Chairman Mike Garlick is delighted at events on and off the pitch at Turf MoorGood afternoon everyone and it’s good to see you all back at Turf Moor for today’s game.
A warm welcome also to all the visiting directors from the Madejski Stadium.
It was terrific to look to my left at the last home game here and see the David Fishwick Stand housing a full allocation of Clarets fans.
For a long time now, the stand has exclusively housed visiting supporters and I am aware that past managers have expressed concerns about the location of our tunnel and dressing rooms beneath that stand.
Recently, of course, we relocated the tunnel so that the players now emerge in front of our own supporters and I’d like to think that has had a really positive effect.
Getting Burnley fans back in that stand has been more of a long process, and we have naturally had to involve the authorities top ensure all health and safety aspects are covered.
The trial towards the end of last season, and again at the recent MK Dons match, has been a success.
The atmosphere at our last home game was certainly much livelier and I’m sure that transmits itself onto the pitch, where it matters most.
As I’m sure you’re now aware we’ve taken the decision to offer seats to Burnley fans for the next four games, as we look for a longer-term residency.
As always, this requires your help. The four-game bundle allows us to analyse not only take-up, but also patterns of behaviour and it goes without saying that we want fans to be respectful in order to enhance the opportunity for Burnley fans to remain in this part of the ground.
We therefore ask that you look to act responsibly at all times, while of course showing the team your usual vociferous backing.
We have also tried to price this four-game bundle competitively; aware of the need to protect the value of a season ticket, but also incentivising people to come along and support the team.
I am sure we all want the stadium as full as possible, and I am reassured by feedback from supporters that many season ticket holders are in support of this scheme.
On the field, things continue to go well. The draw at Derby County was certainly hard-fought and it’s clear we are a tough side to break down.
Home form has also been excellent, and the current five-game unbeaten run keeps us around the two-points per game average that you can measure as promotion form.
Of course, there’s a long way to go yet, but if we call continue to pull in the same direction, I’m confident we can mount another serious challenge in the weeks and months ahead.
Enjoy the game