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Suzanne Geldard: The spirit of Burnley can carry Clarets to top-flight

Lancashire Telegraph: Sean Dyche Sean Dyche

BURNLEY'S board have come in for some stick over the years.

‘Too ambitious’; ‘Not ambitious enough’; ‘Too thrifty’ are just some of the criticisms to be levelled at the directors and chairmen.

But what they can never be accused of is not caring, not just about the football club, but about the people they represent. They are one of them after all, albeit happening to be in the privileged position of making all the big decisions and being in control of their beloved club.

This week, co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz re-affirmed the ‘open door’ policy with a number of wonderful gestures.

It started last Saturday before the trip to Charlton Athletic, when he made an open invitation to supporters travelling it The Valley to join him for a drink in a pub in nearby Blackheath.

Plenty took him up on it. The Hare and Billet was awash with claret and blue and the bill might have been more than Banaszkiewicz bargained for but it is more his generosity of spirit that resonates with supporters than a free pre-match pint.

This afternoon he returns to his old school, Fisher More in Colne, where he will address Year 11 pupils to talk about how he made to from there, to businessman, to boardroom – an appointment of his own making.

Tonight he is involved in a Q&A with fans at Turf Moor, he will meet with bond holders at a dinner tomorrow, and then on Saturday he has invited those Year 11 pupils he will speak to today to the Leicester City game – 140 tickets purchased from his own pocket and not the club purse.

Imagine that at Leeds United or Nottingham Forest, where chaos currently reigns, where the owners and investors are so far removed from the people they have no sense of identity with the club.

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Imagine that, and be careful what you wish for.

Burnley might not be awash with millions, it might be a battle to fund a new face for the squad, but when it comes to core values in the community and their own football family, they are very well off indeed.

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3:15pm Thu 27 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

Read and weep Rovers !
Read and weep Rovers ! FCBurnley
  • Score: 5

3:44pm Thu 27 Mar 14

john byrom says...

Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem.
Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet..
Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.
Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem. Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet.. Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping. john byrom
  • Score: -11

4:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mjp 53 says...

john byrom wrote:
Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem.
Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet..
Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.
One season will be enough, 100 million richer,one the other hand we could be lke you owned by Indians and over 60 million in debt, impending transfer embargo, possible administration. Think i know which side of the fence i would rather be on, be careful what you wish for.
[quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem. Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet.. Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.[/p][/quote]One season will be enough, 100 million richer,one the other hand we could be lke you owned by Indians and over 60 million in debt, impending transfer embargo, possible administration. Think i know which side of the fence i would rather be on, be careful what you wish for. mjp 53
  • Score: 8

4:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Read and weep Rovers !
You will find if you do get promoted that 'spirit' in the Prem will not be enough.
Spirit, Suzanne Geldard, can easily be broken and will be on a regular basis.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Read and weep Rovers ![/p][/quote]You will find if you do get promoted that 'spirit' in the Prem will not be enough. Spirit, Suzanne Geldard, can easily be broken and will be on a regular basis. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -4

4:23pm Thu 27 Mar 14

angryandy says...

mjp 53 wrote:
john byrom wrote:
Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem.
Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet..
Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.
One season will be enough, 100 million richer,one the other hand we could be lke you owned by Indians and over 60 million in debt, impending transfer embargo, possible administration. Think i know which side of the fence i would rather be on, be careful what you wish for.
So do I mjp!
[quote][p][bold]mjp 53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem. Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet.. Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.[/p][/quote]One season will be enough, 100 million richer,one the other hand we could be lke you owned by Indians and over 60 million in debt, impending transfer embargo, possible administration. Think i know which side of the fence i would rather be on, be careful what you wish for.[/p][/quote]So do I mjp! angryandy
  • Score: -3

4:24pm Thu 27 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

Why is this appearing on the Rovers page ?
Why is this appearing on the Rovers page ? greenscreener
  • Score: 9

4:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Definitely Maybe says...

