Clarets Keeper Wins Bootham Crescent Auction

Clarets & England Goalkeeper Buys Bootham Crescent Goalpost

Burnley Football Club & England International goalkeeper Nick Pope has bought a special piece of memorabilia in a blind auction from his former clubs York City. All he needs to do now is workout how to get the goalpost home from Bootham Crescent. The blind auction was arranged by the Vanarama National League (North) side in order to raise funds after leaving their home of 89 years in January to move to the new York Community Stadium.

Nick Pope enjoyed loan spells with the then League Two club, making 24 appearances whilst assisting the club reach the play-offs. Speaking about the auction Pope said, “I bid on it because it coincided with my garden getting renovated and I just thought there was a nice space at the end of the garden. I haven’t transported it yet, I thought we’d cross that bridge if I won the bid and then I did and I’m still not sure how we’re going to get it home.

I thought it would be a good thing to help the club if I won the bid and if someone else outbid me then that would be more money for them. I still follow them on social media and keep an eye on the results. They played an important part in my career so it’s nice to keep an eye on them.” The last thing Pope is going to use his purchase for is more practice away from Barnfield training ground, he plans to live out his dreams of being a striker.

Pope added, “I think every goalkeeper dreams of being an outfield player growing up so I’ll chuck someone else in goal and have shots at them. They don’t let me do that in training, it probably is unusual for a goalkeeper to have a goal in their garden. I don’t want too many of my friends coming round and ruining my garden, I’ll have to be selective.”

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County Ground Set To Host Manchester United Superstars

Clarets Face Manchester United Women In FA Cup (4th Round)

Burnley Football Club Women have a massive fixture this weekend as they welcome WSL side Manchester United to the County Ground in the FA Cup (4th Round). It’s the biggest game in the clubs history and Matt Bee squad are determined to bridge the massive gap between themselves in tier four and Manchester United in the Women’s Super League.

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Former England International defender and current Manchester United boss Casey Stoney will bring a team of international superstars to the Arbories including Mary Earps, Millie Turner, Ella Toone, Abbie McManus, Lucy Staniforth, Alessia Russo (England), Kirsty Hanson, Jane Ross (Scotland), Hayley Ladd (Wales), Maria Thorisdottir (Norway), plus to double Women’s FIFA World Cup winners in USA strikers Christen Press & Tobin Heath.

The Clarets earned a hard-fought win over Sunderland in the previous round, beating the north east side on penalties last weekend, after beating AFC Fylde in the second round. This Sunday the Clarets will revel in their underdog status as they try to beat the highest level of opposition they have ever faced, in what will be an historic afternoon for Burnley.

Speaking about this weekends FA Cup tie midfielder Megan Dykes said, “I think we deserve to be where we are from the past two games, we have focused game by game and we have gone toe-to-toe with both teams. They both gave us a good game but I think that’s made us more confident in ourselves, knowing we’ve got 120 minutes in our lockers.

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You can tell in training everyone of us is putting in that extra one percent, from the players to the staff and all of the caoches, were are all up for it and really excited. We are all up for it and ready for the challenge, It’s Manchester United so what more could you want.”

While United are a full-time team sitting fourth in the top-flight of women’s football, the Clarets only returned to competitive action last month after their league programme had been curtailed due to the Covid pandemic.However Casey Stoney’s side have lose two out of their last three games and are not in great form at the moment, so who knows there could be an FA Cup shock on the cards in Leyland this weekend.

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Burnley Interested In Finnish International Midfielder

Clarets Chasing Rangers Finnish International Midfielder Glen Kamara

According to a number of reports in various Scottish newspapers, Glasgow Rangers are set to receive a number of offers for star midfielder Glen Kamara during the summer transfer window. The Finland international has two years left on his contract at Ibrox but a host of English Premier League clubs have now joined the race to sign him.

Kamara has been vital part of Steven Gerrard’s men winning the Scottish Premier League this season and it is believed the player is content with staying at Ibrox as they make a push for the Champions League group stage next season. However, a number of clubs in England want to take him south of the border after being impressed with him at Ibrox.

