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Vital Burnley Fund Raising Recognised by Club

Vital Burnley (in conjunction with When The Ball Moves) as you may be aware are raising funds to buy shares in Burnley FC via Clarets Trust thereby also financially helping the Club. The money comes simply from some of the profits based on the number of joint hits that the site gets.

We recently presented a cheque for our first 200 raised to Clive Holt, Burnley FC Director and Clarets Trust Life Member thus securing one more share for Clarets Trust.

In an article on the Official Site called Fans Join Forces to Raise Funds our efforts have been recognised by the club and our scheme promoted

You can read the article by clicking this link:

Fans Join Forces to Raise Funds

The article was based on our recent Press Release to the media and club which read

Press Release- Vital Burnley & When the Ball Moves Raise Money for Trust to Purchase Shares in Burnley FC

Two Board Members of Clarets Trust, Martin Barnes and Phil Lea, have gone into partnership based on their Clarets website and fanzine interests to raise funds for the Trust to buy Burnley FC shares.

Phil is also editor of a Clarets website (Vital Burnley) and Martin runs the When the Ball Moves... fanzine. Martin for sometime has wanted an additional online fanzine for WTBM... and this has now been achieved by Vital Burnley hosting their forum & facilities.

Vital Burnley however also makes money depending on the total site hits they receive and both partners have now agreed to donate a minimum of 50% of all profits to Clarets Trust. The site hits currently guarantee that the Trust will receive a minimum of 200/year enough to buy one Burnley FC share but the more folk that use the site and the joint facilities the more that extra money will be raised for Clarets Trust and the more Burnley FC will benefit through the Trust purchasing shares.

Both partners are delighted to announce they have already raised 200 and as you can see from the photograph they have now donated the money to Clarets Trust to buy one further Burnley FC share adding to the 88 shares already purchased.

Clive Holt, Burnley FC Director and Clarets Trust Life Member received the cheque on behalf of the Club and said:

'I must also thank the Trust for their continued purchase of club shares, which helps to strengthen the club and give the Trust both weight and a voice of authority.'

A joint statement by Martin & Phil is provided below:

"As far as we are aware this is the first time a Clarets website has gone into partnership with an established fanzine with a view to also raising funds for a Trust organisation to buy shares in the club we support. We are even more pleased to announce that 200 has already been donated to the Trust to buy one more share in Burnley FC. If any Clarets fan would like to simply help the club financially by surfing the net, then make Vital Burnley or When the Ball Moves...Online forum your homepage. Even if you don`t read the articles or join in the discussion and forum activity, we will get one hit each time you just simply turn on your browser. Of course we would be delighted if you also read our articles and joined in the forum activity, the more hits we get, the more money we can make for the club we all love"

Phil Lea and Martin Barnes

Clarets Trust chairman, Peter Pike said of the initiative:

"I welcome this initiative by two members of the Trust It gives all Clarets fans who use the internet a good way of helping the Club without costing them a penny Well done Phil and Barnsey"

If you want to help Phil & Martin raise money for the club then visit the following sites and join in the fun and debate:


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

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 3 2009

Time: 9:16AM

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Watch out also for a mention in the Claret&You programme, probably the Swansea one.
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03/01/2009 09:22:00

Congratulations lads, great stuff!
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03/01/2009 09:28:00

well done lads.....good one....
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03/01/2009 09:44:00

Fair play you Clarets. Clever use of technology. More Vital sites should do this!
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03/01/2009 09:47:00

Cheers lad,helps if your club has a Trust as well
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03/01/2009 09:48:00

Excellent stuff
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04/01/2009 12:02:00

Congratulations to all involved.
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04/01/2009 19:35:00

well done people good stuff
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07/01/2009 12:31:00

Thanks again lads, Clarets please spread the word and Rivals come and use our Rivals forums like Matchday Mayhem. It all helps!
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08/01/2009 19:52:00

Spreading :-) If by hitting this web site helps Burnley fc then i am more than willing to oblige
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09/01/2009 12:00:00

Good man 8c8! By the way,hope you all saw our article in the Swansea Claret&You proggy on Saturday if you bought one? We were on Page 4.
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11/01/2009 23:12:00

Hey Burnley fans if you are reading this we need you yes you to sign up have your say it can only help Burnley, Thats what we all want and if we can have a bit of banter where better than here the more the better come on Burnley
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13/01/2009 21:23:00

Its certainly a unique way, hope for a successful campaign.
Buzz Lightyear
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15/01/2009 17:20:00

The effect on hits and new members joining has been amazing but the most important thing about all this..THE CLUB BENEFITS!! No harm in having some fun and giving money to the club just by typing is there?
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16/01/2009 22:04:00

Nearly 400 members now, Jan hits on for a record month despite the lack of Clarets activity in transfer window and site goes from strength to strength. Thanks to all who have helped and are using the site. Great effort!
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29/01/2009 07:34:00

Do many of the 400 member post often Phil? How does the members league table work?
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29/01/2009 20:06:00

We have a regular 50 or so posting in the forum/month but names change over the year. I reckon about 100 post in a year and that figure is increasing. The site articles though are read by numerous folk both Clarets fans and rivals alike some of who also comment of course below the articles. The Top 10 Members league allocates points to those Clarets who have been interactive ie posting in forum, commenting below articles and voting in polls
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30/01/2009 07:12:00

Does the member league allocate different points for different things? ie. 1 point for a forum/article post, 3 points for poll voting, 5 points for article etc
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02/02/2009 12:57:00

Yep,something like that! Actually if you click the bit at the top (Members League) it will take you to a page where you can find out more. This is direct link to cut&paste into browser: http://www.masterleague.vitalfootball.co.uk/about.asp
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02/02/2009 13:33:00


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