Date:Saturday May 23 2009
Alastair Campbell as we all know was the Director of Communications and Strategy for our former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and these days he is regularly in the media giving interviews on a whole host of subjects close to his heart.
One thing that is definitely close to his heart is of course Burnley FC, a club he has supported all his life.
Some of you may or may not know that Alastair Campbell has his own website and regularly blogs on all aspects of life including of course politics and the media but also from time to time, sport in general and in particular football and the Clarets.
I have to say no matter what political side of the fence you come from, his blogs and discussons are fascinating and give a different insight into aspects of the news that you dont often pick up in the media. Even if you dont agree with his point of view you can tell him so and enter into debate via his blogs.
If you are a Clarets fan, I can also recommend that you keep an eye out for his blogs on the Clarets and sport in general.
Before we quote a recent blog from Alastair on the mighty Clarets and their big day at Wembley this Monday, here is a link to Alastair's website for those of you who might be interested:
Alastair Campbell's Website Link
If you visit the site you will see his recent blog entitled Sport at both ends of the financial spectrum in which he discusses two of his sporting loves, Keighley Cougars Rugby League Club (He was born and bred in Keithley!) and of course Burnley FC.
Alastair explains that he first saw the Clarets aged four during our League Division One Championship season in 1960/61 and updates his readers of our history since those days something of course most Clarets have engraved on their hearts!
Continiung he says:
'Monday's match at Wembley is reckoned to be the event with the single biggest financial prize in world sport, as the TV deal for promotion is worth a guaranteed £60million over the next two years. Sixty million quid. Yes, we can all roll our eyes and say there is too much money in football, but my God what a boost it will give to Burnley, the club and the town, if we land that prize
'Now you have to admit that since we beat Reading to get to Wembley almost two weeks ago, I have been pretty good in keeping this a politics-dominated space, even amid the horrible expenses revelations, when I could have indulged my obsession with football in general and Burnley in particular. Not for nothing are the colours of the site claret and blue,
'I said after Reading that there is nothing like football for the passion that can be generated in victories like the one we secured there. And there is nothing like football for the slow, steady build up of nervous energy before the game actually comes,
'When I said that to someone in Edinburgh yesterday, he said surely a general election is worse. But the thing with an election, if you're directly involved in the campaign, is that you are busy, virtually every minute of the day. In sport, you have nothing to do but think about it, talk about it, text about it, fret about it, imagine all the various scenarios of victory and defeat, and have ridiculous ideas about how you might be able to influence it'
Alastair then goes on to comment about our manager Owen Coyle:
'It is bad enough being a supporter. It must be worse being a coach or a player in these last couple of days when you just want the game to start.But we have definitely unearthed a gem in manager Owen Coyle, who must take so much of the credit for getting us this far. I have done the profile/interview piece on him for the matchday programme, and I was impressed just how calm he was about the whole thing, and how clearly certain footballing principles drive him.Like a lot of good managers, he comes from a very working class West of Scotland background. He is a practising Catholic who never drinks and, where I sit a few rows behind the benches at home games, I have never heard him swear, which must be something of a rarity in a football manager'
Believe it or not Monday is Alastair Campbell's 52nd birthday and he seems a tadge supertisious:
'It's all coming together. I think we'll do it. I really do.You see what I mean about having ridiculous thoughts about how you can influence the outcome.I must remember to tie my left shoelace first on Monday, and keep one of my sleeve buttons undone. That's what I did for Reading, and it seemed to do the trick'
Hope you are right Alastair, guess there will be quite a few Claret fans,players and managerial staff alike who will be carrying out various rituals on the big day.
Now then where are my Claret & Blue Hooped Socks and Willy Warmer?
Vital Burnley thank Alastair Campbell for allowing the site to quote his Clarets at Wembley Blog in this article.
Date:Saturday May 23 2009
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