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400 'Hit the Site, Help the Club' on Vital Burnley

We have had a tremendous response to our recent campaign to help raise funds for Clarets Trust to buy shares and benefit the club. Over 400 members now 'Hit the Site, Help the Club' .

Hits on Vital Burnley at the end of December were about 75% up on the same period in 2007 and site hits for the month of January were our second highest despite it being a pretty dull, quiet January transfer window

Vital Burnley in conjunction with When the Ball Moves...Online would like to thank all those who have used the site and would like to formally welcome all our new members.

Your efforts have ensured that Vital Burnley will be donating another 200 this month to Clarets Trust to purchase one more share in Burnley FC.

Please spread the word and let's get even more funds raised. The more hits we get, the more our community will build and the more funds we can raise.

If you were not aware of our campaign here is the background


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:


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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 3 2009

Time: 12:46PM

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Great news and thanks to all our lads and lasses who have helped build a community whilst at the same time helping us raise funds simply by using the site! Thoroughly chuffed, but let's do even more
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03/02/2009 12:51:00

Good work lads ( and lasses ). Every bit helps and good to know that each contribution makes a difference to the Clarets so that, in addition to going to games all over the country, we all play a small part in helping the club progress.
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03/02/2009 17:44:00

Folks, if you hit the site, please try to make sure you 'embrace' the adverts + when there are video ads (usually funny viral stuff) in articles. That is how we are able to make these payments and be the community we are. Vital is a community run by fans for fans (cliche I know) !
The Fear
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03/02/2009 18:37:00

So your able to make a donation every month i was under the impression that it was yearly great stuff,Now lets push on things can only get get better "Not the rubbish song of the nineties"
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04/02/2009 18:35:00

Well its every quarter at the moment 8c8! Our current hits will easily sustain 200/quarter, but if we can get more activity on here, the sky is the limit! We are already close to making it, 250/quarter or 1000/year but imagine what we could do with 5-10 times the level of activity on the site? That's why I have become such a boring old fart trying to promote it, but I think it's such an easy way to support the club we love finacially, simply by clicking a few buttons on a PC!!
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04/02/2009 18:49:00

It does seem to have got busier lately but then again i have not been around long enough to know the true difference and our cup exploits have certainly helped
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04/02/2009 19:01:00

I would urge every user of of the site, be they reader and/or poster to try and get 2-5 of their chums to use the site too and then persuade (aka badger-grin) them to do the same! A rolling snowball gathers the dosh!! ;-) Simples!!!! comparethe meerkat.com
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04/02/2009 19:06:00

Thanks tmp i had just got that jingle out of my head compare the meerkat.com to much Talksport for me ;-)
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04/02/2009 19:11:00

I know! But I predict 'Simples' will be the catchphrase of 2009 and heard in pubs throughout the land!! lol
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05/02/2009 22:22:00

Well done fellas.. Nice work
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14/02/2009 07:35:00

lets keep it going!
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14/02/2009 16:53:00

Cheers Chix. Hi Dale, when you think increasing activity by 5-10 times could mean the club would benefit to the tune of 1000/quarter, you can see why I might be badgering folk to come and help us out.
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15/02/2009 15:01:00

To all Burnley fans/supporters this has to be a good idea? Just by clicking on to us make a few comments it all helps Burnley which is what we all want yes!! I came on to this site a couple of months ago and thought yeah that's a worth while cause and because of it i have been more involved i would like to add that i have been made to feel welcome and i hope that anybody else wishing to join they would be welcome too we are not a bad old bunch we just want to help the cause and do what's right for Burnley if this is you feel free to help our campaign just by hitting a few keys can help a lot :-)
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16/02/2009 22:20:00

Thanks for saying that 8C8, glad you like it here. I would like to re-emphasize too that if our posters and users could invite their online Clarets chums to the site, it would increase activity no end and benefit the club at the same time
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17/02/2009 09:18:00


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