Willie Irvine column: I feel for the Burnley fans after price rise

1:50pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

By Willie Irvine

WALKING round Towneley yesterday I was stopped by three people complaining about season ticket prices soaring now Burnley are in the Premier League.

I agree with them, I think it’s not fair at all on the fans for the prices to go up as much as they have done this week after the early bird deadline. I’m upset about it.

I think there was something on Facebook saying that the cheapest season ticket at Bayern Munich this season was £115 or £135, and for Burnley next season it is now £485.

That can’t be right.

It’s unfair on the people who have cheered the team on to promotion and the club are already getting a lot of money just for being in the Premier League.

I’ve seen a figure of £120m mentioned for what a place in the Premier League is worth to a club.

I really hope that doesn’t hit attendances next season now, because what we really need is close to a full house every game to spur the lads on. Four players were released – Brian Stock, David Edgar, Nick Liversedge and Keith Treacy – and we will have to see who replaces them now.

I am surprised that Edgar has gone because he’s an international who did a good job in a few different positions, he was versatile and I thought he could still have been useful for us.

But it’s good that it looks like Michael Duff will be staying because the job he did with Jason Shackell in defence played a big part in Burnley getting promoted.

With Charlie Austin scoring twice to take QPR to Wembley on Monday night and Leicester’s top scorer being a former Burnley player, David Nugent, it’s been a good season for anyone associated with Burnley.

But for me Danny Ings is the best striker this club has had for a long time – and I even include Jay Rodriguez in that.

Jay did really well for Burnley and I was really sad to see him leave Turf Moor.

He has proved himself even more since he joined Southampton. Danny will have no trouble stepping up to the Premier League.

I think he will cause defences a lot of problems next season. I’ve had two or three chats with Danny in the last six or seven weeks, too, and he’s really easy to talk to.

He’s a great lad.

That is important, to have good people in the dressing room. That has been a big reason for the club’s success this season.

* I AM really surprised that Sean Dyche missed out to Nigel Pearson for the Championship manager of the year award.

For Sean to make the shortlist of four for the main LMA award for all the divisions was a great accolade, even if that award went to Brendan Rodgers in the end.

But it is a real surprise that Sean didn’t even win the Championship award. Leicester City did win the league but Pearson had a lot of money to spend there, and they were expected to get promoted.

Sean has worked on a shoestring and only spent money on one player, Ashley Barnes.

He has done a fantastic job and most of the credit for this season has to go to him. I know he won three manager of the month awards but I really believe he deserved to win manager of the season too.

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