Clarets Winger Joins National League Side On Loan

Chris Conn-Clarke Joins Chorley On Loan

Clarets youngster Chris Conn-Clarke has joined Lancashire neighbours Chorley on a work experience loan. The winger, moves to the Vanarama National League North side for the chance of first-team football. Conn-Clarke, is due to be involved this Saturday when the Magpies face Kidderminster Harriers at Victory Park.

Conn-Clarke, trained with Chorley Football Club on Thursday night also featured in a first-team friendly for the Clarets against Tranmere Rovers in pre-season and then started the current campaign in the club’s U23s side after signing a third-year deal scholarship deal at Turf Moor over the summer.

The Northern Ireland U19 International joined Burnley from Glentoran in the summer of 2018 on an initial two-year scholarship. A regular at youth-team level he helped the Clarets reach the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup last season before graduating to the U23 ranks.

He now gets the chance to step up to senior football for the first time with Chorley, who are three games into their league season and still looking for their first point following relegation from the Vanarama National League last season, but who are through to the first-round proper of the FA Cup.

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Clarets Agree Compensation Pack For Full-Back

Clarets Young defender completes move to Bristol Rovers

Burnley Football Club has agreed a compensation deal with Bristol Rovers to allow defender Ali Koiki to join the Sky Bet League One club on a professional contract.

Koiki, turned down a new contract offer from the Clarets during the summer to effectively end his stay at Turf Moor. The Clarets have secured a compensation fee for the left back due to his age and years of development through the Clarets’ Academy.

Koiki joined Burnley before the start of the 2016/17 season and signed a first professional contract 12 months later. A regular in the U23 side at Turf Moor, Koiki joined Swindon Town on loan in January, 2019 and stayed at the County Ground for the remainder of the season, making 15 appearances for the Sky Bet League Two side.

He now gets the chance to try and advance his career with Bristol Rovers as the Clarets see another young player benefit from their youth set-up to secure a contract in the professional game.

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Golcar United v Bacup Borough

Golcar United 0 v 2 Bacup Borough (North West Counties First Division)

Golcar United returned to the Skype Direct Stadium following two excellent away victories on the road against Atherton Laburnum Rovers and AFC Darwin in North West Counties League First Division. Managers Ashley and Gavin Connor were looking for the home side to continue their recent away form back on home soil as Lancashire rivals Bacup Borough arrived in West Yorkshire looking to win their opening two league fixtures.

As the number of coronavirus cases increases around the country, the hosts followed the government guidelines by making the match all ticket and limiting the attendance to 300 supporters. The game was a complete sell-out for the third home game in a row and it was the highest league attendance in the North West Counties League along with Bury AFC and West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC.

The visitors were on the front foot straight from the kick-off as Michael Gervin won the ball in the middle of the park, before unleashing a shot from firty five yard towards the top right-hand corner of the Golcar goal. However, goalkeeper Adam Lawlor was equal to the effort tipping the ball over his crossbar for a corner in the first minute of the match.

On ten minutes, the home side broke quickly and switched the ball to the left-hand side putting pressure on the visiting defenders who conceeded the corner. The corner was floated into the middle of the area and cleared to the edge of the area, were Michael Fish sent a first time shot over the visitors crossbar.

Three minutes later, Golcar United were then awarded a free-kick on the left hand side just outside the visitors area, the free-kick was sent into the six yard box towards the back post, but the ball was cleared by the Bacup defence who were outstanding the whole game.

The visitors should have taken the lead on seventeen minutes, as Daniel Warren played a great ball into Joshua Brennan’s feet. He then played a quick one-two with Alex Mellor who was through on goal, but Adam Lawlor made an excellent save giving away a corner.

Golcar United, had a chance to take the lead on twenty-three minutes, when Alex Hallam made an excellent run in behind the Bacup Borough defence before playing the ball across the six yard box, were defender Ross Mallinson deflected the ball onto the post before the ball bounced into the arms of goalkeeper Henry Turner.

