Chairman: Come on down to the Turf

Chairman: Come on down to the Turf

Chairman: Come on down to the Turf

First published in Football

BURNLEY co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz has called for fans to fill Turf Moor, in an open letter to all Clarets.

Banaszkiewicz and the club’s board of directors has become concerned by the low home attendances, which are averaging around 11,500.

But with Burnley sitting second going into the final 15 games of the season, Banaszkiewicz has appealed to the fans and the town to unite behind Sean Dyche’s side for one big push for promotion.

Ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Nottingham Forest, who are six points behind in fifth, he said: “Sean and the players are treating us to some of the best entertainment we have seen in years and with some big games still to come, we want to encourage as many fans as possible to come along and make their voices heard.

“Our average home attendance currently stands at just around 11,500 and our travelling support is around 1,500; figures we can all be proud of in these times of austerity.

“Can we do better? I think we can and I think we need to do better when we look at who we are going to be playing as we come into the home stretch of the season sitting in second place.

“Promotion-chasing rivals Nottingham Forest, Derby, Leicester and Leeds United are all big games for the club and a big crowd in full voice makes a massive contribution to the atmosphere and in supporting the players.

“Put simply, we need to compete off the pitch and put in a big performance to match the way we play.”

Banaszkiewicz said the club had recognised the rising cost of going to games and acted accordingly with the Flexi-Ticket scheme.

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11:04am Thu 20 Feb 14

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans says...

How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k
How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k BubblePopFC_11K_Fans
  • Score: -14

11:20am Thu 20 Feb 14

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans says...

I really feel for this Polish lad having to get down on bended knees to entice the hillmonkeys down from the trees. Maybe some nice parlour music and a bit of fruit can bring them in.
I really feel for this Polish lad having to get down on bended knees to entice the hillmonkeys down from the trees. Maybe some nice parlour music and a bit of fruit can bring them in. BubblePopFC_11K_Fans
  • Score: -11

1:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans wrote:
How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k
Poor old, cross-dressing Mungo. Stuck on the bottom rung of the evolutionary ladder. No life, no class, no friends, no hope.

17 points and you're crying inside.
[quote][p][bold]BubblePopFC_11K_Fans[/bold] wrote: How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k[/p][/quote]Poor old, cross-dressing Mungo. Stuck on the bottom rung of the evolutionary ladder. No life, no class, no friends, no hope. 17 points and you're crying inside. look.up.blackburn
  • Score: 8

1:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Dotty280983 says...

Its just simply far too expensive !!!!! simple as that .....its okay for other clubs around the county there a lot cheaper for people, families......£30 is way too dear and people would rather stay away.......If they introduced say 20/22.50 with £5 concessions and also get into the schools, local press and internet then we will without doubt see an immediate increase of our gates and then hopefully on the commercial side of it aswel...... taking Burnley's home matches off Radio Lancashire has without doubt had a bigger impact at the club than anyone seems to be willing to admit........commerc
ially at root level (the fans) we seem to have lost the plot....
Its just simply far too expensive !!!!! simple as that .....its okay for other clubs around the county there a lot cheaper for people, families......£30 is way too dear and people would rather stay away.......If they introduced say 20/22.50 with £5 concessions and also get into the schools, local press and internet then we will without doubt see an immediate increase of our gates and then hopefully on the commercial side of it aswel...... taking Burnley's home matches off Radio Lancashire has without doubt had a bigger impact at the club than anyone seems to be willing to admit........commerc ially at root level (the fans) we seem to have lost the plot.... Dotty280983
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Thu 20 Feb 14

McClaret says...

Quite right dotty. Instead of making it minimum price £32 against Leeds why don't they do as you say and reduce the prices.
If they can't work out by now that lots of fans would love to watch them who can't afford the high prices they charge then they are on another planet.
Planet flexi ticket is where they seem to be, How about much cheaper season tickets and matchday prices, have more bums on seats so roughly equates to the same income and the next generation of supporter is welcomed to the Turf. Not rocket science, boosts the crowd and associated match income and gives the team more support.
Not unique to Burnley may i add - Football greed wants your money now
Quite right dotty. Instead of making it minimum price £32 against Leeds why don't they do as you say and reduce the prices. If they can't work out by now that lots of fans would love to watch them who can't afford the high prices they charge then they are on another planet. Planet flexi ticket is where they seem to be, How about much cheaper season tickets and matchday prices, have more bums on seats so roughly equates to the same income and the next generation of supporter is welcomed to the Turf. Not rocket science, boosts the crowd and associated match income and gives the team more support. Not unique to Burnley may i add - Football greed wants your money now McClaret
  • Score: 0

2:15pm Thu 20 Feb 14

houseclaret says...

