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Gigg Lane

Tuesday 12th July 2011


The Clarets play their second pre-season friendly of the summer on Tuesday night (12th July Kick-Off: 7:45 pm) away to Bury at Gigg Lane. They will be looking to continue their winning ways after defeating Altrincham 4-2 at Moss Lane on Saturday and this will certainly be a tougher test against the League 1 new boys.

The Pre-amble

The Clarets of course are now stepping up their pre-season preparations and will be hoping to continue their winning ways in their second friendly of the summer. Bury though will be somewhat stronger opposition than Blue Square North club, Altrincham who were on the receiving end of a 4-2 defeat at Moss Lane on Saturday,

The Shakers were promoted to the third tier of the football league for the first time since 2002 at the end of last season despite losing their manager Alan Knill, along with assistant Chris Brass as late as March this year. The pair left to take over at Scunthorpe United leaving caretaker manager, Richie Barker in charge at Gigg Lane. The lad did OK though winning all six of his first six games in charge, seeing Bury gain promotion after finishing second in League 2 just five points behind Champions, Chesterfield. The club decided to offer the position permanently to Barker in the summer. They will be keen to make an impression and will have been encouraged by their 5-1 thumping of Radcliffe Borough away on Saturday in their opening pre-season game.

Eddie Howe has once again virtually a full squad to choose from and we can expect to see most of them at some point during the game. Striker, Charlie Austin was rested against Altrincham and there is a chance he could play against Bury allowing Clarets fans the first chance to see him in action since he dislocated his shoulder at the end of February. At the time of writing this article, despite plenty of speculation, there was still no summer signings to talk about so whether we see any new faces on Tuesday night remains to be seen.

Howe played two totally different teams in each half against Altrincham and we could expect the same against Bury. We do have a trialist third-string keeper at Turf Moor at the moment, Jon Stewart and Howe certainly seems keen to sign him. The former Bournemouth stopper was at Altrincham on Saturday but did not feature so we might see him between the sticks at some point against Bury on Tuesday night.

Bury Team News:

The official Bury website state that four players could be making their Shakers debut including new signing, defender Mark Hughes (see Bury Player to Watch)

Player to watch: Mark Hughes

Bury signed Mark Hughes last month but their new central defender could have his work cut out against Championship opposition. The 24 year old started his career with Everton and also during his time there had a loan spell at Stockport County. He was a regular captain for the Everton reserves team and made three appearances in the Toffees first team before signing a two year contract for Northampton Town in January 2007 for an undisclosed fee. Stuart Gray was manager at the time! In July 2009, Hughes signed for League One club Walsall on a free transfer. Hughes then joined Australian A-League side North Queensland Fury in June 2010 but they were wound up because of financial problems in March this year, so up stepped Bury to rescue him in June giving him a two-year contract.

Burnley Team News:

Whether we will have any new faces on show this Tuesday night is anybody`s guess but we could at least see Charlie Austin in action for the first time since last February following his recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

Player to watch: Ross Wallace

Wallace was kind of eclipsed by a stunning Martin Paterson performance in the first-half at Moss Lane on Saturday but he looked very effective and influential. Both of course, indeed the whole team was changed for the start of the second-half so we could not form an opinion over 90 minutes. It was an encouraging first 45 minutes though. He had a somewhat indifferent season in 2010-11 for the Clarets and you just sensed we never really saw what he was capable of. Let`s hope this could be his year!

Last Time We Met

Well of course if we are talking friendlies that`s easy! This time last year of course we played Bury at Gigg Lane in our first pre-season friendly of summer 2010 and came away with a 3-0 victory. Goals by debutant boy, Ross Wallace, Steven Thompson and Chris Eagles were enough to see off the Shakers and provide some encouragement for manager, Brian Laws. Both teams elected to put out a completely different team in each half and no doubt we can expect the same again, at least from the Clarets.

Match Prediction:

3-1 Clarets would be about right!

Next Pre-season Friendly

The Clarets embark on their South West tour of England next week taking in a couple of games against League 2 opposition starting with a friendly against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on the night of Tuesday 19th July (Kick-Off: 7:45pm).
They then travel down to sunny Torquay on Saturday for a game against The Gulls at Plainmoor (Kick-Off: 3pm)

Date:Monday July 11 2011
Time: 6:49PM


Might have gone to this had any new faces been on show. Looks unlikely at the moment
11/07/2011 18:51:00
I'm more interested in Flood share buying to be honest ... very interesting move indeed!!!... Are these the first cracks in a difference in business strategy for the club? I rate Flood despite his difficulties with the banks I rate him very highly ideed, I don't expect for a minute he will dis Mr K. nor should he, Kilbys done a truly fantastic job its its tine for a change and I dont want to see his head called for by the fans! but I see this as the start of a new Mr Chairman and a change in direction, somthing I think flood would have the balls for
11/07/2011 21:00:00
Thought I read somewhere Austin should be fit for the start of the season so he still may not be risked? would love to see an Austin/Pato combo, thinking that could be a good pair up.
11/07/2011 21:00:00
Official site said in an article on 9th July that Austin had fully recovered and was likely to feature against Bury-,,10413~2389283,00.html
11/07/2011 21:38:00
8C8 What would ya do with Jay is 4-3-3- an option here?
12/07/2011 09:26:00
Pre-season is always interesting, but it never gives you that much of an indication as to what the new season holds. I'm really looking forward to it because I think everything will be right and in place. A goodmanager that the fans are happy with, a quality squad with three important players back from injury, and hopefully some new signings aswell. This could be a really good season for us, I dont think we will be getting many more chances at promotion like this one. Usually after a team comes down from the Premiership, doesnt go straight back up and stays in the Championship for a couple of seasons they can find themselves stuck. Players leave looking for premiership football, everybody looses confidence, we have seen this happen time and time again. We have to go for it this season. We have held onto all of our best players and if we can add a couple of new ones we will be in a great position for challenging for automatic promotion.
12/07/2011 10:57:00
Adam are best players were not good enough last year bud so not sure why they would be good enough this year..... in the absence of any quality new signings lets hope your right and I'm wrong buddy
12/07/2011 11:03:00
That's the spirit Adam! I would just add that we only need to stay awake to see how many other teams (like Bham and Cardiff) are in a shambolic state, and to remember that this is a competition to do better than other teams, not a demented drive to beat ourselves into eternal self-improvement at any cost to wallet, soul or psychology. Hollins - there's a discussion about the share transaction in the forums on this site. You really do need to get your... good self in there. Here's the web address But it's probably quicker to follow your nose, clicking on the forum button, then going into backchat burnley. A lot of the best stuff on this site is in the forums, though they have been a bit quieter lately.
Couch Potato
12/07/2011 11:20:00
Keeping up with the competition, can you identify who this is? Clue, he's just hired Stuart Gray, who managed us for 3 (?) games of course, as his first team coach. ""We haven't quite got a squad yet, just a large team, and we need to do some work on that. But the new boys have given us something different, they've given us energy, legs, goals, so we're happy with that and we just got to add a few more to that now."
Couch Potato
12/07/2011 12:21:00
Sounds like Steve Cotterill.
12/07/2011 13:27:00
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