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Willie Irvine: Burnley better prepared for top flight

Lancashire Telegraph: Steven Reid Steven Reid

JULY 1 is a date which every year I remember very fondly, for it was the day I arrived in Burnley as a 16-year-old trialist for the Clarets.

Back in Northern Ireland the Belfast Telegraph had done a full page of the 16 trialists who had gone to different clubs, and according to them I was the only one who wouldn't have got signed on.

Well, as luck would have it I was the only one of the 16 who got signed on.

It was the 1959/60 season and I always think I must have been a lucky omen to the club, for they won the First Division that year.

But that’s enough if my reminiscing, back to the present and the dawn of a new campaign with the return to pre-season training.

Sean Dyche is getting his squad together nicely, and it’s good to see some experienced players getting on board.

I think that is something we missed in our last Premier League season – certainly experience at that level.

We all thought we’d be okay after getting off to a great start in beating Manchester United at Turf Moor.

But really, we weren’t ready for it. This time around I think we are better prepared and players like Steven Reid and Matt Taylor, who have had many seasons in the top flight, will help to have an impact on and off the pitch and guide the younger ones.

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It’s a shame that we weren’t able to get Chris Baird back but one of his reasons for not returning and instead signing for West Brom is that he wanted regular first team appearances.

And with the form of Kieran Trippier there were certainly no guarantees. Family was another factor, with them being down south.

Hopefully there are a few more signings to come, ideally someone who can fill the void left by injured striker Sam Vokes until he is fit again.

I’m confident Danny Ings is going to have a great season and score plenty of goals but he will need someone like Sam to work off.

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3:31pm Wed 9 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.
better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB. noddy57
  • Score: -14

3:39pm Wed 9 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

How can you be prepared when you have a desperate lac of ambition or know-how? Just look at your illustrious neighbours:

Where did Tugay come from and for how much was he initially worth? When his value was realised by Rovers, was his contract improved or did we stall and let him go like Ings might. What's your international scouting like and why was no one at the World Cup (other than your Director who had to scrounge a flag)? Could you manage to unearth and develop someone like Benni McCarthy or Roque Santa Cruz? Going back a while, maybe someone like Henning Berg - when Rovers supposedly 'bought' the Championship. What improvements, other than legislative essentials are you making to your ground? At some stage you see, if you have ambition you need to show it in so many ways and Bumley come up short on every one and that's possibly why you're being continually rebuffed by your chosen transfer targets. The fact that they are from lower leagues is just a source of extra embarrassment.

All these things are what demonstrate true ambition and class. Bumley have none and that is why Bumley will never be regarded as a 'Premier League club'. You are NOT prepared.
How can you be prepared when you have a desperate lac of ambition or know-how? Just look at your illustrious neighbours: Where did Tugay come from and for how much was he initially worth? When his value was realised by Rovers, was his contract improved or did we stall and let him go like Ings might. What's your international scouting like and why was no one at the World Cup (other than your Director who had to scrounge a flag)? Could you manage to unearth and develop someone like Benni McCarthy or Roque Santa Cruz? Going back a while, maybe someone like Henning Berg - when Rovers supposedly 'bought' the Championship. What improvements, other than legislative essentials are you making to your ground? At some stage you see, if you have ambition you need to show it in so many ways and Bumley come up short on every one and that's possibly why you're being continually rebuffed by your chosen transfer targets. The fact that they are from lower leagues is just a source of extra embarrassment. All these things are what demonstrate true ambition and class. Bumley have none and that is why Bumley will never be regarded as a 'Premier League club'. You are NOT prepared. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -5

4:08pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Certacito66 says...

Unlike these sad obsessive rovers fans who have nothing in their lives other than to post nonsense on any article relating to Burnley, I've got a life. I'm not bothered about rovers , I would never post on their articles I leave that to rovers fans. Their rantings remind me of a saying we used in the army about people who spouted nonsense, "I've heard ducks **** under water before" this applies perfectly to these idiotic rovers trolls. Get a life
Unlike these sad obsessive rovers fans who have nothing in their lives other than to post nonsense on any article relating to Burnley, I've got a life. I'm not bothered about rovers , I would never post on their articles I leave that to rovers fans. Their rantings remind me of a saying we used in the army about people who spouted nonsense, "I've heard ducks **** under water before" this applies perfectly to these idiotic rovers trolls. Get a life Certacito66
  • Score: 8

4:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Look Up Blackburn says...

