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Claret Dale is the Wiseman of the Clarets World!

Claret Dale is the Wiseman of the Clarets World!

A new book was published recently by Clarets author, the Reverend David Wiseman. Clarets fans may know the life-long Clarets fan from his other books on Burnley FC which include 'Up the Clarets','Vintage Claret' and 'A Case of Vintage Claret'

His latest work is a book entitled 'The Burnley FC Miscellany'

The good news was that the publishers, Breedon Publishing provided Vital Burnley with three copies of the new book to give away free in our competitions this season.

Over two nights this week some of our posters have been battling it out to win the book in our first of the three competitions.

We asked a series of questions based on the book in 26 categories listed in alphabetical order A-Z.

Here were the questions we asked under each category together with the answers:

Andy All Rounders

Which Andy managed to play for the Clarets in all shirts available numbered 1-12?

Answer: Andy Farrell

Burnley Bribes

Which manager did director, John Turkington offer to buy a Bentley for if he got us promoted to Prem?

Answer: Stan Ternent

Capital Comebacks

Which London club did we play in the 1960-61 season in a game in which we were 4-0 down at half-time and came back to earn a 4-4 draw?

Answer: Tottenham Hotspur

Dodgy Debuts

Which keeper let in 7 goals on his league debut for the Clarets?

Answer: Billy O`Rourke

England No Can Do

Which Clarets manager turned down the chance to be in charge of England?

Answer: Jimmy Adamson

First League Double

In 1888 we beat this team 4-3 away and 4-1 at home but who was it against? (Clue: B-team from Lancs)

Answer: Bolton Wanderers

Greying Goal scorers

Who is the oldest player ever to score for the Clarets?

Answer: Graham Alexander

Hat-trick Heartbreak

Who scored a hat-trick in the 60s against Spurs in an FA Cup game only to be on the losing side (4-3)?

Answer: Willie Irvine

International In Town

The only FULL international match ever played at Turf Moor involved England against whom?

Answer: Wales (1927)

Jimmy Jimmy

Which Jimmy wrote a book in 1983 called 'Book of Lists` in which accolades were given to both Jimmy Mac and Jimmy Adamson?(Clue: Not a Claret)

Answer: Jimmy Greaves

Kippers Go Bang

Which Clarets player who played in the 1946-7 FA Cup Final was given the nickname 'P`Tang Yang Kipperbang`? (Clue: Initials PK)

Answer: Peter Kippax

Lost Chances

Which season post-1970 did the Clarets play their last 16 games without a win and were relegated?

Answer: 1979-80

Managers from Merseyside

Which Liverpool manager once described Burnley as 'that village team`?

Answer: Bill Shankly

Nicknames in 1900s

What year did we change strip colours and become known as the Clarets?

Answer: 1910-11 season

One game wonders

One player made his only ever appearance for the Clarets on his debut in 2003-4. Who was it?

Answer: Ryan Townsend

Plymouth Pummels

Which season this decade did we beat Plymouth 1-0 after a run of six games without a win?

Answer: 2005-6

Question of Quotes

Which Clarets player of the 1960s said 'If you can`t get the man, make sure you get the ball`

Answer: Brian O'Neil

R-Club Rarity

A rare Boxing Day win in 1987-8 season saw the Clarets defeat this team 4-0 but who were they?

Answer: Rochdale


19 Smiths have played for the Clarets over the last 100 years or so but which one played for us in the late 70s?

Answer: Malcolm (Smith)

Transfer to Return

Which player who later became our manager was sold to Everton for £20,000 in 1950?

Answer: Harry Potts


Which current Burnley FC Executive plays the ukulele and is a paid-up member of the George Formby Appreciation Society?

Answer: Paul Fletcher

Violent Ramming

Which Clarets player ruthlessly fouled Rams full back Marc Edworthy at Turf Moor in 2005 but got away with yellow? The Rams lad had a severe facial injury and missed the next few games. Final score 2-2

Answer: Graham Branch

Well Travelled Journeymen

Which former Clarets player in recent times (post 70s) has made the most moves to other clubs in their professional career?

Answer: Marlon Beresford (Well over 20 at last count!)

X marks the Spot

What did the X placed against a team mean in a fixture during the first 50 years of league football? e.g. Blackburn1 x Burnley 3 (Result from October 1922)

Answer: Denoted the team playing at home

Youngest Young Gun

Which player is the youngest to ever make his debut for the Clarets first team?

Answer: Tommy Lawton (16 years 174 days)

Zed and We Had One

We have only ever had one player since the war whose surname began with the letter Z so name him!

Answer: Peter Zelem

Folk playing the quiz got 3 points for the quickest correct answer and one point if they got it right but slower.

We can announce that the winner of our first quiz and soon to be proud owner of 'The Burnley FC Miscellany' is:

Claret Dale

He achieved a fantastic 29 points with nine fastest correct questions.

Grimsby Claret came a creditable second with 23 points and three fastest correct questions.

Rickers Twickers in third with 19 points also with three fastest correct questions might have been pushing the leaders had he not been a little late and missed a handful of questions.

Couch Potato in 4th on 18 points with three fastest correct questions also missed out on a few questions.

Vin Rogue recovered well on the second night to get three fastest correct questions but could only finish on 16 points.

8clarets8 faded towards the end but managed to get two fastest correct questions at both the beginning and end of the second night to finish on 14 points.

Thanks to all our players for entering into the spirit of the quiz and congratulations once again to the winner, Claret Dale.

Watch out for news of our next two competitions when another Wiseman book will be on offer as the prize.

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Date:Friday November 27 2009
Time: 12:53PM


Greatly enoyed the last two nights as we experimented to find the right format. Glad it all worked out in the end and that folk seemed to enjoy themselves
27/11/2009 13:10:00
Which night did best for 'hit the site, help the club'? What does constitute a 'hit' in that context?
Couch Potato
27/11/2009 13:42:00
Basically each time you visit a page or refresh a page it will add one hit. I cant break down the stats between nights but I would think the first night would have had most hits because we were refreshing like crazy at 1 question/go before we changed to the less frantic 5 questions/block
27/11/2009 14:36:00
Woe is me last again! Well done Dale don't forget to lend me the book before the the next comp ;-)
27/11/2009 18:30:00
Is our Champ Dale alowed to enter next time or will he be subject to some kind of TMP -icap ?
27/11/2009 19:37:00
I think of something to keep everybody happy if they want to play!! ;-)
28/11/2009 06:50:00
very enjoyable - We can sort something out. The addition of the book should now see a regular quiz page in WTBM - I suggest a regular purchase of the fanzine ( for those who dont already) to help get you in shape for the next quiz :-)
29/11/2009 13:17:00
tmp - can you change the headline to 'Claretdale is Wise A*se of...'
Couch Potato
29/11/2009 13:39:00
Sorry I missed you at West Ham Dale, but probably just as well since I forgot to bring the book with me!! ;-) Suggest I get the book to you at next home game against Fulham if thats OK?
29/11/2009 13:44:00
yeah thats fine Phil - We can sort it then ( or at Pompey) - i dont mind.
29/11/2009 14:22:00
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