Just a few snippets of Clarets news that you may have missed last week!
That`s a FINE mess, you got me into!
Burnley FC were last week found guilty of improper conduct following a mass brawl in the Clarets recent clash with Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday 30th April; a game the Clarets also lost 1-0 ending the club`s play-offs dreams Players from both teams were involved in a melee following a high tackle from Chris McCann on Leeds winger, Max Gradel. The referee, Phil Crossley and officials had to calm things down but it all ended in three yellow cards with Chris McCann and two Leeds players (Eric Lichaj and Neil Kilkenny ) going into the book.
The club later pleaded guilty admitting a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour earning a £5000 fine by the FA.
Leeds also admitted their charge but requested a personal hearing. In the end they received an even heftier fine of £12,500! They were hit with a larger fine because the club had also been found guilty this season of a separate improper conduct charge following their clash at Nottingham Forest in August.
Season Tickets-Open for Business Again
Burnley Football Club announced last week that season tickets were now back on sale for the 2011/12 season following confirmation sadly that we face at least one more season in the Championship.
The club had already sold over 10,000 season tickets during the Early Bird period, which ended on March 31 but those Clarets fans still wanting a ticket can now order them online or in person. It is also possible to order them via Ticketzone by phoning 0871 221 1914 (option 1), for a nominal charge (pre transaction, not per ticket).
Burnley FC have also advised that the Club Ticket Office will be closed on Saturdays throughout May and June.
You can find out more details of the Season Ticket prices and ordering options by visiting this link on the Official Burnley FC website:
Season Tickets 2011-12
Clarets International-The McKee to Success
18 year old midfielder, Joe McKee won his second Scotland under-19 cap in Denmark on Tuesday night. The youngster was in the starting eleven for the friendly in Gladsaxe but could not help his side avoid defeat with Billy Stark`s team going down 3-2. They played them again two days later, this time in Bullerup but again failed to win this time losing 1-0.
McKee has just completed his second year apprenticeship and was recently rewarded with his first professional contract along with youngsters Joe Jackson, Mehdi Lazaar, Dave Lynch and Ross Wilson, It has certainly been a successful season for McKee, the midfielder was also the youth team`s highest goal scorer.
Burnley X-Files: 4 ex-Clarets on the Move!
Former Clarets winger, Steve Jones has been released by Walsall following two seasons at the club. Jones signed for the Clarets in May 2006 on a free transfer from Crewe penning a three year deal. He never really firmly established himself in the first team after a promising start and spent his last few years at the club out on loan including spells at Crewe, Huddersfield and Bradford. He was released in the summer of 2009 joining Walsall in July 2009 signing a two year contract. His first season was largely successful but he struggled this season and was shipped out on loan to Motherwell in January this year.
Delroy Facey was another former Claret player to be released last week. The striker was on loan at Burnley during Stan Ternent`s last season in charge (2003-4). He finished up at Lincoln City joining them last summer but he could not help them avoid losing their league status this season despite being a regular in the team before picking up an injury back in March. With the club now having to make cuts in their finances following relegation it was on the cards they would have to release players and the unfortunate 30 year old is now looking for another club.
Two of our former loan players from the 1990s, Steve Guinan and Craig Armstrong have also been released by Forest Green Rovers. They both had spells at Turf Moor signing on loan from Nottingham Forest.