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It's Burnley Not Barcelona: The Search for Champagne with Beer Money Paperback – 1 Aug 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Parrs Wood Press; 1st ed. edition (1 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903158427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903158425
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Thomas spent his first twenty years in Todmorden near Burnley until College and matrimony took him away from his roots. His love however for Burnley Football Club has never diminished. Luckily marriage only took him as far away as Leeds where he has lived for over thirty years. In Leeds he was a Headteacher until he decided that he could do no more for the nation's ungrateful children most of whom thought it very funny that he was a Burnley supporter. His career as a professional footballer never really got off the ground. In his one season as school centre forward he scored just one goal. Sadly scouts flocked in the other direction. His one claim to fame is that he did actually teach Dean West, the current Burnley full back. As well as this book he has written many articles for The Times Educational Supplement, none of them serious, and had several short stories published about his (sometimes) hilarious time as a Head teacher in a small village school near Leeds.


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Format: Paperback
This is an account of a season spent watching, following and supporting Burnley Football Club throughout the 2001/2002 season seen through the eyes of fan, Dave Thomas.
Supporting Burnley is not like supporting Man United or Arsenal. It takes real courage at times, as well as the usual strong bond for the club. Burnley are not normal in many ways. There are regular results such as 6-5, 6-2, 5-1, 4-0 with Burnley usually on the wrong end to inferior opposition. Then they can just as easily beat the high flyers the next week with the same line up!
The season in question included the ITV Digital fiasco and the lost revenue. It hit them harder than most clubs, but somehow they have survived better than most of the other clubs hit by the funding shortfall.
Thomas has great anecdotes, from his neighbour who supports Bradford City and their trip to the Bradford club shop together, buying a Bradford hat just to try and help out the struggling Bradford finances and trying not to let other Burnley fans see it! It's fans like these that are fast disappearing from football, replaced by the corporate Man United type crowd. I could guarantee not many fans of big Premiership clubs would even care about the plight of a Nationwide club to go out of their way to buy something from a rival club's shop just in a goodwill effort to try to help them from going out of business.
With Burnley there are more ups and downs than many other clubs put together. It makes for a wonderful read because it is written so well and by a real fan.
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