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans wrote:
How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k
See my last post at the end of the Willie Irvine discussion. I don't expect you to make much sense of it judging by your posts and your (presumably latest) username, which seems to reflect the usual Rovers type wish list. As you can see by looking at the table the bubble has not yet burst and there is no reason for it to do so, unless you view the football world from the incredibly blinkered view of some (not all) Rovers fans.
Please come on here as often as you like but do try to keep away from the wish list and, rather pointless, attendance argument. As I've posted before, your club don't exactly overcharge for tickets but they hardly play in front of packed houses every week do they. Considering the 50% higher population as well you don't really have a lot in your amunition do you?
[quote][p][bold]BubblePopFC_11K_Fans[/bold] wrote: How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k[/p][/quote]See my last post at the end of the Willie Irvine discussion. I don't expect you to make much sense of it judging by your posts and your (presumably latest) username, which seems to reflect the usual Rovers type wish list. As you can see by looking at the table the bubble has not yet burst and there is no reason for it to do so, unless you view the football world from the incredibly blinkered view of some (not all) Rovers fans. Please come on here as often as you like but do try to keep away from the wish list and, rather pointless, attendance argument. As I've posted before, your club don't exactly overcharge for tickets but they hardly play in front of packed houses every week do they. Considering the 50% higher population as well you don't really have a lot in your amunition do you? houseclaret
  • Score: 9

2:56pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MrBrightside87 says...

Absolutely shocking. The burnley co chairman begging the burnley fans to go down to watch their team... This after they over price every home ticket, they don't put a bean of money into player purchases (Barnes excluded) they seem unwilling to offer abit more money to their key players to tie them down to longer contracts. How about the burnley board take a long hard look at themselves and ask if they are doing enough to get the fans in! Drop the price to 10 pound a ticket and fill the ground. Expecting people to pay 30 pound to watch championship football is ludicrous, 2nd place or not.

Why should they expect the burnley fans to dig deep when the money men never do!? Short arms, deep pockets.

As a rovers fan, we have probably the best prices and value in the country, we might not fill our ground but it's at least affordable. The pricing at burnley is shocking. Does your current board deserve promotion and the chance to pocket another 80million without any of that going back into the club or to the fans? I don't think so. Does your squad and manager deserve it? Yes.

That open letter should of included details of discounted tickets. Sadly that fat cat thinks everybody should be putting 100 pound aside every week to watch burnley.
Absolutely shocking. The burnley co chairman begging the burnley fans to go down to watch their team... This after they over price every home ticket, they don't put a bean of money into player purchases (Barnes excluded) they seem unwilling to offer abit more money to their key players to tie them down to longer contracts. How about the burnley board take a long hard look at themselves and ask if they are doing enough to get the fans in! Drop the price to 10 pound a ticket and fill the ground. Expecting people to pay 30 pound to watch championship football is ludicrous, 2nd place or not. Why should they expect the burnley fans to dig deep when the money men never do!? Short arms, deep pockets. As a rovers fan, we have probably the best prices and value in the country, we might not fill our ground but it's at least affordable. The pricing at burnley is shocking. Does your current board deserve promotion and the chance to pocket another 80million without any of that going back into the club or to the fans? I don't think so. Does your squad and manager deserve it? Yes. That open letter should of included details of discounted tickets. Sadly that fat cat thinks everybody should be putting 100 pound aside every week to watch burnley. MrBrightside87
  • Score: 2

3:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

houseclaret says...

