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The Clubs: Burnley

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
190 51 44 95 190 297 -107 197 5

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Ashley Barnes 136
Ben Mee 134
Sam Vokes 102
Jeff Hendrick 98
Tom Heaton 96
Scott Arfield 86
Jack Cork 86
James Tarkowski 85
Johann Berg Gudmundsson 84
Matthew Lowton 83

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Ashley Barnes 32
Chris Wood 20
Sam Vokes 17
Danny Ings 11
Andre Gray 9
Steven Defour 8
Graham Alexander 7
George Boyd 7
Jeff Hendrick 7
Johann Berg Gudmundsson 6

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Burnley 4-0 AFC Bournemouth 22nd September 2018 2018-2019
Hull City 1-4 Burnley 10th April 2010 2009-2010
Burnley 4-1 Sunderland 31st December 2016 2016-2017
West Ham United 0-3 Burnley 10th March 2018 2017-2018
Burnley 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 9th May 2010 2009-2010
Burnley 3-1 Sunderland 19th September 2009 2009-2010
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Burnley 9th February 2019 2018-2019
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley 6th April 2019 2018-2019
Burnley 2-0 Hull City 31st October 2009 2009-2010
Burnley 2-0 Liverpool FC 20th August 2016 2016-2017

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Burnley 1-6 Manchester City 3rd April 2010 2009-2010
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley 26th September 2009 2009-2010
Arsenal 5-0 Burnley 6th May 2018 2017-2018
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley 20th October 2018 2018-2019
Burnley 1-5 Everton 26th December 2018 2018-2019
Liverpool FC 4-0 Burnley 12th September 2009 2009-2010
Burnley 0-4 Liverpool FC 25th April 2010 2009-2010
West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley 28th September 2014 2014-2015
West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley 21st November 2016 2016-2017
Burnley 0-4 Chelsea 28th October 2018 2018-2019

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Owen Coyle 1 8th January 2010
Brian Laws 1 29th December 2010
Sean Dyche 4  

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Burnley 0-2 Manchester United 23rd April 2017 21,870 2016-2017
Burnley 0-1 Manchester United 20th January 2018 21,841 2017-2018
Burnley 1-2 Manchester City 26th November 2016 21,794 2016-2017
Burnley 1-1 Bolton Wanderers 26th December 2009 21,761 2009-2010
Burnley 1-2 Liverpool FC 1st January 2018 21,756 2017-2018
Burnley 1-1 Chelsea 12th February 2017 21,744 2016-2017
Burnley 1-3 Liverpool FC 5th December 2018 21,741 2018-2019
Burnley 2-1 Leicester City 14th April 2018 21,727 2017-2018
Burnley 0-1 Arsenal 26th November 2017 21,722 2017-2018
Burnley 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 1st April 2017 21,684 2016-2017

 

Intro

Fans of Burnley have experienced plenty of high moments in the last decade. Although they do have two Premier League relegations on their CV, the Clarets can look forward to a fourth consecutive season of Premier League football next season under the guidance of Sean Dyche – one of the best English managers at the moment. Burnley made their Premier League debut in 2009 and achieved a sensational finishing position of seventh in 2017-2018 – best of the rest after the current ‘Big 6.’

 

2009-2010

Having beaten Sheffield United in the Championship play-off final in the previous campaign, Burnley were expected to struggle in their first season at this level. However, they made Turf Moor an early fortress, collecting five wins in their first six home games. Reigning champions Manchester United were beaten in only their second Premier League game with Robbie Blake scoring a stunning winner. Everton and Sunderland were also among their early season victims.

Owen Coyle started the season as manager but in January, he acrimoniously left to take the manager’s job at fellow Lancastrian side Bolton Wanderers. The ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws succeeded him but Burnley’s form nosedived in the second half of the season. Relegation was confirmed in their 36th match of the season after a 4-0 home defeat to Liverpool FC but they did finish above Hull in 18th position after a 4-2 final day victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

 

2014-2015

Four years after their last taste of Premier League action, Burnley were back in the top-flight and Sean Dyche was now at the helm. His astute management of the club’s resources has put Burnley in a much better position, even if this season ended in instant relegation back to the Championship.

The Clarets didn’t enjoy victory until beating Hull City 1-0 in November but the goals of Danny Ings saw them never cut-off from the other struggling sides and the highlight of their campaign was undoubtedly George Boyd’s winner to defeat Manchester City 1-0 in March. Their relegation was confirmed in May despite completing a league double over Hull and Ings left at the end of the season for Liverpool FC.

