Stephen Cummings: Skipper Shackell has led by example

Stephen Cummings: Skipper Shackell has led by example

Stephen Cummings: Skipper Shackell has led by example

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC fan columnist

Outstanding, scarcely believable, astonishing, brilliant. Trying to describe what has been witnessed at Turf Moor over the course of the last nine months or so will only lead to adjective fatigue.

Suffice to say that selling your key player the week before the season kicks off, then going on to win promotion using less than 20 players with a net spend of £450,000, (and smashing record after record along the way), is just about as close as you will get to witnessing a bona fide footballing miracle.

With that in mind, let’s celebrate this stellar season with a few gongs.

First up is Player of the Season.

An immensely difficult choice: Danny Ings and Sam Vokes were unquestionably the best striking partnership in the Championship.

Kieran Trippier’s right wing raids and lethal delivery put him at the top of the assists charts.

Tom Heaton was a major factor in making Burnley’s the meanest defence in the league.

And David Jones was metronomically excellent in central midfield.

Yet for this columnist’s money, the winner is Jason Shackell. Playing every minute of every game in any division is an achievement.

To do so in the hurly-burly of the Championship and defend with such consistent brilliance as the captain did is truly remarkable in this day and age.

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Equally difficult is goal of the season. Danny Ings scored many memorable strikes; his 25-yard drive at Yeovil, the solo effort at Derby and THAT goal at Ewood.

Ashley Barnes’ first goal at Turf Moor against Wigan was a perfect team goal. David Jones’ exquisite strike against Derby was a peach.

But none of them can quite eclipse Junior Stanislas’ crisply struck, arrowed drive into the bottom corner against Blackburn.

Most Improved Player of the Season – no contest here.

By several country miles, Sam Vokes.

The Welshman was unrecognisable from the previous season.

From 20-minute cameos from the subs’ bench to one of the most feared and revered marksmen in the Championship.

As for Moment of the Season.

This is another category where Clarets supporters are spoiled for choice.

But really, it’s pointless to look anywhere other than the 79th minute at Ewood Park, when Danny Ings banished the 35-year hoodoo to send the travelling hordes into transports of ecstasy.

And finally, Word of the Year. Relentless.

Used in every pre-match and post-match press conference by the man who masterminded our promotion, his use of the word was, well, relentless.

Enjoy the summer. And prepare for next season in the Premier League.

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1:18pm Tue 6 May 14

MikeMada says...

Sums up a brilliant team who, pound for pound are probably the best in the country.
Brilliant, committed board. Stunning, magical manager. Ego-free motivated beyond belief players who, as per the comments of Keiran Trippier are delighted to be here and wil ALL most likely stay. It's not all about money, it's the experience of the employment which sometimes is the difference.
That is Burnley.
Sums up a brilliant team who, pound for pound are probably the best in the country. Brilliant, committed board. Stunning, magical manager. Ego-free motivated beyond belief players who, as per the comments of Keiran Trippier are delighted to be here and wil ALL most likely stay. It's not all about money, it's the experience of the employment which sometimes is the difference. That is Burnley. MikeMada
  • Score: 9

1:31pm Tue 6 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Hard to describe? Try this then. Nothing has been won, no meaningful trophy is in the cabinet and nothing will be won. There is nowhere to go from here but down. This season has been an exersize in futility and only future turmoil beckons.

There you go, not much effort and I think that sums it up pretty well.
Hard to describe? Try this then. Nothing has been won, no meaningful trophy is in the cabinet and nothing will be won. There is nowhere to go from here but down. This season has been an exersize in futility and only future turmoil beckons. There you go, not much effort and I think that sums it up pretty well. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -16

1:58pm Tue 6 May 14

Super_Clarets says...

Hard to describe?

How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world?

How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town?

How about future financial stability?

How about worldwide recognition as the team that sets the standard for the smaller clubs without large financial backing to aspire to?

How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park?

How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions?

How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed by Burnley FC?

