Burnley - There is Only One Jeff Stelling...
UK time is: 01:02:35
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

There is Only One Jeff Stelling...

Jeff Stelling as most football fans will know fronts 'Gillette Soccer Saturday' for Sky Sports and is now becoming the darling of all women who have time on their hands to watch 'Countdown' on Channel 4 during the week.

Well Jeff, a famous Hartlepool fan of course has been looking at a different countdown recently, the countdown to the start of the new 2009/10 Premier League season. Speaking to skysports.com, he has been providing his predictions for the season including his opinion on how well the Clarets will do.

He describes the club as his surprise package for survival and predicts that the three relegated clubs will be Birmingham, Hull and Portsmouth.

The Clarets of course soon kick-off their first ever campaign in the Premier League as we know it today and their first campaign in the top flight for over 33 years.

Most of the pundits and rival fans have us down for instant relegation and with the smallest squad in the Premier League and with little cash in the coffers, you can perhaps understand why.

How refreshing then, that we have someone like Jeff bucking the trend and giving us all some hope.

Jeff, commenting on the Clarets chances said:

'I think Burney could finish fourth bottom -which would surprise a lot of people. You look at their squad on paper and it's the weakest in the Premier League by some way and they've got an incredibly low income compared to a lot of the clubs, but I really believe Owen Coyle is potentially a fantastic manager. The fact they came up last season, albeit by the play-offs, after playing so many matches with such a tiny squad - and playing such good football in the process - really impressed me. He's not quite a Tony Mowbray figure either. Burnley will knock it around, but there's a steeliness about them at the back and they'll put a foot in when needs be. Everybody has written them off, but I think they could be this year's Stoke. They'll play in a different way, but they'll achieve the same end product in staying up.'

Most Clarets fans have a high regard for Jeff Stelling and he does always seem to have a soft spot for Burnley FC. I remember stuck in the pouring rain in the far corner of the James Hargreaves Lower last season looking up to the rickety, swaying Commentary Box during that Carling Cup Semi-Final Second Leg match against Spurs. There was Jeff smiling and waving back to the lads after a rendition of 'There is only one Jeff Stelling, One Jeff Stelling'

Let's hope Jeff is right in his predictions although I have a sneaky feeling we could finish a little higher, maybe 15th above Blackburn!!

Barry Kilby and Owen Coyle are certainly being canny with their signings and thinking about the future should we not (god forbid) survive our first season in the Premier League.

Kilby speaking recently to The Sunday Times said:

"You`ve got to be sensible about these things. We`ve concentrated on younger players, brought lads down from Scotland who see it as a step up and can`t wait to have a crack at the Premier League. The thinking has been that, if we went down, we would still have a team that was within our budget, have no debt, be a force in the Championship and have a chance of getting promotion again. You want the best, for sure, but you`ve still got to plan for the worst."

Very sensible indeed in my opinion having seen what has happened to the likes of Leeds, Charlton, Southampton and Norwich over the years.

Good on Barry and thank you for cheering me up Jeff!

Yes,indeedy 'There is Only One Jeff Stelling'

Bookmark and Share

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

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 10 2009

Time: 7:12PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Best bloke on the footy box in my opinion and that was before he gave us a chance of staying up!! Always makes me laugh
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 19:15:00

Well said that man :-) i noticed Paul Merson has us down to be relegated
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 19:23:00

would 4th from bottom be a sucess for you lot? Or are your expectations higher?
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 19:27:00

I think any kind of survival would do us this season merlin next season Europe! the season after top four ;-)
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 19:34:00

I think the fans at Turf Moor may the factor to keep you lads up. Good luck.
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 19:49:00

You have hit the nail on the head there I think Greyhound, we have to turn Turf Moor into a fortress, helped by a capacity home crowd now. Away sides could find that intimidating in a small,cosy ground like ours and that's how we could get most of the points to survive.
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 20:15:00

Lets hope he's right.
Grimsby Claret
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 20:39:00

Agree re. making TM a fortress - it's a must if we are to survive.
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 20:49:00

The man is a genius. I mean Jeff Stelling of course.
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 20:55:00

