YOU didn't have to look around too much on Saturday to see quite how far Burnley have come in recent years.

At half-time of the Clarets' 2-2 draw with West Brom, a result that all but confirmed their Premier League status for next season, seven of the side who rescued the club from dropping out of the Football League all together with a final-day victory over Orient 30 years ago this Tuesday were presented to Turf Moor.

That 2-1 victory may have been the biggest in the club's history. Had they gone out of the league oblivion could have beckoned. There may have been no way back.

Three decades on this Burnley side can toast that anniversary knowing they will be playing Premier League football again next season. It might not be mathematically confirmed, but the goal difference compared to Hull means it is simply a matter of time.

Since salvation against Orient in May 1987 Burnley have already twice made the journey back to the top flight, but on both occasions an immediate return to the Football League followed. Not this time. It's a second top flight season for the first time since the mid-1970s, when Clarets legend Peter Noble, who passed away on Saturday, was a regular fixture in the side.

It's the home form that has sustained Burnley's season this year, despite finally notching that first win on the road at Crystal Palace, and it briefly looked like Turf Moor win number 11 was on the way against the Baggies.

But in the end it was an impressive show of character to rescue a point that took the Clarets to the 40 mark with two games still to go.

It was the hosts who had edged a pretty forgettable first half.

Sam Vokes turned a George Boyd cross goalwards but saw Ben Foster kick his effort away, before Boyd slashed a half-volley over when well placed and Scott Arfield saw a shot blocked by James McLean after a move involving Vokes and Ashley Barnes looked to have played the winger in on goal.

Four second half goals looked unlikely at the break but the floodgates opened when Burnley went ahead.

Again Barnes and Vokes were involved. They have started three of the last four games together, having not previously been paired in the same team for two years, and it is a partnership that has produced results.

Barnes was the architect and when he was pushed over by Jake Livermore the linesman was flagging for a penalty. Referee Mike Jones had waved it away so Barnes shot back to his feet, sent in a low cross and there was Vokes to apply the finish.

The goal sparked Albion into life. Having barely threatened all afternoon Gareth McAuley's deflected header looped onto the crossbar and from the next phase McClean got the better of Matt Lowton and his low cross was finished on the turn by Salomon Rondon.

With 12 minutes to go the Baggies looked to have stolen the points as Craig Dawson's header from Chris Brunt's corner hit Barnes and the post on its way in.

It takes a lot to take all three points off Burnley at Turf Moor these days though. On came Andre Gray, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady to try and rescue a point.

Gray fired a good chance into the upper tier of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand, but it was Brady who made the impact. His clipped free-kick tempted Ben Foster out of his goal, but he fell short and Vokes could flick a header from six yards into an empty net.

It was the least Burnley deserved and it should be enough. In 30 years time it would be no surprise to see this side back at Turf Moor and feted as heroes. They continue to make history.