How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football?

What a season.

But the icing on the cake is seeing how much it hurts you personally. This season has been the single most painful episode in your entire tormented and ultimately futile existence. We now look forward to a bright future with the added bonus of watching you muppets being torn apart by FFP. And long may it continue.
Hard to describe? How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about future financial stability? How about worldwide recognition as the team that sets the standard for the smaller clubs without large financial backing to aspire to? How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed by Burnley FC? How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? What a season. But the icing on the cake is seeing how much it hurts you personally. This season has been the single most painful episode in your entire tormented and ultimately futile existence. We now look forward to a bright future with the added bonus of watching you muppets being torn apart by FFP. And long may it continue. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 12

2:11pm Tue 6 May 14

RobH2O says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Hard to describe? Try this then. Nothing has been won, no meaningful trophy is in the cabinet and nothing will be won. There is nowhere to go from here but down. This season has been an exersize in futility and only future turmoil beckons.

There you go, not much effort and I think that sums it up pretty well.
Dumb boy. Follow the dots dimwit.

"Nothing has been won"............ Promotion has been won,
"This season has been an exercise in futility" ................. £120m is not futile.
"Future turmoil beckons" .............. Man City, Chelsea etc visiting, not turmoil.

Fake VillaMTCabinet/TurfM
oorTom/AnotherPoundi
ng4Burnley/Bubblepop
FC/
BRFCThe Peoples Champions All one sick lad. All one track. All wrong, whatever they write, whenever they write it - forever and always.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Hard to describe? Try this then. Nothing has been won, no meaningful trophy is in the cabinet and nothing will be won. There is nowhere to go from here but down. This season has been an exersize in futility and only future turmoil beckons. There you go, not much effort and I think that sums it up pretty well.[/p][/quote]Dumb boy. Follow the dots dimwit. "Nothing has been won"............ Promotion has been won, "This season has been an exercise in futility" ................. £120m is not futile. "Future turmoil beckons" .............. Man City, Chelsea etc visiting, not turmoil. Fake VillaMTCabinet/TurfM oorTom/AnotherPoundi ng4Burnley/Bubblepop FC/ BRFCThe Peoples Champions All one sick lad. All one track. All wrong, whatever they write, whenever they write it - forever and always. RobH2O
  • Score: 13

5:00pm Tue 6 May 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Hard to describe?

How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world?

How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town?

How about future financial stability?

How about worldwide recognition as the team that sets the standard for the smaller clubs without large financial backing to aspire to?

How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park?

How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions?

How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed by Burnley FC?

How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football?

What a season.

But the icing on the cake is seeing how much it hurts you personally. This season has been the single most painful episode in your entire tormented and ultimately futile existence. We now look forward to a bright future with the added bonus of watching you muppets being torn apart by FFP. And long may it continue.
KH
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Hard to describe? How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about future financial stability? How about worldwide recognition as the team that sets the standard for the smaller clubs without large financial backing to aspire to? How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed by Burnley FC? How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? What a season. But the icing on the cake is seeing how much it hurts you personally. This season has been the single most painful episode in your entire tormented and ultimately futile existence. We now look forward to a bright future with the added bonus of watching you muppets being torn apart by FFP. And long may it continue.[/p][/quote]KH Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -5

5:40pm Tue 6 May 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Hard to describe? Try this then. Nothing has been won, no meaningful trophy is in the cabinet and nothing will be won. There is nowhere to go from here but down. This season has been an exersize in futility and only future turmoil beckons.

There you go, not much effort and I think that sums it up pretty well.
TM-tomboy we know how futile rovers season has been but you don't have to keep banging on about it so much!
And as for next season we don't care about the CHUMPIONSHIP (as you call it.) Because.............
.....
The CLARETS are PREMIER LEAGUE
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Hard to describe? Try this then. Nothing has been won, no meaningful trophy is in the cabinet and nothing will be won. There is nowhere to go from here but down. This season has been an exersize in futility and only future turmoil beckons. There you go, not much effort and I think that sums it up pretty well.[/p][/quote]TM-tomboy we know how futile rovers season has been but you don't have to keep banging on about it so much! And as for next season we don't care about the CHUMPIONSHIP (as you call it.) Because............. ..... The CLARETS are PREMIER LEAGUE Scamp Kingsley
  • Score: 8

6:42pm Tue 6 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case.

