Willie Irvine column: Keep Burnley strike duo fit and they’ll keep scoring

Danny Ings

Danny Ings

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SOMEONE came up to me the other day and asked me a question. He said, ‘Do you know what happened on this day in 1967?’.

I said I can’t remember what happened last week, so I definitely don’t know what happened on this day in 1967!

He told me that it was the day I got my leg broken against Everton in a tackle by Johnny Morrissey.

It was very a long time ago but it brought the memories flashing back, very bad memories for me.

I can still remember hearing Andy Lochhead shouting, ‘The ball was 20 yards away when that tackle went in!’. That memory stays with me as if it was yesterday. I was 23 at the time and I still wonder what I could have done in the game if I hadn’t got that injury.

I was still learning and scoring goals for fun, but after the injury I knew that I wasn’t the same player.

I’m not complaining, though, I still had a good career.

It is so important now that Danny Ings and Sam Vokes don’t get injured in these final months of the season.

If either one of them was to get injured it would be a massive blow for Burnley. They were fantastic in the 3-3 draw at QPR on Saturday.

Danny was outstanding with the way he chased down the defender and then set up the third goal for Sam.

It was a shock to me that nobody came in and tried to sign either of them during the January transfer window.

If they stay fit I think they will keep scoring. They are so consistent, it’s not a one-off.

I just can’t understand why Eddie Howe didn’t pair them up here when he signed them.

They have 37 goals between them now and with 18 games left they can still break the record of 60 myself and Lochhead set in 1966.

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It’s about time the record is broken, it has been 48 years.

I have always said it will be broken one day and I will be happy if it is, because it will mean Burnley are having success.

Don’t tell Andy Lochhead I said that though. If they do break the record he will be the first to smack them on the nose!

I think we should be aiming for automatic promotion after that result at QPR. We’re at home to Millwall on Saturday and we need to be taking three points.

But we just need to tighten the defence back up. It is normally so solid and miserly and it was uncharacteristic for us to concede three. It cost us maximum points at Loftus Road.

Finally, it was great to see Jay Rodriguez score another fantastic goal for Southampton at the weekend.

I didn’t score many like that and when I did it took me five minutes to come back down from the roof of the stand!

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2:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

TurfMoorTom says...

It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.
It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -8

2:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

chicken.pluckers says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.
I'm sensing that nerves are getting to you, am I right?

Your starting to panic now that we're into February and Burnley are still challenging for automatic promotion.

Indeed the best YOU can hope for is that Burnley ONLY make the play-off's, however even a simple no-dad such as yourself can see that we have the belief and the quality and the desire to beat any team in this division through the play-off's.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.[/p][/quote]I'm sensing that nerves are getting to you, am I right? Your starting to panic now that we're into February and Burnley are still challenging for automatic promotion. Indeed the best YOU can hope for is that Burnley ONLY make the play-off's, however even a simple no-dad such as yourself can see that we have the belief and the quality and the desire to beat any team in this division through the play-off's. chicken.pluckers
  • Score: 8

2:45pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.
Poor old fakevilla embarrassing himself at every opportunity.

Stop trying to hide it, we can recognise your poor grammar and spelling - we know it's you so please, for your own sanity, just try and stop obsessing about Burnley, I mean just look at your username for starters.

The biggest Burnley wannabee just can't stop himself from commenting on every article disguised as a Claret - it's such a shame for you.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Poor old fakevilla embarrassing himself at every opportunity. Stop trying to hide it, we can recognise your poor grammar and spelling - we know it's you so please, for your own sanity, just try and stop obsessing about Burnley, I mean just look at your username for starters. The biggest Burnley wannabee just can't stop himself from commenting on every article disguised as a Claret - it's such a shame for you. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 9

4:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

tall in the saddle says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.
Go and get stuffed.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Go and get stuffed. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

FCBurnley says...

I was at the Everton game when Willie got his broken leg, The foul was deliberate and intended to take Irvine out of the game, which it did. Hopefully Morrissey has had many many sleepless nights since. I cant say on here what I really think.
I was at the Everton game when Willie got his broken leg, The foul was deliberate and intended to take Irvine out of the game, which it did. Hopefully Morrissey has had many many sleepless nights since. I cant say on here what I really think. FCBurnley
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Wed 5 Feb 14

twquick says...

