Friday, December 3, 2021

Burnley

Who are Burnley?

Burnley are an English association football club from the city of Burnley, Lancashire.

In August 1882, They played their first-ever game as an association football club versus local team Burnley Wanderers, winning 4–0.

Their first competitive game was two months later against Astley Bridge in the Lancashire Cup, that match ending in an 8–0 defeat.

Burnley endured a tense 1959–60 campaign in which Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur were the other protagonists in the race for the league title.

The side ultimately claimed their second First Division championship on the last day of the campaign with a 2–1 victory at Manchester City, with goals from Trevor Meredith and Brian Pilkington.

Although the club had been in contention all season, they had never led the table until this last game was played out.

After the term finished, Burnley went to the USA to participate in the first international football tournament in North America, the International Soccer League.

The club have been champions of England twice, in 1920 – 1921 and 1959 – 1960, have claimed the FA Cup once, in 1913 – 1914, and have lifted the FA Charity Shield trophy twice, in 1960 and 1973.

Burnley have been runners-up in the First Division twice, in 1961 – 1962 and 1919 – 2020 and FA Cup runners-up twice, in 1961 – 1962 and 1946 – 1947.

Burnley are one of only five clubs to have won all four professional leagues of English football, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Preston North End.

The team have played home matches at Turf Moor since February 1883, after the club had moved from their original premises at Calder Vale.

Burnley colours of blue and claret were adopted before the 1910–11 term in tribute to the then Football League winners, Aston Villa;

Burnley are today nicknamed “the Clarets”, because of the dominant colour of the home shirts. The Clarets’ current emblem is based on the city’s coat of arms.

The team have a long-standing rivalry with nearby outfit Blackburn Rovers, with whom Burnley contest the East Lancashire Derby.

What are the predictions for next season?

With limited transfer funds compared to league rivals, the stability shown to continue to remain in the division over the years is admirable.

Despite Chris Wood’s stability, the Clarets are going to need other stars to step up and take responsibility on the goalscoring front if the club are to improve next campaign.

Nobody really looks forward to going up versus Burnley, and as long as manager Sean Dyche is in charge, that isn’t going to change.

The team just need to find more goals over the campaign – which will bring more points.

Burnley – 2021/22 season (odds)

According to bookies, relegation odds – Burnley 11/4.

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