David Jones relishing East Lancashire derby day

David Jones

David Jones

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

THIS time last year David Jones was trying to prolong a record.

This weekend, he’ll be trying to break one. When the East Lancashire derby was last played out at Ewood Park the midfielder was wearing the blue and white halves of Blackburn Rovers, having signed on loan from Wigan Athletic less than three weeks earlier.

The 29-year-old was expected to make the move permanent in the summer, but Rovers boss Gary Bowyer looked to other targets and Clarets counterpart Sean Dyche seized an opportunity.

Free agent Jones signed a three-year deal on the eve of the campaign, having spent the whole of pre-season with Burnley and forging a central midfield partnership with Dean Marney that has served the club well in their quest for promotion.

Five points clear in second, they are working towards the ultimate prize. But with a recent foot in both camps Jones knows exactly what is at stake on Sunday.

“I hadn’t been at the club long when I was told of the fierce rivalry,” said the midfielder.

“In my time in football it’s definitely up there as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, rivalries I’ve been involved in to be honest.

“And from my time there I know it’s seen as a big game,” added Jones, who scored on his Rovers debut last season, in a 3-2 home defeat to Peterborough.

“When I joined on loan last season there was a big emphasis from people around the club, and it’s the same at Burnley. When you go and get a coffee somewhere and people are talking about the season more often than not a conversation about Blackburn comes up in terms of how big a game it is.”

There are reminders, on both sides, of how long it has been since the Clarets last beat Rovers – 11 games across almost 35 years.

Jones observed the emphasis was weighted on extending that record last season, when he was in the home dressing room at Ewood Park.

“The gist I got from Blackburn fans and people around the club was about not losing to Burnley.

“Now it’s the opposite for me,” said the former Manchester United man.

“In Burnley’s performances over the last few games against Blackburn they’ve done really well and probably deserved more.

“We’ll be looking to replicate that, but hopefully get the result.”

For Jones is now fully aware of how much it would mean to the Clarets if that long-standing winless derby run was to end this weekend.

He knows the Clarets would welcome the rub of the green too, with a contentious equaliser, cancelling out captain Jason Shackell’s opener, fresh in their memory from last March.

“Of all the people to score – Mr Blackburn,” added Jones of David Dunn’s late leveller, which replays confirmed was scored from an offside position.

“The last few times Burnley have played against Blackburn they’ve been unlucky, especially last season there. There was a controversial decision – very controversial I think.

“It was definitely a fortunate decision last year. Hopefully we can put it right this season

“I’m happy to be on this side and looking forward to getting a good result.”

And Jones is hoping his insider information on the rival camp will be of benefit to Burnley.

“I suppose knowledge of what goes on there does give you some sort of insight,” he said.

“But in football I’ve learnt that it doesn’t really count for too much – it all depends on the day and what mentality and what performance you bring.”

And Jones, who grabbed his first in the league for the Clarets last weekend in their 2-0 win over Derby County – another of his old clubs, said that while he is relishing another derby atmosphere, he has urged team-mates not to get swept up in it and lose sight of the bigger promotion picture which Jones hopes will end with Clarets clinching a return to the Premier League come May.

The former Wigan man added: “We know it will be a special atmosphere, there’s a certain edge to those games.

“But you have to play the game, not the occasion, and approach it like any other game, and with that mentality I’m sure it will take us far,” he said.

“I’m sure the Burnley fans will push us all the way.” Jones added: “I’m looking forward to going back there with Burnley, and looking forward to a good performance and a good result.”

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3:25pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Good player, we should have kept him to bring our young lads on.
Good player, we should have kept him to bring our young lads on. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 3

6:16pm Fri 7 Mar 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us.
Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -7

6:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us.
Bu.gger off Fake
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us.[/p][/quote]Bu.gger off Fake RobH2O
  • Score: 4

6:33pm Fri 7 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Good player, we should have kept him to bring our young lads on.
At just turned 29 years old? He's at his peak. A glimmer of your years should know that!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Good player, we should have kept him to bring our young lads on.[/p][/quote]At just turned 29 years old? He's at his peak. A glimmer of your years should know that! RobH2O
  • Score: -1

7:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

twquick says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us.
Don't you wish you were a Rovers fan? Just so you could be a part of something so great. Rovers fans must be so happy to be in tenth while us Claret fans languish in second. Sigh. Just awful.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us.[/p][/quote]Don't you wish you were a Rovers fan? Just so you could be a part of something so great. Rovers fans must be so happy to be in tenth while us Claret fans languish in second. Sigh. Just awful. twquick
  • Score: 9

7:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

McClaret says...

