Leeds United release left me crushed but it also inspired me, says Blackburn Rovers star Tom Cairney

Tom Cairney, Blackburn Rovers' player of the year

Tom Cairney, Blackburn Rovers' player of the year

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AT 6ft tall you would never have expected Tom Cairney to have been released for being too small.

But that is exactly what happened to Blackburn Rovers’ player of the year when he was 16.

Despite his obvious talent Leeds United took the decision to allow the gifted midfielder to leave after nine years at Elland Road due to his size.

It left the then 5ft 1in Cairney crushed.

But his devastation soon turned to determination to prove Leeds had got it wrong. Badly wrong.

It is safe to say that he has done that.

Within two years of being let go by Leeds Cairney was playing and scoring – against Everton at Goodison Park – for Hull City in the Premier League.

Injury ultimately halted his progress at the Tigers but his hugely promising career is back on an upward trajectory after an outstanding first season at Rovers.

It is now seven years since Cairney’s world was turned upside down.

But the memory of being told he was no longer wanted by the club he had spent more than half of his young life at still fires him.

“To be honest it crushed me, it crushed me a lot,” said Nottingham-born Cairney, now 23.

“I was with Leeds from I was seven to 16 so it was a big part of my life.

“I was going there three-four times a week, missing days of schools, and obviously my mum and dad had put a lot into it too.

“So getting released at 16, it just felt like, ‘oh no, after all that effort’.

“But I was determined I would not stop there.

“I went to Hull and they offered me a YTS as they obviously saw something.

“And from 16-18 I shot up in height and then it went back to my footballing ability.

“From getting released at 16 to making my Premier League debut – if you wrote it down you wouldn’t believe it. I owe a lot to (then Hull manager) Phil Brown as he believed in me.

“I think the academy staff at Leeds must have got a bit of a shock when they saw me playing in the Premier League! I don’t know what happened to them but I think they may have got a telling off!

“That’s why it was nice to go back to Leeds for the first time last season and the play the way I did and the way we did. It was a great feeling.”

Of the series of sparkling displays Cairney produced for Rovers in 2013-14, the one at his old stamping ground on New Year’s Day stands out as the highlight.

Clearly motivated to show his old employers what they were missing – ‘I went to bed early the night before!’ – Cairney showed off his full repertoire of skills as he completely bossed the midfield on his first return to Elland Road.

He set up Jordan Rhodes for the game’s opening goal with a brilliant threaded through pass and it was from his outswinging corner which Rudy Gestede emphatically headed home to settle it.

 

Cairney’s performance completely overshadowed that of Luke Murphy, the player who had turned down Rovers in favour of Leeds the previous summer.

And it led the home supporters to question had their club signed the wrong man – and, more pertinently, why they had ever discarded a player of Cairney’s ability in the first place.

It certainly was not because of his technique.

 

“People used to call me happy feet when I was growing up because the only time I was happy was when I had the ball at my feet,” said Cairney, who, following the completion of his initial six-month loan from Hall, made the permanent £600,000 move to Rovers 24 hours after his masterclass against Leeds.

“If I didn’t have the ball I was sulking! I’ve just always loved the ball and it never bothered me that I was small when I was younger.

“I always played with older players growing up, anyway, and being younger and smaller I had to protect the ball and move it quickly.

“It definitely helped with the technical side of my game – as well as making sure I didn’t getting smashed by the bigger, older lads!

“Eventually I did catch up with them, height wise, and my technique was already there.”

Cairney was speaking after giving a talk to the youngsters enrolled on the Football League Trust Education and Futsal programme run by the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust in the Indoor Centre at Ewood Park.

The two-year programme, which gives 16-18-year-olds, of mixed playing abilities, the chance to represent Rovers in futsal and study for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, has already won the backing of Gary Bowyer.

And Cairney, like his manager, is throwing his weight behind it.

“I’ve never played futsal but after watching the lads have a go I’d definitely like to,” said the former Scotland U21s international, who cites brilliant Brazilian Ronaldo and Chelsea’s supremely talented young Belgian Eden Hazard as his past and present favourite players.

“It looks right up my street as the ball is played on the floor, it’s on a small pitch and it’s all about your passing and your touch.

“I played a lot of small-sided football growing up and it definitely helps with your technique.

“And people probably don’t realise how much work you do on small pitches in training at first-team level now.

“I love it and I really like the look of futsal too.”

For more information about the Football League Trust Education and Futsal programme run by the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, call 01254 296256 or email futsal@brfctrust.co.uk.

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8:52pm Wed 2 Jul 14

I am the voice of my own god says...

