Premier League Football For £1 a Game

City Chairman to Reward Supporters

The owners of Bradford City have announced they will charge just £1 per match if the club reaches the Premier League.  Joint owner Edin Rahic says he can afford to be generous in the top flight thanks to TV money, whilst season tickets for next season stay at £149 even if they are promoted to the Sky Bet Championship.

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The former financial director of washing machine giants Bosch Rahic, who owns the club alongside fellow German Stefan Rupp believe they can make a profit, despite only charging one pound.

Even before the duo bought the club, becoming the first Germans to delve into English football.  The Bantams had some of the most affordable / lowest season tickets in the league with average attendances around a huge 18,000 a game in Sky Bet League One.

The club have not lost at home in more than a year with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Swindon keeping them in the play-offs.

It is a bold claim, but former Yugoslavia youth international Rahic told The Times, “It’s our dream to be in the Premier League and if we get there the tickets will be £1 per game.”

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Dan Agyei Making Massive Impression

Clarets Striker Tipped For The Top

Dan Agyei became the Premier League’s latest debutant last Sunday when he came on as a late substitute in Burnley’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool.  The striker who has been tipped for big things having impressed at youth level for AFC Wimbledon and then on loan at Coventry City before making his Premier League bow.

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So what type of player is Agyei ?

Dan Agyei is primarily a centre forward that leads the line, but the six-foot striker is adaptable and can play out wide.  However the young left footer is at his best when he is scoring goals.  Burnley’s development coach Michael Jolley said, “Dan is very difficult to stop, he’s got some great natural assets, pace and power and he has got a terrific left foot.  He’s a good kid and wants to do the work and if he does he’s got a chance of doing something.”

South London to Lancashire that’s a big change ?

It is a big move for a young lad, but it underlines how much faith Burnley have in the teenager.  Agyei was hot property down south, but Burnley didn’t take no for an answer. Scouts from Chelsea and Fulham were regulars at AFC Wimbledon’s Under 18 and 21’s matches keeping tabs on Agyei.  No wonder he scored 35 goals for the south London club’s junior teams before moving north in 2015.

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Has he come through the ranks at Turf Moor? 

No Agyei joined Burnley as a 17-year-old from AFC Wimbledon for a fee of £100,000 and went straight into their development set-up.  He also had a loan spell at Coventry earlier this season, scoring five goals in twenty appearances.

There were a number of clubs including Coventry City and Brentford keen on taking him until the end of the season.  However Sean Dyche, believed Agyei could play a part in the season finale and the Burnley boss has been proved right.

Was he close to staying in London?

Yes. Fulham pursued their interest in Agyei but couldn’t agree a deal, he also had a trial at West Ham. But the Hammers decided against handing the forward a contract paving the way for Burnley to swoop.

So a future England international then?

Potentially, yes but despite being born in England he is also eligible to play for Ghana. If he continues his rise then we can expect a good old international tug of war!

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Former Claret Joins Port Vale

Port Vale Sign Andre Bikey

Former Clarets defender Andre Bikey has returned to the UK and signed for Sky Bet League One side Port Vale Football Club.  The former Cameroon international has been training with the club and has now put pen to paper on a contract until the end of the season.

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The central defender joins Port Vale having spent the last twelve months in the Indian Premier League with FC Pune City.  Despite being with the club for most of this season, Bikey has never played for FC Pune following an injury to his tendon that ruled him out this season.

The defender has a vast amount of experience in England, including spells in the Premier League with Reading and Burnley.  He has also had spells in England with Bristol City, Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic.  In total, Bikey has played in over 225 competitive games in England, scoring 13 goals.

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He originally moved to England in 2007 on a loan spell with Reading after performing well at the African Cup of Nations. Promotion with Reading saw him play in the Premier League for the first time, a competition he played in 50 times during his career.  His last spell in England came back in the 2014/15 season with Charlton Athletic.

Bikey will be available for selection against Coventry City next week and the defender will hope to boost the defensive ranks at Vale Park and compete for a place in the Vale team.

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Barton’s Farewell Match

Swansea Could Be Barton’s Last Game

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has praised Joey Barton’s contribution to the club both on and off the pitch as the midfielder prepares for what could be his final Clarets game at Swansea City tomorrow.

Barton will face a Football Association hearing over a betting charge next week that could result in a lengthy ban for the midfielder. The ban is likely to be for at least the rest of this season and could be longer, whilst Barton’s contract is due to expires in the summer.

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The club were fully aware of the situation when Barton rejoined the Clarets in January despite the FA charge hanging over his head having seen a move to Rangers turn sour following a training ground bust-up.

Barton has made a significant impact at Turf Moor in the Championship season and since his return from Scotland and Dyche is full of praise for his role ahead of Barton finding out his fate next week.

Speaking about Joey Barton, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said, “I don’t think he had to prove his worth and he had nothing to prove to me.  He may have had something to prove to himself, that he could still do it in the Premier League.

He was faultless on and off the pitch in the title-winning campaign, his influence again this time around has been excellent and tomorrow he will be prepared to make his 51st appearance for the club.

I make it clear, in my world as manager of Burnley Football Club he has been top drawer, as a man, as a player, around the group and his performance have been top drawer.”

If tomorrow does prove to be Joey Barton’s last appearance for Burnley, then I hope he finishes on a high and has an excellent game scoring the Clarets winning goal against Swansea City.  This would be a fitting end which would be well deserved.

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Clarets Sign Non-League Striker

Burnley Sign Harry Limb From Wisbech Town

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the signing of Harry Limb from non league club Wisbech Town.  Limb has signed a contract with the Clarets until June 2018, with an option for a further year.

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Limb has scored 22 goals so far this season for Wisbech Town in the United Counties League Premier Division side. The young striker, has previously played for Boston United and has also had interest from Swansea City and Leicester City in the Premier League.

Speaking about the signing Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper said, “Harry Limb is someone who has come on our radar as a natural goalscorer. He’s been playing men’s football and scoring goals.

We have had a look at him on trial and he impressed us with the way he went about it, so we’ve given him an opportunity as well. Like all the players, they will have to work hard to make a success of their careers at Burnley but they’ve started in the right way.”

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Clarets Sign Non-League Defender

Burnley Sign Harry Flowers From Brocton

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the signings of Harry Flowers from non league Midland League Premier Division side Brocton.  Flowers has signed a contract with the Clarets until June 2018, with the option of a further 12 months.

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The central defender is the grandson of former England World Cup Winner and Wolves legend Ron Flowers.  The 20-year-old has featured in a number of Burnley’s Development Squad games as a trialist and is now a permanent member of Michael Jolley’s squad.

Jolley (Senior Professional Development Phase Coach) said, “Harry Flowers is an old school defender, he’s really keen to do the basics very well, make blocks, make tackles, make headers and keep the ball out of our net.

Those are qualities we really like and we see some growth and potential in him.  I think training full-time and working with the coaches he will improve.

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Koeman Wants Keane

Michael Keane Wanted buy Everton

According to some national newspapers Everton manager Ronald Koeman is making Burnley’s Michael Keane his Number one transfer target this summer.  The Dutchman is ready to offer a reported to £28 million pound for the Clarets defender.

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Keane is also subject to interest from his former side as well as Chelsea with Antonio Conte an admirer of the center-half and while Sean Dyche is reluctant to lose one of his key players, a move away from Turf Moor seems likely with the bids set to ramp up in the summer.

Koeman currently relies on Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori with the pair in the heart of their defence while Phil Jagielka continues to fall down the pecking order.  The lack of defensive back up has alerted Koeman to bolster this position before the start of next season.

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