Barnes wants a Seagulls top-flight reunion

Ashley Barnes

Ashley Barnes

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

ASHLEY Barnes is hoping to be reunited with his old Brighton team-mates in the Premier League.

The striker left the Seagulls in January to successfully aid Burnley's promotion push after becoming manager Sean Dyche’s first cash buy.

Now he wants Brighton to join the Clarets in the top flight as play-off winners and the third promoted team.

Oscar Garcia’s side play the second-leg of their play-off clash with Derby tomorrow having lost 2-1 at home.

The Seagulls sneaked into the play-offs on the final day at the expense of Reading – who drew 2-2 with Burnley on the final day and missed out by a point. Barnes admitted it was a strange situation to be involved in with some Reading fans invading the pitch believing the point was enough to see them into the top six.

“It was a crazy finish,” said Barnes. “When all their fans were running on we thought Reading done it.

“But I think someone just triggered a rumour off in the stadium and it just went ballistic. No-one knew what had happened.

“But it’s great for Brighton and I hope they can do it.

“I’d been getting text messages all week saying ‘please score, please win’ hopefully for them to go and win.

“They got there and they’ve done really well to do that."

The 24-year-old believes Brighton can go all the way.

“I believe in them for sure. To go back and play there in the Premier League would be good.

“It will be great for them and a massive achievement for them.”

And Barnes was glad to play a part in his old side’s success by ending Burnley’s season unbeaten, satisfied that their objective had been achieved almost a fortnight beforehand.

“The gaffer has always wanted us to set a marker and to get to 95 points.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t get there but we’ve hopefully made history for a long time at this club,” he said.

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11:34am Sat 10 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

So Ashley are you looking forward to playing Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea next season?

"Actually I'd prefer to play Brighton again as like my teammates I'm not particularly ambitious or confident about our chances next season. Our fans also don't seem to be too enthused about rising to the challenge and prefer to constantly look over their shoulders at our superior rivals Blackburn Rovers."
So Ashley are you looking forward to playing Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea next season? "Actually I'd prefer to play Brighton again as like my teammates I'm not particularly ambitious or confident about our chances next season. Our fans also don't seem to be too enthused about rising to the challenge and prefer to constantly look over their shoulders at our superior rivals Blackburn Rovers." TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -43

12:40pm Sat 10 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Don't feed the rats.
Don't feed the rats. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 19

12:51pm Sat 10 May 14

Venkys HaHa says...

Blackburn superior - keep dreaming sunshine. Is there anything I would be envious of about the chicken lickers - erm .......no. Still the laughing 'stock' of English football.
Blackburn superior - keep dreaming sunshine. Is there anything I would be envious of about the chicken lickers - erm .......no. Still the laughing 'stock' of English football. Venkys HaHa
  • Score: 14

1:01pm Sat 10 May 14

oakdale blue 1875 says...

Venkys HaHa wrote:
Blackburn superior - keep dreaming sunshine. Is there anything I would be envious of about the chicken lickers - erm .......no. Still the laughing 'stock' of English football.
Saints shall be £50 millllion richer soon due to sale of Shaw and lallana , then its off t" turf to grab inggs on the cheap !
Bonley whipping boys 2014/15
One season wonders once more haha
UTR
[quote][p][bold]Venkys HaHa[/bold] wrote: Blackburn superior - keep dreaming sunshine. Is there anything I would be envious of about the chicken lickers - erm .......no. Still the laughing 'stock' of English football.[/p][/quote]Saints shall be £50 millllion richer soon due to sale of Shaw and lallana , then its off t" turf to grab inggs on the cheap ! Bonley whipping boys 2014/15 One season wonders once more haha UTR oakdale blue 1875
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1:10pm Sat 10 May 14

RobH2O says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Don't feed the rats.
Incidentally Crispy, have you clocked that Dyche has been offered £16m to spend over the next two windows? I think Ashley's a cracking lad, very wholehearted player. But he may struggle to get a game/much in the rotation if we bring in a promising forward and Vokes becoming fit later.

I think we need a good holding midfield player and a box to box one too. A central defender is a must as well. £16m doesn't go far.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Don't feed the rats.[/p][/quote]Incidentally Crispy, have you clocked that Dyche has been offered £16m to spend over the next two windows? I think Ashley's a cracking lad, very wholehearted player. But he may struggle to get a game/much in the rotation if we bring in a promising forward and Vokes becoming fit later. I think we need a good holding midfield player and a box to box one too. A central defender is a must as well. £16m doesn't go far. RobH2O
  • Score: 12

1:20pm Sat 10 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

RobH2O wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
Don't feed the rats.
Incidentally Crispy, have you clocked that Dyche has been offered £16m to spend over the next two windows? I think Ashley's a cracking lad, very wholehearted player. But he may struggle to get a game/much in the rotation if we bring in a promising forward and Vokes becoming fit later.

