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Burnley Off for an Early Bath!

Burnley Off for an Early Bath!

Burnley will take a squad of 24 players with them on their South West tour. The tour will take in pre-season friendly games against Blue Square Bet Confernece South club, Bath City on Tuesday night followed by League Two, Cheltenham Town on Saturday. Essentially this will be the first team squad with just Steven Hewitt selected from the Development squad.

The development squad will have their own battles to fight over the next week and after beating Alfreton 3-0 on their travels this Saturday now face visits to local club, Padiham on Tuesday night and then Droylsden on Saturday on the same days the first team squad will be in action down in the South West. Goals on Saturday from Medhi Lazaar early on in the first half followed by second half goals from Joe Jackson and Steven Hewitt were enough to secure victory in Derbyshire against the Blue Square Premier League club .The development squad though were helped by some of the first team squad during the first 60 minutes of the match with Jon Stewart, Luke O`Neill, George Porter and Alex MacDonald all featuring in Jason Blake`s starting eleven.

All four players will also form part of the South West Tour squad and the 24 players that have been named are as follows:

Goalkeepers : Lee Grant, Brian Jensen, Jon Stewart,

Defenders; Kieran Trippier, Luke O'Neill, Danny Lafferty, Joseph Mills, Michael Duff, David Edgar, Kevin Long, Jason Shackell, Ben Mee,

Midfielders and Wingers: Dean Marney, Chris McCann, Steven Hewitt, Marvin Bartley, Junior Stanislas, Ross Wallace, Keith Treacy, George Porter,

Strikers: Alex MacDonald, Charlie Austin, Martin Paterson, Danny Ings

Although Marvin Bartley is travelling as part of the squad he will not feature due to an ankle injury but has been included as part of Eddie Howe`s team-building exercise.

So first up is a visit to Twerton Park (now known as the Mayday Trust Park) to play Bath City. The game will kick-off at 7:45 pm on Tuesday night (31st July)

In this third pre-season game following wins at both Altrincham and Bury, Eddie Howe may once again experiment and try and play all 23 available squad members at some point in the game although it remains to be seen if this time he effectively has two completely different teams in each half! Howe will now want to start honing his team selection with a view to deciding on a starting eleven for when the new season starts in August first against Port Vale in the Capital One Cup and then against Bolton when the Championship season kicks-off in the high-profile game at Turf Moor on Saturday 18th August.

What do we know about the opposition on Tuesday night though? Well Bath were relegated from the Conference last season and will kick off the new season in the Blue Square Bet Conference South league. The Romans play in a stadium that holds 8,840 fans (1006 seated). Adie Britton is their gaffer and they play in black and white striped shirts.

Burnley will complete their South West Tour in a game against Cheltenham Town on Saturday 4th August (Kick-Off:3pm)The match will be played at The Abbey Business Stadium which of course is known to all fans as Whaddon Road!

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Date:Sunday July 29 2012
Time: 8:04PM


Oh well,doesn't really excite but what the heck! Must admit the defence now looks bloody impressive but the central midfield does look weak! We need a new striker too I reckon. Some talk of adding new players before Bath game-Vokes and Stock? We shall see
29/07/2012 20:14:00
I can't understand why smaller clubs than ourselves can put on great pre season games and tours? Something needs to be changed, pre season is all about bonding and fitness imo, you need a good location and a challenge, going into all pre season games knowing you are not challenged by the opposition seems very odd especially as the first game of any meaning is a cup game follwed by notloB, if we lose at Port Vale the season could be off to a real downer......Sunderland at home last year was our last pre season friendly, Rochdale away this year......sorry but I don't buy into it being attractive for signing players etc etc.....
30/07/2012 08:51:00
To give the club their due, I did hear they were intending to play Everton at home on the Sat 11th August but it fell through! I believe though the reason it fell through was typically financial and I think there lies the rub The club have returned to being 'poor' despite the Prem season hype and everything now is about saving the ££££ hence the poor pre-season challenge. They are not helped by dwindling parachute payments, FIFA Fair Play and a steadily decreasing gate affecting further our turnover. The only way to get out of this rut is to spend more on players,take some calculated risks and try and improve our chances of reaching financial nirvana aka Premier League.
30/07/2012 09:42:00
VR, don't tell Phil that Soton's pre-season programme has featured Anderlecht, Ars and Ajax at home thus far, and some other Champs League club still to come, whose name temporarily escapes me. Their www was offering one ticket for the whole lot, plus the Olympic torch! I had been looking to see if I could organise a day out with two Ars friends. We didn't go, but I came away from the Saintlywww thinking of the things you can do by selling Oxlade-Chamberlain and having a Swiss construction billionaire sugar daddy whose son wants somewhere to park his ocean-going yacht close to an international airport. Absent such strokes of good luck and kind fortune in the geography department, the rejoinder to Phil's 'the only way' angst is spelled 'Blackpool', or indeed 'Swansea' before this year. Meanwhile I see Portsmouth still have 4 players on the payroll they can't afford - yours FREE, Ben Haim as long as you ick up his £36k a week salary! And Gers pulled off a giantkilling yesterday in some cup I'd never heard of before against the mighty Brechin, a tier above them.
Couch Potato
30/07/2012 11:09:00
The only way is to show some ambition simple as! It's no use quoting other clubs at me as an excuse for years of stagnation at Turf Moor. Blackpool didnt spend in the Prem they got relegated, they reached the play-offs again because they have a good manager not some plonker called Brian Laws in our first season back down! A manager Burnley recruited to save money and an already proven failure in the Championship let alone Premier League! Pompey have already had a Premier League life and only overstretched themselves going for silverware. They will be back in a few seasons time stronger and above Burnley just like Saints have! Everything is always done on the cheap at Burnley and the only advantage so far has been the food N drink! The best role model is West Brom. The club have similar gates to those Burnley had in the top flight and by showing ambition and buying players of proven quality yo-yo'ed for many a season mopping up parachute payments before becoming an established Prem League side.
30/07/2012 12:07:00
That's put the knockers on the Baggies. Probably worth a few bob on them for the drop now!
Couch Potato
30/07/2012 12:43:00
Said the same last season so that wont work! ;-)
30/07/2012 12:47:00
Wonder whether I should bother going to Cheltenham after all that. Perhaps I should just stay at home and watch 'A weekend with the Camerons' on the telly. Archery, rowing, sailing, shooting and horsey matters. Tally Ho!!
30/07/2012 17:59:00
£10 buys you a ticket at the Galpharm on Wednesday August 8th ... Town v Barcelona B ...
80s terrier
30/07/2012 18:21:00
Pompey are in Spain, Hull in Portugal and we are bean counting in Bath!!
30/07/2012 21:50:00
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