Willie Irvine: A Clarets summer of excitement

Clarets striker Sam Vokes was voted Burnley’s Player of the Year in a close contest

Clarets striker Sam Vokes was voted Burnley’s Player of the Year in a close contest

First published in Football

WELL it was always going to be a close call for Player of the Year.

Looking back at the promotion season the squad from the start has been tremendous and it was a difficult task to single one out.

Sam Vokes scooped double honours at the supporters’ clubs’ event and the official club end of season awards.

Up until injury he’d had such a great season, but I’m sure Sam would agree that the honours could have gone to any one of his team-mates. Everyone has played their part and together they have given the town a great lift.

That was evident on Sunday for the open top bus parade as thousands lined the streets, from the Town Hall to Turf Moor, to salute their heroes.

For some, it was a happy ending to their Clarets careers, with David Edgar, Brian Stock, Keith Treacy and goalkeeper Nick Liversedge all released at the end of their contracts.

These are the harsh decisions a manager has to make but I am grateful we have Sean Dyche making them. He has been a key figure this season and I trust him to help us have a good go at the top flight next season.

We have a manager who believes in his players, and I just hope that the club can back him enough in the Premier League to add reinforcements. I’m looking forward to the visits of sides like Manchester United, City, Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal again.

These days will awaken my memories of my own time in the claret and blue.

I’m sure the fans will be looking forward to the new season just as much already judging by the number of season tickets already sold, and I’m sure there’ll be more to come over the summer months.

It’s encouraging to see the club linked with quality players as we prepare for the top flight, with Michael Kightly likely to stay following his season-long loan from Stoke and his late influence in us sealing promotion.

Troy Deeney has also been linked with a move to Turf Moor – another goalscorer who I feel could develop a good partnership with Danny Ings, and once Sam Vokes returns to fitness then that is some serious competition up front alongside Ashley Barnes too.

If I had to highlight one man as Player of the Year it would be Ings.

He has shown his quality this season, hence why he was named the Football League’s Championship Player of the Year and in the PFA Championship team of the year, as well as gaining England Under 21 honours.

He will thrive on the challenge of Premier League football next season. I believe it will be a great journey for everyone.

The excitement in the town is electric, and long may it stay that way.

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5:14pm Wed 7 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

How can it be exciting awaiting a season in which we will only make up the numbers and will be trying to avoid relegation from the off? The excitement is over and the false dawn risen. Future turmoil beckons.
How can it be exciting awaiting a season in which we will only make up the numbers and will be trying to avoid relegation from the off? The excitement is over and the false dawn risen. Future turmoil beckons. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -23

5:32pm Wed 7 May 14

Super_Clarets says...

TurfMoorTom,

Your first mistake is thinking that we'll be there to make up the numbers, Sean Dyche does not make up the numbers for anyone, we'll be there to play football and win games, and you know we will stay up.

Your second mistake is thinking that the excitement is over, it's far from over, we have got the pleasure of seeing our team playing a whole division above you simple knuckle-dragging hillmonkeys, and not only that seeing you get tubbed off the likes of Brentford is going to be hilarious. We also get to watch the slow-motion car crash that is Blackburn Rovers versus FFP. Now that will be worth waiting for.

The season is over, you've lost, every single prediction you've made has gone the opposite way, let it go, get some fresh air.
TurfMoorTom, Your first mistake is thinking that we'll be there to make up the numbers, Sean Dyche does not make up the numbers for anyone, we'll be there to play football and win games, and you know we will stay up. Your second mistake is thinking that the excitement is over, it's far from over, we have got the pleasure of seeing our team playing a whole division above you simple knuckle-dragging hillmonkeys, and not only that seeing you get tubbed off the likes of Brentford is going to be hilarious. We also get to watch the slow-motion car crash that is Blackburn Rovers versus FFP. Now that will be worth waiting for. The season is over, you've lost, every single prediction you've made has gone the opposite way, let it go, get some fresh air. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 21

5:39pm Wed 7 May 14

MikeMada says...

Top ten finish, guaranteed under Dyche (who will be here all season for us, BTW!).
If you're a B45t4rd, the best you can hope for is avoiding relegation to League 1, especially when Rhodes does a runner, now that he sees the lay of the chappati and, you folks need the money of course, don't you - around £35M, wasn't it?
Fun season ahead, all round!
Top ten finish, guaranteed under Dyche (who will be here all season for us, BTW!). If you're a B45t4rd, the best you can hope for is avoiding relegation to League 1, especially when Rhodes does a runner, now that he sees the lay of the chappati and, you folks need the money of course, don't you - around £35M, wasn't it? Fun season ahead, all round! MikeMada
  • Score: 8

6:13pm Wed 7 May 14

Claretcert says...