Burnley are in the Premier League no-dads....

Where are you?
Burnley are in the Premier League no-dads.... Where are you? Look Up Blackburn
  • Score: 6

4:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Harwoodstblue says...

I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.
I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 4

4:32pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.
irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood?
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.[/p][/quote]irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood? Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: 1

5:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

houseclaret says...

noddy57 wrote:
better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.
I don't care what the ground is like, it doesn't matter. The only people it matters to are those who have been watching football 2 minutes and think that all grounds should be full of corporate boxes and comfy seats. Personally I would watch the Clarets from a cold windy terrace being lashed with rain if I had to (and indeed have done). The fact is though is that 50% of the Turf is newer and better than Bollywood, 25% is "okay" and 25% is, admittedly, rubbish, but I'm not too bothered about making away fans welcome and comfortable anyway.
I suppose, in your arrogance (which is what it is) you are one of these people who don't think Stanley should be in the league because of poor crowds and a less than perfect ground?
Football is only about what happens on the pitch, absolutely nothing else. If it ever did become about who has the best ground or the biggest crowds then football would be dead and buried and I would cease to have anything to do with it.
Can't comment on the last bit of your post as it appears a little weird, you are using past and present tenses in the same sentence (and the word is "business").
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.[/p][/quote]I don't care what the ground is like, it doesn't matter. The only people it matters to are those who have been watching football 2 minutes and think that all grounds should be full of corporate boxes and comfy seats. Personally I would watch the Clarets from a cold windy terrace being lashed with rain if I had to (and indeed have done). The fact is though is that 50% of the Turf is newer and better than Bollywood, 25% is "okay" and 25% is, admittedly, rubbish, but I'm not too bothered about making away fans welcome and comfortable anyway. I suppose, in your arrogance (which is what it is) you are one of these people who don't think Stanley should be in the league because of poor crowds and a less than perfect ground? Football is only about what happens on the pitch, absolutely nothing else. If it ever did become about who has the best ground or the biggest crowds then football would be dead and buried and I would cease to have anything to do with it. Can't comment on the last bit of your post as it appears a little weird, you are using past and present tenses in the same sentence (and the word is "business"). houseclaret
  • Score: 3

5:08pm Wed 9 Jul 14

u owe u owe says...

New three year deal for Scott Arfield, things are coming together for the Clarets
New three year deal for Scott Arfield, things are coming together for the Clarets u owe u owe
  • Score: 3

5:13pm Wed 9 Jul 14

northernchef says...

noddy57 wrote:
better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.
How in your deluded mind does having a decent ground come into playing good football and playing well? The pitch has been fantastic for a few years now so the stands surrounding it don't really matter do they? If teams look at it and don't take the game seriously wouldn't that play into the home teams hands. As for the putting East Lancs back on the map drivel that's what we are aiming to do now you will be going out of business.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.[/p][/quote]How in your deluded mind does having a decent ground come into playing good football and playing well? The pitch has been fantastic for a few years now so the stands surrounding it don't really matter do they? If teams look at it and don't take the game seriously wouldn't that play into the home teams hands. As for the putting East Lancs back on the map drivel that's what we are aiming to do now you will be going out of business. northernchef
  • Score: 4

5:55pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.
irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood?
What' Great Harwood got to do with it? Look closer and take more notice in future. Detention tomorrow for that stupid remark.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.[/p][/quote]irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood?[/p][/quote]What' Great Harwood got to do with it? Look closer and take more notice in future. Detention tomorrow for that stupid remark. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 3

7:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

noddy57 wrote:
better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.
Do you mean like no body took us seriously last season?
.......we all know how that turned out.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.[/p][/quote]Do you mean like no body took us seriously last season? .......we all know how that turned out. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 3

