Burnley Football Club will play English top flight football for the first time in over a quarter of a century in 2009/10. Their Turf Moor ground has seen many a historic match in it’s time and live Premier League football at the home of one of the Football League’s founding clubs should prove just as entertaining this year. You can watch Burnley live online via Live Sports Network and enjoy the thrills and spills of their return to the big time through our designated member’s area.
Burnley were initially formed as a rugby club but soon moved from the oval to the round ball, and since becoming founder members of the Football League have won the League Championship and the FA Cup. However, recent history has not been so glamorous and they have found themselves playing in the bottom layer of the domestic game not twenty years ago. Yet the 1992 Fourth Division Championship title signalled not only a return to winning ways by becoming only the second team in history to win all four domestic league title’s but a revival in the club’s fortunes in general. Since then, progress has been steady but positive and finally, in May of this year, Wade Elliott’s goal sent the Clarets into the promised land of the Premier League.
Manager Owen Coyle will be fully aware that a similar task awaits him to that which Phil Brown managed so successfully last term. Coyle will look for an equally rewarding season from his players but has not rested on his laurels since promotion was won.
Securing the services of Graham Alexander for a further season provides both stability and experience as the 37 year-olds 750 plus league games during his career will testify. The capture of Scottish international Steve Fletcher striker from Hibernian for £3M showed Coyle’s intention that his side will not become the whipping boys of 2009/10. Tyrone Mears joined from Derby to strengthen a defence that will no doubt require as much support as it can muster with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka bearing down on them. Having spent last year on loan at Marseille, he will be used to playing at the top level as will David Edgar who, at 22 years of age, is another recent addition to the squad after turning down a new contract at Newcastle and the Canadian will provide extra cover for Clarets Peruvian keeper Diego Penny.
Coyle will have plenty of experience to call upon from his current squad of players, many of whom played vital roles in getting the club to the Premier League. Steven Caldwell has represented both Newcastle and Sunderland in top level matches and remains a vital cog in the Scottish national side. His leadership will be instrumental if Burnley are to prolong their top flight stay for more than one season. Joey Gudjonsson has spent time in England with a variety of clubs before moving to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. He arrived at Turf Moor for a bargain £150,000 in January 2007 and scored 6 league goals in 21 midfield appearances last year. Robbie Blake has seemingly been around for years, having had spells with Birmingham and Leeds United amongst others before re-joining Burnley in the summer of 2007. He is one player who make that vital difference in matches to turn a point into three or, perhaps more important sometimes in the Premier League, no points into one.
With former Manchester United starlet Chris Eagles operating on the wing and the imposing figure of Scottish international Stephen Thompson operating up front, Burnley could provide more than a few surprises this season. Their thrilling Carling Cup run last year proved that they can mix it with the best and with the wily Coyle in charge and Sandy Stewart who formed the other half of their successful managerial partnership at St Johnston by his side, any club approaching a game against Burnley with anything other that the utmost respect may be in for a shock.
Watching Premier League matches including Burnley live this season should prove very entertaining. Follow the Clarets home and away via live online football right here on Live Sports Network.
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