Co-Chairmen John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick raise a toast as the Clarets prepare to welcome back Premier League football.WELCOME TO THE WORLD!
Good evening world!
A very warm welcome back to Turf Moor and to the most exciting league in the world; the Barclays Premier League.
Last weekend, as the Championship kicked off, we were starkly reminded of the contrast between this season and last.
We could have started the season away to the likes of Rotherham or Brentford. And with no disrespect to the aforementioned, instead we are delighted to host and welcome Jose Mourinho’s Champions League semi-finalists, Chelsea.
In our first joint programme notes, we want to reiterate how proud we both are of our manager, Sean Dyche, all the players and their record breaking achievements last year.
We smashed them all and promotion was richly deserved.
We feel we are truly a stable club on and off the pitch; something to be admired in an era of ever-escalating wages and transfer fees.
Together with our fellow directors, we have helped steer the Burnley ship in the right direction, laying the foundations for a successful future, with improvements both to our training facilities and to Turf Moor.
As a result, and despite our limited resources, we are a financially secure club. We own our own ground and are run by a board who, as well as being lifelong fans of the club, have the skills and experience necessary to help move the club forward.
Now we’re back in the Premier League, after a four year hiatus, we’re sure you all want to know what the plan is for this season.
Put simply, we will be as competitive as we can be.
We have no doubt that everyone at Burnley; from the backroom staff to players, will give 100%.
We have to be smart and sensible like the players.
We will have to make tough choices on spending, with the Premier League windfall already allocated to retaining the players who worked so hard to get us here and to the new players we have brought in.
We want our new additions to be proud to wear the claret and blue shirt, get stuck in, and be an integral part of our future.
We also have to be realistic and accept that the very biggest teams will be hard to match.
But we also know that there are teams that we can take points from.
We proved the pundits wrong last season and we think the same is possible this season.
We now ask you, as loyal Burnley fans, to live the dream for the club; to cheer every touch, celebrate every goal and to spur the team on when things go for and against us.
Not every fixture is going to go our way and it will be in those difficult moments that we need to remain positive and to remind ourselves that we’re here in the Premier League because we are fighters.
We rely on your support.
No-one who loves Burnley will have forgotten the roar of sheer joy that accompanied Robbie Blake’s wonder goal that sank Manchester United and propelled us to victory in our first game of the season here in August 2009, the last time we graced the Premier League.
It was indeed something “very, very special”, as made famous by Phil Bird on Clarets Player.
Well, to us there is only one ‘special one’ at tonight’s game and that is Burnley Football Club.
Take a moment to look at the words on our badge and remember what it means; ‘The prize is the cause of our labour’.
Whatever we come up against, we will always do our best.
Up the Clarets!
John B and Mike G