A nice little article - The board have had a bit of stick over the years, mainly associated with our premier league season when Coyle went to Bolton and we replaced him with the inadequate Laws and the money they let him squander (apart from purchasing Dean Marney - the only thing Laws did right). The above puts it nicely in to perspective, we have two chairmen who are genuine fans and have the clubs best interests at heart, not their pockets. Don't forget, it was these two who appointed Dyche after Howe went back to Bournemouth, labelling him the 'outstanding candidate' from a selection of very qualified CV's when some Burnley fans questioned the appointment, when the likes of McCarthy & Co were available. On top of that, all the board members are also Burnley fans and there is a definite 'community' feel to Burnley Football Club, which Dyche himself promotes and endorses. You only have to look at the likes of Portsmouth, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and more closer to home Blackburn Rovers, to realise that we are very lucky to have such a well run club and IF (and it's still an IF at the moment) we did win promotion this season, bearing in mind the size of the squad and the fact that 98% of the players are British and the limited transfer budget and wage bill and the obvious fact that we are a small town club competing against big city clubs, it would be the biggest victory against modern football we have ever seen. Not bad eh - RISE MILLTOWN
A nice little article - The board have had a bit of stick over the years, mainly associated with our premier league season when Coyle went to Bolton and we replaced him with the inadequate Laws and the money they let him squander (apart from purchasing Dean Marney - the only thing Laws did right). The above puts it nicely in to perspective, we have two chairmen who are genuine fans and have the clubs best interests at heart, not their pockets. Don't forget, it was these two who appointed Dyche after Howe went back to Bournemouth, labelling him the 'outstanding candidate' from a selection of very qualified CV's when some Burnley fans questioned the appointment, when the likes of McCarthy & Co were available. On top of that, all the board members are also Burnley fans and there is a definite 'community' feel to Burnley Football Club, which Dyche himself promotes and endorses. You only have to look at the likes of Portsmouth, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and more closer to home Blackburn Rovers, to realise that we are very lucky to have such a well run club and IF (and it's still an IF at the moment) we did win promotion this season, bearing in mind the size of the squad and the fact that 98% of the players are British and the limited transfer budget and wage bill and the obvious fact that we are a small town club competing against big city clubs, it would be the biggest victory against modern football we have ever seen. Not bad eh - RISE MILLTOWN Definitely Maybe
  • Score: 9

4:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

john byrom wrote:
Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem.
Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet..
Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.
As long as you get off on the failure of others, there's a good little retard.
[quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem. Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet.. Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.[/p][/quote]As long as you get off on the failure of others, there's a good little retard. RobH2O
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Thu 27 Mar 14

john byrom says...

all you dingles can give it but can not take . Get out of bed and go and get a job scroungers town.
all you dingles can give it but can not take . Get out of bed and go and get a job scroungers town. john byrom
  • Score: -4

4:38pm Thu 27 Mar 14

john byrom says...

I think she has been on the spirit. with stupid articles like this one.
I think she has been on the spirit. with stupid articles like this one. john byrom
  • Score: -1

7:46pm Thu 27 Mar 14

McClaret says...

Perhaps a little dig from the reporter at a nearby board or a chance to stoke some fires. One thing for certain is that it is a great achievement irrespective of what happens next season if we go up. No amount of bitterness can change that.

Great post Definitely maybe, well said.
Perhaps a little dig from the reporter at a nearby board or a chance to stoke some fires. One thing for certain is that it is a great achievement irrespective of what happens next season if we go up. No amount of bitterness can change that. Great post Definitely maybe, well said. McClaret
  • Score: 0

