Willie Irvine: Clarets must keep hold of Ings during the summer

4:00pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

DANNY Ings is the centre of media attraction again. Twenty-six goals in 45 games is a fantastic return and has put him on the radar of the top clubs in the Premier League.

He has said he is looking forward to playing in the top flight next season, and with one year left on his contract I hope that is with Burnley.

As he has pointed out, it is one big, happy family club, and there is no doubt that the camaraderie within the squad as a major factor in their success last season.

Danny had a lot to do when the club sold Charlie Austin, but Sean Dyche spotted something that Eddie Howe hadn’t and paired him with Sam Vokes. The rest is history as they went on to become the most lethal duo in the Championship.

I just hope we don’t sell anyone again this summer.

First it was Jay Rodriguez to Southampton, then Charlie to Queens Park Rangers.

We want to buy players to have an impact in the Premier League, so I would urge the club to keep this small happy squad together, and build on it.

Danny’s season has been extended with his England Under 21 international commitments, but domestically the FA Cup brought the curtain down on proceedings for another year, with Arsenal claiming the silverware.

They had not won anything for nine years and Arsene Wenger got a real champagne soaking at the end of the game.

It reminded me of the fans’ celebrations at Ewood Park when we ended our own 35 years of hurt.

I had to feel sorry for Hull, who shocked Arsenal with two quick goals and looked likely to go on and win.

One of our old players and manager, Stan Ternent, had a big grin on his face when Hull got their second goal.

As a scout for the Tigers he was on the bench alongside manager Steve Bruce.

But it wasn’t to be their day as Arsenal clinched it in extra time.

I actually made my debut for Burnley against Arsenal and it was a day I will never forget.

I had travelled with the first team to help Ray Benyon, the kit man, with the duties of changing a stud or cutting the tie-ups not knowing if I was going to play.

At 2.30pm Harry Potts came into the dressing room and at that time I was changing a stud for Alex Elder.

Harry read the team out and I said to Ray ‘did he call my name out?’ and Ray said ‘Yes, son. We didn’t want to make you nervous’.

I can remember Harry giving his team talk and saying it was 23 games since we had won away from home, and the way they had been playing it would be another 23.

I did okay, and actually scored in our 2-1 win. So I have happy memories of beating Arsenal.

And I am so looking forward to the visiting teams next season when we will be back where we belong.


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