Tag: Burnley

Burnley, Ian Britton & The Many Faces of Heroism

When we close our eyes at night and imagine what we might do or might have done as professional footballers, we surrender to a world of glory. Scoring the winning goal to win a league title, perhaps, or drinking champagne from a silver cup that we have just played a crucial role in winning. Football, however, is a game with a multitude of faces, and there are exactly as many losers as there are winners of matches, and considerably smaller numbers of winners of trophies and medals than there are those who never win anything at all. We call...

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Video of the Day: Burnley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, April 1983

Burnley go into this afternoon’s round of Football League Championship matches four points clear at the top of the table, and it seems increasingly likely that the club will be making a return to the Premier League come the end of this season after just the one season away. A home match against a mid-table Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon will be expected to bring the club a further three points, but this is a match of enormous history, one that goes back to the very beginnings of league football in this country. Both of these clubs were founder members...

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The 200% Podcast 38: The Random Football Club Generator – Burnley

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast sees us draw another name from the hat, and so it’s Burnley that comes under our watchful gaze. So, there’s plenty of Sean Dyche, a sprinkling of Eddie Howe, and a double dose of that Bob Lord to look forward to. You can download this week’s podcast by clicking here, or you can subscribe through Itunes by clicking here.   https://archive.org/download/38200pc/38%20-%20200pc.mp3   You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Facebook by clicking here....

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Match Of The Past: Burnley FC

We continue our series of historical videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship – League One and League Two are to follow – this afternoon with Burnley FC, and six videos spanning the years from 1960 to 1994. The greatest period in the history of this club was largely hidden from the view of television cameras – autocratic owner Bob Lord didn’t allow Match Of The Day cameras into Turf Moor until 1968 – but we do kick off with a short film made for the BBC on the subject of their league title-winning side of 1960, before skipping forward twelve years to follow the Clarets to Craven Cottage for an away league match against Fulham from the start of the 1972/73 season By the middle of the 1980s, the decline of English football was more than apparent. Burnley had last played in the First Division in 1976, but our third match sees them on their travels again, this time to The Baseball Ground to play Derby County in a Second Division match from September 1984. Within three years of this match, however, the club was fighting for its survival in the Football League. With automatic promotion and relegation having been introduced, the club went into its final match of the 1986/87 season needing a win against Orient to cling onto its Football League status – it...

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100 Owners: No.95 – Bob Lord (Burnley)

When we talk of the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers that ran our football clubs as their own fiefdoms for most of the twentieth century, there is perhaps one man that, above all others, has come to be considered the personification of the genre: Bob Lord – or, as the football writer Arthur Hopcraft once famously described him, The Khruschev of Burnley. Lord was, perhaps, the aultimate football autocrat. Indeed, the actor Timothy West would use Lord as an inspiration for his portrayal of the hard-nosed Bradley Hardacre in the television series Brass. Lord was the chairman of Burnley Football Club for twenty six years, from 1955 until just three months before his death in 1981. He ruled the club with an iron fist, but also sat on the board of the Football League and was the president of the Alliance Premier League upon its formation in 1979. Lords chairmanship coincided with the most successful period in the clubs history, but he was also involved in controversial player sales, frequent spats with the press and, perhaps most mysteriously of all, with the resignation from the Football League of a fellow football club that also happened to be amongst Burnleys local rivals. Born locally in 1908, Lord started working as a butcher in 1927 at the age of just nineteen and his business eventually grew to fourteen butchers shops. He had been...

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