I think we need a good holding midfield player and a box to box one too. A central defender is a must as well. £16m doesn't go far.
Aye, £16 million won't go far in the Premier League but you know what? You can only put 11 men on the field for your team at the same time and Burnley have certainly showed tremendous spirit and graft and that will help them next season. A unified team all pulling in the same direction is far better than 11 disparate players on huge wages (= no motivation) playing for themselves or their next big contract. Dyche was enjoyable on Soccer AM earlier and showed just how strong a character he is.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Don't feed the rats.[/p][/quote]Incidentally Crispy, have you clocked that Dyche has been offered £16m to spend over the next two windows? I think Ashley's a cracking lad, very wholehearted player. But he may struggle to get a game/much in the rotation if we bring in a promising forward and Vokes becoming fit later. I think we need a good holding midfield player and a box to box one too. A central defender is a must as well. £16m doesn't go far.[/p][/quote]Aye, £16 million won't go far in the Premier League but you know what? You can only put 11 men on the field for your team at the same time and Burnley have certainly showed tremendous spirit and graft and that will help them next season. A unified team all pulling in the same direction is far better than 11 disparate players on huge wages (= no motivation) playing for themselves or their next big contract. Dyche was enjoyable on Soccer AM earlier and showed just how strong a character he is. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 23

6:05pm Sat 10 May 14

stevieclaret says...

Venkys HaHa wrote:
Blackburn superior - keep dreaming sunshine. Is there anything I would be envious of about the chicken lickers - erm .......no. Still the laughing 'stock' of English football.
Laughing stock or chicken stock.

As crispy said don't bite at their feeble attempts at banter. Theirs is of the lowest form...
[quote][p][bold]Venkys HaHa[/bold] wrote: Blackburn superior - keep dreaming sunshine. Is there anything I would be envious of about the chicken lickers - erm .......no. Still the laughing 'stock' of English football.[/p][/quote]Laughing stock or chicken stock. As crispy said don't bite at their feeble attempts at banter. Theirs is of the lowest form... stevieclaret
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3:11am Mon 12 May 14

jim 2012 says...

RobH2O wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
Don't feed the rats.
Incidentally Crispy, have you clocked that Dyche has been offered £16m to spend over the next two windows? I think Ashley's a cracking lad, very wholehearted player. But he may struggle to get a game/much in the rotation if we bring in a promising forward and Vokes becoming fit later.

I think we need a good holding midfield player and a box to box one too. A central defender is a must as well. £16m doesn't go far.
that's because they can spend more than they earn
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Don't feed the rats.[/p][/quote]Incidentally Crispy, have you clocked that Dyche has been offered £16m to spend over the next two windows? I think Ashley's a cracking lad, very wholehearted player. But he may struggle to get a game/much in the rotation if we bring in a promising forward and Vokes becoming fit later. I think we need a good holding midfield player and a box to box one too. A central defender is a must as well. £16m doesn't go far.[/p][/quote]that's because they can spend more than they earn jim 2012
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9:13am Mon 12 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?
And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership? TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -2

9:26am Mon 12 May 14

Super_Clarets says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?
LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club.

TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?[/p][/quote]LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club. TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 5

9:38am Mon 12 May 14

RobH2O says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?
LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club.

TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.
Morning Super_Claret. Please don't entertain this dung specimen. He's as thick as workhouse sandwich with some serious personal issues. Please, never respond whatever he writes. I know it's tempting but please ignore. The clock is ticking behind the scenes for him and he'll disappear eventually......

Hope you have a smashing summer. I look forward to the new season like no other. The Clarets, a success earned and not purchased. I'm sure you get my drift!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?[/p][/quote]LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club. TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.[/p][/quote]Morning Super_Claret. Please don't entertain this dung specimen. He's as thick as workhouse sandwich with some serious personal issues. Please, never respond whatever he writes. I know it's tempting but please ignore. The clock is ticking behind the scenes for him and he'll disappear eventually...... Hope you have a smashing summer. I look forward to the new season like no other. The Clarets, a success earned and not purchased. I'm sure you get my drift! RobH2O
  • Score: 0

9:38am Mon 12 May 14

RobH2O says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?
LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club.

TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.
Morning Super_Claret. Please don't entertain this dung specimen. He's as thick as workhouse sandwich with some serious personal issues. Please, never respond whatever he writes. I know it's tempting but please ignore. The clock is ticking behind the scenes for him and he'll disappear eventually......