 

2016-2017

Burnley returned to the Premier League after just a single season away and were stronger for their previous experiences. An early season victory over Liverpool FC suggested they would be harder to beat this time around. Like in their previous campaigns, Burnley’s strong platform for success was based around their home form and they were tough to beat with Crystal Palace, Southampton and AFC Bournemouth among the sides who came away empty-handed from their visits to Lancashire.

It was a different story away from home with just one victory on their travels but that success in late April at Selhurst Park meant the club avoided relegation for the first time, finishing the campaign in a rewarding 16th position.

 

2017-2018

With Joey Barton released after his ban for breaching betting rules and Andre Gray sold to Watford, questions were raised over whether Burnley had a strong enough squad to compete in the Premier League. Those doubts were quashed immediately on the opening weekend as Dyche’s side raced into a 3-0 half-time lead at Stamford Bridge and held on against nine-man Chelsea to beat them 3-2.

In December, the Clarets sat in the dizzy heights of fourth position briefly and a European adventure looked more likely. Not even an 11-game winless run could derail those lofty ambitions and a 2-1 win against Everton in early March began a five-game winning sequence which was good enough to secure seventh place and a place in the qualifying stages of the following season’s UEFA Europa League. Only the ‘Big 6’ finished above Burnley which was a heroic achievement from everyone at the club.

 

2018-2019

Burnley’s European aspirations ended in the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League as they lost to Olympiacos and the early start had a detrimental effect on their form in the Premier League. The tight defence from the previous campaign seemed to evaporate and by Christmas, Burnley had conceded more goals in the whole of the 2018-2019 campaign than what they’d let in the previous season. The low point was a 5-1 demolition on home soil by Everton on Boxing Day.

The return of captain Tom Heaton shortly afterwards and a change in tactical approach after this drubbing by the Toffees paid off. Burnley started to become harder to beat again. A seven-game unbeaten sequence which culminated with a 2-1 triumph over UEFA Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur had them going in the right direction. Safety was secured effectively by a 2-2 draw at Chelsea with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood forming a dangerous partnership in-attack. Burnley ultimately ended the 2018-2019 season in 15th place.

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Premier League Files: Andre Gray

Premier League Career: Burnley (2016-2017), Watford (2017-PRESENT)

Andre Gray is one of Watford’s most expensive signings. He is playing a role in their best-ever Premier League campaign to-date, helped by scoring a couple of recent matchwinners in the 2018-2019 season. Gray starred in his career previously as a proven goalscorer for Luton Town and Brentford and helped Burnley achieve promotion to the top-flight in 2015-2016.

A product of the youth system at Shrewsbury Town, he signed his first professional contract at the start of the 2009-2010 season. He made five appearances in their first-team but was released at the end of the campaign. He dropped into the non-league in a bid to revive his career and joined Hinckley United in June 2010, having previously experienced a one-month loan with them in the previous campaign. He scored 14 goals in 35 appearances in 2010-2011, including four goals in a 7-2 thumping of Solihull Moors in late April 2011. Hinckley were a part-time club at the time but Gray stayed with them until the summer of 2012 when he joined Luton Town who had plunged into the non-league themselves after years of financial mismanagement.

He became the first player in Hatters history to score in each of his first four matches for the club and scored 47 league goals in 88 appearances, helping Luton to the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2013 which included a giant-killing victory over Premier League outfit Norwich City in round four. At the third time of asking, he helped Luton earn promotion back to the Football League as Conference champions in 2014 and he ended that season as top goalscorer in the division too.

Local rivals Milton Keynes Dons expressed an interest in his signature in the summer of 2014 but in the end, he made the leap up to the Championship, signing a three-year deal with Brentford. He won the Championship Player of the Month in November 2014, scored five goals in five matches and ended with 18 goals in all competitions as the Bees made the Championship play-offs before bowing out to Middlesbrough in the semi-finals.

His season in London attracted interest from Hull City who had three transfer bids rejected. Eventually, it was Burnley who won the race to sign him with the Clarets paying Brentford a club-record fee for his services in August 2015. He was an immediate hit with the Burnley supporters, shooting them back to the Premier League at the first attempt. He scored 25 times to win the Championship Golden Boot and was named Championship Player of the Season by his peers. Sean Dyche’s decision to pay Brentford approximately £6 million was a shrewd piece of business.

In August 2016, he made his Premier League debut in a home defeat to Swansea City and scored in his next match as the Clarets defeated Liverpool FC 2-0. A few days later, he was charged with misconduct by the FA after a series of homophobic tweets he posted on Twitter in 2012 came out in the public spectrum. Despite a strong public defence from the player and his club, the FA suspended him for four matches, fined him £25,000 and reminded him about his future conduct.