Simply nothing can be done about injuries, so no reason to worry about them. Millwall is up and three points are needed boys. GO CLARETS!!
Simply nothing can be done about injuries, so no reason to worry about them. Millwall is up and three points are needed boys. GO CLARETS!! twquick
  • Score: 3

7:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Dingle Dangle says...

4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop
4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop Dingle Dangle
  • Score: -3

10:02pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop
Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus?

That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: 4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus? That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 8

10:51pm Wed 5 Feb 14

earwego says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Dingle Dangle wrote:
4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop
Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus?

That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.
I didn't realise that Dingle fans went to their home games dressed as empty seats
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: 4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus? That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.[/p][/quote]I didn't realise that Dingle fans went to their home games dressed as empty seats earwego
  • Score: -4

11:27pm Wed 5 Feb 14

u owe u owe says...

He he he he, Empty seats good one got us there, 18000 of them. Oh stupid me that's FCVenkyville, that's 9000 better than Burnley. Mega Blinding
He he he he, Empty seats good one got us there, 18000 of them. Oh stupid me that's FCVenkyville, that's 9000 better than Burnley. Mega Blinding u owe u owe
  • Score: 0

9:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop
Says the supporter of a team that brought just 2000 fans to Turf Moor - how embarrassing. League One Preston brought 1500 more on a Tuesday night for a League Cup match, you embarrassingly simple bellwipe.
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: 4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Says the supporter of a team that brought just 2000 fans to Turf Moor - how embarrassing. League One Preston brought 1500 more on a Tuesday night for a League Cup match, you embarrassingly simple bellwipe. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 6

11:16am Thu 6 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.
Go and get stuffed.
That's it bury your head in the sand....you won't see it coming.
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: It's a matter of when not if we lose one or both of them before the end of the season. For that reason I think the best we can expect is the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Go and get stuffed.[/p][/quote]That's it bury your head in the sand....you won't see it coming. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -6

11:19am Thu 6 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Dingle Dangle wrote:
4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop
Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus?

That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.
Why don't you talk about football Einstein? You appear to be on the wrong forum. You make yourself sound ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: 4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus? That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.[/p][/quote]Why don't you talk about football Einstein? You appear to be on the wrong forum. You make yourself sound ridiculous. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -5

11:43am Thu 6 Feb 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
Dingle Dangle wrote:
4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop
Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus?

That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.
Why don't you talk about football Einstein? You appear to be on the wrong forum. You make yourself sound ridiculous.
Can you not read? There are plenty of references to football in his post?

The only person who sounds ridiculous is you and your other Claret-wannabee brethren who post on here with your embarrassing attempts at banter.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: 4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus? That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.[/p][/quote]Why don't you talk about football Einstein? You appear to be on the wrong forum. You make yourself sound ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Can you not read? There are plenty of references to football in his post? The only person who sounds ridiculous is you and your other Claret-wannabee brethren who post on here with your embarrassing attempts at banter. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 9

10:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
Dingle Dangle wrote:
4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop
Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus?

That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.
Why don't you talk about football Einstein? You appear to be on the wrong forum. You make yourself sound ridiculous.
One of us is on the wrong forum. And one of us is posting at 20 past 11 so is almost serpently unemployed. So who is it looking ridiculous now, badlythoughtname?
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: 4500 tickets for the dingles??? They'll send 3000 back with their levels of support this season. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Since you've yet to get one single individual thing correct on here, ever, excuse us if we're not quaking in our boots at your prediction there. How do you think you did over your last 'glimpse into the future' where you were claiming Dyche would be going to Swansea, Crystal Palace and several other clubs and Burnley would be losing half their players in the January transfer window? How many of those did you get right, Nostradamus? That pop pop pop you were claiming to hear was your dreams perishing in the harsh light of day. And your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead.[/p][/quote]Why don't you talk about football Einstein? You appear to be on the wrong forum. You make yourself sound ridiculous.[/p][/quote]One of us is on the wrong forum. And one of us is posting at 20 past 11 so is almost serpently unemployed. So who is it looking ridiculous now, badlythoughtname? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 4

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