Take your point entirely. Unfortunately it's the way of modern football, it's no longer a working man's game and ceased to be some time ago. The problem is Burnley (and Blackburn for that matter) isn't known for it's affluence. It is my belief that, if the ticket prices were more reasonable (similar to Blackburn), the average gate would be a good 4k more than it is, considering our position. There is no doubt whatsoever that Burnley is a football mad town, it is known to be, but it is the cost that is keeping people away and no amount of pleading will get people there if they are struggling financially. When the price, or the occasion, is right people will turn up. Witness the play-off final a few years ago. The Burnley attendance there equated to over half the population of the town, who else could boast that?
Perhaps I should write an "open letter" to the Burnley board to this effect.
This would help the future of the club as well. I the words of the film Field of Dreams, "Build it and they will come". We need to build for the future.
Take your point entirely. Unfortunately it's the way of modern football, it's no longer a working man's game and ceased to be some time ago. The problem is Burnley (and Blackburn for that matter) isn't known for it's affluence. It is my belief that, if the ticket prices were more reasonable (similar to Blackburn), the average gate would be a good 4k more than it is, considering our position. There is no doubt whatsoever that Burnley is a football mad town, it is known to be, but it is the cost that is keeping people away and no amount of pleading will get people there if they are struggling financially. When the price, or the occasion, is right people will turn up. Witness the play-off final a few years ago. The Burnley attendance there equated to over half the population of the town, who else could boast that? Perhaps I should write an "open letter" to the Burnley board to this effect. This would help the future of the club as well. I the words of the film Field of Dreams, "Build it and they will come". We need to build for the future. houseclaret
  • Score: 1

8:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

spudpaul61 says...

It just strikes me that time and time again that the directors down at the turf seem completely out of touch with what is going on in burnley and surrounding areas regarding incomes and outgoings at this present time, a lot of people are struggling to make ends meet at the moment myself included and I earn a decent wage, I once was a regular both home and away for years, only missed four home games the season we got promoted to the premier league then the prices went crazy, too much for me and others, since then I cannot justify over £30 out of my income just to get on the ground!!! its a joke, love bfc its in the blood but not at these prices UTC
It just strikes me that time and time again that the directors down at the turf seem completely out of touch with what is going on in burnley and surrounding areas regarding incomes and outgoings at this present time, a lot of people are struggling to make ends meet at the moment myself included and I earn a decent wage, I once was a regular both home and away for years, only missed four home games the season we got promoted to the premier league then the prices went crazy, too much for me and others, since then I cannot justify over £30 out of my income just to get on the ground!!! its a joke, love bfc its in the blood but not at these prices UTC spudpaul61
  • Score: -1

8:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

spudpaul61 says...

It just strikes me that time and time again that the directors down at the turf seem completely out of touch with what is going on in burnley and surrounding areas regarding incomes and outgoings at this present time, a lot of people are struggling to make ends meet at the moment myself included and I earn a decent wage, I once was a regular both home and away for years, only missed four home games the season we got promoted to the premier league then the prices went crazy, too much for me and others, since then I cannot justify over £30 out of my income just to get on the ground!!! its a joke, love bfc its in the blood but not at these prices UTC
It just strikes me that time and time again that the directors down at the turf seem completely out of touch with what is going on in burnley and surrounding areas regarding incomes and outgoings at this present time, a lot of people are struggling to make ends meet at the moment myself included and I earn a decent wage, I once was a regular both home and away for years, only missed four home games the season we got promoted to the premier league then the prices went crazy, too much for me and others, since then I cannot justify over £30 out of my income just to get on the ground!!! its a joke, love bfc its in the blood but not at these prices UTC spudpaul61
  • Score: -1

7:34am Fri 21 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans wrote:
How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k
Nostrodamus, there. How did your predictions of last season go? Burnley were DEFINITELY going to be relegated; it was a done deal according to you. At the start of this season, Burnley were DEFINITELY going to be relegated again - that's probably not going to happen is it? Then Burnley were 'avoiding' all the teams in the top half of the table and when they met them, they would be defeated. Then it was the top twelve, then top ten, then top six, then top four and now you've nowhere to go. So it was Ings and Vokes out and Dyche off to Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and QPR at one stage. How did you do in those predictions?

So your last straws are clung to with the tenacity of the truly desperate and they are crowds and missing out on automatic promotion. That is truly sad. One of the saddest acts I've ever come across.
[quote][p][bold]BubblePopFC_11K_Fans[/bold] wrote: How embarrassing having to beg for some fans. Still this devon loch finish is going to be enough to keep the crowds below 12k[/p][/quote]Nostrodamus, there. How did your predictions of last season go? Burnley were DEFINITELY going to be relegated; it was a done deal according to you. At the start of this season, Burnley were DEFINITELY going to be relegated again - that's probably not going to happen is it? Then Burnley were 'avoiding' all the teams in the top half of the table and when they met them, they would be defeated. Then it was the top twelve, then top ten, then top six, then top four and now you've nowhere to go. So it was Ings and Vokes out and Dyche off to Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and QPR at one stage. How did you do in those predictions? So your last straws are clung to with the tenacity of the truly desperate and they are crowds and missing out on automatic promotion. That is truly sad. One of the saddest acts I've ever come across. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 3

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