DAVE BURNLEY: Clarets' Swansea trip was like a throwback to last visit

DAVE BURNLEY: Clarets' Swansea trip was like a throwback to last visit

DAVE BURNLEY: Clarets' Swansea trip was like a throwback to last visit

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YOU know what it’s like when something preys on your mind just before you’re about to settle down for the night.

Well I went to bed last Thursday with the theme tune to Only Fools and Horses spinning around my head.

All because the fixture computer had once again paired Burnley away at Swansea for the August Bank Holiday weekend, just as it did four years ago.

Then, we faced the Swans straight after our relegation from the Premier League in 2010. We lost 1-0 in a game that I summed up in this column by writing that we had been ‘passed to death!’

Playing small tight triangles they eventually wore the Clarets down to claim victory on their way to a play-off promotion.

However, this wasn’t the reason for my consternation, rather the fact that the self-same quartet of myself, the Weed, Knock-off Nigel, and Jona-thong Taylor were making the journey in ‘Knock-off’s’ car once again.

On the previous sojourn my passenger seat slid freely up and down on its base rail, hot air had to be continuously blown up through the windscreen vents to prevent over heating on a boiling hot Friday and his exhaust fell off at Worcester on the way home.

Add to that, three of us were crammed into a room which rabbits would have deemed too small, while ‘Knock-off’ occupied a king sized bed in the penthouse suite, and you can see why I made it my business to organise all transportation and accommodation issues.

Knock-off’s newer jalopy got us to our Port Talbot destination for 7pm. After a quick change of clothes, as last time we found ourselves along with a few other Clarets down at Swansea Guild Hall for the city’s beer festival.

That is where the sense of deja vue began to kick in. The beer was fast running out around the same time as Burnley’s luck at the Liberty Stadium. Once again a single goal was the difference in a tight passing game.

It has been two spirited opening performances that has shown we’re not a million miles away but in both matches I think that we have stood a little too far off what are quality opposition.

However, show a team too much deference and they will assume superiority as the Swans must know, having like ourselves survived expulsion from the Football League on the last day of the season.

They should be our benchmark, as we too try and get the better of Manchester United this coming Saturday. Before that of course we can warm up for that one by progressing in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield Wednesday at the Turf tonight.

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5:25pm Tue 26 Aug 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Tumbleweed blowing through here and the death knell tolling in the background.

Perhaps instead of the "Dingles" or the "Sloppys" or the "B'stards" we should start calling B*rnley fans the "Tumbleweeds"?

Yep, that's right folks, another day in Dingle Land where nothing of any footballing significance ever happens. Well, apart from complete meltdown in the 1980's, Special Agent Bond, John Bond, a 35 year winless run at Ewood Park, a 36 year winless streak at home against your biggest rivals, a board that is a complete disgrace.... Kelly Dalglish was on the TV the other week saying that every football club in the PL could afford to PAY their fans to attend and what do the scurrilous board at B*rnley do - hike the ticket prices but then again, the people of B*rnley emphatically failed to support their club during a promotion season with average crowds of just 10,000 - an utter disgrace particularly when your nearest and biggest rivals that didn't even make the Play-Offs and averaged 15,000 - what an utter humiliation. You left your struggling board with no other choice. Colne Dynamos used to get bigger crowds than B*rnley.
Tumbleweed blowing through here and the death knell tolling in the background. Perhaps instead of the "Dingles" or the "Sloppys" or the "B'stards" we should start calling B*rnley fans the "Tumbleweeds"? Yep, that's right folks, another day in Dingle Land where nothing of any footballing significance ever happens. Well, apart from complete meltdown in the 1980's, Special Agent Bond, John Bond, a 35 year winless run at Ewood Park, a 36 year winless streak at home against your biggest rivals, a board that is a complete disgrace.... Kelly Dalglish was on the TV the other week saying that every football club in the PL could afford to PAY their fans to attend and what do the scurrilous board at B*rnley do - hike the ticket prices but then again, the people of B*rnley emphatically failed to support their club during a promotion season with average crowds of just 10,000 - an utter disgrace particularly when your nearest and biggest rivals that didn't even make the Play-Offs and averaged 15,000 - what an utter humiliation. You left your struggling board with no other choice. Colne Dynamos used to get bigger crowds than B*rnley. BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions
  • Score: -12

5:40pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ChrisTheClaret says...

Sorry who are you playing on Saturday !!
Sorry who are you playing on Saturday !! ChrisTheClaret
  • Score: 15

6:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp
ions
wrote:
Tumbleweed blowing through here and the death knell tolling in the background.

Perhaps instead of the "Dingles" or the "Sloppys" or the "B'stards" we should start calling B*rnley fans the "Tumbleweeds"?

