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.

It hasn’t gone quite to plan this season so far and Burnley fans were looking on last night as the proverbial six pointer that could kick start their season.

Below we have a range of comments from Burnley fans before and after the match.

Before the game there was a sizeable range of bizarre comments regarding still holding a grudge against Newcastle from back in 1974…

After Monday night’s defeat, the post-match patter was roughly split between Burnley fans who thought their team had been rubbish or Newcastle had been lucky, whilst a minority did think Rafa and his team were deserving of some praise.

Maybe the strangest of all, is the one who thinks Matt Ritchie’s wasn’t that clear a chance!!

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.’

‘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.

Total jinx.’

‘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.’

‘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..!’

‘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.’

 ‘Still need payback for 74.’


‘Scary how we can’t pressurize a feeble team like Newcastle.’

‘Relegation fodder. If we get to 15 points that will be some achievement.’

‘Managers become stale, just like in any other employees, in any job you move people around to keep them fresh and when people dont perform you replace them including managers.’

‘Showed a bit of fight but had no pace, no quality. Newcastle deserved the win and we need to do better.’

‘Utter shambles. All that was great last season has gone. They are not playing for the manager and Burnley will never lay out the money to change personnel so it might need a new hand on the wheel.’

‘Our resources are a £100m+ squad you daft apeth (#26). Let us stop believing we are little old Burnley (though Dyche never has).

Tonight was the final straw. After Europe I said I’d be happy with him going but wasn’t calling for his head. Now, entertainment, bloody mindedness and results all bad – he has to go. Apologies for upsetting the loyalists.’

‘Should have been four, we got off lightly.’

‘One of our better performances this season and we were still lucky not to lose by more after gifting them a couple of massive chances.’

‘The alarm bells were ringing loud and clear after the Fulham game and bar the freak result against Bournemouth we have continually been dreadful.

Yet again we were a horrific miss and the width of a post off another hammering.’

‘Newcastle were hungier than us.’

‘Newcastle got lucky and basically sat back whilst we had the majority of possession and doing all the probing to get back in it.

Not easy penetrating a team that has got a lucky 2 goal lead to defend.’

‘Didn’t think we’d sink much lower than Huddersfield at home but my god they’ve actually gone and managed it’

‘I think we’re playing well, but had 2 sucker punches.’

‘Both Newcastle goals came from set pieces where they had all of their outfield players in the final third.

They were clearly well aware that we didn’t have enough pace to be able to hit them on the counter attack and that gave them a real advantage.’

Rafa is a smart boss, his team were well set-up against us, they defended their box well as they generally have all season.’

‘Sean Dyche thinks we deserved something? I would have been embarrassed taking a point from that game tonight.’

‘Pretty dull affair tonight. On occasions we did try and up the tempo and at that point looked half decent. But all too often its too pedestrian. Newcastle aren’t a great side and yet fairly comfortably pushed us aside.’

‘We have to cut out the mistakes. Newcastle could have scored two more directly due to errors, and the two they did score were because we gave the ball away cheaply under little pressure and headed a corner away for another corner when it was easily to just clear it.’

‘Strange game. We started well and got straight back at them after both goals. In parts we played some of our best football through midfield all season, moving it quickly as stretching Newcastle. Yet in other parts we looked laborious, a bit timid and gave the ball away cheaply.

Unquestionably a draw would have been a fair result on the balance of play but a lucky goal and poor one defensively so early on have given us too much to do. They had 2 shots on target all night and both went in. As ever its fine margins and we’re on the wrong side of them at the moment but we really aren’t helping ourselves.’

‘Newcastle had 4 chances – they scored 2 goals, one with the aid of a massive slice of luck, and the other two (which admittedly they should have scored because they were gilt edged chances) were a direct consequence of abysmal errors by us.

But we were unfortunate to find ourselves behind at the interval given the balance of the game, and Wood had 4 presentable chances in the 90 minutes to score and only worked the keeper with the hardest of them.’

‘In terms of chances, the two newcastle missed were good chances but don’t think they were better than any we had. wood has made the keeper pull off a smart save in the first half from close range and in the second he’s shot right at the keeper, again from close range, then had another blocked by the keeper, again from close range.’

‘I think you need to watch a replay of the game….have you had a bang on your head on the way home last night ?!!

They missed an open net from one yard….one yard and nobody in the net……about 3 foot and an empty net……!!!’

‘Very average performance against a side who were there for the taking. Having said that, we didn’t have much luck at all.

The best chances Newcastle had were from our mistakes, and I’d say both goals conceded were as well.’

  • Paul Patterson

    I don’t get some fans when they bleat on about a side setting up defensively. That is a big part of football and being able to take chances is as well. I couldn’t care less if goals come from deflections, the shot was meant, end of.
    History books will say we won 2-1. Just like in April 96 when we murdered Man Utd but lost 1-0.

    • Leazes.

      Unfortunately all we have is the defensive set up.

      We haven’t had a first class striker since Shearer or Owen or a second drawer striker since Ba or Cisse.

      • S.G.M.

        Owen? LOL

      • Brian Standen

        Owen? I grant you he was and his goals per game ratio here was ok – but to say he came here for a payday is an understatement!

        • Kev Newcastle England

          And to make the spineless twatt captain,pathetic

      • Gallowgate Dave

        Owen first class?! That’s a conspiracy theory too far even for you Leazes. Pound for pound arguably our worst ever signing.

        • Kev Newcastle England

          Totally agree about Owen

        • KennySamsung

          Hated the guy, still do.