How on earth could Blackburn have let him go? Much to our benefit and sure he will have another great game on Sunday.
C'mon Yuuuuuuuu Clarets!!!!
How on earth could Blackburn have let him go? Much to our benefit and sure he will have another great game on Sunday. C'mon Yuuuuuuuu Clarets!!!! McClaret
  • Score: 6

8:50pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Dingle Dangle says...

One footed left sided baboon. Welcome to him
One footed left sided baboon. Welcome to him Dingle Dangle
  • Score: -9

8:56pm Fri 7 Mar 14

eddyo says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Good player, we should have kept him to bring our young lads on.
A good player? I pity you if you really believe that. Other than his desire, tell me one thing he is good at? Name another player, past or present, that he is similar to?
*
I resent paying decent money to watch humdrums like him, to be honest.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Good player, we should have kept him to bring our young lads on.[/p][/quote]A good player? I pity you if you really believe that. Other than his desire, tell me one thing he is good at? Name another player, past or present, that he is similar to? * I resent paying decent money to watch humdrums like him, to be honest. eddyo
  • Score: -8

9:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Dingle Dangle says...

Loki at all the dingles getting all giddy except turf moor tom who is the only one with a brain it would seem. Sunday can't come quick enough
Loki at all the dingles getting all giddy except turf moor tom who is the only one with a brain it would seem. Sunday can't come quick enough Dingle Dangle
  • Score: -14

10:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Dingle Dangle says...

Where's turf moor tom to bring some semblance of sense to this drivel ?
Where's turf moor tom to bring some semblance of sense to this drivel ? Dingle Dangle
  • Score: -9

10:50pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ashton.1988 says...

35 years. Its been 35 years ................
35 years. Its been 35 years ................ Ashton.1988
  • Score: -9

5:48am Sat 8 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Where's turf moor tom to bring some semblance of sense to this drivel ?
Just switch ID and type again you rascal
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Where's turf moor tom to bring some semblance of sense to this drivel ?[/p][/quote]Just switch ID and type again you rascal RobH2O
  • Score: 8

11:09am Sat 8 Mar 14

stevieclaret says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us.
Schizophrenia can be treated you know deadwood tom!! Ur boring now...
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Yeah but at the end of the day he looks a proper Dingle so he came home to us.[/p][/quote]Schizophrenia can be treated you know deadwood tom!! Ur boring now... stevieclaret
  • Score: 2

11:13am Sat 8 Mar 14

stevieclaret says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
One footed left sided baboon. Welcome to him
Played every game for a team that averages 2 points a game. He must be a very talented left footed baboon!! What primates av you got who are better???
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: One footed left sided baboon. Welcome to him[/p][/quote]Played every game for a team that averages 2 points a game. He must be a very talented left footed baboon!! What primates av you got who are better??? stevieclaret
  • Score: 2

11:51am Sat 8 Mar 14

tall in the saddle says...

All the no-dads are puffed up with bravado now (can’t wait – bring it on)except inside they are wretching with nerves. Can’t keep this morning’s pot noodles down.
All the no-dads are puffed up with bravado now (can’t wait – bring it on)except inside they are wretching with nerves. Can’t keep this morning’s pot noodles down. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 1

1:30pm Sat 8 Mar 14

We'll win the next one says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
All the no-dads are puffed up with bravado now (can’t wait – bring it on)except inside they are wretching with nerves. Can’t keep this morning’s pot noodles down.
Yeah and I bet you might just give your sister an extra 'bit' tomorrow just for luck.
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: All the no-dads are puffed up with bravado now (can’t wait – bring it on)except inside they are wretching with nerves. Can’t keep this morning’s pot noodles down.[/p][/quote]Yeah and I bet you might just give your sister an extra 'bit' tomorrow just for luck. We'll win the next one
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Sat 8 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