On twenty-eight minutes, Bacup Borough were back on the attack when Michael Gervin turned his man at the edge of the box before driving into the Golcar area and unleashing a shot across the six yard box, which was turned away for a corner.

Golcar United then appealled for a penalty on the half hour mark, when Ben Burnett went down inside the visitors area following a challenge by Alex Mellor. But the theatrically fall as Burnett went to ground left the referee with no choice but to wave away the appeal.

The home side had another great chance on forty-two minutes following an excellent move down the right wing, the ball was played to the edge of the penalty area were Ben Burnett found himself unmarked. But he could only send his shot over the visitors crossbar and out for a goalkick, to leave the half-time score 0-0.

Bacup Borough manager Brent Peters will have been pleased with his sides performance in a fairly even first-half. His team played some entertaining hard fought football in the first half, but just needed to keep the ball better in midfield and be claim in possesion.

The visitors took the lead on sixty-one minutes, when just like the opening minute Michael Gervin hit a long range shot which deflected off the defender and passed Adam Lawlor into the net despite the keeper getting his hand to the ball, making the score 0-1.

Golcar United should have drawn level two minutes later following an excellent move into the visitors area. A mix up in the visitors defence lead to a shot from inside the area but the ball came back off the crossbar and was cleared by the Bacup defence.

There was a moment of madness on seventy-one minutes, as a scuffle breaks out when Daniel Warren was pushed to the floor by Golcar striker Michael Fish. The number nine received the yellow card for the incident,

Bacup Borough extended their lead on seventy-eight minutes, when a long ball was played over the top of the Golcar defence to Kyle Siddle who brought the ball down before playing it across the six yard box for Joshua Brennan to slot the ball into an empty goal to make the score 0-2.

Golcar United had the final effort of the half in the last minute of the game, but again the home side failed to hit the target and sent the final shot over the visitors crossbar to leave the final score 0-2.

Speaking after the match Bacup Borough manager Brent Peters said, “We were delighted with the teams performance this afternoon. Every single man out there gave us 100% and followed our instruction to the letter. We knew that it would be a tough game against a side who have got off to a good start themselves this season and with a sell out crowd it was going to need strong characters from our lads, they delivered.

I’m not going to single anybody out for special mention, but I must say that I’ve witnessed a really positive change in attitudes and maturity from some of our players. When you are a young side up against seasoned players who have been around the block a few years it’s easy to get sucked into a battle. The fitness levels of the players has also been excellent a lot of the credit must go to Dave Felgate for the way he set out his stall in pre-season.

The lads movement and energy levels are hurting teams and that needs to continue if we are to compete every week. It was also good to see the new lads getting minutes under their belt and making a positive difference to the squad. Ross Hildersley, Alex Luby and Jacob Godsman-Pilling all contributed to the cause at Golcar United, but even the lads who didn’t get on the pitch contributed in creating the energy around the dressing room.

We’ve now got a few days before we go again at home to Steeton AFC on Tuesday night, they are a side that have got off to a good start with some quality displays working under manager Roy Mason. So it will be another difficult game be the players will give 100% again as we look to gain another three points.

Match Details

Golcar United – Lawlor, Stocker, Cartwright, Bradshaw, Lawrence, Skarz, Stor, Townend, Fish, Burnett, Hallam (Subs) Tayp, Stead, Tunnacliffe, Lang, John-Mackay

Bacup Borough – Turner, Walne, Hancock, Warren, Mallinson, Hewitt, K. Siddle, Fati, Brennan, Gervin, Mellor (Subs) Luby, Pilling, Hindersley, Hussey, Crompton

Goals(Bacup Borough) Gervin (60), Brennan (75)

Attendance – 300

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Clarets Chasing French Centre-Half In January Window

Clarets Looking to Make Offer For Strasbourg Defender Mohamed Simakan

Burnley Football Club want French centre-half Mohamed Simakan and are pushing boss Sean Dyche to make a £15million bid. The Clarets scouts have backed an offer for the young Strasbourg star, who has emerged as their favourite defensive target for the next window. AC Milan tried to buy Simakan in the final days of the summer transfer window, whilst West Ham United considered him as a £9m investment signing.