Yep, that's right folks, another day in Dingle Land where nothing of any footballing significance ever happens. Well, apart from complete meltdown in the 1980's, Special Agent Bond, John Bond, a 35 year winless run at Ewood Park, a 36 year winless streak at home against your biggest rivals, a board that is a complete disgrace.... Kelly Dalglish was on the TV the other week saying that every football club in the PL could afford to PAY their fans to attend and what do the scurrilous board at B*rnley do - hike the ticket prices but then again, the people of B*rnley emphatically failed to support their club during a promotion season with average crowds of just 10,000 - an utter disgrace particularly when your nearest and biggest rivals that didn't even make the Play-Offs and averaged 15,000 - what an utter humiliation. You left your struggling board with no other choice. Colne Dynamos used to get bigger crowds than B*rnley.
Scratching away at your little obsession. You keep making this point about crowds. What's your beef? Your website is partly dedicated to burying 'a Burnley Myth". You then post a photo of some deranged bloke saying this is what people from Burnley look like. Why?

Lets suppose some people from Burnley run around saying that the crowds are bigger then Rovers. So what? Apart from you, who cares?

Why would you dedicate part of a website and scroll on and on about it with stats and tables and god knows what. And then set out to insult 73,000 people who live down the road. What on earth is the matter with you? If some folk having been saying it, why does it matter so much.

And our current crowds. They are what they are. Why make endless entries on here about it? Why are you so bothered? Why is it important to you to scour life's parts-bin to insult us. Why do you get off on it so?

Endless silliness.
[quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions[/bold] wrote: Tumbleweed blowing through here and the death knell tolling in the background. Perhaps instead of the "Dingles" or the "Sloppys" or the "B'stards" we should start calling B*rnley fans the "Tumbleweeds"? Yep, that's right folks, another day in Dingle Land where nothing of any footballing significance ever happens. Well, apart from complete meltdown in the 1980's, Special Agent Bond, John Bond, a 35 year winless run at Ewood Park, a 36 year winless streak at home against your biggest rivals, a board that is a complete disgrace.... Kelly Dalglish was on the TV the other week saying that every football club in the PL could afford to PAY their fans to attend and what do the scurrilous board at B*rnley do - hike the ticket prices but then again, the people of B*rnley emphatically failed to support their club during a promotion season with average crowds of just 10,000 - an utter disgrace particularly when your nearest and biggest rivals that didn't even make the Play-Offs and averaged 15,000 - what an utter humiliation. You left your struggling board with no other choice. Colne Dynamos used to get bigger crowds than B*rnley.[/p][/quote]Scratching away at your little obsession. You keep making this point about crowds. What's your beef? Your website is partly dedicated to burying 'a Burnley Myth". You then post a photo of some deranged bloke saying this is what people from Burnley look like. Why? Lets suppose some people from Burnley run around saying that the crowds are bigger then Rovers. So what? Apart from you, who cares? Why would you dedicate part of a website and scroll on and on about it with stats and tables and god knows what. And then set out to insult 73,000 people who live down the road. What on earth is the matter with you? If some folk having been saying it, why does it matter so much. And our current crowds. They are what they are. Why make endless entries on here about it? Why are you so bothered? Why is it important to you to scour life's parts-bin to insult us. Why do you get off on it so? Endless silliness. RobH2O .
  • Score: 10

6:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

RobH2O . wrote:
BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp

ions
wrote:
Tumbleweed blowing through here and the death knell tolling in the background.

Perhaps instead of the "Dingles" or the "Sloppys" or the "B'stards" we should start calling B*rnley fans the "Tumbleweeds"?

Yep, that's right folks, another day in Dingle Land where nothing of any footballing significance ever happens. Well, apart from complete meltdown in the 1980's, Special Agent Bond, John Bond, a 35 year winless run at Ewood Park, a 36 year winless streak at home against your biggest rivals, a board that is a complete disgrace.... Kelly Dalglish was on the TV the other week saying that every football club in the PL could afford to PAY their fans to attend and what do the scurrilous board at B*rnley do - hike the ticket prices but then again, the people of B*rnley emphatically failed to support their club during a promotion season with average crowds of just 10,000 - an utter disgrace particularly when your nearest and biggest rivals that didn't even make the Play-Offs and averaged 15,000 - what an utter humiliation. You left your struggling board with no other choice. Colne Dynamos used to get bigger crowds than B*rnley.
Scratching away at your little obsession. You keep making this point about crowds. What's your beef? Your website is partly dedicated to burying 'a Burnley Myth". You then post a photo of some deranged bloke saying this is what people from Burnley look like. Why?

Lets suppose some people from Burnley run around saying that the crowds are bigger then Rovers. So what? Apart from you, who cares?

Why would you dedicate part of a website and scroll on and on about it with stats and tables and god knows what. And then set out to insult 73,000 people who live down the road. What on earth is the matter with you? If some folk having been saying it, why does it matter so much.