In my opinion we need to win 9 games at the Turf this year if we are to stay up.
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 21:08:00

Dare to dream. The Clarets pre-season has not gone well. Already sustained some injuries, no cover for Alexander in midfield in that holding position, at least one centre half short, and need another striker. Yet I think we will make it through this season. My only fear is if we sustain a heavy defeat in the first game as the next 4/5 games are really tough and we could be cut adrift right at the start and the players confidence shattered. I still think we are as good as at least 6 or 7 other teams in there so must have a chance.
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 21:52:00

The key could be momentum. Lose a few on the trot and players who are, say, 85 % fit start missing games. A few points on the board and a bit of confidence and those same players suddenly ignore the pain because they want to be involved. Will test OC's managerial skills if that happens but we came through a bad run last year so although the standard is much higher now it can be done. We need a bit of luck of course - the odd decision here and there and playing teams when they might be off colour themselves is no bad thing. Every point will count but there are lots of games that we could win.
Report Abuse
10/08/2009 22:00:00

If only for cheering up tmp, Stelling is indeed a genius. I also agree with RT that we need to keep calm if we don't have too many points after the tough games in Aug and Sept. OC has twice shown he can continue to motivate through bad runs.
Couch Potato
Report Abuse
11/08/2009 07:51:00

I think Hull got something like 27 points before Christmas and survived. Somehow we should aim for the same which wont be easy looking at the first few fixtures. We will also have to get in the mindset that a draw at home in most cases will be a good point and anything away a bonus. Come on lads we can do it! Our advantage could again be our relatively small squad, with players in the team playing regularly together without too much competition. Close knit and motivated could well be the key to survival
Report Abuse
11/08/2009 08:34:00

Van der schaaf is the cover for Alexander and Joey. I think McDonald and McCann could be a good partnership though. Anyway Jeff Stelling always thought he a legend and now he#s just confirmed it. We should buy him a claret and blue tie!
Report Abuse
11/08/2009 19:13:00

I think that you can do a Stoke and stay up against the odds, will probably be close but I think that you can do it.
Report Abuse
12/08/2009 00:59:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Burnley Articles

Audio - Arfield's Ten To Tackle (Thursday November 26 2015)

Audio - Dyche Talks Vokes (Thursday November 26 2015)

Match Day Officials v Cardiff (Thursday November 26 2015)

Gray The Record Breaker? (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Whitmore Makes Chester Move (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Vital Report - Burnley 1-1 Brighton (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Dyche & Mee Pleased With A Point (Monday November 23 2015)

Video - Brighton Highlights (h) (Monday November 23 2015)

Audio - Dyche & Mee Talk Brighton (Sunday November 22 2015)

Archived Burnley Articles

List All Vital Burnley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Burnley 1 - 1 Brighton
Wolves 0 - 0 Burnley
Burnley 3 - 1 Fulham
Burnley 2 - 1 Huddersfield
Blackburn 0 - 1 Burnley
Forest 1 - 1 Burnley

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Brighton 17 9 8 0 9 35
3. Middlesbrough 17 10 3 4 13 33
4. Derby County 17 9 6 2 13 33
5. Burnley 17 9 6 2 9 33
6. Birmingham 17 8 4 5 6 28
7. Reading 17 7 6 4 7 27
8. Sheff Wed 17 7 6 4 3 27

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

RUFC - Redfearn 'No Malice In Challenge'
Rotherham : 27/11/2015
Nottingham Forest Vs Reading-Preview
Reading : 26/11/2015 21:49:01
Trio in loan moves
Middlesbrough : 26/11/2015 20:45:01
LUFC Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United Team News
Leeds Utd : 26/11/2015 20:39:01
LUFC Evans - I understand why Sunderland recalled winger
Leeds Utd : 26/11/2015 20:20:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Brighton MotM
Suggested By:  VitalBurnley
Heaton 1%
Darikwa 18%
Duff 0%
Keane 0%
Mee 18%
Boyd 18%
Jones 0%
Barton 36%
Arfield 0%
Hennings 0%
Gray 9%
Sub:-Long 0%