      • Kev Newcastle England


  • Kenny

    Burnley`s ownership is like Nufc`s, it`s cheaper to replace the manager than players
    King Rat wants Rafa to stay but he won`t be willing to pay the price of his retention.
    enjoy this season for what it`s worth because when Rafa leaves the real nightmare begins.

    • Ram Kishore

      Burnley’s ownership is nowhere similar to us.
      Club owned by locals and run without any debt.
      The directors are not paid.
      They should have strengthened the team more by spending more but still ended up spending close to 30m.
      I just saw these info on Wiki
      There are no similarities Kenny.
      The money spent shouldn’t be the criteria or the benchmark to compare the two clubs.

      • Kenny

        their supporters said it if you read the article

        • Ram Kishore

          I read it.. it’s only made by 2 at the max Kenny.
          They never compared our situation with theirs.
          These cherry picked comments doesn’t represent the whole fan base’s view.
          I also mentioned that they have spent 30 million on 3 players which is more than what we spent and our net spend.

      • Realist

        Totally agree.

      • Martin Rooney

        But their fans it seems would rather our manager and players?

        • Ram Kishore

          It will change once their form changes. The same team played their best football last year.
          If Burnley had gone for more PL quality, they may do well or maybe struggling a bit like west ham. All relative

          The fans comments posted above doesn’t tell the real picture. It’s just a copy paste of 10 comments. Doesn’t tell much really

    • wheyayeman

      “Burnley`s ownership is like Nufc`s,” NOPE!

    • Wor Lass

      Burnley have good owners but the similarity is that they haven`t succesfully strengthened in order to build on a great season. They did have a £30 mill net spend but it hasn`t paid off. A few of those posts underline the fact that Burnley is the Pennywell of East Lancashire.

      • KennySamsung

        Like Pennywell, that’s a bit harsh on Burnley.

        • Martin Rooney

          whats wrong with Pennywell, theres a cracking little cafe at the old sunderland echo building

          • KennySamsung

            Haha a cafe full of mackems
            “can I have a cuppa tea please”
            “Cheryl get the Ringtons oot there’s a Geordie in”

        • Wor Lass

          Try living there over the winter one year. I guarantee you`ll get what I mean! Never again ….

    • porciestreet

      And fatty will disappear again.

  • Steven05

    Every goal scored is due to a defensive error

    • porciestreet

      Does it really matter. Surely, if we are forcing teams into defensive errors because we press high or rip them through the middle, so what
      Its for them to put right not us…

      • Steven05

        Absolutely not, but I think you misunderstood, I meant every goal in world football, not just ours

        And yes indeed, CancerASHley OUT!

  • Ashley-out

    two sub standard teams dishing out rubbish football, pay to watch Newcastle is like burning money.
    Ashley out

    • Realist

      3 good wins on the bounce and your still moaning 💤

      • panther

        all its doing is tightening the purse strings

        • Martin Rooney

          Lookm at it this way as every one knows it took till man city home last season for Rafa to get his team getting positive performances and results out of his squad. If he’s got that recipe right now and can get this team up to 7th end of may, would you still want him blowing the spending money now or in Jan?

          • panther

            strenghthening can only be a positive thing

    • Steven05

      Actually winning a handful of games here and there is probably worse for the future of our club. Sadly there’s still people who can’t/won’t see the bigger picture

    • Vodkamagpie

      When you play pro evo/fifa, I can picture you running at the opposition constantly with no plan. When I play pro evolution, I get more joy in keeping the ball, keeping team shape. There are many ways to play football, it’s your own interpretation if it is indeed poor or some what wonderfull

      • Wor Lass

        Have you tried that one where you get changed into skimpy outfits and run around on the grass kicking ten bells out of each other?

        • Vodkamagpie

          Nope, what ever floats your boat I guess

          • Wor Lass

            It`s just calle “football”. You should try it one day.

      • Cockneytrev

        EVO/FIFA,,,,,, 😂😂😂😂😂,, wtf has that to do with real football,, a 5 year old can be fantastic at fifa, but has no idea how to play football,,,,

  • wheyayeman

    Cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste… Congratulations Porter you are ready to become a Staff writer and sports journalist!

  • KennySamsung

    A wins a win points are all that matter!

  • Phil Scott

    “Let’s hope we don’t serve up the toothless long ball dross we have been doing.’”

    I guess this guy was disappointed, then?

  • Mrkgw

    I thought that our side played very well and thoroughly deserved the win.

  • Scott Robinson

    Spot the celeb. Anyone been on the Chron’ and seen the fans gallery, think it is around photo number 26 of 43 and you can see Victor Meldrew with his cap and toon scarf, if you don’t believe it have a look.

  • Down Under Mag

    People equate our poor run of form to being a bad team that they should walk all over. They need to watch our team play – the reason we aren’t winning games (until late) is that our forward line is lacking quality to score goals. Our defence and midfield though are pretty rock solid and we are difficult to break down…just look at our record against the top 6 teams and how few goals we concede compared to others, our goal difference alone should tell these fans that we aren’t there for the taking like so many want to assume.

    If we had a couple of flair players up top then we would actually be a completely different team, we are probably the most solid defensively we have been in all my time following the club and possession % means nothing if you can’t score with it…we ideally would be playing great counterattack football but none of our forwards have the pace to do that properly.

  • MadMag83

    Despite the headline, most of those comments are actually on the money. Burnley had more possession but were poor with it. Newcastle were set up better and worked harder.

    I disagree with the goals being down to luck. If you pack the box with defenders and a shot comes in, there’s always the risk of a deflection sending it goal bound. The second was just a good header.