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Premier League Profiles: Who are Burnley Football Club?

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Burnley Football Club have a very rich history for a club that isn't one of the big names. Their presence in the English game is nothing to be scoffed at.

Formed as a Rugby club in 1882, the club changed its focus to football and in 1888 they became one of the 12 founding members of the Football League, setting the very foundations for the modern-day game. Since their inception, Burnley have won every major honour apart from the League Cup. 

Commonly known as The Clarets, they achieved success either side of the First World War and they adopted the Claret and Blue of Aston Villa who at the time were England's most successful club side. Their "Golden Years" occurred during the years after Second World War. In the 1950's the team was spearheaded by the likes of Jimmy McIlroy and Jimmy Adamson and under the guidance of Harry Potts (whose name is given to the road which Turf Moor is based), they secured the Division 1 title in the 1959/60 season.

Burnley were one of the world pioneers and one of the most progressive clubs in the 1960s under the reign of chairman Bob Lord. They were the first team in the world to build a training ground next to the stadium, while every other team still trained in their own stadium, and the Turf Moor club used innovative training methods. Among other things, this resulted in an excellent youth team. Nearly all members of the 1959–60 Division 1 winning team had played in the Burnley youth team. Lord also pioneered the 'football specials'. 'The Clarets' were also the first to let a manager decide about the transfer policy. After this title-winning season finished, Burnley went to the United States to take part in the first-ever international football tournament in North-America, the International Soccer League.

This season coming will mark the fourth outing in the Premier League (under the Premier League era) for the Clarets. Their first season was in 2009/10 where they were promoted through Wade Elliot's winning goal in the playoff final but was relegated the following season. After another failed attempt to stay in the Premier League in 2015 the Clarets managed to stay up in the 2016/17 season and finished 7th last season under Sean Dyche to qualify for the Europa League.

In

Ben Gibson - Middlesbrough, £15m

Out

Scott Arfield - Rangers, free

Dean Marney - released

Josh Ginnelly - Walsall, free

Tom Anderson - Doncaster, free

Rahis Nabi - released

Jordan Barnett - released

Arlen Birch - released

Brad Jackson - released

Samuel Layton - released

Harry Limb - Kings Lynn, free

Chris Long - released

Khius Metz - released

Jamie Thomas - released

Conor Mitchell - St Johnstone, loan

Burnley I feel will feel the effects of Europa League football at certain stages of this season, depending on how far they go. Under Sean Dyche, the players and the team have a never say die attitude and will fight for one another. Defensively they are solid and last season they broke their away day hoodoo, so this season I think Burnley will finish just inside the top 10. 10th

 

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