Hope you have a smashing summer. I look forward to the new season like no other. The Clarets, a success earned and not purchased. I'm sure you get my drift!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?[/p][/quote]LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club. TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.[/p][/quote]Morning Super_Claret. Please don't entertain this dung specimen. He's as thick as workhouse sandwich with some serious personal issues. Please, never respond whatever he writes. I know it's tempting but please ignore. The clock is ticking behind the scenes for him and he'll disappear eventually...... Hope you have a smashing summer. I look forward to the new season like no other. The Clarets, a success earned and not purchased. I'm sure you get my drift! RobH2O
  • Score: 0

9:38am Mon 12 May 14

RobH2O says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?
LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club.

TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.
Morning Super_Claret. Please don't entertain this dung specimen. He's as thick as workhouse sandwich with some serious personal issues. Please, never respond whatever he writes. I know it's tempting but please ignore. The clock is ticking behind the scenes for him and he'll disappear eventually......

Hope you have a smashing summer. I look forward to the new season like no other. The Clarets, a success earned and not purchased. I'm sure you get my drift!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?[/p][/quote]LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club. TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.[/p][/quote]Morning Super_Claret. Please don't entertain this dung specimen. He's as thick as workhouse sandwich with some serious personal issues. Please, never respond whatever he writes. I know it's tempting but please ignore. The clock is ticking behind the scenes for him and he'll disappear eventually...... Hope you have a smashing summer. I look forward to the new season like no other. The Clarets, a success earned and not purchased. I'm sure you get my drift! RobH2O
  • Score: 3

11:12am Mon 12 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?
LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club.

TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.
You're right, it is over and old news of very little interest to anyone further afield than Padiham. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Future turmoil beckons.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: And when you say Vokes becomes fitter, do you mean develops enough pace for the Premiership?[/p][/quote]LOL @ the retard STILL TRYING even when his team have been beaten at home by Burnley, finished an incredible 23 points BELOW Burnley, had to watch teary eyed as Burnley secured automatic promotion with two games to spare, and had to suffer the pain and indignity of missing out on the play-off's by the very number of points that Burnley took off his club. TurfMoorTom, its over... you've lost, now go outside and get some fresh air.[/p][/quote]You're right, it is over and old news of very little interest to anyone further afield than Padiham. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Future turmoil beckons. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 0

11:51am Mon 12 May 14

owd nick says...

Derby 4 Brighton 1

6 - 1 on aggregate,

Might not have won it or finished second but with my independent hat on, barring their little hiatus Derby have played the best football in the Championship this season and deserve the chance to go up.
Derby 4 Brighton 1 6 - 1 on aggregate, Might not have won it or finished second but with my independent hat on, barring their little hiatus Derby have played the best football in the Championship this season and deserve the chance to go up. owd nick
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Mon 12 May 14

RobH2O says...

owd nick wrote:
Derby 4 Brighton 1

6 - 1 on aggregate,

Might not have won it or finished second but with my independent hat on, barring their little hiatus Derby have played the best football in the Championship this season and deserve the chance to go up.
I have to agree with that. When we beat them at Pride park early in the season, 3-0, they were completely off colour. They had another little dip again around the time they played us at the Turf. However, being a lancastrian I hope that Wigan do the business - but I suspect t'll be Derby.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Derby 4 Brighton 1 6 - 1 on aggregate, Might not have won it or finished second but with my independent hat on, barring their little hiatus Derby have played the best football in the Championship this season and deserve the chance to go up.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with that. When we beat them at Pride park early in the season, 3-0, they were completely off colour. They had another little dip again around the time they played us at the Turf. However, being a lancastrian I hope that Wigan do the business - but I suspect t'll be Derby. RobH2O
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Mon 12 May 14

Super_Clarets says...

owd nick wrote:
Derby 4 Brighton 1

6 - 1 on aggregate,

Might not have won it or finished second but with my independent hat on, barring their little hiatus Derby have played the best football in the Championship this season and deserve the chance to go up.
We put 5 past Derby without response, and you claim, from an independent point of view, that they played the best football in the Championship all season? What a complete tool you are.

We had an off day at Ewood Park, and we still beat you.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Derby 4 Brighton 1 6 - 1 on aggregate, Might not have won it or finished second but with my independent hat on, barring their little hiatus Derby have played the best football in the Championship this season and deserve the chance to go up.[/p][/quote]We put 5 past Derby without response, and you claim, from an independent point of view, that they played the best football in the Championship all season? What a complete tool you are. We had an off day at Ewood Park, and we still beat you. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 0

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