Ignoring Turf moor Troll for a minute, hard though it is to not at least be slightly worried for his mental health, Willie is spot on. How many clubs like ours will now reach the high point of the top tier? What a buzz around town. If only our friends in blue and white halves had got behind their team and manager they might have joined us. So excitement takes hold in Burnley whilst a wet fog of what might have been shrouds Blackburn. Poetic justice for all that 34 years nonsense. They didn't like it up em Tommy boy, they took a whipping and the fans all bood, they didn't like the boss, they didn't back their boys. Look on with respect you clown.
Ignoring Turf moor Troll for a minute, hard though it is to not at least be slightly worried for his mental health, Willie is spot on. How many clubs like ours will now reach the high point of the top tier? What a buzz around town. If only our friends in blue and white halves had got behind their team and manager they might have joined us. So excitement takes hold in Burnley whilst a wet fog of what might have been shrouds Blackburn. Poetic justice for all that 34 years nonsense. They didn't like it up em Tommy boy, they took a whipping and the fans all bood, they didn't like the boss, they didn't back their boys. Look on with respect you clown. Claretcert
  • Score: 10

6:38pm Wed 7 May 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Turf Tw@t tom, why are you always first to comment on a Burnley article. Do you just sit here all day refreshing the page? Get a job, a partner, a hobby or just a life... you absolute saddo. It must really still hurt what has happened over this season between the 2 clubs.
Turf Tw@t tom, why are you always first to comment on a Burnley article. Do you just sit here all day refreshing the page? Get a job, a partner, a hobby or just a life... you absolute saddo. It must really still hurt what has happened over this season between the 2 clubs. Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 12

6:51pm Wed 7 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Kindest thing all round would be to put that stit-shirring (Sp) fulminating disease out of its misery and withdraw his life-support. The only reason he keeps coming on here is that he knows it's the only way he'll get attention. We should show some solidarity and just deny him the oxygen of notoriety he craves.

ALL TOGETHER NOW 'BLANK TURF MOOR TITT' OR ANY OTHER NAMES HE GOES UNDER. DENY HIM THAT WHICH HE MOST CRAVES.
Kindest thing all round would be to put that stit-shirring (Sp) fulminating disease out of its misery and withdraw his life-support. The only reason he keeps coming on here is that he knows it's the only way he'll get attention. We should show some solidarity and just deny him the oxygen of notoriety he craves. ALL TOGETHER NOW 'BLANK TURF MOOR TITT' OR ANY OTHER NAMES HE GOES UNDER. DENY HIM THAT WHICH HE MOST CRAVES. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 12

6:56pm Wed 7 May 14

RobH2O says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Kindest thing all round would be to put that stit-shirring (Sp) fulminating disease out of its misery and withdraw his life-support. The only reason he keeps coming on here is that he knows it's the only way he'll get attention. We should show some solidarity and just deny him the oxygen of notoriety he craves.

ALL TOGETHER NOW 'BLANK TURF MOOR TITT' OR ANY OTHER NAMES HE GOES UNDER. DENY HIM THAT WHICH HE MOST CRAVES.
That's a deal dear boy.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Kindest thing all round would be to put that stit-shirring (Sp) fulminating disease out of its misery and withdraw his life-support. The only reason he keeps coming on here is that he knows it's the only way he'll get attention. We should show some solidarity and just deny him the oxygen of notoriety he craves. ALL TOGETHER NOW 'BLANK TURF MOOR TITT' OR ANY OTHER NAMES HE GOES UNDER. DENY HIM THAT WHICH HE MOST CRAVES.[/p][/quote]That's a deal dear boy. RobH2O
  • Score: 13

8:33pm Wed 7 May 14

stevieclaret says...

We r in a great position.

Mismanaged teams get their cummupence.

Portsmouth league 2
Coventry league 1
Sheffield utd league 1
Blackburn who knows how far they will fall after ffp n administration.

Its great to be a claret laughing at our lesser neighbours who r being eaten from the inside by jealousy. Wind ur necks in n keep looking up.

4 years could turn into a lifetime - mega blinding!!
We r in a great position. Mismanaged teams get their cummupence. Portsmouth league 2 Coventry league 1 Sheffield utd league 1 Blackburn who knows how far they will fall after ffp n administration. Its great to be a claret laughing at our lesser neighbours who r being eaten from the inside by jealousy. Wind ur necks in n keep looking up. 4 years could turn into a lifetime - mega blinding!! stevieclaret
  • Score: 8

10:09pm Wed 7 May 14

northernchef says...

And just to point out Tom, (you don't deserve to have turf moor written anywhere near your name) please correct me if I'm wrong but haven't the FFP hierarchy just decided to punish Manchester city? If they go for the big boys just think on what they will do to rovers. Have fun next season but to all the true rovers fans I'm sorry you have to see your club run by idiots and supported by a fair few as well.
And just to point out Tom, (you don't deserve to have turf moor written anywhere near your name) please correct me if I'm wrong but haven't the FFP hierarchy just decided to punish Manchester city? If they go for the big boys just think on what they will do to rovers. Have fun next season but to all the true rovers fans I'm sorry you have to see your club run by idiots and supported by a fair few as well. northernchef
  • Score: 8

