Co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz looks forward to another eventful season
The Ingredients for Success
Originally printed in Claret & You on Saturday, August 3, 2013
Good afternoon and a very special welcome back to Turf Moor, for the first game of the season and the first since the ground was brought back under the control of Burnley Football Club.
It seems only yesterday since our last game of the season against Ipswich Town and a solid 2-0 win which left us in 11th place, just seven points adrift of the play-offs.
Of course, we want to do better this season and really go for it and now we have some of the structure in place to support us.
Summer is usually the time for a slowdown, but these days football is a business which just keeps rolling.
While the transfer markets have been a little quieter this summer than previously due to the Financial Fair Play rules, things have been busy behind the scenes at Burnley.
The bulk of the squad has been retained and we have added new faces. And it’s a pleasure to welcome into the Burnley family on behalf of the Board of Directors goalkeepers Tom Heaton, Alex Cisak, Nick Liversedge and Daniel Nizic, along with outfield trio Scott Arfield, Ryan Noble and this week’s recruit, David Jones.
The other main event of the summer, as I alluded to above, was the successful conclusion of an innovative deal whereby Burnley has been able to buy back Turf Moor and the Gawthorpe training ground.
The buy-back will save us a substantial amount of rent over the next seven years and now we can really say that it’s ‘Our Town and Our Turf’!
On the field, the club’s pre-season preparations also went very well. We added a little international flavour to the warm-up with a trip to Cork and over 200 Clarets made the journey. Thanks as always for your support.
In Ireland, the team went through a gruelling training programme at Fota Island (where West Ham and West Bromwich Albion also prepared) and we finished up with a friendly at the Turf against Sparta Rotterdam.
That game was the first time a foreign club had visited Burnley since Malaga in 2005 and I know the players and their fans enjoyed the local hospitality.
And so to the business of the day – a repeat of our first fixture last season where we enjoyed an excellent 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in one of our best performances.
This remains still a very tight division – just 17 points separate play-off places from relegation – but I am very confident we can do well today.
The team looks fit and sharp and are bonding brilliantly. I think we have created the ingredients for success this season.
On behalf of myself, co-Chairman Mike Garlick and the Board of Directors, I would like to wish everyone a great season.
Here’s to starting our campaign with a Burnley boost!
Up the Clarets!