Burnley

In the north-west of England, there is a county, Lancashire, and in that region, there is a town called Burnley. And yes, the Premier League football club as such takes it’s named from the town, Burnley Football Club. Also known as “the Clarets” due to the predominant team colours. That is deeply rooted not only in the town but in the country as well, with its first seed sown in 1882. However, it took the Club 3 year to enter the professional football scene, with its official entry to the FA Cup in season 1885/86. And with its early foundation, the Club naturally became one of the famous 12 to form the Football League in 1888, that later evolved into the English Football League (EFL). But let’s turn the page of history and see what the Club has achieved in the modern era.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

In the overall standing’s Burnley FC features in a mid-80s position, more precise 86th. Evenly matched with Clubs like Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (85th) and Everton FC (87th). And, if we look at a larger sample data of 10 years, the situation seems familiar. Where Burnley is still on 86th place and accompanied by the same teams. Including West Ham United FC (89th) and Southampton FC (88th). However, worth to keep in mind, the ranking and its position are very dynamic. As such, the Clubs will move up and down as matched that count toward the ranking plays.

How many times have Burnley won the Premier League title?

If you hoped to see a forgotten season that Burnley hoisted the solid sterling silver trophy we have to disappoint you. As they so far (2020) are in hot pursuit of lay claim to the Premier League title. But, that doesn’t mean they haven’t won the first division. In fact, they have done it more than once. Which of course means that they championed the rest of the clubs prior to 1992 and the official formation of the English Premier League (EPL).

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Burnley

Looking all the way back to the established year of Burnley, we find that they actually left the competition in the dust for more than 20 times in different Leagues and Cups. Like 2 First Division wins (1920/21, 1959/60), 2 Second Division victories (1897/98, 1972/73), 1 Championship wins (2015/16). Plus, Third Division (1981/82) and Fourth Division (1991/92). As well as a bountiful of Cup wins. The FA Cup (1913/14), 2 FA Charity Shield (1960, 1973), FA Youth Cup (1967/68), and Anglo–Scottish Cup (1978/79). Also, the Club has a quite impressive record in regional competitions. For instance, they won the Lancashire Senior Cup 12 times (1889/90, 1914/15, 1949/50, 1951/52, 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1969/70, 1971/72, 1992/93). Now you might get confused about the years and name of the Leagues. If that’s the case, we suggest that you read our in-depth coverage of the different Leagues in the UK and Europe.

Kit and colours

From 1882 to 1900 there was no real structure or order to the team’s home colours, were they worn all from navy blue, red, orange, and even pink. However, from 1900 to 1910, the dominant colour was green. And it was not until after 1910 and onwards that the current colours claret and sky blue came to be. Although in different designs and layouts but still with the same colours. The only exception was for the season 1935 to 1940 they briefly played in black and white. As for the away and third kit, for season 2019/20 the away kit is all sky blue while the third kit is green and black.

Burnley’s social responsibilities

The Club has figured frequently in regional and football media for its engagement in outside the pitch activities. Where they, for instance, has pledged to plant trees in an “Evergreen” initiative. Plus, Burnley has also raised awareness of mental health. By orchestrating a personal campaign video featuring the Burnley FC players. But one of the more direct approaches to give back to the town is the Community Kitchen. Which includes a café, food bank, teaching kitchen, book exchange library, and a play area for the children. Other than that, they also as most professional Clubs in the UK organise exercises in a direct link to football activities.

Stadiums and capacity

Most football fans of Burnley know that they play on Turf Moor, which they have called home since 1883. That has an all-seated capacity of 22,546 people. That saw a discussion in 2008 when plans where to increase volume. Yet, due to the unpredictable financial climate, the spade never hit the ground, and the expansion got a pin stuck into it. Should you want to learn more about the facilities and its function, you can get a guided tour of the stadium to a very affordable price.

Burnley transfers and rumours

Burnley’s fan base

With its location, Burnley’s supports come mostly from the West Yorkshire and East Lancashire area. And it’s widely believed that the Club has one of the best ratios versus town population showing up to the games. Where around 20,000 fans show up on average on every game. This is from a town that has about 73,000 people, which means almost 28% of the town is in place for any match. Although the surrounding towns and counties also add to the overall attendance

Women football in Burnley

The founding day wherein 1995 under the name Burnley FC Girls and Ladies. That endured until 2018 when they took on the more professional name Burnley FC Women. And so far the team has done really well in the Leagues they played. With a win in the Women’s National League, Division One North (2018/19). And also in the regional League with wins in Premier Division (2017/18), Division Two (2004/05), and Division Three (2003/04)

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Burnley

The biggest shareholder in the Club is Mike Garlick. With assets coming from an international management consultancy organisation. Reportedly operating with offices all around the world. Including London, Sydney, and Kuala Lumpur to mention a few. Plus, other partners like construction, furniture, athletic, and footwear companies.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that the stadium Turf Moor has the longest track record of continuous use in the Premier League, but also holds second place in the world for professional football usage? Another interesting fact, until 1974 Turf Moor had a slight slope on the pitch, taking home advantage to a different playfield. Also, Burnley was the last Club to bring home the championship title in the former Fourth Division in 1992. Which is now known as the Sky Bet League Two after the English Football League reorganisation happen.