Dave Burnley: Fans should turn out in numbers to see this team

Dave Burnley: Fans should turn out in numbers to see this team

Dave Burnley: Fans should turn out in numbers to see this team

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THE Clarets passed another test of their collective character in a robust performance at Turf Moor on Saturday.

In atrocious rain-lashed, wind-swept, ice-cold conditions, Burnley somehow managed to play some high quality precision football in their 3-1 victory over Millwall.

There was no better demonstration of this than our third goal when Danny Ings (pictured right) brought down a 50-yard Kieran Trippier pass by killing the pace of the ball with his first touch, before poking it into the net.

Under such disruptive circumstances both the delivery and finishing, from in my eyes the two best players on the pitch, must go down as one of the goals of the season.

Those that braved the wild weather witnessed another bit of history being made as the team extended their unbeaten home run to a post-war record of 19 matches.

What a difference that is to the last four campaigns when our home form has been quite lamentable, and a primary reason for our drop in attendances.

But us veteran supporters have seen this all before.

That was then, this is now. Mark my words, if we continue to sustain our promotion challenge there will be a sea-change of interest from lapsed fans that want to be there and be part of the latest Claret revival.

There will always be a transient remainder waiting in the wings ready to be involved if there’s a chance of glory.

Well let me tell you, if you feel that you may fall into this latter category it might be time to put that bob hat and scarf on a woollens wash. That is because I truly haven’t seen such a togetherness and determination to succeed in everyone – from the players, manager, backroom staff and chairmen, to the tea lady and golden gamble half-time draw sellers – since our promotion year to the top tier of 41 years ago in 1973.

It really does feel that this club could be on the verge of something special.

That’s certainly more than you can say for tonight’s opponents Bolton, who are in a relegation battle.

We have a good chance to affirm their apprehension.

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4:19pm Tue 11 Feb 14

houseclaret says...

I'm sure this is all very correct but the problem that Burnley have is not down to fan apathy or previous bad home form. The fact is Burnley is a depressed area, economically speaking, and there are fans who would love to be there at every game as they have shown in the past but the hard reality is that many people now have to make the choice between going to a football match and putting food on the table, and frankly there is no contest (or shouldn't be). This is true of the north west in general. Blackburn is a town 50% bigger than Burnley and Rovers have the cheapest tickets in the championship (or there abouts) and their average is not a whole lot better than ours. Admittedly they are not sitting second in the table but you get my drift. I think it is far too easy to criticise the "stay aways" but I can only assume that, given our tremendous season so far, there can be no other explanation.
I'm sure this is all very correct but the problem that Burnley have is not down to fan apathy or previous bad home form. The fact is Burnley is a depressed area, economically speaking, and there are fans who would love to be there at every game as they have shown in the past but the hard reality is that many people now have to make the choice between going to a football match and putting food on the table, and frankly there is no contest (or shouldn't be). This is true of the north west in general. Blackburn is a town 50% bigger than Burnley and Rovers have the cheapest tickets in the championship (or there abouts) and their average is not a whole lot better than ours. Admittedly they are not sitting second in the table but you get my drift. I think it is far too easy to criticise the "stay aways" but I can only assume that, given our tremendous season so far, there can be no other explanation. houseclaret
  • Score: 6

5:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

tall in the saddle says...

houseclaret wrote:
I'm sure this is all very correct but the problem that Burnley have is not down to fan apathy or previous bad home form. The fact is Burnley is a depressed area, economically speaking, and there are fans who would love to be there at every game as they have shown in the past but the hard reality is that many people now have to make the choice between going to a football match and putting food on the table, and frankly there is no contest (or shouldn't be). This is true of the north west in general. Blackburn is a town 50% bigger than Burnley and Rovers have the cheapest tickets in the championship (or there abouts) and their average is not a whole lot better than ours. Admittedly they are not sitting second in the table but you get my drift. I think it is far too easy to criticise the "stay aways" but I can only assume that, given our tremendous season so far, there can be no other explanation.
First of all I agree with Article that fans should turn out to see this team. Then I think you’re right about the cost of attending matches being the main cause for the ‘low’ attendances at Turf Moor. But I also think there are other reasons. Some fans have stopped going and just got out of the habit. Once lost its hard to get them back. Many are now just too old as well. What would help would be renovating the ground. Updating and extending the Bob Lord stand and having the payers come out in front of the Burnley end would be good as well. Would cost a lot though and as no Russian or Arab or Jack Walker money is forthcoming a windfall such as promotion would be very nice.
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: I'm sure this is all very correct but the problem that Burnley have is not down to fan apathy or previous bad home form. The fact is Burnley is a depressed area, economically speaking, and there are fans who would love to be there at every game as they have shown in the past but the hard reality is that many people now have to make the choice between going to a football match and putting food on the table, and frankly there is no contest (or shouldn't be). This is true of the north west in general. Blackburn is a town 50% bigger than Burnley and Rovers have the cheapest tickets in the championship (or there abouts) and their average is not a whole lot better than ours. Admittedly they are not sitting second in the table but you get my drift. I think it is far too easy to criticise the "stay aways" but I can only assume that, given our tremendous season so far, there can be no other explanation.[/p][/quote]First of all I agree with Article that fans should turn out to see this team. Then I think you’re right about the cost of attending matches being the main cause for the ‘low’ attendances at Turf Moor. But I also think there are other reasons. Some fans have stopped going and just got out of the habit. Once lost its hard to get them back. Many are now just too old as well. What would help would be renovating the ground. Updating and extending the Bob Lord stand and having the payers come out in front of the Burnley end would be good as well. Would cost a lot though and as no Russian or Arab or Jack Walker money is forthcoming a windfall such as promotion would be very nice. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 4

3:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Cyprusblue says...

Unfortunately I was at turd moor when you played Millwall. You were advertising ridiculously cheap tickets on the big screen throughout the match. You had less than 11,500 on when your 2nd in the table and your new chairman commented on your poor support and was begging the corporate fans to bring a friend when he spoke in the 1888 lounge after the match.

All this at the worlds best supported club!!!!

Deluded knuckle draggers the lot of you.
Unfortunately I was at turd moor when you played Millwall. You were advertising ridiculously cheap tickets on the big screen throughout the match. You had less than 11,500 on when your 2nd in the table and your new chairman commented on your poor support and was begging the corporate fans to bring a friend when he spoke in the 1888 lounge after the match. All this at the worlds best supported club!!!! Deluded knuckle draggers the lot of you. Cyprusblue
  • Score: 1

6:43am Wed 12 Feb 14

joemarch1 says...

Doesn't help having a poor stadium and if you go up the worst in the premier ship! It's long over due a revamp
Doesn't help having a poor stadium and if you go up the worst in the premier ship! It's long over due a revamp joemarch1
  • Score: 0

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