Chairman Mike Garlick reflects on the Blackburn victoryGood afternoon everyone and a warm welcome back to Turf Moor for today’s game.
I’m sure a special cheer will be reserved for Sean and the players following last weekend’s memorable win at Blackburn.
Saturday for the Garlick family was certainly the longest day, with an early start for my son and I from deepest Hertfordshire!
We managed to come across some of the ‘enemy’ on the train on the way up to Manchester and got some strange looks to say the least!
The taxi from Manchester took us past the convoy of coaches carry our fans to Ewood, with the usual welcoming party of home fans outside the pub surrounded by police.
It more resembled a war zone, and surely football wasn’t meant to be this way?
Certainly, we will continue to work with the authorities to lessen the inconvenience suffered by fans, who I understand were well behaved throughout the day.
Focusing on the game, as always in these occasions, the nerves were present and fully on edge, both before the match and then increased gradually during the game.
Even the most hardened Burnley fan would admit that Blackburn had the better chances.
But following his superb strike, Scott Arfield’s wonderful celebration said it all about the way both the players and the fans feel about this fixture. It was pure, raw emotion!
We finally got back home Saturday night exhausted and watched the entire match again - and I was still nervous watching it, even though we knew the result. How sad is that?
The victory puts us clearly top of the tree in terms of the Lancashire clubs; something that five-to-10 years ago was unthinkable for most Burnley fans.
At that time, at best we could only ‘dare to dream’
Now that the derby is done, life returns to normal somewhat. It has to, as we have to crack on with what is now a busy period between now and Christmas, with the games coming thick and fast
Today’s visitors are, in many ways, a similarly-sized club to us and they to appear to be taking a sensible route to improving their club, rather than just throwing in endless amounts of cash in and crossing their fingers.
They have some strong and powerful players, so as usual we have to be at our very best if we are to overcome them.
Enjoy the game