Burnley’s U23s will be reunited with former boss Michael Duff following confirmation of another pre-season game.
The Clarets Development Squad, now coached by Steve Stone (above), will travel to face Duff’s Cheltenham Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday, 27th July (KO 3pm).
Duff, pictured below, ended his 14-year association with the Clarets last September, leaving his job as U23s coach to take up a first managerial post at his hometown club.
The game promises to be a tough test for the Clarets youngsters, with The Robins commencing their League Two campaign the following weekend.
As previously advised, the U23s pre-season begins with a training trip to Poland, this weekend.
It’s a first overseas trip for the Clarets at this level as they as they look to put in some high-intensity training as part of their summer schedule.
Stone’s squad will be based near Poznan at a high-class sporting complex used by the Portuguese national side ahead of Euro 2012.
The Clarets will end their near week-long stay with a game against Polish top-flight side Pogoń Szczecin II, in Opalenica, on the outskirts of Poznan, on Saturday, 13 July (kick-off mid-day local time).
The Clarets return to play four games ahead of the new season.
Stone’s side will again go to Stalybridge Celtic and visit Curzon Ashton – the Clarets’ home venue at U23 level.
And there is also a trip to Bamber Bridge, another venue used last season, in a game which the EvoStik Premier club plans to use as a fund-raiser for the Lennie Johnrose Trust, after hosting a fixture between Burnley and Swansea City former players last November in aid of the ex-Clarets’ midfielder’s fight against Motor Neurone Disease.
Under-23 pre-season fixtures:
Pogoń Szczecin II (A) - Sat, 13 July (12pm local time).
Stalybridge Celtic (A) – Wed, 17 July (7.45pm)
Bamber Bridge (A) – Wed, 24 July (7.45pm)
Cheltenham Town (A) – Sat, 27 July (3pm)
Curzon Ashton (A) – Wed, 31 July (7.45pm)
Admisison prices for the friendlies will be announced soon.
The new Professional Development League season is scheduled to kick off over the same weekend as the Premier League (9-12 August), with the fixtures schedule to be released in mid-July.