Mike Garlick pays tribute to a former ChairmanGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor for today’s game against Hull City.
I’d like to start today’s notes by expressing the sadness of the Board of Directors and myself at the passing of former Chairman Frank Teasdale last weekend.
Frank is someone I got to know from my time at the club and I think anyone who met him would agree he was a friendly face who always loved to chat about the football club.
Frank was, of course, in charge here in the dark days of the 1980s, and although that was a tough time to lead the club - and one not always appreciated by supporters - I think history has shown that we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for keeping the club alive at a truly difficult time.
I remember Burnley playing at Fulham in 1998 and bringing a Dutch colleague over to the game.
After hearing our away fans chant 'Teasdale out' for the best part of 90 minutes, he did actually ask: “who is Teasdale out?”
I explained that actually he's just called Frank and he was an honest guy trying to do an honest job in difficult situation.
Back then, there was a mis-match between fan expectations and the economics of the club, but the fact is Frank did move the club forward in many ways.
Many of us just weren't so grateful at the time I guess, and only on reflection can we really appreciate what Frank did for us all. Two promotions and one relegation isn't that bad at all, after all!
Equally, our thoughts go out the friends and family of Ray Pointer, one of the greatest goalscorers the club has ever seen.
We’ve just lost another of the stars of that famous First Division championship winning side of 1960, which is very sad news indeed.
I’m sure we will all reflect on the lives of those two men during a minute’s silence today.
In the here and now I reflect on what has, I think, been a successful transfer window for us.
The additions of James Tarkowski and Paul Robinson add strength to the defensive side of the squad and, as we promised, there were no departures, so we are ultimately stronger.
In an ideal world, perhaps there would have been one or two more new faces, but transfer negotiations are an absolute minefield and we did just about all we could to try and get deals over the line.
In the end, we are pleased with our work and it’s my pleasure to offer a formal welcome to both players and wish then every success here at the club.
January was also a very rewarding month on the pitch and the nominations for manager of the month for Sean and player of the month for Ben Mee were richly deserved.
Three league wins, including the superb 4-1 win over Derby County last time out, and a draw, as well as a good display at Arsenal in the FA Cup represents a good few weeks’ work and we are certainly hitting form at a good time.
Today will naturally be a test against the current league leaders, but I’m sure Sean and the players will respond, as they have done all season.
Enjoy the game