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Clarets Blog: Record feeling is a real treat
It’s fast becoming a hallmark of this season that with every passing week, another record falls by the wayside.
This time it’s one that had stood with a certain amount of distinction for 116 years; until Saturday tea-time that is, when Burnley’s 0-1 win at Ipswich meant that the current crop of Clarets had recorded an even better start to the season than the 1897 vintage.
No mean feat, you might say. And you’d be right. In fact it’s even more impressive than another notable achievement – winning at Portman Road.
The last time Burnley supporters went home happy from that neck of the East Anglian woods, the Beatles “Abbey Road” topped the album charts, Harold Wilson was enjoying his first spell in office and it would be another 18 months until Sean Dyche was born.
Ipswich, of course, gave us arguably the two best managers England have ever had, Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson.
The latter famously said that he never looked at league tables until at least seven league games had been played, as they were largely meaningless up until that point.
Well, we’ve had 12 games now and you’d be hard pushed to find a Claret who might describe the current Championship table as “meaningless.”
The hope is that it will look a whole lot more meaningful come 4.50pm this Saturday.
In between writing his book, appearing as a football pundit and telling anyone who’ll listen that the FA scandalously overlooked him for the England job, Harry Redknapp has made a decent fist of getting Queens Park Rangers back on track.
Naturally, you might say that with a squad which boasts two international goalkeepers and seasoned pros like Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora, Niko Kranjcar and Richard Dunne, a decent fist is the very least he should be making of the situation.
Of course, Redknapp also spirited away Charlie Austin. There’ll be something seriously wrong if the 24 year-old doesn’t get an excellent ovation this weekend.
Unlike many a modern player, there was no sulking, no agitating for a move and no drop-off in form.
In a refreshing twist on how many of his fellow professionals behave, Austin didn’t abuse either the club or his standing to get away from Turf Moor.
For that, as much for his goals for Burnley, he deserves a warm welcome on his return.
Just one thing though, Charlie. If you could turn in an absolute stinker on Saturday, we’d all be very grateful.
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