Burnley fans watched their team hit the heady heights of seventh last season.
Sean Dyche lauded by locals and neutrals alike for doing so on a relatively limited budget.
That earned them a go in the Europa League but having to go through the qualifying rounds, meant an early start and the European tour over before they reached the group stage.
Sean Dyche has pointed to the extra games and early start to their season as factors in the poor start, but regardless of that, Burnley fans are already sounding worried about this season and some even seeing Monday night as the proverbial relegation six pointer already.
Some positive comments on the expected away following on Monday night but interesting/amusing to see how long football fans can hold a grudge.
A big conversation below about how 1974 ruined many a Burnley fan’s life and it was Newcastle United to blame, still!
The odd voice of reason, including somebody pointing out that with it shortly being 2019, it will be 45 years since Supermac and 1974, so still bearing the grudge now is like somebody in 1974 moaning about what happened in 1929…
Burnley fans comments via their top Up The Clarets message board:
‘The toon fans are on the march again, amazing what 2 wins can do, until you point out that it is 2 wins this season. Same for us so we are in for an important game Monday night.’
‘Big game indeed on Monday, i think we have a decent record at home against Toon, so hopefully a much needed 3 points will be on the cards for the clarets.
I hope so because if we end up losing the game, we are in for a really tough relegation battle, there are worse teams than us in the PL but they are playing better football than us without getting results, we have been lucky against Cardiff,Huddersfield and Leicester, things could have been a lot worse.
At least our injury list is shrinking and hopefully a bit of form is returning, I think we can win but its going to be close, come on you clarets.’
‘Has to be a win, no other result will do.’
‘They’ve more right to be optimistic than us, the performance on Monday is crucial.
A defeat isn’t the end of the world if we can look at it and say we were unlucky, but if we put in another dire performance and lose, we will rightly look like relegation fodder.’
‘Still need payback for 74.’
‘Absolutely unreal. We had by far the better side but they beat us in the semi at Hillsborough, the Texaco Cup Final, which should have been two legs but ended up one at St. James’, and then cost us Europe with a 1-1 draw ont’ Turf last game of the season.
‘I went to the semi as did a number of the older posters on here and it’s a bit poor when we have to keep referring back it whenever we play them.
I was as disappointed as anyone that day but it was nearly 45 years ago. It’s like someone in 1974 still having a gripe over a minor setback that happened to them in 1929.’
‘My worst experience at a football match ever and I would imagine the same for a number of supporters it wasn’t a “minor setback” then and isn’t now!’
‘I remember that season well and still look back with a certain hatred on ‘Supermac’ who I think scored in all 3 games.
The semi was a joke as we played em off the park and they got humiliated in the final. The Texaco ‘final’ was dropped to one leg I think because they were in the FA Cup final (undeservedly) and the last game of the season cost us a European place (when it was taken seriously) due to (if memory serves) a late equaliser by you-know-who.
The irony was that Supermac wasn’t actually that good, he just had the speed of an olympic sprinter. But for him we would have been in the FA Cup final (scousers said afterwards we would have been the better opponents), quite possibly have won the Texaco and got a place in Europe. That would have been a very satisfying season I think.’
‘Just demonstrates the situation we find ourselves in (and many other clubs in this league) when we are looking at this game as vital, must win or a six pointer.
Only 12 games in, still November and it is taking on the significance of the type of game usually reserved for April/May in years gone by.
Scrambling for safety from November onwards illustrates perfectly the sheer divide that exists now between a handful of clubs and the remaining majority.’
‘(Newcastle have an) Excellent following.’
‘I don’t believe in fate but why is it that when we are about to play a poor side they seem to improve just before we play them. And they have.’
‘Toon will have a magnificent following.’
‘Newcastle fans are awesome.. Never forget beating them 1-0 in the last minute in the fa cup.. On the way home thousands surrounded my car and rocked it, trying to turn it over.. Awesome..!’
‘Whatever line up we play, let’s hope it’s set up to, or at least capable of scoring 2 goals.
I know it only Needs to be 1 for 3 points, but I think they’ll score, and if they score first whilst we are playing our famous keep it tight and nick a goal tactic, it wont yield the 3 points we so desperately want and need.
No game’s a must win at this stage, but make no mistake about it this is a massive game for us, purely with the run of fixtures coming up.
Let’s hope we don’t serve up the toothless long ball dross we have been doing.’