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New Dates For Reserves

The Clarets have new dates for three of their outstanding fixtures in the Barclays Premier Reserve League North.

The visit of Everton, which was postponed last month, will now be played on Tuesday, 2nd March.

The game against Wigan Athletic originally scheduled for that date will be now played on Tuesday, 20th April.

And Sunderland will visit the Crown Ground on Thursday, 22nd April.

All three games will be played at Accrington Stanley FC, kick-off 7pm.

The Long Seventh Signing

In all the furore of the transfer window it may have escaped your notice that we do also have yet another central defender in the squad. Kevin Long was mentioned in the Claret & You squad sheet at the back for the first time for our match against Chelsea last Saturday. He has been given Shirt No 28. You may remember a deal was struck earlier in the year back in November but the Club had to wait till January to finalise it. His profile is also now up on the Official Site.

Burnley had fought off competition from both Everton and Celtic to sign the 19 year old from Cork City.A six figure deal was agreed which would keep Long at Burnley until June 2013.

On 25th January 2010 it was confirmed that Long had signed for Burnley.

Long is the 7th signing in the Jan window to add to Nugent (loan extension), Nimani (loan), Cork (loan) plus signings Weaver, Fox and Cort! Not a bad window with no key players going out and no players sold. Easton, Jay Rod and Lund out on loan spells only

The New Players and Their Squad Numbers

We confirmed seven new signings in the January transfer window including the loan extension for David Nugent who retains his Number 22 shirt and Kevin Long mentioned above who now has Shirt Number 28.

The others are:

Nicky Weaver-31
Leon Cort-18
Frederic Nimani(loan)-29
Danny Fox-34
Jack Cork(loan)-42

Irish Youngsters Get Call Up

First year apprentice, Neil Yadolahi has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their two Under 17 friendlies next week against Hungary. They will be played on the 9th and 11th February in Dublin. Yadolahi is a central defender and has yet to play for the Clarets in any capacity.

He was signed from St. Kevin's Boys Club, Dublin in November last year.

Northern Ireland defender Curtis Woods has also been called up by his country and will attend a Northern Ireland Under 18-19 training camp to be held at Lilleshall next week.

Woods is also in the first year of his apprenticeship at Turf Moor and has been a regular in the youth team this season playing in the centre of the defence.

'Maya'-Alastair Campbell's New Novel.

Burnley`s Wembley heroes have received an unlikely honour - by being name-checked in an Alastair Campbell novel.

The celebrity Clarets fan, who needs little excuse to promote his love for the club, is set to release his second novel next month, entitled 'Maya`.

And hidden among the pages of his tale of celebrity fame - and kept secret from the publishers, until now - lie characters named after every member of the 2009 Wembley play-off final winning squad!

Campbell said: "As with most novels, there are plenty of walk-on parts, people who get one or maybe a few mentions, where the name is not as important as it is for the main characters.

"And as I was putting the finishing touches to the book on holiday, post play-off final and pre-Premier League adventure, I could not resist cementing our Wembley heroes even more deeply into the fabric of my life.

"The deed having been done as I signed off the final proofs, I wondered whether I ought to explain to my publisher the reason why I was suddenly making more than a dozen surname changes at an important moment in the production process.

"But then I thought no, it's my book, and the characters are my characters, so I'll change them as I see fit!"

Campbell`s novel includes the likes of American film financier Jim ELLIOTT, named after Clarets winger Wade, who bagged the 60m goal at Wembley in May last year.

Other fictitious characters include Colin CALDWELL from Dubai, Pat DUFF from Cheltenham, Matt EAGLES of the BBC and Adrian ALEXANDER, a reporter on the London Evening Standard.

Campbell added: "Funnily enough, at one point I did have a Coyle in there, but something made me take it out!

"In promoting Maya in a magazine recently I was asked to name my top ten books.

"And in among the French classics and the great British novels is Clarets Chronicles.

"There`s thousands of Burnley names in there!

"But as Maya has very little to do with football, I'm happy to make do with my disguised band of Wembley heroes."

Maya is published by Hutchinson, 18.99 hardback.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 3 2010

