Burnley promotion really is a Barnes stormer

Burnley promotion really is a Barnes stormer

Ashley Barnes celebrates

John Withington: We’re ready for the challenge

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Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

“PROMOTION – it’s the word we’ve been waiting for,” said goalscorer Ashley Barnes with a smile on his face, no fear of reprisals after helping to fire Burnley back into the Premier League.

Promotion has followed the striker around in the 24-year-old’s career so far.

He went up with Brighton, scoring the decisive goal in a 4-3 win over Dagenham and Redbridge. He ended that season as top goalscorer.

He arrived at a Turf Moor in January as manager Sean Dyche’s first, and so far only, cash signing.

Injury to second top scorer Sam Vokes ended a patient wait for a starting place, with his three goals since contributing to wins over Charlton, Barnsley and now Wigan Athletic.

His last, the first in yesterday’s 2-0 win over the Latics, made for his finest hour as a Premier League place was confirmed.

“It’s the best feeling ever. Promotion – it’s the word we’ve been waiting for,” beamed Barnes, who was targeted by Dyche in the summer but in the end did not make the switch until the January transfer window.

“It’s a fantastic feeling.

“We’ll enjoy the celebrations and then keep on going.

“It’s what I’ve come here for. I’ve said all along it’s what I wanted, to help to get to the promised land and we’ve gone and done it.

“It’s the best feeling.”

And Barnes thanked the fans for the role they played in roaring the Clarets to the top flight.

A home sell-out greeted Burnley when they made their way out of the tunnel for kick-off, and got behind them from start to finish to see the job through.

“The fans were fantastic again, I don’t think there was an empty seat in the home end,” said the striker.

“When everyone was singing it was just incredible. The fans got on top of them and they got all nervous and it was fantastic.”

And Barnes is already hoping for more of the same next season, believing they can be the 12th man in the top flight.

“That can definitely help us next season, without a doubt,” he said.

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11:35am Tue 22 Apr 14

Ribby Hall Claret says...

Congrats to the Mighty Clarets! The Boss has not done too bad in spending only 750K all season!
Congrats to the Mighty Clarets! The Boss has not done too bad in spending only 750K all season! Ribby Hall Claret
  • Score: 11

1:09pm Tue 22 Apr 14

garry_stockton says...

Keep reading £400K but hey money well spent. Ash will be a success in PL, with his new team mates, this is what he came for. Well done Barnesy and the rest of the crew Brilliant,
Keep reading £400K but hey money well spent. Ash will be a success in PL, with his new team mates, this is what he came for. Well done Barnesy and the rest of the crew Brilliant, garry_stockton
  • Score: 6

1:33pm Tue 22 Apr 14

adcr says...

Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward.

What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that).
Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward. What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that). adcr
  • Score: 6

2:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

handyamBRFC says...

Congratulations to Burnley FC
always been in the shadow of BRFC for so long
but above all expectations
have gained promotion
AMAZIN, UNBELIEVABLE

BURLEYS achievement is also a success for football
little clubs can make it
and hopefully BRFC will learn from this...!!


WELL done Burnley
hope you enjoy your stay in the premiership
me dad used to have a house just behind Turf Moor
on Albert street about 33 years back
so i remember going past when i was a kid...!

What BURNLEY have achieved is truly remarkable
small town club
little if any finance
small squad

but showed the mighty Rovers
how to do it

albiet i am a Rovers suppporter...!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO BURNLEY
well done...!!
Congratulations to Burnley FC always been in the shadow of BRFC for so long but above all expectations have gained promotion AMAZIN, UNBELIEVABLE BURLEYS achievement is also a success for football little clubs can make it and hopefully BRFC will learn from this...!! WELL done Burnley hope you enjoy your stay in the premiership me dad used to have a house just behind Turf Moor on Albert street about 33 years back so i remember going past when i was a kid...! What BURNLEY have achieved is truly remarkable small town club little if any finance small squad but showed the mighty Rovers how to do it albiet i am a Rovers suppporter...!! CONGRATULATIONS TO BURNLEY well done...!! handyamBRFC
  • Score: 6

5:00pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Fan@clared says...