Gray put aside this misdemeanour and rediscovered his goalscoring touch after his ban. He scored a New Years’ Eve hat-trick in 2016 to sink Sunderland 4-1, becoming the first Burnley player to score a top-flight treble since Peter Noble in 1975. He finished with decent figures of nine goals in 32 appearances but with his contract entering its final 12 months and no sign of an agreement between player and club representatives, he left Burnley for Watford in August 2017 for a club-record fee at the time.

He has shown glimpses of his previous form at Vicarage Road, scoring on his second return to Turf Moor earlier this season and also, scoring recent winning goals at home to Everton and Leicester City. As of early March 2019, a return of 10 goals in 50 appearances is not what anyone was hoping for. However, still just 27, there’s more to come from Andre Gray. It will be interesting to see how long though he can play second-fiddle to the likes of Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra in Hertfordshire.

Shock Results: Burnley 1-0 Manchester City (March 2015)

Goalscorer: George Boyd 61

Teams:

Burnley: Tom Heaton, Michael Duff, Jason Shackell, Ben Mee, Kieran Trippier, Scott Arfield, David Jones, George Boyd, Ashley Barnes, Danny Ings (Steven Reid 90), Sam Vokes (Stephen Ward 87)

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (Frank Lampard 81), Jesus Navas, David Silva (Stevan Jovetic 74), Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko (Wilfried Bony 63)

Referee: Andre Marriner, Attendance: 21,216

Reigning champions Manchester City was desperate for victory when they visited Turf Moor in March 2015 to take on a plucky Burnley outfit that were fighting against relegation. Sean Dyche’s side were sitting in the bottom three and had managed just four Premier League victories all season so not many gave the Clarets much hope of adding to this paltry tally against Manuel Pellegrini’s all-stars.

Pellegrini’s side arrived in Lancashire virtually at full strength but struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities in a first half of few chances. Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton made a smart save to keep out Edin Dzeko’s goal bound effort but that was good as it got for Manchester City in a first 45 minutes that wouldn’t live long in the memory of the 21,216 supporters’ in-attendance for this teatime kick-off.

As the match wore on, Dyche’s team grew in-confidence and believed that the champions were there for the taking. They made the crucial breakthrough on 61 minutes. Kieran Trippier’s free-kick was poorly cleared by Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany. Kompany’s clearance fell into the path of George Boyd and the Scotsman drilled the ball into the net beyond Joe Hart’s despairing dive. It was his fifth goal of the season since his August switch from Hull City and by far, his most important for the Clarets.

It was a bad moment for Kompany who had been dropped for the Citizens’ previous match at home to Leicester City and raised questions over his fitness after another error-strewn display here at Turf Moor. Pellegrini responded to falling behind by bringing on Frank Lampard for his 600th Premier League appearance whilst recent signing Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic were also thrown on. Neither of these made any significant impact on proceedings with Jovetic forcing Heaton into a simple save which was the best the visitors could muster in a tepid display.

There were late calls for a penalty when Pablo Zabaleta went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Ben Mee in stoppage-time but Andre Marriner waved the protests away. The path was clear for Burnley to record only their second victory of the calendar year and their first win against their illustrious opponents since October 1974.

Manchester City remained five points behind Chelsea after this loss and had played two games more than the Blues. The defence of their title was now virtually in tatters. Burnley ended up losing their fight against the drop but this was a fantastic scalp for Dyche and demonstrated their battling qualities throughout the 2014-2015 season which has put them in good stead since their return to the top-flight in 2016.

Memorable Matches: Manchester City 3-3 Burnley (November 2009)

Goalscorers: Graham Alexander 19 PEN, Steven Fletcher 32, Shaun Wright-Phillips 43, Kolo Toure 55, Craig Bellamy 58, Kevin McDonald 87

Teams:

Manchester City: Shay Given, Wayne Bridge, Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Gareth Barry, Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Carlos Tevez (Martin Petrov 73)

Burnley: Brian Jensen, Graham Alexander, Stephen Caldwell, Clarke Carlisle, Tyrone Mears, Stephen Jordan, Andre Bikey (Kevin McDonald 61), Chris Eagles (David Nugent 71), Wade Elliott, Robbie Blake (Joey Gudjonsson 62), Steven Fletcher

Referee: Stuart Attwell, Attendance: 47,205

Burnley had made an impressive start to their Premier League life at Turf Moor but their form away from home was dreadful. Five successive defeats and just two goals scored meant Owen Coyle’s side were desperate to avoid more pain on their travels when they went to Eastlands to play Manchester City in November 2009. City manager Mark Hughes was under pressure with the expensively-assembled squad not delivering consistent results. They’d drawn their last four top-flight matches.

