Vital Football

Latest Burnley FC News

Super, Super Kev McDonald!

Super, Super Kev McDonald!

SUPER Kev McDonald was the cry of 19,000 plus Clarets crammed into Turf Moor on Tuesday evening as Owen Coyle's Burnley sent Arsenal crashing out of the Carling Cup to progress to the Semi-Finals of the competition.

Who would have thought it?

After the woeful displays against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town in the opening two games of the season, who would ever have predicted that the Clarets would be marching into the Carling Cup Semis after sending three Premier League teams out?

Round One of the tournament saw Coyle's Clarets travel to Gigg Lane to face Coca-Cola League Two side Bury, who were dispatched thanks to goals either side of half time from top scorer Martin Paterson, before a tricky home tie at Turf Moor against League One opposition Oldham Athletic, who were sent packing thanks to another Paterson double following Chris McCann's opener.

Round Three and in come the big boys from the Premier League, and straight away Burnley were paired with Roy Hodgson's Fulham, who travelled to East Lancashire only to crash out to an 88th minute goal from homegrown talent Jay Rodriguez, who rounded the Fulham keeper to slot the ball home and put Burnley's famous name in the hat for the Fourth Round.

The draw was made whilst I was at work (Burnley Football Club), coaching a group of Scottish youngsters who were on a day trip to the club courtesy of Mr Owen Coyle, and so my boss came running into the hall at the Turf Moor Leisure Centre, telling me we had drawn Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. What a cracking do. Coach places booked, tickets bought off we go. Eleven hours after setting off and we were boarding the coach ready to return home. The coach was literally rocking after Brian Jensen's heroics in a penalty shoot out had just seen Chelsea, one of the best teams in the world, beaten even with a near full strength side, by the Championship's little club, Burnley!

After that I had never heard as many people describing the club as 'we' and 'us'. Even people who didn't support the club said 'We played fantastic at Chelsea', it was a game that united the town. And then came the draw to face an Arsenal side who's youngsters had beaten Sheffield United six-nil in the Third Round before breezing past Wigan Athletic in the next.

But they were no match for Burnley, who now even have a range of sausages named after them in a local butchers shop!

The Sky cameras rolled up to Turf Moor on a very cold Tuesday evening, an evening which brought a close to a day of snow in the town, and so conditions around the ground were a little challenging to say the least!

All I had hoped for was the Clarets to show the world how they have been playing all season, fantastically well, because I don't think our performance at Barnsley the week before had done us justice infront of millions of watching eyes.

Kevin McDonald! I will say no more. After the Derby County game was won comfortably 3-0 with Big Mac getting his first goal in the Claret and Blue shirt, I said what a fantastic player he will be. And he is continuing to prove me and many others right, with a fantastic double that won us the game!

We are a fantastic town, with a fantastic football club and a fantastic team within that club, and now is the time to step up to the plate! We are two games away from a trip to Wembley! Can you believe it?

Imagine this... Manchester United beat Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, and then Burnley draw Derby in the Semi-Finals. We beat Derby to face up against United at Wembley who have eliminated either Watford or Tottenham. We are automatically in the Uefa Cup before we have even got to Wembley, because if United win, they will be in the Champions League already meaning the spot will be passed to the runners up.

Ching Ching.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:M'R
Date:Wednesday December 3 2008
Time: 7:16PM

Comments

0
Interesting logic that Martyn, makes me want Derby in Semis now rather than in the final
turfmanphil
04/12/2008 07:15:00
0
Martyn ,Barnsey reckons we have to win the Carling Cup to qualify, so who is right? Well there is only one way to find out.. FIGHTTTTT!! God bless Harry Hill!!
turfmanphil
04/12/2008 09:49:00
0
SkySports said on Tuesday night if we were to play United in the final, as they are already entered into a European Competition then the runner up in the Final would take their spot in the Eufa Cup Qualification Rounds. Sure it did?
MartynRobboBFC
04/12/2008 11:23:00
0
If the team that wins the carling cup are already in the champions league , the UEFA cup place will go to the premierships 5th placed team , to get into europe , we will need to win the carling cup !!
Bernie Lee
05/12/2008 02:39:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Burnley Articles

A Premier League Brexit Breakdown

The numbers have been crunched from the Brexit vote and details have now been given for each local authority to provide an 'idea' of how fans of each Premier...

Premier League's Last 20 Goal A Season Scorers

Every club in the Premier League aspires to unearth, develop or sign a guaranteed 20 goals a season kind of striker but they are always in short supply.

Keane Takes The No 26 After England Bow

Centre half Michael Keane took his place in Burnley's history books last night as he debuted for England and he becomes the 26th player to represent the Three Lions...

Burnley's Long Game Benefits England

Manager Sean Dyche has said that Burnley long term game when it comes to our overall development is clearly aiding England's international hopes with Michael Keane...

Archived Vital Burnley Articles

Vital Burnley articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Burnley
Write For Vital Burnley
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sunderland MotM
Suggested By:
Heaton2%
Lowton0%
Keane16%
Mee58%
Ward8%
Boyd8%
Barton8%
Hendrick0%
Arfield0%
Barnes0%
Gray0%
Sub-Vokes0%
Sub-Brady0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 28 22 3 3 69 38
2 Spurs 28 17 8 3 59 34
3 Man City 28 17 6 5 57 24
4 Liverpool 29 16 8 5 56 25
5 Man Utd 27 14 10 3 52 19
6 Arsenal 27 15 5 7 50 22
7 Everton 29 14 8 7 50 21
8 WBA 29 12 7 10 43 1
9 Stoke 29 9 9 11 36 -9
10 Southampton 27 9 6 12 33 -3
11 AFC Bournemouth 29 9 6 14 33 -12
12 West Ham 29 9 6 14 33 -12
13 Burnley 29 9 5 15 32 -11
14 Watford 28 8 7 13 31 -15
15 Leicester City 28 8 6 14 30 -14
16 Crystal Palace 28 8 4 16 28 -10
17 Swansea 29 8 3 18 27 -27
18 Hull City 29 6 6 17 24 -32
19 Middlesbrough 28 4 10 14 22 -13
20 Sunderland 28 5 5 18 20 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Burnley Results (view all)

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 15 2017 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 23 2017 2:15PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 29 2017 5:30PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.cornwallclaret9
2.Irishclaret8
3.WelshClaret1
4.possetclaret1
5.Mike Mada1
Write for Vital Football