Dyche had various disagreements with his staff and owner Mike Garlick that disrupted plans. Disputes within Turf Moor were behind the failure to sign Watford defender and Clarets target Craig Dawson who joined the Hammers on loan. Dyche did manage to hold onto James Tarkowski throughout the window though despite offers for as much as £30M from West Hamand Leicester City.

The Clarets knocked back all offers for the England International who still has two years of his contract remaining. Dyche was full of praise for the centre-back who could now be joined at the club by Simakan, who has so far made 25 appearances for Strasbourg.

Speaking about James Tarkowski manager Sean Dyche said, “It’s tough for players at the moment as they have a lot of noise around them, even more so than ever, certainly way more than in my day although I was no good! They’ve got media streams, social media, rumours, conjecture all going on all the time. So it’s more difficult for players now. But Tarky is a top pro, he always has been since we got him in here.

“People forget he had to wait a while to get into the team and he was out there every day doing it and he’s still doing it now. I’m sure he’s focused and committed to what’s going on here now. It’s probably helpful to close the window down to clear up any situations that are spinning around on the outside, the noise as I call it.”

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Lancaster City Sign Striker On Loan Deal

Jacob Holland-Wilkinson Joins Lancaster City From Preston North End

Lancaster City have this afternoon confirmed the signing of exciting Preston North End youngster Jacob Holland-Wilkinson on a youth loan deal. The seventeen year old striker has trained with his new teammates in the last week and and is expected to feature in Saturday’s squad who travel to Grantham Town Football Club.

Lancaster City manager Mark Fell thinks the youngster could make a real impact at the Giant Axe stadium, speaking about the signing he said, “He’s got great enthusiasm for the game and we’ve seen him a few times and he’s very sharp, the sort of dynamic striker we’re missing with Rhys Turner injured. It’s great exposure for him to a strong level of football and if it helps his development, whilst improving us, then it’s a perfect solution for all.”

Jacob Holland-Wilkinson has recently had a successful loan spell at Kendal Town in the Northern Premier League Division One West. He has also played for Preston North End U18’s team last season scoring fourteen goals including an outstanding volley in the FA Youth Cup last season.

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Former Clarets Director Passes Away

Derek Gill (1933 – 2020)

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed that former club director Derek Gill has sadly passed away at the age of eighty-seven. Mr Gill, who was an accountant by profession, joined the Board of Directors in the early 1980s and was a member when the club won the 1981/82 Third Division Championship under Brian Miller.

He served the club for several years, looking after the financial side until he resigned his position in 1985, having put himself forward but failing to land the role of Chairman to succeed John Jackson.

When chairman John Jackson stood down in 1985 he was expected to assume the position himself but surprised everyone by resigning his position on the board although a return could have occurred when he led a group looking to take on the now stricken club under the Frank Teasdale administration.

Derek joined the board in the early 1980s having examined the financial mess left by Bob Lord. He was a member of the board during the ill fated John Bond era. Derek was very much a committed Claret while also a devoted family man and our thoughts are today with his family and friends following his passing at the age of 87.

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Former Clarets Winger Leaves Posh

Peterborough United Cancel George Boyd Contract By Mutual Consent

Peterborough United midfielder George Boyd has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent and departs the football club with immediate effect. In his second spell with the club George Boyd made twenty five appearances, scoring one goalin his final appearance for the club, a textbook strike with his left-foot in the victory over Fulham Under 21’s at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Manager Darren Ferguson said, “With the new salary cap regulations, we just couldn’t find a way of fitting George into it. I want to thank George for his service to the football club, it has been an absolute privilege to manage him, he has been an outstanding professional and I wish him all the very best in the future. I have absolutely no doubt that he will be a success in whatever he does. He is one of the best players I will have managed and will ever manage, there is no doubt about that.”

Posh co-owner Darragh MacAnthony added: “George has been a wonderful player for this football club and has handled himself superbly throughout his time. There is no question that he will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame for all he has achieved here. I would like to wish him well for the future and thank him for everything he has done for the football club.”

