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Vital Burnley are always looking out for opportunities to increase awareness of the site, so we can increase the number of site hits under our 'Hit the Site, Help the Club` campaign. Our hits increase simply by visiting the site and reading our articles. You can also be interactive on the site by commenting on the articles, debating issues in our multi-forums and voting in our polls. All this helps to raise money without any financial contribution from our readers and posters

The more hits we receive, the more money we receive from the Vital owners. Most of that money goes towards the Clarets Trust so they can buy shares in Burnley Football Club thus also benefitting the club financially and giving the Trust a bigger say in how the club is run. . So far we have raised in excess of 2500 for this cause.

One way to get wider exposure is through sponsorship and support of other Clarets organisations and today Vital Burnley is proud to announce that we will now be supporting and sponsoring the Burnley Former Players Association (FPA) at some of the organisation`s future events.

The BFPA is an independent non profit-making organisation governed by a Constitution and managed by former players and others with specific skills. Former players working for the organisation include John Francis, Roger Eli and Ian Britton.

They provide a comprehensive range of Health & Welfare support to all former Burnley players and not just retired players. In addition to their primary purpose, their operations also include running the "Vintage Clarets" charity football team, organising sporting & social events, supporting other charitable & community events, maximising commercial opportunities for former players, and developing links with Burnley Football Club, the business community and Burnley supporters among many other things.

You can read more about the organisation by visiting their website:

Burnley FPA Website Link

In recognition of our new sponsorship you will now see a banner added to our pages which will come up on a rotating basis with the other organisations we support.

In return the Burnley FPA will now provide appropriate links on their website pages to the Vital Burnley website which will hopefully increase awareness of the site.

Our website will also feature at future Burnley FPA events that we will support as Associate Sponsors.

Vintage Clarets May Tour in Germany

Our first sponsorship will be to support the 'Vintage Clarets` tour to Germany scheduled to take place in May. The highly competitive veterans` football tournament will encompass a number of games at the 35th Annual Football Tournament, to be held over the weekend 26 to 28 May 12 at Hammer Spielvereinigung 03/04, Hamm, Germany. The highly regarded competition will include a number of veteran teams from a multitude of European nations, including former international players from Spain and Germany. The Vintage Clarets will be taking 14 former Burnley FC first team players to the tournament. Former players already confirmed for the tour include Clarets fans favourites Roger Eli, John Francis, Andy Farrell, John Deary and Nathan Peel. Exclusive interviews during the tour will be recorded in high definition (HD) for viral broadcast on the official BurnleyFC.com and BurnleyFPA.com websites as well as the BFPA YouTube.com channel and Vital Burnley will now be advertised during these interviews as part of our sponsorship deal.

1991-92 Season 20th Anniversary Dinner

Vital Burnley, in conjunction with Clarets Trust and When the Ball Moves...Fanzine, will also be represented at the forthcoming 1991-92 Season 20th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday 14th April being organised by the Burnley FPA. We have already filled one table and are now taking further bookings should any of our readers and posters wish to attend. Why not come along? You can watch the home game against Coventry City in the afternoon and then come along to the dinner at night.

The event is to commence at 7.30pm. Ticket price will be 25 per head and the evening will be hosted by Steve Kindon. Some of the event details have not yet been finalized but some of the 1991-92 squad members who will be there include Chris Pearce, John Deary, John Pender, Mark Monington, Andy Farrell, John Francis, Jason Hardy, Graham Lancashire, Roger Eli and Ex-Chairman Frank Teasdale. It is also hoped that manager at the time, Jimmy Mullen will be able to attend.

Here is a poster for the event providing more details:

The menu for the evening will be as follows:


Leek & Potato Soup (v)
Freshly made soup served with a crusty roll & butter


Lancashire Sausage & Mash
Served with rich onion gravy & buttered peas

Vegetable Chilli (v)
Served in a deep fried taco basket topped with sour cream & chives


Chocolate Sponge Pudding
Served with custard sauce


Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee
Served with mint crisps

If you want to come along simply mention this below this article and we will organize a ticket for you. We also have 'The Offical Dinner 91/92` sticky thread in our 'Backchat Burnley` forum which provides updated information where you can also indicate your intention to come or ask questions about the event. You can click the link below to go there direct:

The Offical Dinner 91/92

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 11 2012

Time: 8:24AM

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Come on then chaps & chapesses,who is up for the Anniversary Dinner? [Edited by turfmanphil]
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11/02/2012 08:33:00

I am there Phil!
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11/02/2012 11:40:00

Sad to hear that John Francis has stepped down from the Burnley FPA this week due to pressure of work at BFC. Now up on FPA website and it reads: John Francis Leaves BFPA The Burnley Former Players Association is sad to announce that Clarets legend, John Francis is leaving his post as a BFPA committee member with immediate effect. Due to work committements within the newly reoganised Burnley FC Centre of Excellence, John Francis has found it difficult to devote sufficent time to the BFPA recently and as such has decided to end his current committment to the endeviour. The BFPA would like to place on record it's thanks to John for all his personal time and help that he volunteed during his time on the committee. Although John Francis will now no longer be a committee member of the BFPA it is hoped that he will be able to continue to support the BFPA is it's capacity to raise funds for former palyers. John was a founding member of the BFPA committe and his presence at meetings will be sadly missed. The BFPA would like to wish John good luck for the future. The BFPA will now assess any future applications from former players to replace John Francis on the committee board.
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