7:44am Thu 8 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

northernchef wrote:
And just to point out Tom, (you don't deserve to have turf moor written anywhere near your name) please correct me if I'm wrong but haven't the FFP hierarchy just decided to punish Manchester city? If they go for the big boys just think on what they will do to rovers. Have fun next season but to all the true rovers fans I'm sorry you have to see your club run by idiots and supported by a fair few as well.
Don't pander to that misery-spreaders attempts to spread his festering misery. Blank the canute and deprive him of the oxygen of notoriety he craves and doesn't deserve.
[quote][p][bold]northernchef[/bold] wrote: And just to point out Tom, (you don't deserve to have turf moor written anywhere near your name) please correct me if I'm wrong but haven't the FFP hierarchy just decided to punish Manchester city? If they go for the big boys just think on what they will do to rovers. Have fun next season but to all the true rovers fans I'm sorry you have to see your club run by idiots and supported by a fair few as well.[/p][/quote]Don't pander to that misery-spreaders attempts to spread his festering misery. Blank the canute and deprive him of the oxygen of notoriety he craves and doesn't deserve. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 5

9:41am Thu 8 May 14

garry_stockton says...

Cant wait for the time when wovers fans are stood outside football grounds, asking for support for there club who will be in financial crisis, with empty buckets.............
....unless they have chicken food in them
9 times out of ten I would support any other league club, but I remember what the No Dads brigade thought of us in the 80s......... the worm has turned and I for one will ensure a new meaning for " kicking the bucket" I just hope I can spot the likes of TMT and let him have it , however something tells me he will have moved on to Abused Children or Vulnerable pensioners.
Cant wait for the time when wovers fans are stood outside football grounds, asking for support for there club who will be in financial crisis, with empty buckets............. ....unless they have chicken food in them 9 times out of ten I would support any other league club, but I remember what the No Dads brigade thought of us in the 80s......... the worm has turned and I for one will ensure a new meaning for " kicking the bucket" I just hope I can spot the likes of TMT and let him have it , however something tells me he will have moved on to Abused Children or Vulnerable pensioners. garry_stockton
  • Score: 3

11:47am Thu 8 May 14

McClaret says...

garry_stockton wrote:
Cant wait for the time when wovers fans are stood outside football grounds, asking for support for there club who will be in financial crisis, with empty buckets.............

....unless they have chicken food in them
9 times out of ten I would support any other league club, but I remember what the No Dads brigade thought of us in the 80s......... the worm has turned and I for one will ensure a new meaning for " kicking the bucket" I just hope I can spot the likes of TMT and let him have it , however something tells me he will have moved on to Abused Children or Vulnerable pensioners.
Don't knock the bucket - it bought us Tony Hancock! The only thing rovers will do with a bucket is kick it.
Hope we get them in the cup next year at Burnley and play songs like down, down deeper and Down, the sun ain't gunna shine anymore, missing you (Not) etc etc.
Great to have it over them having put up with all their hateful jibes over the recent decades.
[quote][p][bold]garry_stockton[/bold] wrote: Cant wait for the time when wovers fans are stood outside football grounds, asking for support for there club who will be in financial crisis, with empty buckets............. ....unless they have chicken food in them 9 times out of ten I would support any other league club, but I remember what the No Dads brigade thought of us in the 80s......... the worm has turned and I for one will ensure a new meaning for " kicking the bucket" I just hope I can spot the likes of TMT and let him have it , however something tells me he will have moved on to Abused Children or Vulnerable pensioners.[/p][/quote]Don't knock the bucket - it bought us Tony Hancock! The only thing rovers will do with a bucket is kick it. Hope we get them in the cup next year at Burnley and play songs like down, down deeper and Down, the sun ain't gunna shine anymore, missing you (Not) etc etc. Great to have it over them having put up with all their hateful jibes over the recent decades. McClaret
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Thu 8 May 14

RobH2O says...

This is indeed an exciting time for the Clarets. Dyche's track record where recruitment is concerned is very good. Tom Heaton, David Jones and Michael Kightly improved immensely in his hands.

More of the same please Mr Dyche.
This is indeed an exciting time for the Clarets. Dyche's track record where recruitment is concerned is very good. Tom Heaton, David Jones and Michael Kightly improved immensely in his hands. More of the same please Mr Dyche. RobH2O
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Thu 8 May 14

garry_stockton says...

RobH2O
Dont forget Ashley !!!
RobH2O Dont forget Ashley !!! garry_stockton
  • Score: 4

1:41pm Thu 8 May 14

RobH2O says...

garry_stockton wrote:
RobH2O
Dont forget Ashley !!!
What a balls-up! Sorry mate. Quite right!
[quote][p][bold]garry_stockton[/bold] wrote: RobH2O Dont forget Ashley !!![/p][/quote]What a balls-up! Sorry mate. Quite right! RobH2O
  • Score: 2

1:42pm Thu 8 May 14

slants says...

rose tinted glasses jeez the most cheating corrupt league in the world .Full of whinging and crying and diving bored me too death last time so stopped going on .
rose tinted glasses jeez the most cheating corrupt league in the world .Full of whinging and crying and diving bored me too death last time so stopped going on . slants
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Thu 8 May 14

slants says...

rose tinted glasses jeez the most cheating corrupt league in the world .Full of whinging and crying and diving bored me too death last time so stopped going on .
rose tinted glasses jeez the most cheating corrupt league in the world .Full of whinging and crying and diving bored me too death last time so stopped going on . slants
  • Score: 0

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