11:53pm Wed 9 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.
Do you mean like no body took us seriously last season?
.......we all know how that turned out.
What....not having won any meaningful trophy, hopelessly out of your depth, unable to make the step up and under the intense spotlight to be shown as a bit of a laughing stock that cannot retain it's existing players, turned down by numerous lower league targets and unable to persuade any of note to sign? Didn't turn out too well did it.
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.[/p][/quote]Do you mean like no body took us seriously last season? .......we all know how that turned out.[/p][/quote]What....not having won any meaningful trophy, hopelessly out of your depth, unable to make the step up and under the intense spotlight to be shown as a bit of a laughing stock that cannot retain it's existing players, turned down by numerous lower league targets and unable to persuade any of note to sign? Didn't turn out too well did it. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -4

8:09am Thu 10 Jul 14

Dead Sun Rising says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.
irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood?
Chuck

there are one or two blues you can actually have a conversation with that doesn't descend into drivel

I may suggest harwoodstblue is one of them, so let's not go there with this one bud, it's evident these morons are getting on the nerves of their own supporters.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.[/p][/quote]irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood?[/p][/quote]Chuck there are one or two blues you can actually have a conversation with that doesn't descend into drivel I may suggest harwoodstblue is one of them, so let's not go there with this one bud, it's evident these morons are getting on the nerves of their own supporters. Dead Sun Rising
  • Score: 2

8:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

houseclaret says...

Dead Sun Rising wrote:
Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.
irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood?
Chuck

there are one or two blues you can actually have a conversation with that doesn't descend into drivel

I may suggest harwoodstblue is one of them, so let's not go there with this one bud, it's evident these morons are getting on the nerves of their own supporters.
Good post. Not all Rovers are idiots. Sure they have a go, just like us, but let's not tar them all with the same brush as the multi-named one. I'm sure he/she is as big an embarrassment to them as a couple of Clarets are to us. Football is about argument and long may that live but some people abuse the opportunities given by the internet and shouldn't be allowed near a computer.
[quote][p][bold]Dead Sun Rising[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward about six weeks when instead of having 300 posts a day from the idiot troll all willl be relatively quiet.[/p][/quote]irony overdrive..... here YOU are posting on a Burnley story - why don't you run along back to that dump called Great Harwood?[/p][/quote]Chuck there are one or two blues you can actually have a conversation with that doesn't descend into drivel I may suggest harwoodstblue is one of them, so let's not go there with this one bud, it's evident these morons are getting on the nerves of their own supporters.[/p][/quote]Good post. Not all Rovers are idiots. Sure they have a go, just like us, but let's not tar them all with the same brush as the multi-named one. I'm sure he/she is as big an embarrassment to them as a couple of Clarets are to us. Football is about argument and long may that live but some people abuse the opportunities given by the internet and shouldn't be allowed near a computer. houseclaret
  • Score: 4

9:45am Thu 10 Jul 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

Fair do's, apologies Harwood, I evidently lumped you in with the other miscreants that post on here.
Fair do's, apologies Harwood, I evidently lumped you in with the other miscreants that post on here. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Thu 10 Jul 14

oakdale blue 1875 says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
How can you be prepared when you have a desperate lac of ambition or know-how? Just look at your illustrious neighbours:

Where did Tugay come from and for how much was he initially worth? When his value was realised by Rovers, was his contract improved or did we stall and let him go like Ings might. What's your international scouting like and why was no one at the World Cup (other than your Director who had to scrounge a flag)? Could you manage to unearth and develop someone like Benni McCarthy or Roque Santa Cruz? Going back a while, maybe someone like Henning Berg - when Rovers supposedly 'bought' the Championship. What improvements, other than legislative essentials are you making to your ground? At some stage you see, if you have ambition you need to show it in so many ways and Bumley come up short on every one and that's possibly why you're being continually rebuffed by your chosen transfer targets. The fact that they are from lower leagues is just a source of extra embarrassment.