After surviving an early barrage of expected pressure from the home side, it was Burnley who silenced the home crowd by charging into a 2-0 lead. First in the 19th minute, Tyrone Mears’ cross was charged down by Joleon Lescott. In the opinion of Stuart Attwell, it was blocked illegally by the centre-back and he awarded a penalty. Graham Alexander smashed home the spot-kick emphatically, giving Shay Given, who saved a penalty a week earlier at Birmingham no chance.

13 minutes later, City’s backline was all over the place when Chris Eagles beat the offside trap. He cut in from the right-hand side and with Given beaten by the cutback, Steven Fletcher had a simple finish to send the away supporters into dreamland. Having already beaten Manchester United and Everton this season, were they about to add the Citizens to their list of scalps?

It would have helped getting to the changing rooms two goals clear but on the stroke of half-time, the hosts got back into the game. Shaun Wright-Phillips’ shot deflected off ex-Manchester City defender Stephen Jordan, giving Brian Jensen no hope of keeping the effort out. Momentum had shifted back towards Hughes and his troops and they’d cancelled out Burnley’s two-goal advantage within the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Returning from injury, Kolo Toure scored his first Premier League goal for the club since moving from Arsenal in the summer, finishing from close-range after being found in space by his centre-back colleague Lescott. Coyle’s side were now on the ropes and they fell 3-2 behind on 58 minutes. Wright-Phillips was causing problems down the right-hand side and his cross just missed Carlos Tevez but was dispatched by Craig Bellamy for the Welshman’s fifth goal of the season.

It looked like Manchester City were going to hold on for their first victory in the Premier League since late September but with three minutes left, there was one final sting in the tale. Substitute David Nugent’s ball into the box was nodded on by Fletcher into the path of Kevin McDonald. From five-yards out, McDonald couldn’t miss to make the score 3-3 and ensure the points would be shared.

It was the least Burnley deserved from a pulsating match but by mid-January, neither manager would be in their jobs. Coyle controversially left for the Bolton Wanderers vacancy and Burnley would be relegated under his successor, Brian Laws. Hughes would only win two more matches and the run of seven successive draws ultimately did for him. He was sacked before Christmas and replaced by Roberto Mancini who would take City to fifth spot but not enough for Champions League qualification.

Premier League Files: Steven Fletcher

Premier League Career: Burnley (2009-2010), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2010-2012), Sunderland (2012-2016)

Steven Fletcher has often been a standout player in teams that have often struggled in the Premier League. The Scotsman has finished as top scorer for his clubs in relegation campaigns with both Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, his most impressive spell was arguably his four-year stint at Sunderland which came to an end at the start of 2016. Fletcher now plays in the SkyBet EFL Championship for Sheffield Wednesday.

Born in Shrewsbury, Fletcher spent much of his early childhood living in army bases in both Germany and England. His father was a soldier but died in 1997 after a battle with cancer. It was decided that he should relocate to Scotland with his Scottish mother and he was spotted by John Park, who was a youth coach at Hibernian. He joined the club’s youth network at the age of 13.

Fletcher made his club debut with the Edinburgh side in April 2004, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock. He scored 43 goals in 156 Scottish Premier League games for Hibs, netting his first professional hat-trick in a win over Gretna during the 2007-2008 campaign. He also won Young Player of the Year honours during his time at Easter Road two years in a row.

In January 2009, Hibs blocked a January move to Celtic which left the striker unamused. He argued: “For the development of my career, it is time to move to a bigger club.” In June 2009, he did leave the club – not for Celtic but for Premier League new boys Burnley in a club-record fee of £3 million. He had to wait until October for his first goal in England’s top-flight which came in a 2-1 victory at home to Birmingham City. He was voted Burnley’s Players’ Player of the Season and ended as the club’s top goalscorer, netting eight times. However, the Clarets’ lack of quality was evident after Owen Coyle vacated the managerial post for Bolton Wanderers and they were relegated from the Premier League in April 2010.

Soon after Burnley’s demise back to the Championship, Steven was transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who forked out £6.5 million for his services. He made a dream start, scoring on his home debut on the opening weekend of the season as Wolves edged out Stoke City 2-1. Near the end of his first full season, he made himself a real fan favourite with the club after scoring twice in a priceless Black Country Derby triumph over West Bromwich Albion. They were vital goals as Wolves just about avoided relegation on a dramatic final day.