George Boyd will without doubt be a future Hall of Fame inductee, made just shy of 300 appearances in his first spell at the club, which included promotions from League Two and League One (twice), scoring 76 goals. The football club would like to echo the thoughts of boss Darren Ferguson and thank George Boyd for his tremendous service.

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Former Clarets Defender Sacked As Salford City Manager

Graham Alexandra Sacked As Manager of Salford City

Salford City Football Club have this afternoon confirmed they have sacked manager and former Clarets defender Graham Alexander, who has left the club with immediate effect.

The clubs board met with Graham Alexandra this morning and after discussions we have agreed to part company.  Salford City who are currently fifth in Sky Bet League Two and are unbeaten in the current football league season have also dismissed first team coach Chris Lucketti.

Alexandra, who guided Salford City to Wembley Stadium in his first season, resulting in the clubs promotion to Sky Bet League Two from the Vanarama National League 2 also reached the National Stadium (Wembley) in his second season as the club reached the Trophy Final.

Paul Scholes will act as the interim head coach working alongside former Clarets midfielder Warren Joyce while the club looks to secure a new manager. Joyce, who is currently in isolation will join Paul Scholes on the bench once he is able to.

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David Baldwin Has Resigned As EFL Chief Executive

English Football League Chief Executive Set to Leave Post

Former Burnley Football Club & Bradford City Chief Executiev Officer David Baldwin has today announced he is set to leave his position as Chief Executive of the Football League. Having joined the EFL earlier this year is now considered his future and he has informed the League that he will leave his role in six months’ time.

David Baldwin said: “Having thoroughly reflected on my own personal circumstances at length in recent weeks, I have now determined it is only appropriate to inform the Board and the membership of the EFL of my intentions at the earliest opportunity.

Clearly, accepting this position pre COVID-19 means the situation is now very different to the one I originally envisaged coupled with it being a very different environment inside the EFL. Taking those two factors into consideration and balancing the needs of my family, health and well-being and I feel the decision to leave is the right one.

Between now and my departure date there is still plenty of work to be undertaken on behalf of EFL Clubs and I remain committed to finding solutions to the many challenges we currently face.”

Today’s announcement is not linked to ‘Project Big Picture’ and the decision was taken prior to details of the proposals being made public over the weekend. The EFL will start the recruitment process for Mr Baldwin’s replacement with immediate effect.

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Clarets Sign French Midfielder On Loan

Angers Football Club Midfielder Anthony Gomez Mancini Joins Clarets

The Clarets have added to their talent pool with the capture of France youth international Anthony Gomez Mancini. The central midfielder arrives at Turf Moor from French club Angers on loan with a view to a possible permanent move. The nineteen year old is now looking to make his mark in English football, starting in the Clarets U23 team.

Gomez Mancini is yet to break into the first team at Angers but has featured for the senior squad in pre-season games and has been capped at Under-19 level by France playing for his country in the 2019 version of the prestigious Toulon Tournament.

Speaking about the signing the Clarets U23 manager Steve Stone said, “We are looking to spread our network wherever it’s needed to keep improving and bringing in players to help us move forward and this is what we’ve done with Anthony, he is technically very good with an excellent pedigree in France. We’re looking forward to working with him and seeing what he can bring to us.”

Gomez Mancini started his career at Lyon before joining Angers two years ago, initially in the Under-19s before graduating to the full squad. Speaking about signing for the Clarets Anthony Gomez Mancini said, “I have progressed at Angers on a lot of levels technically, physically and mentally and it’s been a good experience. This is a good opportunity for me and Burnley and I will be doing my best here for me and for the club.

It’s a good challenge for me. My objective will be to play for the first team and I will do my best to gain a (permanent) contract. I have been keeping an eye on Burnley’s results. I’m happy to be here and excited to get to know my team-mates and start training with them.”

Gomez Mancini becomes the sixth new addition to the Clarets’ U23 squad this season following Burnley’s elevation to Premier League 2 level.

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