Arsenal have previously been linked with signing their former academy player, whilst Burnley, Leeds united, Brighton Hove Albion and Southampton are also interested in signing him this summer. Watford have also been linked with Kamara, should they win promotion back to the top flight.

Kamara is set to play in the delayed 2020 European Championships this summer for Finland and a good tournament could see his transfer fee and wages rise higher. Rangers are hopeful of signing Kamara on a new long term deal and are unlikely to accept any bid below £15m , which would be a major profit on the £50k they signed him for from Dundee.

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Sean Dyche & Eddie Howe On Crystal Palace Shortlist

Crystal Palace Shortlist Includes Current & Former Clarets Boss

Burnley Football Club’s former manager Eddie Howe and current Clarets boss Sean Dyche are two of the three candidates shortlisted to become the new manager of Crystal Palace this summer as the Premier League outfit look to replace Roy Hodgson, whose contract expires at the end of the season according to reports in the Football Insider.

A source at Crystal Palace has told the Football Insider the club’s top three targets are Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and the Burnley manager Sean Dyche. They have sounded out all three about their interest in the post, where Roy Hodgson has been in charge for the past four years. The source explained that Howe and Dyche are the two who figure most prominently in the thoughts of Palace chiefs, with Lampard currently third choice.

This site revealed last week that Crystal Palace have already made contact with Burnley Football Club about their manager Sean Dyche back in January. Whilst former Clarets boss Eddie Howe has also held talks with the club about taking over in the summer. The Scotish Gaints Glasgow Celtic still hold out hopes of appointing Eddie Howe, but their chances of doing so have diminished over the last week.

The former Bournemouth boss reached a verbal agreement with Celtic following talks in London before having second thoughts about the move north, remember his reason for leaving Turf Moor eight years ago was to be closer to his family on the south coast. The Scottish giants are assessing alternative options to Howe amid fears he is using their interest as leverage with Premier League sides.

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Settle v Morecambe

Settle Cricket Club v Morecambe Cricket Club (Pre-Season Friendly)

After a shortened Ribblesdale Cricket League in 2020 due to coronavirus, Champions Settle Cricket Club returned to action yesterday against Lancashire rivals Morecambe Cricket Club at Marshfields in a pre-season friendly match. Despite the match being in early April the pitch was in excellent condition, however the weather changed during the afternoon with long sunny spells, overcast clouds and snow during the final part of match.

Whilst non-elite sporting fixtures around the country have started to return, there are still some government guidelines and laws that are effecting sporting events. For example, the match at Marshfield yesterday followed government guidelines and was played behind closed doors. Whilst Settle’s professional player Ashen Silva was unavailable for selection due to following government laws and self-isolating after flying back from Sri Lanka.

Settle Cricket Club won the toss and elected to bat bringing openers Adam Strickland and John Davidson to the crease, the opening partnership lasted five overs with the home side making seventeen runs before Stickland was caught behind by Pearson off the bowling of Backhouse for four runs, bringing Owen West to the crease.

Davidson and West forged an excellent partnership over the next eleven overs but just as the two batsman started to find the gaps and hit some boundaries, West missed timed a shot over the bowlers head and was caught on the boundary by Cassidy off the bowling of Clough for thirteen runs from twenty-two balls.

John Davidson was then joined at the crease by brother Tom Davidson as the opener took control of the innings whilst making some outstanding shots. He then retired after twenty overs making a quick half century off sixty-four balls, which allowed other team members some valuable time at the crease.

Robbie Davidson arrived in the middle with the score at one hundred and twenty-seven for three, he added a further twelve runs before being caught by Heywood off the bowling of Clough. As the home side looked to increase the run rate, Ben Hulse arrived in the middle and alongside Tom Davidson they started to score quickly.

The visitors then took two wickets in two balls as first of all Tom Davidson was caught behind by Pearson off the bowling of Backhouse for twenty-two runs. Will Davidson arrived at the crease and was dismissed for a golden duck after edging the ball into the slips off the bowling Backhouse.