Personally, he improved even further in 2011-2012, scoring 12 goals but the club struggled once again and failed to win another league game after Mick McCarthy’s sacking in mid-February. With Wolves going down, Fletcher was a prized asset who had to be sold to reduce the wage bill and Martin O’Neill was very interested in bringing him to Sunderland.

Wolves drove a hard bargain and it took a transfer request from the player to eventually force the move through. It cost Sunderland £12 million but it looked money well-spent when he scored in his first four matches for the club, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for September 2012 for his flying start in a Black Cats jersey.

He was handed the no.9 shirt for the 2013-2014 season and after an injury ruled him out of the previous season’s run-in, he returned instantly with a goal away at Crystal Palace, although it came in a losing cause. Fletcher had a knack for popping up with crucial goals throughout his career against local rivals. He did it for Sunderland against Newcastle United, scoring in home victories over the Magpies in October 2013 and 2015.

By now, injuries were restricting his goalscoring threat, as was the form of Jermain Defoe which was often keeping Fletcher out of the team. His goalscoring exploits were now being saved for international representation with Scotland. In 2015, he became the first player since Colin Stein against Cyprus in 1969 to score a hat-trick for The Tartan Army, seven years after making his international bow against Croatia.

After scoring 23 goals in 108 matches for Sunderland, he finished the 2015-2016 season with a loan spell in France with Marseille, scoring twice in matches against Toulouse and Troyes. He did start the 2016 Coupe de France final which ended for Marseille in a 4-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Sunderland released the Scotsman on his return to these shores and he joined Sheffield Wednesday on a four-year deal in July 2016, still remaining with the Owls today. The closest he has come to playing Premier League football again was the Championship play-offs of 2017 where Wednesday lost their semi-final to eventual winners Huddersfield Town on penalties.

Great Goals: Ashley Barnes – West Bromwich Albion vs. BURNLEY (March 2018)

Ashley Barnes enjoyed the season of his life in 2017-2018. His performances for Burnley were not only integral to their fabulous seventh-place finish in the table but they also saw him close in on winning an international cap for the first time from Austria.

He stunned The Hawthorns with an acrobatic effort in Burnley’s 2-1 victory in March 2018. It was his fourth goal in four matches and it came after 22 minutes. Barnes leapt highest to meet a cross into the box from Aaron Lennon. It was just behind him but he improvised marvellously, with a bicycle kick that zipped into the back of Ben Foster’s net.

Burnley’s victory spelt the end for Alan Pardew as West Bromwich Albion manager and their third consecutive victory was another stepping stone in a season that would eventually end with Sean Dyche’s side qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.

Shock Results: Chelsea 2-3 Burnley (August 2017)

Goalscorers: Sam Vokes 24, 43, Stephen Ward 39, Alvaro Morata 69, David Luiz 88

Teams:

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Gary Cahill (SENT OFF), David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas (SENT OFF), Jerome Boga (Andreas Christensen 18), (Charly Musonda 90), Willian, Michy Batshuayi (Alvaro Morata 59)

Burnley: Tom Heaton, Ben Mee, Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Stephen Ward, Jack Cork, Steven Defour (Jon Walters 75), Jeff Hendrick, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady, Sam Vokes

Referee: Craig Pawson, Attendance: 41,616

Reigning champions Chelsea were once again expected to be among the frontrunners for the Premier League title in 2017-2018. On the opening weekend of the season, Antonio Conte’s side faced Burnley, who were starting their fourth Premier League campaign. On their three previous visits to Stamford Bridge, the Clarets had conceded seven goals. So, they were considered major outsiders.

However, the champions imploded in a spectacular first 45 minutes which was to be the story of their season. The first sign of trouble for the hosts came after just 14 minutes when referee Craig Pawson dished out a straight red card to Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill. Cahill, who had taken on the role on a full-time basis following John Terry’s summer departure, made a lunging two-footed tackle on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour. It was classed as dangerous play by Pawson and Cahill could have few complaints. This meant Jerome Boga’s shock debut was over too, sacrificed to make way for defensive centre-back Andreas Christensen.

Nine minutes later, Burnley fully capitalised on the extra man advantage as Sam Vokes fired the visitors ahead with a volley beyond Thibaut Courtois. It would get worse for a stunned home faithful. Six minutes before half-time, Burnley put together a brilliant team move which led to their second goal. It was left-back Stephen Ward who finished the move off, firing an angled drive beyond Courtois’ despairing dive. Incredibly, it was 3-0 just four minutes later. A flying header from Vokes continued his red-hot streak and put Burnley fans into dreamland. The Welshman had now scored seven goals in his last six Premier League matches dating back to the end of the previous season. The scoreline was even more spectacular considering Burnley had won just one away match in the whole of the previous campaign and that had been at the end of April at Crystal Palace.

