of my patient Mr Richard Head and his multiple identities. For the record, we call him Dic.k. We think he has at least 20 schizoid personalities. Sadly, you know some including Fake Villa and others.

His diagnosis is a deep paranoia about Burnley FC and how its greatness reflects the exact opposite of him as a man. The medical term is Total Twa.t.

The only way to deal with him is to be very harsh with him at all times. Keep telling him the truth about what he is. All the time.

Good luck.
Hello everyone. Nurse Ratchet has brought to my attention the matter of my patient Mr Richard Head and his multiple identities. For the record, we call him Dic.k. We think he has at least 20 schizoid personalities. Sadly, you know some including Fake Villa and others. His diagnosis is a deep paranoia about Burnley FC and how its greatness reflects the exact opposite of him as a man. The medical term is Total Twa.t. The only way to deal with him is to be very harsh with him at all times. Keep telling him the truth about what he is. All the time. Good luck. TurfMoorTom's_Psychiatrist
  • Score: 8

8:40pm Tue 6 May 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

RobH2O wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
You are a liar about our attendance data
okay you are correct, there were more in the star wars bar than on the longside
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]You are a liar about our attendance data[/p][/quote]okay you are correct, there were more in the star wars bar than on the longside AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -12

8:45pm Tue 6 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ;

1. Us being promoted to the premier league.
2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss.
3. Having the best young English manager in the country.
4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats.

No?

I didn't think so.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ; 1. Us being promoted to the premier league. 2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss. 3. Having the best young English manager in the country. 4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats. No? I didn't think so. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

9:38pm Tue 6 May 14

Burnley59/60 says...

TurfMoorTom's_Psychi
atrist
wrote:
Hello everyone. Nurse Ratchet has brought to my attention the matter of my patient Mr Richard Head and his multiple identities. For the record, we call him Dic.k. We think he has at least 20 schizoid personalities. Sadly, you know some including Fake Villa and others.

His diagnosis is a deep paranoia about Burnley FC and how its greatness reflects the exact opposite of him as a man. The medical term is Total Twa.t.

The only way to deal with him is to be very harsh with him at all times. Keep telling him the truth about what he is. All the time.

Good luck.
MAGIC SECTION IT NOW NURSE UTC LONG LIVE TOPFLIGHT TURFMOOR
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom's_Psychi atrist[/bold] wrote: Hello everyone. Nurse Ratchet has brought to my attention the matter of my patient Mr Richard Head and his multiple identities. For the record, we call him Dic.k. We think he has at least 20 schizoid personalities. Sadly, you know some including Fake Villa and others. His diagnosis is a deep paranoia about Burnley FC and how its greatness reflects the exact opposite of him as a man. The medical term is Total Twa.t. The only way to deal with him is to be very harsh with him at all times. Keep telling him the truth about what he is. All the time. Good luck.[/p][/quote]MAGIC SECTION IT NOW NURSE UTC LONG LIVE TOPFLIGHT TURFMOOR Burnley59/60
  • Score: 7

10:06pm Tue 6 May 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ;

1. Us being promoted to the premier league.
2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss.
3. Having the best young English manager in the country.
4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats.

No?

I didn't think so.
Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ; 1. Us being promoted to the premier league. 2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss. 3. Having the best young English manager in the country. 4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats. No? I didn't think so.[/p][/quote]Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -6

10:13pm Tue 6 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn


ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ;

1. Us being promoted to the premier league.
2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss.
3. Having the best young English manager in the country.
4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats.

No?

I didn't think so.
Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.
I remember one thing from very recently; quite a few of the more odious Rovers fans were on here genuinely congratulating Burnley on their promotion. Thing is, they were MEN; they swallowed up their pride, fought down their disappointment and did the decent thing. THE most odious one though, you, couldn't find it within himself to be man enough to do that though, could you? Too far a journey for you? And none of your mealy-mouthed excuses as to why you were too cowardly to be able to do it.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ; 1. Us being promoted to the premier league. 2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss. 3. Having the best young English manager in the country. 4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats. No? I didn't think so.[/p][/quote]Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.[/p][/quote]I remember one thing from very recently; quite a few of the more odious Rovers fans were on here genuinely congratulating Burnley on their promotion. Thing is, they were MEN; they swallowed up their pride, fought down their disappointment and did the decent thing. THE most odious one though, you, couldn't find it within himself to be man enough to do that though, could you? Too far a journey for you? And none of your mealy-mouthed excuses as to why you were too cowardly to be able to do it. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 6

11:19pm Tue 6 May 14

burnleyglentoran says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn


ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ;

1. Us being promoted to the premier league.
2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss.
3. Having the best young English manager in the country.
4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats.

No?

I didn't think so.
Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Be Chumpionship

Be very Chumpionship....

BURNLEY FC - EAST LANCS TOP DOGS

QUITE SIMPLY A LEAGUE APART
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ; 1. Us being promoted to the premier league. 2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss. 3. Having the best young English manager in the country. 4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats. No? I didn't think so.[/p][/quote]Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.[/p][/quote]Be Chumpionship Be very Chumpionship.... BURNLEY FC - EAST LANCS TOP DOGS QUITE SIMPLY A LEAGUE APART burnleyglentoran
  • Score: 4

11:34pm Tue 6 May 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn



ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ;

1. Us being promoted to the premier league.
2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss.
3. Having the best young English manager in the country.
4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats.