Time: 5:08PM

Your Comments

Certainly impressed with the scouting going on over in the Emerald Isle! Seems to be bearing lots of fruit!
turfmanphil
im going fishing in france hopefully in july to a place called maya, thats my useless bit of info for you today.
palsdad
Not sure I agree with everything Mr Campbell says when he's wearing his political bobble hat, but I think the publicity he brings The Clarets is fantastic and his love for the club is clear to see. Unlike many celebrity fans he actually attends matches and sits with normal fans too. TMP's article about AC's novel made me trawl through my memory bank and recall that I have worked with colleagues called Alexander, Penny and Thompson, lived next door to a Fox and have ridden in a Jensen Interceptor !
RickersTwickers
The club must have read what I wrote me on the forum earlier today about Long's profile not being up.
ClaretClaude
I agree Phil - I would argue that the sale of Laffs was instrumental in us gaining promotion with the availability of funds to sign Eagles, Pato, Kev Mc etc. In Chris Mccann we have another who will, one day, go for a decent sum. This is vital for the future of Burnley!
claretdale
I hope we're in a position where we don't have to sell players anymore cd , especially if the anticipated survival plan works and the premiership cash keeps rolling in.
WelshClaret
You got me thinking there RT, I to have ridden in a Jensen Interceptor metallic blue if my memory serves me correctly. As for names I went to school with an Alexander Graham.
sheclaret
I feel slightly uneasy saying so in this context, but I once kissed a girl called Carlisle.
Couch Potato
Thank god you didn't kiss a girl called Edgar!! ;-)
turfmanphil
Welsh - To a certain extent, I think Burnley will always be a selling club. I do agree that we are not in the position we were in that we had to sell players purely to stay afloat. But I feel that bigger teams will always come circling for our better players - and this can be used to aid our success ( ie as per Lafferty)
Claretdale
Personally I think its about time we did all we could to remain a Premier League side and start to get shut of some of these monkeys off our back. We may well remain a selling club, but only I hope to the Top clubs in Europe who can pay well over the price our players are worth. I certainly don't ever want to go back into the Championship and start having to sell our players in the Jan window to all & sundry just to make ends meet. So many times that happened to Cotterill which scuppered any hopes of reaching the play-offs despite being in with a sniff of them virtually every Christmas before the selling spree
turfmanphil
Kyle Lafferty - best bit of business we've done for many a year. Love SheC's post about Alexander Graham. Wonder if there are any Elliott Wades, Jordan Stephens or Edgar Davids out there ? Wait a minute....
RickersTwickers
We've certainly been a selling club Cd but at the moment we're not, and that's largely due to Kilby's financial management together with the premiership money. You're right tmp, Cotterill always lost the good 'uns and was definately handicapped by that, as we all were . And it's always been the case from Willie Morgan ( the first one that I got really pi**ed off about a star player leaving) through to Lafferty. But that's the beauty of our current situation where things seem to be quite stable , how long it lasts depends on premiership status of course, or again as stated by yourself and tmp ,until someone comes in with an offer 'you can't refuse' for say Eagles, who is improving by the month. If we stay in the premiership , as I think we will, then I hope to hell that we don't sell and instead carry on reinforcing the squad, and only selling players deemed surplus. All down to financial management again! Anyway, really looking forward to the West Ham match, I hope the goal avalanche starts on Sat. Been a long time coming !
WelshClaret
I think we always have been and always will be a selling club , its the nature of the beast! We will never aspire to 30,40,50,000 home crowds , attract the buyers of merchandise that the big clubs do , pull in the mega buck sponsors or have the global appeal of many other English clubs , 75% of the Championship clubs have a bigger revenue through gates than we do , thats not a slate on us , we have a small town with a population of around 70k , so the support we get is magnificent! Pompy , Southamton , Leeds , Cardiff , Ipswich , Leicester all bigger clubs than us , have had massive financial problems and I dont we would have come out of the other end in their situation. The biggest earner by far for us , is the premier league Tv deal , everyone see's it as 60M , but it's only 30M this season( only 30M he say's) and it does'nt all come at once. We spent about 7M on players in the summer , 3M this widow , players wages will be over 12M a year , then add in Manager and coaching staff , wages for Youth Developement staff , retail staff , admin staff ,Gound staff ect , BFC will employ at least 100 none playing staff , then all the little things , hotel bills , transport , clothing , training equipement , fixtures and fittings , Gound/pitch maintainance , office supplies , stationary , computers , utility bills ect and the running costs of a professional football club is huge and remember a lot of money was lost in refunding 7k season tickets and 1M spent on work for the dressing room and media area ! If the income is'nt coming in , it has to come from somehere and a player sale can make a big difference when money is tight , i'm just trying to point out that its not just transfer fee's and wages with added bonuses and agents fees , where the money is spent! Take Bradford a few season ago , reached the premier league and over spent , remember Carbone , they payed a packet for him , put him on a huge wage , long term contract and got relegated , they had a job giving him away just to get him off the wage bill ! What would happen to Chelsea if Roman pulled the plug , they wont be far off a 200M wage bill , who would honour those contracts ? Staying up is big but the longevity of Burnley football club is bigger , if we stay up , it will stick two fingers up to footballs money men , if we go down , we will be back because we have been run by people that care about this clubs Future and have managed it as such , and breath !! UTC!
Bernie Lee
Interesting read on last seasons premier league club financies at the link ! http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jun/03/english-premier-league-debt
Bernie Lee
Agree with you on the crowd situation BL , and your astute financial observations, but I just wonder how much difference the premiership money will make this time around, as opposed to the last time we were in the First Division . I hope that Burnley's traditional skills on the scouting and youth front continue, and I think we will be better placed than many when the bubble starts to loose air, before collapsing completely.
WelshClaret
 

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