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Burnley Reserves Got Promoted Too!

Clarets fans have of course been rejoicing since the 25th May when we finally achieved Nirvana by beating the Blades at Wembley in the Championship Play-Offs Final.

Our return to the top flight has perhaps overshadowed another aspect of promotion this time affecting our Reserve team.

Burnley Reserves were of course Champions of the totesport.com League West Divisions this season but the title itself does not offer any promotions.

Due to the success of the first team though the Reserve team too have now also got automatic promotion.

They will play in the Barclays Premier Reserve League (North) next season and have some juicy home games to look forward to against the second-string sides from Blackburn, Bolton, Everton, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Sunderland and Wigan(subject to confirmation)

The Clarets second-string will continue to play their home games at Accrington Stanley's ground providing the club can sort out their financial difficulties. Accrington Stanley only last week were issued with winding up proceedings over an outstanding 300,000 tax bill.

However the Reserves matches both home and away could be an exciting prospect for Clarets fans considering the Premier League first team players that could be on show if for example they are returning from injury and need to get some competitive games under their belt. Right then who will now be praying that someone crops Rooney et al? Imagine one of our young guns having to defend against Fernando Torres? Now that would be a baptism of fire!

I come from the old school that can remember reserve games back in the 60s and 70s, when it was not uncommon for the second-string games to attract regular gates of 5-10,000! In those days of course, life was simpler, we played them every other Saturday at Turf Moor when the first team were playing away.

We wont of course reach those sort of levels next season and will probably never see those sort of gates ever again but there should be a significant improvement over last season playing the likes of Bury, Morecambe and Tranmere.

In 2008-9 the Barclays Premier Reserve League (North) average gate was about 500 although one match between Liverpool and Manchester United did attract over 10,000 fans in 2007-8.

It would be interesting to know what sort of gates we would attract for Reserve matches at Turf Moor but Accrington though is not a million miles away and with the club keeping all the gate receipts we could be helping Stanley financially as well.

Burnley are certainly providing a better service to Clarets fans than Blackburn do for their fanbase.They have to hike up to Morecambe to see their 'home' reserve matches!

So who will be seeing more Reserve games next season? I know I would be if I lived locally.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 7 2009

Time: 11:15AM

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Interesting benefit of getting the first team promoted! Never occured to me that the second-string too would be playing at an higher level. It can only help develop our young guns to even better standards.
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07/06/2009 11:22:00

It is like buy one get one free and you se some very good players at that level.
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07/06/2009 13:24:00

Sounds like really good news to me in terms of player development. It will certainly be worth looking at the reserve's fixture list to see if they are playing on the sadly too few days each year when I am in the area.
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07/06/2009 14:18:00

This will give great experience for the reserves and we will also get to look at some of the top clubs fringe players with a view to maybe getting some sort of loan deal.
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08/06/2009 12:30:00


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