No?

I didn't think so.
Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.
I remember one thing from very recently; quite a few of the more odious Rovers fans were on here genuinely congratulating Burnley on their promotion. Thing is, they were MEN; they swallowed up their pride, fought down their disappointment and did the decent thing. THE most odious one though, you, couldn't find it within himself to be man enough to do that though, could you? Too far a journey for you? And none of your mealy-mouthed excuses as to why you were too cowardly to be able to do it.
Oh the irony, bacon boy going on about manliness. Just remember these words, What iceberg
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ; 1. Us being promoted to the premier league. 2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss. 3. Having the best young English manager in the country. 4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats. No? I didn't think so.[/p][/quote]Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.[/p][/quote]I remember one thing from very recently; quite a few of the more odious Rovers fans were on here genuinely congratulating Burnley on their promotion. Thing is, they were MEN; they swallowed up their pride, fought down their disappointment and did the decent thing. THE most odious one though, you, couldn't find it within himself to be man enough to do that though, could you? Too far a journey for you? And none of your mealy-mouthed excuses as to why you were too cowardly to be able to do it.[/p][/quote]Oh the irony, bacon boy going on about manliness. Just remember these words, What iceberg AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -8

11:42pm Tue 6 May 14

stevieclaret says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn


ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ;

1. Us being promoted to the premier league.
2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss.
3. Having the best young English manager in the country.
4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats.

No?

I didn't think so.
Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.
They got 6 points less than us! Plus their club is mismanaged like another not too far away. Ffp - be afraid, b v afraid.

Come on MThead. U haven't a leg to stand on with regards to football banter! We are superior to your lot and u can't handle it - ud better get used to it!!!
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ; 1. Us being promoted to the premier league. 2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss. 3. Having the best young English manager in the country. 4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats. No? I didn't think so.[/p][/quote]Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.[/p][/quote]They got 6 points less than us! Plus their club is mismanaged like another not too far away. Ffp - be afraid, b v afraid. Come on MThead. U haven't a leg to stand on with regards to football banter! We are superior to your lot and u can't handle it - ud better get used to it!!! stevieclaret
  • Score: 6

11:42pm Tue 6 May 14

stevieclaret says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn


ley
wrote:
And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke
Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ;

1. Us being promoted to the premier league.
2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss.
3. Having the best young English manager in the country.
4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats.

No?

I didn't think so.
Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.
They got 6 points less than us! Plus their club is mismanaged like another not too far away. Ffp - be afraid, b v afraid.

Come on MThead. U haven't a leg to stand on with regards to football banter! We are superior to your lot and u can't handle it - ud better get used to it!!!
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: And only 14.5k bothered to turn up for the best season in 41 years, 2k of those came from ipswich. Pretty embarrassing really, in fact there were more at the star wars convention on may 4th. Use the force Luke[/p][/quote]Yes we're all hanging our heads in shame, have the woeful attendances you speak of altered the following ; 1. Us being promoted to the premier league. 2. Having 120 million sovs flopped into the coffers while you sink to the bottom of the footballing financial abyss. 3. Having the best young English manager in the country. 4. Us absolutely P1ssing ourselves at how green with envy you are and how it sticks in your scrawny throats. No? I didn't think so.[/p][/quote]Just remember one thing,Cardiff walked the championship. Be afraid, be very afraid.[/p][/quote]They got 6 points less than us! Plus their club is mismanaged like another not too far away. Ffp - be afraid, b v afraid. Come on MThead. U haven't a leg to stand on with regards to football banter! We are superior to your lot and u can't handle it - ud better get used to it!!! stevieclaret
  • Score: 3

11:42am Wed 7 May 14

Spirit of '64 says...

Guys Guys

The multi monickered meathead only gets his kicks by winding you all up and getting a response.

Just ignore him and he will go away. Whatever new identity he creates you will always know its him because no one else writes so much drivel.

A couple of other thoughts.

I think the ginger one has handled Keith Treacy quite brilliantly. He does have the potential to be a great player but he has put the onus on him to prove it in the summer. It will be interesting to see how the summer recruitment goes, expect some left field acquisitions who can hopefully match the achievments of Scott Arfield

And finally big thanks to the proper Rovers fans for their congratulations on promotion.
Guys Guys The multi monickered meathead only gets his kicks by winding you all up and getting a response. Just ignore him and he will go away. Whatever new identity he creates you will always know its him because no one else writes so much drivel. A couple of other thoughts. I think the ginger one has handled Keith Treacy quite brilliantly. He does have the potential to be a great player but he has put the onus on him to prove it in the summer. It will be interesting to see how the summer recruitment goes, expect some left field acquisitions who can hopefully match the achievments of Scott Arfield And finally big thanks to the proper Rovers fans for their congratulations on promotion. Spirit of '64
  • Score: 3

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