Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Burnley
FACTS & FIGURES
Nickname: The Clarets
Ground: Turf Moor – 22,546
Manager: Brian Laws
FA Cup – Winners: 1913-14
FA Cup – Runners-Up: 1946-47, 1961-62
Football League Division 1 – Winners: 1920-21, 1959-60
Football League Division 1 – Runners-Up: 1919-20, 1961-62
Football League Division 2 – Winners: 1897-98, 1972-73
Football League Division 2 – Runners-Up: 1912-13, 1946-47
Football League Championship Play Off – Winners: 2008-09
Record Attendance: 55775 v Huddersfield Town (FA Cup 3, Feb 1924)
Record league victory: 9-0 v Darwen (January 9, 1892)
Record league defeat 0-10 v Aston Villa (August 29, 1925)
Record Buy: £3,000,000 – Steven Fletcher from Hibernians
Record Sale: £6,500,000 – Steven Fletcher to Wolverhampton Wanderers
Record Appearances: Jerry Dawson – 522
Record Goals: George Beel – 178
After an initial whirlwind start in the top flight, including the scalp of Manchester United, Owen Coyle’s departure sewed the seeds of doubt among the Clarets squad.
With the Scotsman being replaced by Brian Laws – a rather uninspiring choice for many – the Clarets embarked on a run that saw them relegated back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
There were some isolated positive performances as outlined above, but the writing appeared to be on the wall when the squad wasn’t bolstered sufficiently in January.
They must now take a squad of what are experienced Championship players into the fight for promotion and attempt to bounce back at the first opportunity.
Burnley have a squad brimming with Championship talent, and they don’t seem content with resting on their laurels in this transfer market.
The addition of Chris Iwelumo in particular is positive with his proven recent prowess at this level, and Burnley could be set to challenge the higher echelons.
A third place finish – or even automatic – is by no means beyond the reach of the Clarets, providing Laws can manage the club more effectively than in previous campaigns.
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