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BLIND, STUPID AND DESPERATE
 
01/02: Preview: Burnley
Opposition opinion
by Tony Redman of Tony's Burnley Site

What happened last season?
Last season was a very good season for the Clarets. With no shirt sponsor but a record number of shirt sales it always looked promising. Not only were we commended by a lot of clubs for our decision not to back down on our asking price, but also by a lot of fans. We played very well in most of the games and picked up lots (or more than we expected) of points up until the Blackburn game at Turf Moor in December. We lost the game 2-0, and from then on we went into our bad patch (most teams have one and this just happened to be ours). We finally came out of the bad patch in about March and our play slowly picked back up. We carried on getting some good results (coming from behind twice at Norwich to take the game 3-2 is a good example).
Sadly we just missed out on the play-offs by a measly two points in the end. To think that winning just one extra game would've gotten us a chance of promotion! Oh well, maybe next year!!

What's going to happen next season?
Next season will hopefully be the same as last year, only a few points better! As I write this, we have signed four players: Gareth Taylor from Man.City, who was on loan at the club for the last three months of last season; Mark McGregor from Wrexham who can play anywhere across the back; Luigi Cennamo, a goalkeeper from Olympiakos who came highly recommended by our current keeper, 'Niko' (I believe Watford met him last season!). We have also signed a youngster who goes by the name of Mark Rasmussen, although I doubt he will play much next season. We have a couple of players breaking through who may feature more next year, so we now have a mixture of age and youth, instead of just having over 35's in the team!! Stan and the lads did an excellent job last year so every Claret is just hoping they can repeat that. Here's to next year. Good luck with Luca.

Can you recommend a pub for away fans?
There are two, really. Burnley Cricket Club is right next to the ground, away fans often go in there. Parking costs 2 and they sell pie and peas. The other is the Queen Victoria - this is part of the Brewsters chain, so food is available all day. Away fans often park there as it is only a five minute walk to the ground and it's also free.

What's the nearest railway station?
The nearest station is Manchester Road - a brisk walker could probably make it to the ground from there in about fifteen minutes.

Soundbites (from assorted Census correspondents)
"Burnley's away support is superb considering the fact that it is a relatively small club. I don't think it dropped below a thousand for any league game."

"Paul Cook is the laziest pile of shit! And is having an affair with Ternant, coz he always has a place in the starting eleven."