Even the player of the year trophy looks cheap.....probably missing a trophy from the local lawn bowls club......
Even the player of the year trophy looks cheap.....probably missing a trophy from the local lawn bowls club...... I am the voice of my own god
  • Score: -22

9:02pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Tricky78 says...

Seriously is there no proof reading at the LT? The language, typos and grammar are awful, Cairney great lad though!
Seriously is there no proof reading at the LT? The language, typos and grammar are awful, Cairney great lad though! Tricky78
  • Score: 10

9:04pm Wed 2 Jul 14

jack01 says...

At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.
At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter. jack01
  • Score: 7

9:58pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

jack01 wrote:
At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.
Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says

BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.[/p][/quote]Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE. Super Claret
  • Score: -19

10:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

jack went up says...

Super Claret wrote:
jack01 wrote: At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.
Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.
Please share some of your amazing in site with us, what do you think got you prompted, who where your best players, which games were your turning points, where do you need to strengthen. You know football stuff. Oh that's right you actually haven't a clue about football.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.[/p][/quote]Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.[/p][/quote]Please share some of your amazing in site with us, what do you think got you prompted, who where your best players, which games were your turning points, where do you need to strengthen. You know football stuff. Oh that's right you actually haven't a clue about football. jack went up
  • Score: 15

11:43pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Maxrus says...

jack went up wrote:
Super Claret wrote:
jack01 wrote: At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.
Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.
Please share some of your amazing in site with us, what do you think got you prompted, who where your best players, which games were your turning points, where do you need to strengthen. You know football stuff. Oh that's right you actually haven't a clue about football.
Bet he's sh*te at Subbuteo as well.
[quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.[/p][/quote]Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.[/p][/quote]Please share some of your amazing in site with us, what do you think got you prompted, who where your best players, which games were your turning points, where do you need to strengthen. You know football stuff. Oh that's right you actually haven't a clue about football.[/p][/quote]Bet he's sh*te at Subbuteo as well. Maxrus
  • Score: 10

1:02am Thu 3 Jul 14

Maxrus says...

Class act this lad, still surprised Hull let him go, their loss our gain. Technically good with great balance and has the confidence to play the ball with his head up. Different positions I know but reminds me a lot of the young Matt Jansen.
Class act this lad, still surprised Hull let him go, their loss our gain. Technically good with great balance and has the confidence to play the ball with his head up. Different positions I know but reminds me a lot of the young Matt Jansen. Maxrus
  • Score: 15

9:46am Thu 3 Jul 14

French Rover says...

Maxrus wrote:
Class act this lad, still surprised Hull let him go, their loss our gain. Technically good with great balance and has the confidence to play the ball with his head up. Different positions I know but reminds me a lot of the young Matt Jansen.
The lad has the right attitude to the game also, which is as important as the ball skills. You can understand GB`s plan more - to get players into the club who have the right ethics for football into the club - when you hear some of them talking about the game and what it means to them.
[quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: Class act this lad, still surprised Hull let him go, their loss our gain. Technically good with great balance and has the confidence to play the ball with his head up. Different positions I know but reminds me a lot of the young Matt Jansen.[/p][/quote]The lad has the right attitude to the game also, which is as important as the ball skills. You can understand GB`s plan more - to get players into the club who have the right ethics for football into the club - when you hear some of them talking about the game and what it means to them. French Rover
  • Score: 9

10:58am Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome aboard the League One Express departing from Blackburn, stopping at Transfer Embargo, Firesale, Administration and Relegation. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Choo Choo!
Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome aboard the League One Express departing from Blackburn, stopping at Transfer Embargo, Firesale, Administration and Relegation. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Choo Choo! Super Claret
  • Score: -7

11:47am Thu 3 Jul 14

jack01 says...

Super Claret wrote:
Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome aboard the League One Express departing from Blackburn, stopping at Transfer Embargo, Firesale, Administration and Relegation. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Choo Choo!
That train must be heavily delayed, you've been expecting it since 2010 and it still hasn't happened! The only train I'd be looking out for is the direct service from Manchester to Southampton at 12:30, might come in useful for Danny Ings.

Maybe, just maybe, your fanatical and disturbing obsession of predicting disaster at Blackburn isn't going to happen. Maybe Blackburn are on their way back and that thought makes you feel sick to the pit of your soul after three years of predicting all of the above, none of which have happened.