Conte looked a pale shadow of the energetic character Chelsea fans had seen on the touchline during his debut Premier League season and he urgently needed a reaction from his misfiring players in the second half. The belated arrival of Alvaro Morata in the 59th minute was the galvanising factor in their second half improvement. 10 minutes after his arrival, the Spaniard, who had joined from Real Madrid, had his first goal for his new employers, heading home from close-range.

Any hopes of Chelsea salvaging something from the contest were as good as over when Cesc Fabregas added to Conte’s headaches. Booked needlessly for dissent in the first half, the Spaniard’s clumsy challenge on Jack Cork with nine minutes left to play saw him heading for an early shower and reduced Chelsea to nine men.

David Luiz did pull another goal back just before stoppage-time but it was too little, too late. Burnley held on for a famous victory. Sean Dyche’s side were one of the success stories of the season and will be playing in UEFA Europa League qualifying later this week as a reward for their seventh-place finish. Chelsea’s fifth-place league result was very disappointing and Conte was sacked in July 2018.

Premier League Files: Danny Ings

Premier League Career: Burnley (2014-2015), Liverpool FC (2015-2018), Southampton (2018-PRESENT)

In April 2018, Danny Ings opened the scoring for Liverpool FC in their 2-2 away draw with West Bromwich Albion. It ended a 930-day drought without a goal in the Premier League and no-one could deny him the feeling of finding the target again. This is after a horrendous couple of seasons with two serious knee injuries. He decided to return to the team where he started his career in his youth days, Southampton in August 2018.

Released as a schoolboy by the Saints, Ings signed a two-year apprentice contract with their south coast rivals, AFC Bournemouth shortly afterwards and he made 27 appearances for their first-team between 2009 and 2011. He moved to Burnley in the summer of 2011 and linked up again with Eddie Howe, who was Burnley manager at the time and had been the Bournemouth boss whilst Ings was with the Cherries.

His first-team breakthrough looked like it would come in the 2012-2013 season following the departure of Jay Rodriguez to Southampton but after impressing in pre-season, he suffered a serious knee injury, tearing his knee cartilage and forcing him out of action for six months.

Finally, Danny managed to stay clear of the treatment table in 2013-2014 and revelled in the opportunity to play on a week-to-week basis. He ended the season with an impressive tally of 22 goals as Burnley finished second to Leicester City and won promotion to the Premier League. He also held off competition from Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and Ross McCormack of Leeds United to be voted the Championship Player of the Year at the Football League Awards.

The big question now was whether he could make the step-up successfully to Premier League level. 11 goals in 35 appearances suggested he did in 2014-2015. It took him a while to score his first goal in the top-flight but when it came in a 3-1 home defeat to Everton, it was the lift-off Ings needed for his season. He struck twice in two minutes to ensure Burnley recorded their first away victory of the campaign in November 2014 away at Stoke City and finished as the club’s top scorer for the second successive season.

Ings joined Liverpool FC in the summer of 2015 and was looking to continue his good form from the previous two seasons. His first Premier League goal for the Reds came at The Kop end in September 2015, three minutes after arriving as a half-time substitute in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City. A month later, he opened the scoring in the Merseyside Derby in what turned out to be Brendan Rodgers’ final match in-charge of Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp succeeded Rodgers and in his very first training session, Ings cruelly suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and was ruled out for the rest of the campaign. His rehabilitation went better than expected and he made a substitute appearance on the final day of the season at West Bromwich Albion. He began 2016-2017 in the reserves’ side in a bid to regain full match fitness with some sporadic outings in League Cup matches. Unfortunately, he replicated his previous injury in his right knee during a League Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur in October 2016, keeping him on the sidelines again for a lengthy spell. After 11 months absent he returned in September 2017 to first-team action with a substitute appearance in the League Cup loss to Leicester City.

Ings was well-liked by the coaching staff at Melwood and fitted in well into Klopp’s DNA style of high-pressing gameplay. However, the temptation to play more regularly couldn’t be ignored and Southampton snapped him up on the final day of the 2018 summer transfer window, initially on-loan but confirming they would activate an option to make the transfer permanent this summer.

Ings settled in straightaway with goals against Everton, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion and looks set to have a big impact on the south coast in the coming years.