How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town?

How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability

How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make.

How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season

How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid.

How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now.................
.....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!!
How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case. How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town? How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make. How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid. How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now................. .....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!! TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -7

7:07pm Tue 6 May 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Turf Tw@t Tom - Forever obsessed with Burnley Football Club. Bet he masturbates while wearing a Sean Dyche mask
Turf Tw@t Tom - Forever obsessed with Burnley Football Club. Bet he masturbates while wearing a Sean Dyche mask Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Tue 6 May 14

RobH2O says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case.

How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town?

How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability

How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make.

How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season

How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid.

How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now.................

.....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!!
You accept we are in the Premier League. You are thus defatted.
You accept that we will bank £120m. You are thus defeated.
You accept Burnley is a small town. You are thus defeated.
You accept we sill never pay Rovers again. You are thus defeated.
You accepted that we blocked Rovers path to the Playoffs. You are thus defeated.

The rest of what you wrote is used toilet paper. Everything you say, do, think feel, write, consider and assess is always utter pants. It will be so forever. Amen.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case. How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town? How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make. How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid. How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now................. .....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!![/p][/quote]You accept we are in the Premier League. You are thus defatted. You accept that we will bank £120m. You are thus defeated. You accept Burnley is a small town. You are thus defeated. You accept we sill never pay Rovers again. You are thus defeated. You accepted that we blocked Rovers path to the Playoffs. You are thus defeated. The rest of what you wrote is used toilet paper. Everything you say, do, think feel, write, consider and assess is always utter pants. It will be so forever. Amen. RobH2O
  • Score: 5

7:59pm Tue 6 May 14

stevieclaret says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case.

How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town?

How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability

How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make.

How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season

How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid.

How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now.................

.....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!!
We will keep looking down at you for a long time to come. How the tables av turned and you can't handle it. Our attendances will average 6000 more than yours next season and that will b the last straw. Or will the penny drop that we are superior to your shambollically run club?

The only time we will meet any time soon is in the services when we are playing at Chelsea n u are playing at brentford. Now troll somewhere else u retard...
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case. How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town? How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make. How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid. How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now................. .....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!![/p][/quote]We will keep looking down at you for a long time to come. How the tables av turned and you can't handle it. Our attendances will average 6000 more than yours next season and that will b the last straw. Or will the penny drop that we are superior to your shambollically run club? The only time we will meet any time soon is in the services when we are playing at Chelsea n u are playing at brentford. Now troll somewhere else u retard... stevieclaret
  • Score: 5

8:12pm Tue 6 May 14

TurfMoorTom's_Psychiatrist says...

Hello everyone. Nurse Ratchet has brought to my attention the matter of my patient Mr Richard Head and his multiple identities. For the record, we call him Dic.k. We think he has at least 20 schizoid personalities. Sadly, you know some including Fake Villa and others.

His diagnosis is a deep paranoia about Burnley FC and how its greatness reflects the exact opposite of him as a man. The medical term is Total Twa.t.

The only way to deal with him is to be very harsh with him at all times. Keep telling him the truth about what he is. All the time.

Good luck.
Hello everyone. Nurse Ratchet has brought to my attention the matter of my patient Mr Richard Head and his multiple identities. For the record, we call him Dic.k. We think he has at least 20 schizoid personalities. Sadly, you know some including Fake Villa and others. His diagnosis is a deep paranoia about Burnley FC and how its greatness reflects the exact opposite of him as a man. The medical term is Total Twa.t. The only way to deal with him is to be very harsh with him at all times. Keep telling him the truth about what he is. All the time. Good luck. TurfMoorTom's_Psychiatrist
  • Score: 8

9:39pm Tue 6 May 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case.