Ryan Sumner, Simon Tarbox, Harry Snowden and Daniel Strickland added a further nineteen runs to the total, with sixteen of those runs going to Snowdon who finished not out alongside Daniel Strickland. Settle finished the innings on one hundred and seventy runs for the lose of nine wickets in the forty overs.

The visitors completed the innings using six bowlers, Louis Backhouse was the best performer with bowling figures of eight overs, two maidens, three wickets for twenty-one runs. Further wickets came from Kieran Moffat (2), Tommy Clough (2), Lewis Smith (1) whilst Jamie Cassidy also completed his eight overs without taking a wicket.

Morecambe Cricket Club were set a target of one hundred and seventy-one runs for victory and they wasted no time as the two opening batsman Jamie Heywood and Luke Pearson both hit the boundary three times in the first few overs. Jamie Heywood was the first to be dismissed after he faced just eight balls, trapped LBW off the bowling of Simon Tarbox for eighteen leaving the visitors thirty-five for one.

Alex Briggs was next to the crease for the visitors and after taking a quick single off the first ball he then lost his wicket off the second ball as Simon Tarbox clean bowled him for one. Reuben Orr then walked to the middle only to be bowled by Tom Davidson for a golden duck making the score thrity-nine for three.

Luke Pearson, who opened the batting for the visitors was next to lose his wicket as he looked to get aboundary on the leg side. But he was caught by Owen West off the bowling of Simon Tarbox for twenty-fours runs off twelve balls. The dismissal came at a bad time as he was building up an excellent partnership with Ryan Pearson.

As the snow started to fall at Marshfield the home side took control of the match taking four quick wickets, the first was Kieran Moffat who was caught by Will Davidson off the bowling of Ben Hulse for one run, the second wicket was that of Lewis Smith who was bowled by Will Davidson again for one run. Whilst Jamie Cassidy was caught by Harry Snowden for two runs and Tommy Clough was also dismissed for two runs leaving the visitors ninety-three for nine.

Ryan Pearson was the last man out for the visitors caught by Ryan Sumner off the bowling of Daniel strickland for thirty-two runs from eighteen balls, which left Morecambe all out for ninty-three given the pre-season victory to Settle Cricket Club by seventy-seven runs.

Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – A.Strickland, J.Davidson, West, T.Davidson, R.Davidson, Hulse, W.Davidson, Sumner, Tarbox, Snowden, D.Strickland

Morecambe Cricket Club – Heywood, L.Pearson, Briggs, Orr, R.Pearson, Moffat, Smith, Cassidy, Clough, Backhouse

Attendance – 0 (behind Closed Doors)

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Clarets Chasing Sheffield United Defender

Clarets Targeting Kean Bryan Sheffield United Defender On Free Transfer

Sheffield United may have a fight on their hands if they want to hang on to Kean Bryan, the defender is out of contract at the end of the season and he has already been linked with three clubs including Burnley, Fulham and Swansea City. The young defender faces an uncertain future at Bramall Lane following the departure of manager Chris Wilder.

The previous Blades boss had hinted that the former Manchester City graduate, who played a pivotal role in the 2-1 victory at Old Trafford this season, scoring in the first half, had done enough to be offered a contract extension. However, it is now up in the air after Wilder’s five year reign came to an end last month.

Paul Heckingbottom is currently in charge until the end of the season, admitted he was not expecting to be involved in any decision regarding the players whose contracts expite in June 2021, having only worked with the senior squad for a matter of weeks. It is not yet known if the club have offered Bryan fresh terms to stay at Bramall Lane.

However, reports are emerging that Burnley, Fulham and Swansea are all showing interest and are keen to exploit the uncertainty around his contract situation and snap him up on a free Transfer. He is a player that fits the Clarets recruitment strategy at the moment, being a young player with Premier League experience and on a free transfer.