We'll win the next one wrote:
tall in the saddle wrote:
All the no-dads are puffed up with bravado now (can’t wait – bring it on)except inside they are wretching with nerves. Can’t keep this morning’s pot noodles down.
Yeah and I bet you might just give your sister an extra 'bit' tomorrow just for luck.
How does your foul innuendo add to the banter?
[quote][p][bold]We'll win the next one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: All the no-dads are puffed up with bravado now (can’t wait – bring it on)except inside they are wretching with nerves. Can’t keep this morning’s pot noodles down.[/p][/quote]Yeah and I bet you might just give your sister an extra 'bit' tomorrow just for luck.[/p][/quote]How does your foul innuendo add to the banter? RobH2O
  • Score: -1

3:28pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Dingle Dangle says...

Jones wasn't good enough so we sold him to you numpties end of!! Tomorrow is a bigger game for you than us. The 35 year curse plus the pressure of an automatic spot may prove too much for you I fear!! Can't wait to hear the biggest pop of the season at the Ewood amphitheatre
Jones wasn't good enough so we sold him to you numpties end of!! Tomorrow is a bigger game for you than us. The 35 year curse plus the pressure of an automatic spot may prove too much for you I fear!! Can't wait to hear the biggest pop of the season at the Ewood amphitheatre Dingle Dangle
  • Score: -2

5:25pm Sat 8 Mar 14

stevieclaret says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Jones wasn't good enough so we sold him to you numpties end of!! Tomorrow is a bigger game for you than us. The 35 year curse plus the pressure of an automatic spot may prove too much for you I fear!! Can't wait to hear the biggest pop of the season at the Ewood amphitheatre
That comment shows that you know nothing of our beautiful gam. You had him on loan from Wigan so you never sold him. He was also released by Wigan so we didn't buy him. U r an imbecile dongle bongle with no idea!

He has played well for us probably because he is playing in a good team unlike the back end of last season.
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Jones wasn't good enough so we sold him to you numpties end of!! Tomorrow is a bigger game for you than us. The 35 year curse plus the pressure of an automatic spot may prove too much for you I fear!! Can't wait to hear the biggest pop of the season at the Ewood amphitheatre[/p][/quote]That comment shows that you know nothing of our beautiful gam. You had him on loan from Wigan so you never sold him. He was also released by Wigan so we didn't buy him. U r an imbecile dongle bongle with no idea! He has played well for us probably because he is playing in a good team unlike the back end of last season. stevieclaret
  • Score: 3

6:45pm Sat 8 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Jones wasn't good enough so we sold him to you numpties end of!! Tomorrow is a bigger game for you than us. The 35 year curse plus the pressure of an automatic spot may prove too much for you I fear!! Can't wait to hear the biggest pop of the season at the Ewood amphitheatre
Hi Liverpudlian Flaccid! Well, what a thoroughly Numpty posting from a thoroughly Numpty guy! Jones forms part of a partnership in the centre of second best midfield in this league. You mixed up half-weights let him go. You're 10th and we are second. Solid argument on your part eh?

End of? We hope that's so. The end f you posting anything will bring back the sunshine for us all. Pop goes the retard.
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Jones wasn't good enough so we sold him to you numpties end of!! Tomorrow is a bigger game for you than us. The 35 year curse plus the pressure of an automatic spot may prove too much for you I fear!! Can't wait to hear the biggest pop of the season at the Ewood amphitheatre[/p][/quote]Hi Liverpudlian Flaccid! Well, what a thoroughly Numpty posting from a thoroughly Numpty guy! Jones forms part of a partnership in the centre of second best midfield in this league. You mixed up half-weights let him go. You're 10th and we are second. Solid argument on your part eh? End of? We hope that's so. The end f you posting anything will bring back the sunshine for us all. Pop goes the retard. RobH2O
  • Score: 4

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