I'll be enjoying the ride of watching Burnley try to assemble a side of Championship cast-offs to compete in the Premier League. Trying to do things on the cheap again I see.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome aboard the League One Express departing from Blackburn, stopping at Transfer Embargo, Firesale, Administration and Relegation. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Choo Choo![/p][/quote]That train must be heavily delayed, you've been expecting it since 2010 and it still hasn't happened! The only train I'd be looking out for is the direct service from Manchester to Southampton at 12:30, might come in useful for Danny Ings. Maybe, just maybe, your fanatical and disturbing obsession of predicting disaster at Blackburn isn't going to happen. Maybe Blackburn are on their way back and that thought makes you feel sick to the pit of your soul after three years of predicting all of the above, none of which have happened. I'll be enjoying the ride of watching Burnley try to assemble a side of Championship cast-offs to compete in the Premier League. Trying to do things on the cheap again I see. jack01
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

I predicted you'd go down. You went down.

I predicted we'd beat you at Ewood Park in March. We beat you at Ewood Park in March.

I predicted we'd go up. We went up.

I stand by my prediction that Financial Fair Play will force massive changes on your club forcing the sale of key players and the recruitment of cheaper alternatives and free transfers..... Varney and Brown in? Looks like this one is now in progress.

Poor old Blackburn fans, denying FFP and claiming everything in the garden is rosy since 2010.
I predicted you'd go down. You went down. I predicted we'd beat you at Ewood Park in March. We beat you at Ewood Park in March. I predicted we'd go up. We went up. I stand by my prediction that Financial Fair Play will force massive changes on your club forcing the sale of key players and the recruitment of cheaper alternatives and free transfers..... Varney and Brown in? Looks like this one is now in progress. Poor old Blackburn fans, denying FFP and claiming everything in the garden is rosy since 2010. Super Claret
  • Score: -5

12:14pm Thu 3 Jul 14

French Rover says...

Super Claret wrote:
I predicted you'd go down. You went down.

I predicted we'd beat you at Ewood Park in March. We beat you at Ewood Park in March.

I predicted we'd go up. We went up.

I stand by my prediction that Financial Fair Play will force massive changes on your club forcing the sale of key players and the recruitment of cheaper alternatives and free transfers..... Varney and Brown in? Looks like this one is now in progress.

Poor old Blackburn fans, denying FFP and claiming everything in the garden is rosy since 2010.
I predicted we would go 36 years unbeaten at Turf Moor and we did!

Enjoy your moment in the sun clown, it wont last long....
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: I predicted you'd go down. You went down. I predicted we'd beat you at Ewood Park in March. We beat you at Ewood Park in March. I predicted we'd go up. We went up. I stand by my prediction that Financial Fair Play will force massive changes on your club forcing the sale of key players and the recruitment of cheaper alternatives and free transfers..... Varney and Brown in? Looks like this one is now in progress. Poor old Blackburn fans, denying FFP and claiming everything in the garden is rosy since 2010.[/p][/quote]I predicted we would go 36 years unbeaten at Turf Moor and we did! Enjoy your moment in the sun clown, it wont last long.... French Rover
  • Score: 0

12:27pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

Using the same analogy Burnley FC are unbeaten against the Brazilian national team since 1882, ,having never played them.

This isn't your strong point is it. Embarrassed for you pal. You're desperate.

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley.
Using the same analogy Burnley FC are unbeaten against the Brazilian national team since 1882, ,having never played them. This isn't your strong point is it. Embarrassed for you pal. You're desperate. Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley. Super Claret
  • Score: -5

12:38pm Thu 3 Jul 14

jack01 says...

Super Claret wrote:
I predicted you'd go down. You went down.

I predicted we'd beat you at Ewood Park in March. We beat you at Ewood Park in March.

I predicted we'd go up. We went up.

I stand by my prediction that Financial Fair Play will force massive changes on your club forcing the sale of key players and the recruitment of cheaper alternatives and free transfers..... Varney and Brown in? Looks like this one is now in progress.

Poor old Blackburn fans, denying FFP and claiming everything in the garden is rosy since 2010.
You predicted we would be in League One - didn't happen

You predicted we would have to sell our best players - didn't happen

You predicted Burnley would beat Rovers on numerous occasions and it happened once. Law of averages and all that.

When did you predict Burnley would be promoted? Last summer? Don't think so. That prediction came about March.

You predicted Venkys would asset strip - didn't happen

You predicted that Venkys would walk away and leave us bankrupt - didn't happen

No key players have gone and the club and squad is in a far healthier state than it was 12 months ago. This week the owners have paid off the deadwood and we have cut about £50k a week from the wage bill with absolutely no damage to the playing squad.

I predicted that Burnley would be dealing in the bargain bucket this summer, signing players from the Championship and freebies. Looks so far like that's going to form.

