Fletcher sure Burnley's class of 2012 can end wait

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

“IT was a complete fluke,” former Burnley striker Paul Fletcher has had 34 years to reflect on his goal against Blackburn in the Clarets 2-1 win at Turf Moor in December 1978.

The Clarets did the double over Rovers that season with Tony Morley and Brian Hall scoring the goals that gave them their last win on April 14, 1979.

But as the two sides prepare to do battle again in Burnley this weekend Fletcher admits that his effort, which set the Clarets on their way to victory with Peter Noble adding a second, had more than its fair share of fortune.

“If I remember rightly it was a complete fluke,” said the 61-year-old of his goal.

“I was on the far touchline and I went in for a tackle and I struck the ball and it kind of came back off my knee and just floated into the net.

“I turned to the crowd as if I meant it and took the applause.”

The crowd that day was 23,133 and Fletcher knew the significance of the goal he scored.

“We did the double over them that season and it was such a big occasion,” he added. “We had a very good team back then.

“In those days, a bit like now, we didn’t play Blackburn much. At that time though Burnley were usually in a higher division so when we did play them it was a huge fixture.

“It was obviously massive to score in the derby and we have waited long enough to beat them again.

“The derbies were very spicy in those days and it meant everything to the fans. I don’t think outside of the area too many people realise how much the game means to the fans of both clubs.

“There is a lot of rivalry between the fans but most of it is good natured banter and not at all vicious.

“It is a massive game and these Burnley fans have been waiting a long time to end the hoodoo and I think the current squad can do that.”

Fletcher’s optimism stems from Burnley’s improved defensive record under new boss Sean Dyche, they have kept three clean sheets in his five games and taken a nine point return.

“We have that character now and you are going to need it in a derby. As we used to say in my day you have to come back with blood on your shirt,” he said.

“There are fans who have been waiting a long time to be able to go into work on a Monday morning with a smile on their face because we have beaten Blackburn.”

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3:50pm Wed 28 Nov 12

makaveli96 says...

How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95?

We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!!
How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!! makaveli96
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3:53pm Wed 28 Nov 12

makaveli96 says...

“There are fans who have been waiting a long time to be able to go into work on a Monday morning with a smile on their face................
.........

But most of the Burnley fans dont work!
“There are fans who have been waiting a long time to be able to go into work on a Monday morning with a smile on their face................ ......... But most of the Burnley fans dont work! makaveli96
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4:08pm Wed 28 Nov 12

BRFC_riversider says...

Never going to happen, you old ****!
Never going to happen, you old ****! BRFC_riversider
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4:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

vintageclaret says...

makaveli96 wrote:
How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player

But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats.

Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support

Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs

Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec.

The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats. Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC. vintageclaret
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6:54pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Burnley59/60 says...

Im sure Mr Austin is ready for The Ba333stards,be affraid be very affraid
Im sure Mr Austin is ready for The Ba333stards,be affraid be very affraid Burnley59/60
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7:05pm Wed 28 Nov 12

oggy 56 says...

vintageclaret wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player

But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats.

Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support

Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs

Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec.

The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.
it must very hard for you every time you plays us we know you mite win oneday but we will still have 34yrs or more to come hahaha
[quote][p][bold]vintageclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats. Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.[/p][/quote]it must very hard for you every time you plays us we know you mite win oneday but we will still have 34yrs or more to come hahaha oggy 56
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7:28pm Wed 28 Nov 12

George White Bread says...

vintageclaret wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player

But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats.

Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support

Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs

Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec.

The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.
Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past.
Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's
2012, time to step aside from the "glory days".
[quote][p][bold]vintageclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats. Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.[/p][/quote]Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past. Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's 2012, time to step aside from the "glory days". George White Bread
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9:52pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Chris P Bacon says...

George White Bread wrote:
vintageclaret wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player

But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats.

Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support

Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs

Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec.

The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.
Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past.
Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's
2012, time to step aside from the "glory days".
Well there was a good derby match today, wasn't there? Ruhrvurs are imploding as we watch joyfully on. And while I'm at it, since you're SUCH a good fan, how come you weren't at this game tonight? You were posting on here at 7.28 tonight! The same night Ruhvurs were playing Bolton. Didn;t you fancy it?
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vintageclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats. Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.[/p][/quote]Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past. Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's 2012, time to step aside from the "glory days".[/p][/quote]Well there was a good derby match today, wasn't there? Ruhrvurs are imploding as we watch joyfully on. And while I'm at it, since you're SUCH a good fan, how come you weren't at this game tonight? You were posting on here at 7.28 tonight! The same night Ruhvurs were playing Bolton. Didn;t you fancy it? Chris P Bacon
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9:59pm Wed 28 Nov 12

George White Bread says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
George White Bread wrote:
vintageclaret wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player

But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats.

Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support

Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs

Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec.

The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.
Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past.
Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's
2012, time to step aside from the "glory days".
Well there was a good derby match today, wasn't there? Ruhrvurs are imploding as we watch joyfully on. And while I'm at it, since you're SUCH a good fan, how come you weren't at this game tonight? You were posting on here at 7.28 tonight! The same night Ruhvurs were playing Bolton. Didn;t you fancy it?
Dam right i didnt fancy it, although from the result i wish i had !

Chris I think you've misread the post on which you have based your retort.
I wasn't at the match tonight because I would rather shove angry wasps up my hoop than be a Wovers fan.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vintageclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats. Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.[/p][/quote]Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past. Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's 2012, time to step aside from the "glory days".[/p][/quote]Well there was a good derby match today, wasn't there? Ruhrvurs are imploding as we watch joyfully on. And while I'm at it, since you're SUCH a good fan, how come you weren't at this game tonight? You were posting on here at 7.28 tonight! The same night Ruhvurs were playing Bolton. Didn;t you fancy it?[/p][/quote]Dam right i didnt fancy it, although from the result i wish i had ! Chris I think you've misread the post on which you have based your retort. I wasn't at the match tonight because I would rather shove angry wasps up my hoop than be a Wovers fan. George White Bread
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3:10pm Thu 29 Nov 12

vintageclaret says...

George White Bread wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
George White Bread wrote:
vintageclaret wrote:
makaveli96 wrote: How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats. Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.
Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past. Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's 2012, time to step aside from the "glory days".
Well there was a good derby match today, wasn't there? Ruhrvurs are imploding as we watch joyfully on. And while I'm at it, since you're SUCH a good fan, how come you weren't at this game tonight? You were posting on here at 7.28 tonight! The same night Ruhvurs were playing Bolton. Didn;t you fancy it?
Dam right i didnt fancy it, although from the result i wish i had ! Chris I think you've misread the post on which you have based your retort. I wasn't at the match tonight because I would rather shove angry wasps up my hoop than be a Wovers fan.
Probably too late to make this commentm but it looks like you are right and chrisp got it wrong.

However, it was your reply that made me laugh and want to give a repsonse.

There's a certain BRFC fan who would love the wasp treatment - Chico bless his little cotton socks, he loves it when his brothers,uncles and boyfriends have been at him making umcomfortably sitting down (reason why he never goes to matches). I'll bet he is having wet dreams over the thoughts of the wasps treatment. Bless him
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vintageclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How do you honestly expect to beat the ex-champions of 95? We will always be Flying over you!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I'll be in my usual seat in the JH stand and like any other old time supporter will be looking forward to a good game and some decent banter, without crude language or violence from both sides of the fence whether fan or player But Makaveli "You're still living in the past, I say living in the past". You BRFC fans always remind me of Fred Elliott and the BBC with your constant repeats. Time to wake up to reality and the present day team you support Like all other has been and wannabe teams BRFC are just another Championship team but one which is in total disarray, whilst Burnley are a settled squad, with a decent young manager and more significantly able to cope with the forthcoming Financial Regs Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. I say Don't forget to watch BBC TV 16th Dec. The winner for the Comedy Sports Award of the decade is? Yes you've guessed it BRFC.[/p][/quote]Spot on vintage, apart from their weekly shoeless trip to the soup kitchen and shouting at passers by these Grintwums have nothing else to occupy their time other than hazy vivid memories of yesteryear. I fear that even a Burnley win on Sunday won't be enough to wind their necks in, they'll still bleat on about the past. Wake up and smell the coffee (or in your case free soup) you Klingons, it's 2012, time to step aside from the "glory days".[/p][/quote]Well there was a good derby match today, wasn't there? Ruhrvurs are imploding as we watch joyfully on. And while I'm at it, since you're SUCH a good fan, how come you weren't at this game tonight? You were posting on here at 7.28 tonight! The same night Ruhvurs were playing Bolton. Didn;t you fancy it?[/p][/quote]Dam right i didnt fancy it, although from the result i wish i had ! Chris I think you've misread the post on which you have based your retort. I wasn't at the match tonight because I would rather shove angry wasps up my hoop than be a Wovers fan.[/p][/quote]Probably too late to make this commentm but it looks like you are right and chrisp got it wrong. However, it was your reply that made me laugh and want to give a repsonse. There's a certain BRFC fan who would love the wasp treatment - Chico bless his little cotton socks, he loves it when his brothers,uncles and boyfriends have been at him making umcomfortably sitting down (reason why he never goes to matches). I'll bet he is having wet dreams over the thoughts of the wasps treatment. Bless him vintageclaret
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