Shock Results: Burnley 1-0 Manchester United (August 2009)

Goalscorers: Robbie Blake 19

Teams:

Burnley: Brian Jensen, Graham Alexander (Joey Gudjonsson 73), Andre Bikey, Clarke Carlisle, Tyrone Mears, Stephen Jordan, Grant McCann, Wade Elliott, Robbie Blake, Steven Fletcher (Steven Thompson 81), Martin Paterson (Chris Eagles 73)

Manchester United: Ben Foster, Wes Brown (Gary Neville 71), Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, John O’Shea, Anderson (Antonio Valencia 59), Michael Carrick, Ji-Sung Park, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen (Dimitar Berbatov 63), Wayne Rooney

Referee: Alan Wiley, Attendance: 20,872

After an absence of 33 years, top-flight football returned to Turf Moor and Burnley’s first-ever Premier League match at the ground was the one the fans had been waiting for all summer, as reigning champions Manchester United arrived in Lancashire.

Despite an opening day 2-0 loss to Stoke City, the home support of nearly 21,000 were keen not to miss this piece of history for their club. However, they surely were heading to the ground more in hope than expectation. Manchester United didn’t lose many early-season matches and could call on the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs among their attacking options.

Owen was a summer arrival at Old Trafford on a free transfer from relegated Newcastle United and he should have marked his first competitive start for his new club with a goal inside two minutes. Patrice Evra produced a perfect delivery to the near post but the England forward couldn’t make any decisive contact and the chance was gone. Burnley went toe-to-toe with their more illustrious opponents and created their own openings. Steven Fletcher had two half-chances but couldn’t find the target, whilst Ben Foster, deputising for the injured Edwin van der Sar in the Manchester United goal, had to smother Martin Paterson when he attempted to round the goalkeeper.

In the 19th minute, Burnley took a shock lead. Ex-Manchester City defender Stephen Jordan produced a floating cross to the back post. Evra only got a partial header to it and the ball dropped perfectly to Robbie Blake. Blake produced a volley of the highest quality that flew past Foster at his near post. Although most goalkeepers would be criticised for being beaten at their near post, Foster couldn’t be blamed for this. It was a sublime strike from Blake and it left home supporters dreaming of the unlikely result coming true.

Owen missed another clear opportunity infront of the England boss Fabio Capello, heading wide from Wes Brown’s cross. Moments later, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had a wonderful chance to equalise. Owen played through Evra, who was hauled down by the Burnley goalscorer Blake. Despite Owen and Rooney being on the pitch, it was Michael Carrick who was the surprise choice of penalty-taker. His spot-kick wasn’t firmly in the left-hand corner and Brian Jensen guessed right to save the penalty and become just as big as a hero as Blake on the night.

Into the second half and Blake nearly doubled his tally. He sent a curling free-kick wide of the post. Jensen’s fine evening continued with super saves to deny Ji-Sung Park and Giggs. The Clarets held on during four minutes of injury-time to record a famous victory, their first at Turf Moor against the Red Devils since September 1968. Their 2009-2010 season did end in relegation and manager Owen Coyle left in January for the Bolton Wanderers job but the supporters will always remember the night they beat Manchester United fair and square.

Premier League Files: Tom Heaton

Premier League Career: Burnley (2014-2015, 2016-PRESENT)

Tom Heaton has been captain of Burnley since 2015 and his outstanding performances last season helped the Clarets’ avoid relegation from the Premier League for the first time at the third attempt of asking. Heaton has done very well to bounce back from early disappointment at Manchester United and several loan spells.

Born in Cheshire, Heaton actually began his career in Wales with Wrexham before signing as a trainee with Manchester United in July 2002. After impressing in the club’s reserve line-ups, he made his first-team bow with Swindon Town during a loan deal in the 2005-2006 campaign. He saved a penalty on his debut and played 20 times before being recalled.

A four-year period of insecurity followed with loan spells dotted around all over the place. 21 appearances with Cardiff City in 2008-2009 was his best period away from Old Trafford and with Edwin van der Sar still keeping goal, it became clear to Heaton that he was going to have to leave Manchester United permanently to further his career.

He returned to Cardiff City in July 2010 on a free transfer. His performances in his first full season back at Cardiff were enough to win him the club’s Young Player of the Year award. The 2011-2012 campaign was more frustrating as he played understudy to David Marshall. Nevertheless, Heaton demonstrated his importance in the team’s surprising run to the League Cup final. He saved two penalties in the semi-final shootout victory over Crystal Palace, before saving Steven Gerrard’s effort in the final itself. Sadly for Heaton, Cardiff lost the shootout to Liverpool FC and despite his heroics; he couldn’t usurp Marshall from league duty. Although offered a new contract, he decided to turn it down and leave the Welsh capital, joining Bristol City.