I also predicted that Danny Ings wouldn't sign a new contract and as a result would be sold if an offer came in. Sounds like that one might be right too. Especially now Burnley are trying to blow their transfer budget on Troy Deeney to replace him.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: I predicted you'd go down. You went down. I predicted we'd beat you at Ewood Park in March. We beat you at Ewood Park in March. I predicted we'd go up. We went up. I stand by my prediction that Financial Fair Play will force massive changes on your club forcing the sale of key players and the recruitment of cheaper alternatives and free transfers..... Varney and Brown in? Looks like this one is now in progress. Poor old Blackburn fans, denying FFP and claiming everything in the garden is rosy since 2010.[/p][/quote]You predicted we would be in League One - didn't happen You predicted we would have to sell our best players - didn't happen You predicted Burnley would beat Rovers on numerous occasions and it happened once. Law of averages and all that. When did you predict Burnley would be promoted? Last summer? Don't think so. That prediction came about March. You predicted Venkys would asset strip - didn't happen You predicted that Venkys would walk away and leave us bankrupt - didn't happen No key players have gone and the club and squad is in a far healthier state than it was 12 months ago. This week the owners have paid off the deadwood and we have cut about £50k a week from the wage bill with absolutely no damage to the playing squad. I predicted that Burnley would be dealing in the bargain bucket this summer, signing players from the Championship and freebies. Looks so far like that's going to form. I also predicted that Danny Ings wouldn't sign a new contract and as a result would be sold if an offer came in. Sounds like that one might be right too. Especially now Burnley are trying to blow their transfer budget on Troy Deeney to replace him. jack01
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

League one was predicted for 2015. It's not 2015 yet is it?

I predicted that as a result of FFP you will have to sell your better players, and you will. December will see sanctions handed out like sweeties, you'll be lining them up outside Ewood Park with Whoops stickers on their foreheads, you wont be able to shift them quick enough!

I predicted we'd beat you on your own patch in March, and we did.

I predicted Burnley would be promoted as we spent Christmas sitting at the top of the league laughing at you clowns struggling in mid-table.

Venky's will asset strip before their departure, expect this within the next two seasons. In all honesty your club has zero chance of promotion in its present state, once FFP has finished with you your priorities will change massively and survival will be all you're concerned with. Venky's are simply waiting until the inevitable is confirmed before they cash in on what's left and scoot off back to Indian with a severe lesson learned.

£50k a week is nothing in the grand scheme of things when you have the likes of Jordan Rhodes trousering over £2m a year. Its simply unsustainable going forward particularly under the watchful eye of FFP. Expect Rhodes to be sold, if not this month then in January.

Burnley have just offered £6m for a striker to partner Danny Ings. Looks like you were a tad premature with that prediction. Ings has reiterated his desire to stay with Burnley, all the rest is pure speculation.
League one was predicted for 2015. It's not 2015 yet is it? I predicted that as a result of FFP you will have to sell your better players, and you will. December will see sanctions handed out like sweeties, you'll be lining them up outside Ewood Park with Whoops stickers on their foreheads, you wont be able to shift them quick enough! I predicted we'd beat you on your own patch in March, and we did. I predicted Burnley would be promoted as we spent Christmas sitting at the top of the league laughing at you clowns struggling in mid-table. Venky's will asset strip before their departure, expect this within the next two seasons. In all honesty your club has zero chance of promotion in its present state, once FFP has finished with you your priorities will change massively and survival will be all you're concerned with. Venky's are simply waiting until the inevitable is confirmed before they cash in on what's left and scoot off back to Indian with a severe lesson learned. £50k a week is nothing in the grand scheme of things when you have the likes of Jordan Rhodes trousering over £2m a year. Its simply unsustainable going forward particularly under the watchful eye of FFP. Expect Rhodes to be sold, if not this month then in January. Burnley have just offered £6m for a striker to partner Danny Ings. Looks like you were a tad premature with that prediction. Ings has reiterated his desire to stay with Burnley, all the rest is pure speculation. Super Claret
  • Score: 3

1:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

BassMonroe says...

Super Claret wrote:
jack01 wrote:
At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.
Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says

BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.
Where's the Premier League trophy? You can keep the Championship one, its nothing special!
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: At least its a trophy for actually winning something, unlike the trophies Burnley have collected for finishing second, sixth and the Charity Shield that nobody else wanted to enter.[/p][/quote]Bet you'd like to have got the trophy we won this year.... the one that says BURNLEY FC PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.[/p][/quote]Where's the Premier League trophy? You can keep the Championship one, its nothing special! BassMonroe
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

We have two of them you moron.

Both earned.
We have two of them you moron. Both earned. Super Claret
  • Score: -3

1:40pm Thu 3 Jul 14

French Rover says...

