Co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz celebrates the anniversary of promotion with a rallying callGood afternoon fellow Clarets,
Welcome back to our home ‘Turf’ as we take on opponents Leicester City in the first of five big games at the business end of the season.
Before I start analysing today’s game and consider how we can outfox Leicester, let’s cast our minds back to a year ago, when in our last home game against Wigan we secured our promotion to the Premier League.
Mike and I, along with all the team on the pitch got drenched, courtesy of Sky TV fizz!
What a day. What a celebration.
I recall when we started that season we were one of the favourites to be relegated from the Championship. This season, we were being written off in the Premier League while the champagne corks were still popping.
But just look at our achievements and how we, little old Burnley, are fighting like tigers to stay in the world’s most respected football league, a fight that will no doubt go down to the wire.
Once again Sean and his team, with the support and loyalty of the Burnley fans, have defied the critics. That support will never more important than now.
Today we are hosting the ‘Best of Burnley’, with Harry Potts way being transformed into a mini carnival before the game, proving that the town and the club go very much hand-in-hand.
Twenty four large Claret scarves will also be on display in the ground, which have already made their way round local schools and grassroots football clubs and associations, reaffirming a strong connection between the club and the community.
Hopefully, another 18,000 fans will bring their scarves and join the Claret and Blue wave!
On top of this, based on your feedback, we have reopened the David Fishwick Stand to home supporters for the first time since our 4-2 Premier League win against Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.
So, I urge everyone to wave their scarves and make some noise, noise, noise and spur on this ‘Best of Burnley’ team.
Personally, I am very proud of our achievements so far this season, while being all too aware that fans’ demand wins.
However, at the heart of any success is work rate and commitment; values which the whole squad and management have delivered time and time again.
Following the Everton game I met many of their supporters, who are also keen for us to stay up. This is another clear sign of our popularity as a club and recognition that we have done things the hard way!
Speaking of fans, I would like to extend a warm welcome to a young Danish boy called Oscar Fentz, who has come over from Monaco to be a Burnley Ball Boy.
So I will be finish my notes for this season by saying how proud I am to be a Claret and, on behalf of the whole board, how proud we are of what we have achieved… so far!
Ideally, I hope to be getting some more champagne on my ‘lucky suit’ in the coming weeks!
Please keep the faith… and as my daughter sings: ”What did the fox say…. 2-1 Clarets!”