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Clarets Chasing Swindon Town Midfielder

Scott Twine Summer Transfer Target On Free Transfer From Swindon Town

Burnley Football Club and Queens Park Rangers are among clubs interested in signing Swindon Town star Scott Twine on a free transfer in the summer transfer window. His Swindon Town contract expiring in three months, Premier League Burnley are battling Sky Bet Championship trio Brentford, Luton Town and QPR for Twine’s signature.

A set-piece specialist with an eye for the spectacular, Twine has produced twelve goals and eight assists this season, shining at Sky Bet League One strugglers Swindon Town after a superb loan spell at Forest Green Rovers in the first half of the 2020/21 season. It remains to be seen whether the 5ft 9in playmaker can make the step up to the first or second tier of the Football League, he certainly deserves a chance to prove he belongs at a higher level. 

Speaking in 2018, when Twine was a fresh-faced 18-year-old looking to make a name for himself in the lower leagues, former Swindon boss Phil Brown insisted his twinkle toed teen was a “special” talent with potential to thrive a few rungs up the footballing ladder.

Speaking about Scott Twine then Swindon Town boss Phil Brown said, “I look at a player who is going to blossom, certainly at this club if not at a higher level, he has got excellent technique, a great attitude, good mentality towards hard work and he wants to play up top. Tell me what he lacks because I don’t see it. Maybe the physicality but if the likes of (David) Silva, (Lionel) Messi and those little fellas can grace the world stage.” 

Twine may not end up at a Barcelona or Manchester City but he’s certainly on the right track as he looks to make Phil Brown’s prediction come true in the Premier League. Clarets boss Sean Dyche is keen to bring the midfielder to Turf Moor, to work alongside the likes of Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill.

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Burnley Women v AFC Fylde Women

Burnley Women 1 v O AFC Fylde Women (FA Cup – 2nd Round)

A dramatic extra time winner from the penalty spot earned Burnley FC Women a place in the FA Cup third round next weekend. Nic Worthington kept her cool late in the day to step up and score the only goal of a nervy clash with Fylde Women at Padiham.

It was a momentous win in the first game played since the Women officially came under the club banner, Matt Bee’s side will host divisional rivals Sunderland AFC Ladies next weekend for the right to face Manchester United in round four of the Women’s FA Cup.

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Delighted Burnley Manager Matt Bee said, “Today’s performance was built on a clear work ethic, desire and togetherness. Irrespective of having months off due to lockdown, these are the things that I expect the team to have and I’m happy that the players executed the game plan to the letter and everyone played their part.”

The Clarets, back in action for the first time since November, started strongly and Fylde had a big let off as Worthington fed Evie Priestley, whose chip over the advancing keeper hit the post. However, the Coasters also posed problems for Clarets goalkeeper Lauren Bracewell who saved well from Faye McCoy, before Beth Donoghue slid in front of goal but was inches short of the target.

In the closing minutes of the first half, the Clarets regained composure with chances created by Lizzy Hamer and Katie Thomas. The second half of normal time proved equally tight, with chances for both sides at a premium, as Katie Thomas twice went close for the hosts before Faye McCoy almost won it for Fylde at the death, when her header smacked the crossbar. But with extra time looking unlikely to separate the Lancashire rivals and penalties looming, Priestley weas upended in the box and Worthington stepped up to spark joy in the home ranks.

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Matt Bee added, “We have to work hard this week to get ready for Sunday. Sunderland will be a tough game so it will be a challenge. But, we’re ready to work hard again this week to go again on Sunday and hopefully get another positive performance in the competition.”

Burnley – Bracewell, Cooper, Wilson, Brown, Bickett, Hope, Worthington, Hamer, Greenhalgh, Priestley, Thomas (Subs) Mapp, Gibbins, Harris, Shirtcliffe, Tobin, Rathburn, Owen, Rawstron

Fylde – Smith, Carroll, Fuller, Fryer, Merrin, Forster, Holsbrook, Hollinshead, Redgrave, Donoghue, McCoy (Subs) Abbott, Young, Taylor, Hayes, Forster, Bartley, Powney.

