Terry Crabb hopes his arrival back at Turf Moor will coincide with a third shot at glory!
The Dorset-based businessman and lifelong Clarets fan, 65, today joined the Burnley FC Board of Directors.
And after seeing the Clarets’ crowned First Division Champions in his youth, and cheering on Jimmy Adamson’s team to promotion in the 1970s - before moving south to start his own, hugely successful cereal company - Terry hopes his appointment to the board will coincide with more success.
He said: “I was born I Burnley and from the age of around six I went to Turf Moor with my father, who was an engineer at the local hospital, and grandfather, during the glorious era in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
“I have fantastic memories of great players and it was just an amazing time.
“I was hooked, and when the family moved away, initially to north Staffordshire, we came back every other week to visit grandparents and watch the team.
“Then we moved further south and the opportunities to watch Burnley weren’t as frequent.
“However, I later worked for a national retailer and was fortunate to live back in this area in the 1970s, which coincided with another great era for Burnley.
“I'm now hoping that my third spell as a regular watcher will be equally successful!
“I used to stand in what was the Longside and my favourite view was looking across Bob Lord Stand to the terraced houses and moors beyond.
“It’s one of the best views in football as far as I am concerned.”
Terry, who has a passion for vintage sports cars, recently retired after selling his business, Dorset Cereals, which he created in 1989.
And after being persuaded by current Clarets Co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz, he admits he is now looking forward to devoting more time to following, and influencing, the fortunes of the Clarets.
He explained: “I sold the company some years ago after we built it up into a position where we quickly serviced all the major supermarket groups and exported to 60 countries in four continents.
“I’m no longer involved but have worked as a consultant for several food companies in the last few years.
“Now that I am retired and have a grown-up family and I was able to take up the opportunity to become an Associate Director last June, and now this!
“This is a wonderful opportunity. You never think that this kind of thing is going to happen, but how can you refuse?
“When the opportunity arose, I felt I had to get involved and you quickly see how complex and widespread a business this is.
“It will take some getting to grips with, but I will do that and make the best contribution I can.
“One of the most important things to me in joining the Board is that this is a proper club.
“All the Board are Burnley-born and lifelong supporters, which I just think is fantastic.
“The way this club is run within its means matters a great deal to me and something I dearly wish to be a part of and contribute to.”