How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town?

How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability

How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make.

How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season

How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid.

How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now.................

.....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!!
TurfMoorTom, I think you need to take the advice of those who know what you're all about, your special doctor for one is obviously worried about your feeble state of mind and your general unravelling on this public forum is doing nothing to prove otherwise. You are repeatedly shown up to be a fool and every utterance reeks, REEKS, of desperation indicating that you are indeed a very warped individual to continue to punish yourself in such a way.

The season is OVER. You have lost on ALL counts, both in football terms and in the manner of which you have presented your loosening grasp of reality over recent months on these pages. You have been shown up again and again and again, and yet STILL you insist on coming back for more punishment, it's simply mind boggling.

Its clear to all that you are suffering from some form of mental illness, my money is on psychotic depression, with a borderline personality disorder and delusional Schizophrenia. You are quite clearly an example of what can go wrong when not dealt with in the early stages. Get help.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: How about promotion to the Premier League the biggest and best league in the world? Debatable. You're there to make up the numbers and cling on in any case. How about a minimum of £120million coming into the club along with countless millions coming into the town? How about a minimum of £120million leaving the club along with countless millions needed in a deprived town? How about future financial stability? I think you mean instability How about beating you clowns at Ewood Park? One swallow does not a summer make. How about preventing you from reaching the play-off's and thereby condemning you to a future of uncertainly and Financial Fair Play punishment which could well see you drop through the divisions? Only self belief hampered Rovers season How about laughing at you, yes YOU, for an entire season as all your hopes and dreams and pathetic predictions are destroyed? 2015, here's looking at you kid. How about watching our team lifting a Championship promotion trophy and waving goodbye to 2nd tier football? For now................. .....keep looking down, you now you can't look up!![/p][/quote]TurfMoorTom, I think you need to take the advice of those who know what you're all about, your special doctor for one is obviously worried about your feeble state of mind and your general unravelling on this public forum is doing nothing to prove otherwise. You are repeatedly shown up to be a fool and every utterance reeks, REEKS, of desperation indicating that you are indeed a very warped individual to continue to punish yourself in such a way. The season is OVER. You have lost on ALL counts, both in football terms and in the manner of which you have presented your loosening grasp of reality over recent months on these pages. You have been shown up again and again and again, and yet STILL you insist on coming back for more punishment, it's simply mind boggling. Its clear to all that you are suffering from some form of mental illness, my money is on psychotic depression, with a borderline personality disorder and delusional Schizophrenia. You are quite clearly an example of what can go wrong when not dealt with in the early stages. Get help. look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: 7

10:08pm Tue 6 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

I'm ok cheers mate although you yourself seem to get hotter under the collar by the day and appear to have in depth knowledge of mental illnesses. As you say, the season is over so lets stop banging on about it. The future is bright. Well it would be if the only place you could go is down. Future turmoil beckons.........
I'm ok cheers mate although you yourself seem to get hotter under the collar by the day and appear to have in depth knowledge of mental illnesses. As you say, the season is over so lets stop banging on about it. The future is bright. Well it would be if the only place you could go is down. Future turmoil beckons......... TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -5

10:14pm Tue 6 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
I'm ok cheers mate although you yourself seem to get hotter under the collar by the day and appear to have in depth knowledge of mental illnesses. As you say, the season is over so lets stop banging on about it. The future is bright. Well it would be if the only place you could go is down. Future turmoil beckons.........
You do make it very easy to study the subject at close range though, don't you?
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: I'm ok cheers mate although you yourself seem to get hotter under the collar by the day and appear to have in depth knowledge of mental illnesses. As you say, the season is over so lets stop banging on about it. The future is bright. Well it would be if the only place you could go is down. Future turmoil beckons.........[/p][/quote]You do make it very easy to study the subject at close range though, don't you? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 7

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