Goals(Burnley) Worthington (p)

Attendance – 0 (Behind Closed Doors)

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Burnley Football Club Are Quadruple Pace Setters

Clarets Were First Football Side To Attempt The Quadruple

No club has ever landed the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup all in the same season, however this season that could all change as Pep Guardiola’s team Manchester City attempt a clean sweep of all four trophies. The first club in the country to attempt the “Quadruple” was the small milltown club and founder member of the Football League, Burnley Football Club are one of only four teams in english football that have been closest to winning the quadruple back in the 1960-61 season.

Rank/seasonTeamPL / Div 1FA CupLeague CupCL / ECBid over
1. 2006-07Chelsea2ndWinnersWinnersSF1 May
2. 2008-09Man UtdWinnersSFWinnersFinal19 April
3. 1960-61Burnley4thSFSFQF15 Mar
PL = Premier League, CL = Champions League, EC = European Cup

Before the Premier League and Champions League era began in 1992, Burnley went closest to winning the quadruple in 1960-61, which was the very first season four trophies were up for grabs in England. But the Clarets lost their chance on the 15th March 1961 after losing to Hamburg in the Quarter-Finals of the European Cup.

Back then, quadruple opportunities were limited as the European Cup was restricted to just the league champions or holders and, for eight out of 10 seasons between 1961 and 1971, the clubs who qualified did not enter the League Cup. There was also no chance of completing it between 1985 & 1991 either, as English clubs were barred from Europe for five years, and League Champions Liverpool served an extra year’s suspension in 1990-91.

English teams have had the chance of a quadruple since the League Cup was established in the 1960-61 season, but from a total of 117 attempts from 15 different clubs over the past sixty years. The 15 teams that have tried to win the quadruple and the year of their best attempt are listed in the table below: –

rank/clubAttemptsBest attempt?Bid ended?
1. Chelsea152006-071 May
2. Man Utd232008-0919 Apr
3. Man City*112018-1917 Apr
4. Burnley11960-6115 Mar
5. Arsenal212010-1127 Feb
6. Nott’m Forest31978-7926 Feb
7. Liverpool231982-8320 Feb
8. Tottenham52018-1924 Jan
9. Newcastle31997-9810 Dec
10. Leeds41974-7513 Nov
11. Aston Villa21981-8219 Jan
12. Blackburn11995-9629 Nov
13. Derby21972-739 Oct
14. Leicester12016-1720 Sep
15. Everton12005-0624 Aug
*Does not include delayed 2019-20 season

Guardiola side that broke the 100-point mark and set an all-time English top-flight record for most points in a single campaign in 2017-18 but they had their bid ended by Wigan Athletic, of Sky Bet League One in the FA Cup. A year later, Manchester City became the first English men’s team to do a domestic treble, but they lost to Tottenham Hotspurs in Europe. There have also been teams that ended up completely empty-handed a fate that could still befall City this year, however unlikely it seems.

This time, Guardiola’s side have breathing space at the top of the Premier League, thanks to a run of 17 wins from 18 league games. In that respect some of the pressure is off. However, the knockout cup competitions by definition will be far more difficult to negotiate. Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favourites to win each one, including in Europe, but as Guardiola will surely remind his players.

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Clarets Consider Second Bid For Middlesbrough Defender

Burnley Targeting Dael Fry In Summer Transfer Window

The Clarets are once again targeting Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry after failing to sign him two seasons ago, Sean Dyche is expected to make an offer around £10 million for the Sky Bet Championship defender. The 6foot 4inch centre back is a long term target of the Clarets. Fry, remains a key figure for Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock who does not wish to lose him, but the young defender is keen to test himself in the Premier League.

Burnley expect further interest in James Tarkowski and are also ready to sell Ben Gibson who has been on loan at Norwich City. They see Fry as a proven defender with potential to improve who can take the team forward under the new regime of chairman Alan Pace.

Middlesbrough are said to be holding out for around £25 million for the centre-back, a figure the Clarets refused to match two years ago. However, the defender may be looking to force a move to the Premier League should Neil Warnock’s side remain in the Sky Bet Championship at the end of the season, Middlesbrough are currently six points off the play-offs with eight games of the season left.

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