And our current crowds. They are what they are. Why make endless entries on here about it? Why are you so bothered? Why is it important to you to scour life's parts-bin to insult us. Why do you get off on it so?

Endless silliness.
He don't dare post like that on the burnley express site -
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions[/bold] wrote: Tumbleweed blowing through here and the death knell tolling in the background. Perhaps instead of the "Dingles" or the "Sloppys" or the "B'stards" we should start calling B*rnley fans the "Tumbleweeds"? Yep, that's right folks, another day in Dingle Land where nothing of any footballing significance ever happens. Well, apart from complete meltdown in the 1980's, Special Agent Bond, John Bond, a 35 year winless run at Ewood Park, a 36 year winless streak at home against your biggest rivals, a board that is a complete disgrace.... Kelly Dalglish was on the TV the other week saying that every football club in the PL could afford to PAY their fans to attend and what do the scurrilous board at B*rnley do - hike the ticket prices but then again, the people of B*rnley emphatically failed to support their club during a promotion season with average crowds of just 10,000 - an utter disgrace particularly when your nearest and biggest rivals that didn't even make the Play-Offs and averaged 15,000 - what an utter humiliation. You left your struggling board with no other choice. Colne Dynamos used to get bigger crowds than B*rnley.[/p][/quote]Scratching away at your little obsession. You keep making this point about crowds. What's your beef? Your website is partly dedicated to burying 'a Burnley Myth". You then post a photo of some deranged bloke saying this is what people from Burnley look like. Why? Lets suppose some people from Burnley run around saying that the crowds are bigger then Rovers. So what? Apart from you, who cares? Why would you dedicate part of a website and scroll on and on about it with stats and tables and god knows what. And then set out to insult 73,000 people who live down the road. What on earth is the matter with you? If some folk having been saying it, why does it matter so much. And our current crowds. They are what they are. Why make endless entries on here about it? Why are you so bothered? Why is it important to you to scour life's parts-bin to insult us. Why do you get off on it so? Endless silliness.[/p][/quote]He don't dare post like that on the burnley express site - Its Only a game boy
  • Score: 6

10:31pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ChrisTheClaret says...

Just got back from the game tonight and I think it's about time now that the Directors of Burnley dust off the cheque book and bring in two or three new players in shariah . God forbid we get any injuries to any of our first team players, because from what I've seen tonight the second string or fringe players are quite simply not good enough. Players like Sordell Ward, Long and the likes, whether it's that they don't get much of a chance to play together or what I don't know but they looked well off the pace tonight . Unless we bring in some decent experienced players it's going to be a long slog this season, and Sheff Wed were no great shakes by any stretch of the imagination !!!!
Just got back from the game tonight and I think it's about time now that the Directors of Burnley dust off the cheque book and bring in two or three new players in shariah . God forbid we get any injuries to any of our first team players, because from what I've seen tonight the second string or fringe players are quite simply not good enough. Players like Sordell Ward, Long and the likes, whether it's that they don't get much of a chance to play together or what I don't know but they looked well off the pace tonight . Unless we bring in some decent experienced players it's going to be a long slog this season, and Sheff Wed were no great shakes by any stretch of the imagination !!!! ChrisTheClaret
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Tue 26 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

ChrisTheClaret wrote:
Just got back from the game tonight and I think it's about time now that the Directors of Burnley dust off the cheque book and bring in two or three new players in shariah . God forbid we get any injuries to any of our first team players, because from what I've seen tonight the second string or fringe players are quite simply not good enough. Players like Sordell Ward, Long and the likes, whether it's that they don't get much of a chance to play together or what I don't know but they looked well off the pace tonight . Unless we bring in some decent experienced players it's going to be a long slog this season, and Sheff Wed were no great shakes by any stretch of the imagination !!!!
An honest appraisal of what is bobbing around in the bowl. And that was comparing to Wednesday. Now compare the first team to Man U. Now the first team look like bobbing flushworthy solids.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisTheClaret[/bold] wrote: Just got back from the game tonight and I think it's about time now that the Directors of Burnley dust off the cheque book and bring in two or three new players in shariah . God forbid we get any injuries to any of our first team players, because from what I've seen tonight the second string or fringe players are quite simply not good enough. Players like Sordell Ward, Long and the likes, whether it's that they don't get much of a chance to play together or what I don't know but they looked well off the pace tonight . Unless we bring in some decent experienced players it's going to be a long slog this season, and Sheff Wed were no great shakes by any stretch of the imagination !!!![/p][/quote]An honest appraisal of what is bobbing around in the bowl. And that was comparing to Wednesday. Now compare the first team to Man U. Now the first team look like bobbing flushworthy solids. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 0
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