These days, Burnley are a side who tend to flit between the top two divisions of the football league but under Sean Dyche, the Clarets have an ambitious manager who wants to achieve more for the club. In 2017/18, Burnley are challenging for the European places as opposed to staring at a relegation battle and that’s clearly good news for all supporters.
The club plays attractive football and are becoming more of a target for live TV cameras and for bookmakers who are attaching more price boosts and enhanced odds offers to this historic club. So what do we know about them and what offers are we talking about?
Burnley actually started life as a rugby club when, in 1882, the existing Burnley Rovers unit decided to switch from the oval ball to the round version. They appeared in various competitions, including the FA Cup until, in 1888, they became one of the 12 founding members of the new football league.
For much of those early years, Burnley split their time between the top two divisions in England but positive changes occurred just before the outbreak of the First World War. In 1912/13, they were promoted back to the first division and shortly afterwards they recorded their first, and so far only FA Cup success.
The Clarets continued in positive fashion after the war and as we’ll see shortly, they began to build towards their golden period of the 1960s. The side were a permanent fixture in the old first division until they dropped to the second tier in 1976 and from there, it’s fair to say that Burnley went into decline.
The club dropped through the divisions and they almost went out of the league altogether in 1987 but a win on the final day of the 86/87 campaign secured their division four status. Happily, things have improved for the club and they have been between the Championship and Premier League for a few years now and they will be looking to consolidate their place in the top flight from this point onwards.
While their solitary FA Cup success came in 1914, followed by a league title seven years later, the late 1950s and early 1960s were probably the strongest period for Burnley football club. They started the decade in the best possible fashion, winning the old first division for the second time in their history at the end of the 1959/60 campaign and then followed that up with an FA Cup Final appearance where they lost to Spurs who were one of the world’s best teams at that time.
They also finished second in the league in that same 1961/62 season so while major trophies eluded them after 1960, they were still a major force in English football. There was some progress in Europe too with the Clarets reaching the quarter final of the European Cup in 1960/61 and the same stage of the Fairs Cup in 1966/67.
Burnley stayed in the top flight for some time but have never reached the same heights since and were relegated into division two at the end of the 1975/76 season thereby officially ending the brightest period in the club’s history.
Here is Burnley’s record in recent seasons across all English domestic competitions.
|Season||Premier League and Championship||FA Cup||League Cup|
|2014/15:||19th (Premier League – Relegated to Championship)||3rd Round||2nd Round|
|2015/16:||Champions (Championship – Promoted to Premier League)||4th Round||1st Round|
|2016/17:||16th||5th Round||2nd Round|
The first thing that stands out here is that poor record in the knockout tournaments where Burnley have hardly won a game across the last three season. When a team goes deep into any competition they will get more coverage from the TV cameras and the bookies but the club has made little impact there.
Burnley would argue that their priority is staying in the Premier League and the signs are promising so we should expect the side to improve on those stats from this point.
A few eyebrows were raised when Burnley signed Chris Wood from Leeds United ahead of the 2017/18 season. The New Zealand striker had no Premier League experience but he has rapidly become an important figure at Turf Moor, scoring some important goals for his club.
Wood may well be the focus of enhanced odds Burnley offers and some smaller price boosts could regularly land that are tailored around his goal scoring efforts.
In goal, the Clarets field Tom Heaton whose progress has been rewarded with recognition from the full England set up. Heaton forms part of a solid Burnley defence that includes key players such as Matthew Lowton and Vice Captain Ben Mee.
In midfield, Jack Cork and Jeff Hendrick have been sound signings and both men underline manager Sean Dyche’s shrewd approach to transfers. In order to achieve their targets, Burnley will need to keep hold of their manager who has already been linked to other clubs in the English Premier League.
Burnley have the ability to be a mid-table side at least and that means they would avoid an annual relegation battle each season. The more established they become, the more price boosts and enhanced offers will attach to Burnley football club and we will bring you the best of those as soon as they are published.