Willie Irvine: Burnley Beatle was ready for German row

This Is Lancashire: Willie Morgan Willie Morgan

OVERSEAS tours are popular with football teams these days. They were rare when I was playing, although we did go to West Germany to play in the mid to late 60s.

I studied German at school, and although I had forgotten a lot of it I still managed to hold a conversation with some locals.

They kept referring to Willie Morgan as “The Beatle”.

Willie wanted to know what they were saying so I made something up – something not very complimentary – and he was ready for having it out with them until I told him the truth. Fortunately he took it in good spirits.

It’s all part of the banter that the players enjoy day to day, but especially when they are all away together on a training camp like this one.

Striker Lukas Jutkiewicz will be joining up with the rest of the squad after completing his move from Middlesbrough, and I think that is a great signing to complement Danny Ings, who has been winning an army of admirers with his work in the community – proving this talent has a big heart.

At 6ft 1ins, Jutkiewicz he is the right type to fill the gap left by the injured Sam Vokes.

It is likely to be December time before we see Sam back in action but I was pleased to read that the towering front man was joining the club on their pre-season tour of Austria while he continues his rehabilitation.

It is a long road back from his knee injury but I congratulate the club for making him still feel involved with the Burnley Football Club family.

When I was coming back from my broken leg I only had my shadow as company a lot of the time, and Jimmy Holland the physio.

It will be a great boost for Sam, and Michael Kightly who is also injured at the moment, to be with team-mates while they are away.

Their inclusion emphasises just how much emphasis Sean Dyche puts on his players realising they are all in this (the Premier League) together.

It’s important to have this camaraderie throughout the club, for I’m sure it breeds loyalty and confidence on and off the pitch.

The forthcoming friendlies, with the first one in Austria on Sunday, will fill the void left by the World Cup reaching a conclusion.

What a great spectacle it was from the first kick to the last.

Germany deserved the trophy.

Finally, I was interested to read groundsman Paul Bradshaw feature in Monday’s Lancashire Telegraph, and how he painted the Turf Moor crash barriers as a child. I did that with my fellow apprentices Brian O’Neil, Arthur Bellamy, Mick Buxton, Freddie Smith and Willie Morgan.

They all ganged up on me one day and painted my family jewels.

Getting that green paint off was agony, and honestly the very thought of turpentine oil makes my eyes water because of the burning pain I endured.

But I still chuckle to myself whenever I see a crash barrier, and the memories of my playing days come flooding back.

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1:53pm Wed 16 Jul 14

AnotherPounding4BurnIey says...

Wahey first again!

Neigh
Wahey first again! Neigh AnotherPounding4BurnIey
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1:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

Was this really a Willie Morgan article?

Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story?

Come on Lancashire Telegraph.
Was this really a Willie Morgan article? Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story? Come on Lancashire Telegraph. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
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3:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

McClaret says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
Iey
wrote:
Wahey first again!

Neigh
Escape from staric
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn Iey[/bold] wrote: Wahey first again! Neigh[/p][/quote]Escape from staric McClaret
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8:34am Thu 17 Jul 14

Dead Sun Rising says...

McClaret wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

Iey
wrote:
Wahey first again!

Neigh
Escape from staric
Can someone tell me what Staric is? There are a few mentions of it aimed at this fella. I'm guessing it's some fantasy made up dungeons and dragons type place?
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn Iey[/bold] wrote: Wahey first again! Neigh[/p][/quote]Escape from staric[/p][/quote]Can someone tell me what Staric is? There are a few mentions of it aimed at this fella. I'm guessing it's some fantasy made up dungeons and dragons type place? Dead Sun Rising
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8:50am Thu 17 Jul 14

houseclaret says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Was this really a Willie Morgan article?

Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story?

Come on Lancashire Telegraph.
Willie IRVINE. It does what it says on the tin. Morning Chuck, ready for the friendlies? Can't wait for the new season.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: Was this really a Willie Morgan article? Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story? Come on Lancashire Telegraph.[/p][/quote]Willie IRVINE. It does what it says on the tin. Morning Chuck, ready for the friendlies? Can't wait for the new season. houseclaret
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9:19am Thu 17 Jul 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

houseclaret wrote:
Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Was this really a Willie Morgan article?

Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story?

Come on Lancashire Telegraph.
Willie IRVINE. It does what it says on the tin. Morning Chuck, ready for the friendlies? Can't wait for the new season.
Ha ha ha yeah, well spotted - too many Willies, lol.

Yeah really can't wait now, hoping to go to both Blackpool (If they can raise a team) and Preston and I am also taking my five year old for his first game against Celta Vigo at the Turf.

Bring on Chelsea!
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: Was this really a Willie Morgan article? Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story? Come on Lancashire Telegraph.[/p][/quote]Willie IRVINE. It does what it says on the tin. Morning Chuck, ready for the friendlies? Can't wait for the new season.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha yeah, well spotted - too many Willies, lol. Yeah really can't wait now, hoping to go to both Blackpool (If they can raise a team) and Preston and I am also taking my five year old for his first game against Celta Vigo at the Turf. Bring on Chelsea! Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
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11:52am Thu 17 Jul 14

houseclaret says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
houseclaret wrote:
Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Was this really a Willie Morgan article?

Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story?

Come on Lancashire Telegraph.
Willie IRVINE. It does what it says on the tin. Morning Chuck, ready for the friendlies? Can't wait for the new season.
Ha ha ha yeah, well spotted - too many Willies, lol.

Yeah really can't wait now, hoping to go to both Blackpool (If they can raise a team) and Preston and I am also taking my five year old for his first game against Celta Vigo at the Turf.

Bring on Chelsea!
Good man, get him started early. I've been a Claret all my life (a long time) but I was 13 before I got on the first time. Derby County in the FA Cup in 68 or 69 I think. They were managed by Cloughy at the time and went on to great things, although they were on their way to winning the second div championship at the time. We won 3-1. Funny how you never forget your first time, ha ha. It cost me 10 bob (50p) to get on. How times change.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: Was this really a Willie Morgan article? Just it seems to refer to Willie Morgan in the third party - could it in fact be an Andy Lochead story? Come on Lancashire Telegraph.[/p][/quote]Willie IRVINE. It does what it says on the tin. Morning Chuck, ready for the friendlies? Can't wait for the new season.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha yeah, well spotted - too many Willies, lol. Yeah really can't wait now, hoping to go to both Blackpool (If they can raise a team) and Preston and I am also taking my five year old for his first game against Celta Vigo at the Turf. Bring on Chelsea![/p][/quote]Good man, get him started early. I've been a Claret all my life (a long time) but I was 13 before I got on the first time. Derby County in the FA Cup in 68 or 69 I think. They were managed by Cloughy at the time and went on to great things, although they were on their way to winning the second div championship at the time. We won 3-1. Funny how you never forget your first time, ha ha. It cost me 10 bob (50p) to get on. How times change. houseclaret
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