Manager: – Sean Dyche
Captain: – Jason Shackell
Club Chairman: – John Banakiewicz and Mike Garlick
Nicknamed “The Clarets” Burnley FC is a professional football club currently playing in the England’s top football league, The English Premier League.
Founded in 1882 Burnley FC were initially a rugby union club of the name “Burnley Rovers” but changed it to Burnley F.C after making the switch. Burnley has the unique record of being only one of the three teams along with Wolverhampton Wanders and Preston North End to have won all four divisions of English Football.
Burnley plays their home matches at the Turf Moor Stadium since 1883. Turf Moor has a capacity of 21,401. The first competitive match played by Burnley was against a team called Ashley Bridge in the Lancashire challenge cup in 1882 and lost 8-0.
The Early years
Turf Moor Stadium
Burnley was one of the founding members of the English football league in 1888 and finished 9th overall in the first season. Burnley won their first trophy in the 1889-90 season when they won the Lancashire Cup after beating Blackburn Rovers. Burnley was eventually relegated to second division after the 1899 season.
After the 1911 season Burnley decided to scrap off the unlucky green jersey they had and decided to follow the colours of the most successful club at that time, Aston Villa. The change of colours actually worked for the club as they got promoted back to first division in the next season and won their first and last FA Cup till date in 1914, beating Liverpool in the finals 1-0.
Burnley went on to win two division one titles in the 1920-21 and 1959-1960 seasons.
Days of Struggle
The period from 1976 to 1987 were a struggle for the club. In 1987 they needed a victory in the last game of the season to stay in Division Four (The lowest Professional league in England back then), they eventually managed to beat Leyton Orient 2-1 and survive the drop to the conference.
Burnley started to get back on track after the near scare in the 1987 season and managed to reach the finals of the football league trophy in 1988 before losing to the Wolves in the final. Burnley became the last Division Four champions in 1991-1992 after which the league re-organisation took place and they ended up in the now Division Two.
In 1995-1996, Burnley got promoted to the first division after winning the division two play-offs. They got relegated the first season but again gained promotion to the first division in 1999-2000.
They became a solid championship club for much of the early 2000’s. Burnley gained the first taste of Premier League football in the 2009-10 seasons but got relegated back to the championship in the same season. Burnley managed to again gain promotion back to the Premier League in the 2014-2015 season after finishing second in the Championship behind Leicester City in the 2013-2014 season.
Here are some great goals by Burnley F.C during the 2013-14 Championship season:
The Premier League Season So Far 2014 – 2015
After picking up just 4 points in the first ten games of the season, Burnley have been written off as this seasons premier relegation candidates, but Sean Dyche’s men have put on a decent run in the last few matches picking up 16 points in the last 11 games. So with 20 points from 21 games so far this season (As of January 11th,2014) Burnley remains just outside the relegation spot in 17th, but if they can continue their modest run of form off late they can certainly avoid the drop.
Top Scorer: – George Beel (178)
Most Appearances – Jerry Dawson (522)
More Updates including details of the current squad and other fun facts in February.
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