Ashley certainly is a ‘rumbustious’ player. Centre Halves really know that he’s there – ask Wigan’s. Interesting what he says about the crowd that they made Wigan nervous. Like the team the crowd were fantastic and raucous. And this Wigan team have played in some very big games – like at Wembley recently where they took Arsenal to penalties and still they got un-nerved.
Ashley certainly is a ‘rumbustious’ player. Centre Halves really know that he’s there – ask Wigan’s. Interesting what he says about the crowd that they made Wigan nervous. Like the team the crowd were fantastic and raucous. And this Wigan team have played in some very big games – like at Wembley recently where they took Arsenal to penalties and still they got un-nerved. Fan@clared
  • Score: 4

9:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

This was totally unexpected by the vast majority of supporters at the start of the season,even as a die hard Rovers fan l have to admit they deserved it l may be a little biased but we could also surprise a few people by sneaking through the back door to the play off,s Its not the ideal way of doing it but l would take it hands down,,COYB,
This was totally unexpected by the vast majority of supporters at the start of the season,even as a die hard Rovers fan l have to admit they deserved it l may be a little biased but we could also surprise a few people by sneaking through the back door to the play off,s Its not the ideal way of doing it but l would take it hands down,,COYB, noddy57
  • Score: -1

9:13am Wed 23 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

adcr wrote:
Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward.

What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that).
I think that now the title is Leicester's and we are assured second place and promotion that Sean Dyche might take the opportunity to have a look at one or two of his backup players in the remaining competitive games and give one or two first team regulars a well earned rest.

Readings win last night now leaves them needing just 3 points from their remaining two games to confirm 6th place, and unfortunately for Blackburn they play Doncaster and us.
[quote][p][bold]adcr[/bold] wrote: Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward. What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that).[/p][/quote]I think that now the title is Leicester's and we are assured second place and promotion that Sean Dyche might take the opportunity to have a look at one or two of his backup players in the remaining competitive games and give one or two first team regulars a well earned rest. Readings win last night now leaves them needing just 3 points from their remaining two games to confirm 6th place, and unfortunately for Blackburn they play Doncaster and us. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Wed 23 Apr 14

stevieclaret says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
adcr wrote:
Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward.

What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that).
I think that now the title is Leicester's and we are assured second place and promotion that Sean Dyche might take the opportunity to have a look at one or two of his backup players in the remaining competitive games and give one or two first team regulars a well earned rest.

Readings win last night now leaves them needing just 3 points from their remaining two games to confirm 6th place, and unfortunately for Blackburn they play Doncaster and us.
Ings isn't fit either...
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adcr[/bold] wrote: Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward. What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that).[/p][/quote]I think that now the title is Leicester's and we are assured second place and promotion that Sean Dyche might take the opportunity to have a look at one or two of his backup players in the remaining competitive games and give one or two first team regulars a well earned rest. Readings win last night now leaves them needing just 3 points from their remaining two games to confirm 6th place, and unfortunately for Blackburn they play Doncaster and us.[/p][/quote]Ings isn't fit either... stevieclaret
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8:54pm Wed 23 Apr 14

stevieclaret says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
adcr wrote:
Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward.

What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that).
I think that now the title is Leicester's and we are assured second place and promotion that Sean Dyche might take the opportunity to have a look at one or two of his backup players in the remaining competitive games and give one or two first team regulars a well earned rest.

Readings win last night now leaves them needing just 3 points from their remaining two games to confirm 6th place, and unfortunately for Blackburn they play Doncaster and us.
Ings isn't fit either...
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adcr[/bold] wrote: Congratulations, an unbelievable achievement considering most people had you as relegation candidates at the start of the season, much as I’m loathe to admit it you even achieved it playing good football . As I’m from the other side of the East Lancs divide I’m sure you will understand if I don’t wish you well going forward. What's the chances of you doing us a favour by beating Reading and Ipswich ;o). I don't think it will matter anyway as there are too many teams above us in the race. I'm curious to see what kind of performances you will put in though (decency, integrity and all that).[/p][/quote]I think that now the title is Leicester's and we are assured second place and promotion that Sean Dyche might take the opportunity to have a look at one or two of his backup players in the remaining competitive games and give one or two first team regulars a well earned rest. Readings win last night now leaves them needing just 3 points from their remaining two games to confirm 6th place, and unfortunately for Blackburn they play Doncaster and us.[/p][/quote]Ings isn't fit either... stevieclaret
  • Score: 0

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