Super Claret wrote:
Using the same analogy Burnley FC are unbeaten against the Brazilian national team since 1882, ,having never played them.

This isn't your strong point is it. Embarrassed for you pal. You're desperate.

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley.
not as desperate as you are clown, siting some game from over one hundred years ago....now that is weird!

It may have escaped your notice that we actually played you in quite recent years though of course you may have blanked all those games out due to your lack of a result (except for that slip we made last season which is just a blip) so I am sorry for you that you have to talk about games you played two centuries ago! Ha!
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: Using the same analogy Burnley FC are unbeaten against the Brazilian national team since 1882, ,having never played them. This isn't your strong point is it. Embarrassed for you pal. You're desperate. Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley.[/p][/quote]not as desperate as you are clown, siting some game from over one hundred years ago....now that is weird! It may have escaped your notice that we actually played you in quite recent years though of course you may have blanked all those games out due to your lack of a result (except for that slip we made last season which is just a blip) so I am sorry for you that you have to talk about games you played two centuries ago! Ha! French Rover
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

Oh dear, the no-dad is struggling to keep up. Try reading the comments more slowly and thinking before you rattle away and embarrass yourself further.
Oh dear, the no-dad is struggling to keep up. Try reading the comments more slowly and thinking before you rattle away and embarrass yourself further. Super Claret
  • Score: -1

2:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Welsh Rover says...

I've got a few Leeds supporting pals who have questioned how Cairney slipped through the net, especially after the game on New Year's Day, (I actually thought the same thing about Anthony Pilkington whilst watching him in the Premier League for Norwich.) Bowyer has built a fantastic team and Cairney is pivotal to everything we do next season.

Household names don't guarantee success, it takes teamwork. Bowyer has built a squad full of players who want to play for each other and the belief the fans hold for the forthcoming season is fully justified, in my opinion. We've not seen Conway and Marshall in the same side yet - the latter's injury being the impetus behind the former's signing - but it's hard to think of many other sides in the Championship who will pose as much as a threat on the flanks as Rovers will.

I'm not going to say we will definitely win the league but with a settled talented side we've definitely got enough about us to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

Robinson, Lowe, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Conway, Rhodes, Gestede...

...not bad, boy bach!

Dewch Arch Chi Gleision!
I've got a few Leeds supporting pals who have questioned how Cairney slipped through the net, especially after the game on New Year's Day, (I actually thought the same thing about Anthony Pilkington whilst watching him in the Premier League for Norwich.) Bowyer has built a fantastic team and Cairney is pivotal to everything we do next season. Household names don't guarantee success, it takes teamwork. Bowyer has built a squad full of players who want to play for each other and the belief the fans hold for the forthcoming season is fully justified, in my opinion. We've not seen Conway and Marshall in the same side yet - the latter's injury being the impetus behind the former's signing - but it's hard to think of many other sides in the Championship who will pose as much as a threat on the flanks as Rovers will. I'm not going to say we will definitely win the league but with a settled talented side we've definitely got enough about us to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. Robinson, Lowe, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Conway, Rhodes, Gestede... ...not bad, boy bach! Dewch Arch Chi Gleision! Welsh Rover
  • Score: 4

3:37pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

"I'm not going to say we will definitely win the league...."

LOL. Stop there please.... my sides are hurting.
"I'm not going to say we will definitely win the league...." LOL. Stop there please.... my sides are hurting. Super Claret
  • Score: -2

3:10pm Fri 4 Jul 14

bburnrover says...

Well whatever happens we may or may not be playing Burnley next season maybe its more exciting to be near the top of your division than the stress of being in the bottom six all season.
The fact is we did not enjoy the seasons when Kean was in charge as it was obvious to all except a few that it would end up in disater and it duly did.
The future has started to look a lot more promising even the home defeat the Burnley fans keep crowing about could easily have been a win for us as Rhodes was unfortunate to hit the post when he normally buries those.The team was in transition last season with a lot of injuries so hopefully with everyone back we look forward to getting Burnley in the cup to reek our revenge.
Well whatever happens we may or may not be playing Burnley next season maybe its more exciting to be near the top of your division than the stress of being in the bottom six all season. The fact is we did not enjoy the seasons when Kean was in charge as it was obvious to all except a few that it would end up in disater and it duly did. The future has started to look a lot more promising even the home defeat the Burnley fans keep crowing about could easily have been a win for us as Rhodes was unfortunate to hit the post when he normally buries those.The team was in transition last season with a lot of injuries so hopefully with everyone back we look forward to getting Burnley in the cup to reek our revenge. bburnrover
  • Score: 0

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