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Burnley fans with interesting comments on Newcastle fans, Mike Ashley, the team, free season tickets…

11 months ago

Burnley fans have had plenty to say ahead of today’s match at Turf Moor, some of it even about the game!

With six defeats in the last eight matches and losing the last three whilst conceding 11 goals, needless to say the mood isn’t high.

However, the feeling generally appears to be that a victory against Newcastle would steady things.

As to whether that will happen, there are mixed feelings amongst the Burnley fans.

With perhaps which players on both sides that end up fit enough to play, possibly being the biggest deciding factor. Newcastle set to have at least seven missing, whilst Burnley fans hoping to see star players such as Westwood and Barnes coming back today.

Interestingly, Mike Ashley giving away 10,000 free season tickets to fill the seats of boycotting Newcastle fans as also been a big debating point for Burnley fans.

Some Burnley fans understanding the issues very well and thinking that Newcastle have one of (if not the) best fanbases of all, whilst others don’t quite understand the issues involved quite so well AND don’t think the Newcastle fans are all that.

Plus we also have some interesting nostalgic memories from the 1974 FA Cup semi-final.

Burnley fans comment via their Up The Clarets message board:

‘He’s a bad un is that Mike Ashley, stripped the club of all its assets, not invested in any players, gave them the lowest budget to get back to the premier league, once back up has spent one of the fewest amounts of any club, and now giving away up to 10,000 season tickets.

Another club doing nothing for its fans and trying to build its fans back up/get the next batch hooked.

Stupid idea if you ask me.’

‘Best fans in the world the geordies, stand by their team through it all.’

‘Sounds like a reasonable way to negate stay away fans.

He might be a vile individual and the worst thing to happen to Newcastle United to some, but if he can attract a more sympathetic crowd… it makes sense for him to push on regardless.’

‘I notice it’s easier to boycott against Southampton than United or City. A bit like our neighbours.

Why not just say you can’t be a.sed going anymore. We didn’t ‘boycott’ from 1976-92.

We were just sh.. and almost everybody found better things to do, unless we had a big game’

‘Well spotted. You are right. And the Geordies haven’t always been that well supported.

I’m pretty certain (without checking) that sometime in the 80’s or so they were getting gates in single figures.’

‘Or it could be that say thousands are boycotting every match but you get more walk on’s / casual supporters / football tourists for the bigger games so the boycotters impact is less felt even though their commitment doesn’t wane.’

‘Their lowest average was in 1980/81 when it was 16,001 over the season.

The previous low before that was in 1901/2 when they finished 3rd in the First Division with an average of 14,450.’

‘It’s a hell of a jump from 16k to 50k isn’t it? Man City averaged far more than that in the old 3rd (league one). They do seem a tad fickle.’

‘I’m going with a 1-0 win, this is a game that will show us what the team is made of.’

‘1-2 we’ve been abysmal lately. A marginal improvement.’

‘If Barnes/Westwood play, 2-1 to the clarets.

If not then i’ll settle for a hard-fought 1-1,what the players need to show is intensity,that’s been sadly lacking in the last 3 games.’

‘A big opportunity if we can win.

‘Just been looking thru this weekends fixtures.

A lot of tough games for teams in the bottom half.

Newcastle at home is certainly winnable although they are on a good run.

3 points will hopefully lift us back into the top half.’

‘The semi final against Newcastle is still fresh in the memory..well Supermac running towards the burnley end is.

You just knew. He was a great striker!’

‘Great memories, we went on the train that day and when we got to Sheffield we thought we were in Newcastle, it was mad!.

‘Could do with all three points against Newcastle after the last few games.

Barnes and Westwood back in training.’

‘Westwood in particular has been sorely missed in the middle.’

‘I wouldn’t rule out 5-3-2 with Brady and Lennon in the wide defensive positions – enabling Gibson to come in.

We might be wise to match up Newcastle’s formation; think Brady and McNeil would be a great combo – Lennon and Hendrick could also link up with Cork in the middle.’

‘Looking at it logically I don’t see any reason to get jittery about a home game against Newcastle.

We have been doing pretty well this season generally albeit with the usual maulings from the big sides.

Newcastle are not City or Spurs or Chelsea.’

‘Passing success percentage – we are obviously one of the worst but Newcastle aren’t much better either.’

‘Encouraging news (and they’re missing Matt Ritchie too who I think is a very good player for them).

Newcastle United forward Allan Saint-Maximin has been sidelined for a month.’

‘Problem is when Barnes plays we end up lumping it long constantly.

Don’t think Newcastle’s 3 big lads at centre back will mind that at all.’


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