8:45pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

Definitely Maybe wrote:
A nice little article - The board have had a bit of stick over the years, mainly associated with our premier league season when Coyle went to Bolton and we replaced him with the inadequate Laws and the money they let him squander (apart from purchasing Dean Marney - the only thing Laws did right). The above puts it nicely in to perspective, we have two chairmen who are genuine fans and have the clubs best interests at heart, not their pockets. Don't forget, it was these two who appointed Dyche after Howe went back to Bournemouth, labelling him the 'outstanding candidate' from a selection of very qualified CV's when some Burnley fans questioned the appointment, when the likes of McCarthy & Co were available. On top of that, all the board members are also Burnley fans and there is a definite 'community' feel to Burnley Football Club, which Dyche himself promotes and endorses. You only have to look at the likes of Portsmouth, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and more closer to home Blackburn Rovers, to realise that we are very lucky to have such a well run club and IF (and it's still an IF at the moment) we did win promotion this season, bearing in mind the size of the squad and the fact that 98% of the players are British and the limited transfer budget and wage bill and the obvious fact that we are a small town club competing against big city clubs, it would be the biggest victory against modern football we have ever seen. Not bad eh - RISE MILLTOWN
Oh yes I agree 100% with this I only wish Brian Miller Harry Potts Jimmy Adamson and Bob Lord who for all of his faults loved the Town and the club with a fierce pride and passion were here to see it.Oh the joy of seeing this again UP THE CLARETS LONG LIVE TURFMOOR
[quote][p][bold]Definitely Maybe[/bold] wrote: A nice little article - The board have had a bit of stick over the years, mainly associated with our premier league season when Coyle went to Bolton and we replaced him with the inadequate Laws and the money they let him squander (apart from purchasing Dean Marney - the only thing Laws did right). The above puts it nicely in to perspective, we have two chairmen who are genuine fans and have the clubs best interests at heart, not their pockets. Don't forget, it was these two who appointed Dyche after Howe went back to Bournemouth, labelling him the 'outstanding candidate' from a selection of very qualified CV's when some Burnley fans questioned the appointment, when the likes of McCarthy & Co were available. On top of that, all the board members are also Burnley fans and there is a definite 'community' feel to Burnley Football Club, which Dyche himself promotes and endorses. You only have to look at the likes of Portsmouth, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and more closer to home Blackburn Rovers, to realise that we are very lucky to have such a well run club and IF (and it's still an IF at the moment) we did win promotion this season, bearing in mind the size of the squad and the fact that 98% of the players are British and the limited transfer budget and wage bill and the obvious fact that we are a small town club competing against big city clubs, it would be the biggest victory against modern football we have ever seen. Not bad eh - RISE MILLTOWN[/p][/quote]Oh yes I agree 100% with this I only wish Brian Miller Harry Potts Jimmy Adamson and Bob Lord who for all of his faults loved the Town and the club with a fierce pride and passion were here to see it.Oh the joy of seeing this again UP THE CLARETS LONG LIVE TURFMOOR Burnley59/60
  • Score: 3

10:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

stevieclaret says...

john byrom wrote:
Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem.
Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet..
Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.
We are enjoying it. Just like we av enjoyed ur lots demise. The pics of your fans crying after the derby was priceless. Mega blinding. 5 years...
[quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem. Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet.. Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.[/p][/quote]We are enjoying it. Just like we av enjoyed ur lots demise. The pics of your fans crying after the derby was priceless. Mega blinding. 5 years... stevieclaret
  • Score: 3

11:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

u owe u owe says...

Q: Best thing about this season. Dyche; Seeing a group of players become a team.
Q: Best thing about this season. Dyche; Seeing a group of players become a team. u owe u owe
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

john byrom wrote:
Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem.
Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet..
Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.
I saw some photographs taken on derby day of the Blackburn fans leaving the ground before full time, well not just leaving they were literally streaming out as fast as their little bandy legs could carry them, and the look of abject horror on every single toothless, gurning, disfigured, sobbing face is an absolute joy to behold. I plan to have a copy of the original blown up to poster size.

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley
28 (TWENTY-EIGHT) points
34 (THIRTY-FOUR) goals
5 years.
Burnley going up.
Don't cry.
[quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: Enjoy it Dingle while it last. You will be like foder to the lions in the prem. Just put a bet on favs or relegation next season . Oh that will be so sweet.. Then it will be all you Dingles Weeping.[/p][/quote]I saw some photographs taken on derby day of the Blackburn fans leaving the ground before full time, well not just leaving they were literally streaming out as fast as their little bandy legs could carry them, and the look of abject horror on every single toothless, gurning, disfigured, sobbing face is an absolute joy to behold. I plan to have a copy of the original blown up to poster size. Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley 28 (TWENTY-EIGHT) points 34 (THIRTY-FOUR) goals 5 years. Burnley going up. Don't cry. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 4

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