All these things are what demonstrate true ambition and class. Bumley have none and that is why Bumley will never be regarded as a 'Premier League club'. You are NOT prepared.
Well said turfy you seem well educated on your little town team , I think you might struggle in the coming season due to the signings you've made . Reidy was a crock for two years at the mighty park known as EWOOD hence big sam giving him the elbow , as for mighty Marvin haha he spent last season at Charlton who nearly went down !
I think your board are going to cream the prem money again then dyche will walk as did coyle .
On the other hand venky billionaires pump millions into the superior blues down the 65
Enjoy your one season wonder again , we hope to meet you in the cup and put the record straight .
Enjoy your afternoon tommy
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: How can you be prepared when you have a desperate lac of ambition or know-how? Just look at your illustrious neighbours: Where did Tugay come from and for how much was he initially worth? When his value was realised by Rovers, was his contract improved or did we stall and let him go like Ings might. What's your international scouting like and why was no one at the World Cup (other than your Director who had to scrounge a flag)? Could you manage to unearth and develop someone like Benni McCarthy or Roque Santa Cruz? Going back a while, maybe someone like Henning Berg - when Rovers supposedly 'bought' the Championship. What improvements, other than legislative essentials are you making to your ground? At some stage you see, if you have ambition you need to show it in so many ways and Bumley come up short on every one and that's possibly why you're being continually rebuffed by your chosen transfer targets. The fact that they are from lower leagues is just a source of extra embarrassment. All these things are what demonstrate true ambition and class. Bumley have none and that is why Bumley will never be regarded as a 'Premier League club'. You are NOT prepared.[/p][/quote]Well said turfy you seem well educated on your little town team , I think you might struggle in the coming season due to the signings you've made . Reidy was a crock for two years at the mighty park known as EWOOD hence big sam giving him the elbow , as for mighty Marvin haha he spent last season at Charlton who nearly went down ! I think your board are going to cream the prem money again then dyche will walk as did coyle . On the other hand venky billionaires pump millions into the superior blues down the 65 Enjoy your one season wonder again , we hope to meet you in the cup and put the record straight . Enjoy your afternoon tommy oakdale blue 1875
  • Score: -3

6:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

houseclaret wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.
I don't care what the ground is like, it doesn't matter. The only people it matters to are those who have been watching football 2 minutes and think that all grounds should be full of corporate boxes and comfy seats. Personally I would watch the Clarets from a cold windy terrace being lashed with rain if I had to (and indeed have done). The fact is though is that 50% of the Turf is newer and better than Bollywood, 25% is "okay" and 25% is, admittedly, rubbish, but I'm not too bothered about making away fans welcome and comfortable anyway.
I suppose, in your arrogance (which is what it is) you are one of these people who don't think Stanley should be in the league because of poor crowds and a less than perfect ground?
Football is only about what happens on the pitch, absolutely nothing else. If it ever did become about who has the best ground or the biggest crowds then football would be dead and buried and I would cease to have anything to do with it.
Can't comment on the last bit of your post as it appears a little weird, you are using past and present tenses in the same sentence (and the word is "business").
Nice to see some with spelling ability and your quite right about the business and you played right into my hands"well spotted though.
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: better prepared ? in what way ? you need a decent ground first of all otherwise no-one will take you serious.Cant wait to see your faces next season when the inevitable happens,,Blackburn Rovers put east Lancashire football back on the map when you plonkers nearly went out of buisness.COYB.[/p][/quote]I don't care what the ground is like, it doesn't matter. The only people it matters to are those who have been watching football 2 minutes and think that all grounds should be full of corporate boxes and comfy seats. Personally I would watch the Clarets from a cold windy terrace being lashed with rain if I had to (and indeed have done). The fact is though is that 50% of the Turf is newer and better than Bollywood, 25% is "okay" and 25% is, admittedly, rubbish, but I'm not too bothered about making away fans welcome and comfortable anyway. I suppose, in your arrogance (which is what it is) you are one of these people who don't think Stanley should be in the league because of poor crowds and a less than perfect ground? Football is only about what happens on the pitch, absolutely nothing else. If it ever did become about who has the best ground or the biggest crowds then football would be dead and buried and I would cease to have anything to do with it. Can't comment on the last bit of your post as it appears a little weird, you are using past and present tenses in the same sentence (and the word is "business").[/p][/quote]Nice to see some with spelling ability and your quite right about the business and you played right into my hands"well spotted though. noddy57
  • Score: 0
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