He was viewed as one of the club’s better players during a nightmarish 2012-2013 season which saw the club relegated from the Championship with the worst defensive record in the division. Again, he was offered a new deal and rejected it, leaving to stay in the second-tier with Burnley in May 2013. He was Sean Dyche’s first signing since taking over as Burnley boss and on his arrival; he said Heaton was a “good technician” with a “great pedigree.” Following the departures of Lee Grant and Brian Jensen that summer, Heaton immediately became the first-choice goalkeeper and having been an unfortunate part of the worst defence in the Championship a year before, he was part of the best Championship backline in 2013-2014. He kept 19 clean sheets and only conceded 37 times as Burnley returned to the Premier League for the first time in four years.

He played every single minute of the 2014-2015 campaign and was voted by his teammates as the Club’s Player of the Year. Despite some brilliant individual displays, Burnley’s lack of goalscoring pedigree meant they bravely went straight back down to the Championship. In June 2015, he signed a new three-year contract to stay at Turf Moor and with Jason Shackell departing for Derby County, Heaton was appointed as the new skipper. He kept 20 clean sheets; the second-best record in the Championship and was voted into the division’s PFA Team of the Year as Burnley went undefeated from Christmas 2015 onwards and earned promotion straight back to the Premier League.

He signed another new contract that summer and produced a series of wonderful displays, including a Man of the Match performance to deny Manchester United at Old Trafford. He made 11 saves in the goalless draw, including a flying mid-air stop to prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from scoring.

A dislocated shoulder sustained in an innocuous incident against Crystal Palace in September 2017 has meant Heaton has spent the majority of this season on the sidelines but he will regain his status between the posts when back to full fitness. He will also harbour hopes of making England’s World Cup squad in Russia in summer 2018.

Premier League Files: Stephen Ward

Premier League Career: Wolverhampton Wanderers (2009-2012), Burnley (2014-2015, 2016-PRESENT)

Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward is applying his trade currently in the Premier League with Burnley and he has been part of the Clarets’ side that heads into 2018 looking set to be pushing for the European positions rather than a relegation battle.

The left-back has been outstanding for manager Sean Dyche so far this season and he even scored on the opening weekend of the 2017-2018 campaign as Burnley picked up a surprising and impressive victory away at reigning champions Chelsea.

He began his senior career with Bohemians before moving into the English game with Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2007. The fee was reported to be a paltry £100,000. Two years later, he was part of the Wolves squad that won promotion to the Premier League as champions of the Championship.

He started at Wolves as a left-sided midfielder but it was the 2008-2009 season when he began to play initially as a makeshift left-back after the regular custodian of the role, George Elokobi, damaged a knee very early on in the season. He would make the position his own over the next four seasons.

Wolves might have always been battling to maintain their Premier League status but Ward often stood out as one of their most consistent performers. In 2010-2011, he was even asked by Mick McCarthy to play as a striker on occasion and it was a role he has no issues in fulfilling. On one occasion, this worked a treat for the club.

Wolves travelled to Anfield for the final game of the Premier League calendar year of 2010. It was a Liverpool FC side that were brittle on confidence with Roy Hodgson looking like a man on borrowed time with every passing defeat the club were suffering. Nevertheless, Wolves were given little hope of winning but they pulled off a deserved and surprising 1-0 victory. It was Ward who came up with the winning goal – his first for the Midlands side in nearly four years. It was a personal triumph for the player too; who had been sent off on his first visit to Liverpool’s ground a year earlier.

Afterwards, McCarthy said: “I’m so pleased for him, if ever the cliché ‘Unsung Hero’ applied to anyone its Wardy. He came here as a centre-forward, went to left-wing, and then played at left-back, he’s played in midfield. Now he’s gone back upfront and got us the winner.”

Tougher times followed at Molineux with back-to-back relegations to League One. Ward joined Brighton & Hove Albion on-loan for the 2013-2014 campaign where he helped the club reach the play-offs. A permanent move was agreed between the clubs but interest from Premier League teams scuppered that deal. He joined newly-promoted Burnley on the eve of the 2014-2015 Premier League season beginning.

Relegation followed but Stephen stuck with the club, helped them win promotion at the first attempt and played a crucial role in helping Burnley keep their Premier League status in 2016-2017. Now, the sky’s the limit for Ward and his rock-solid teammates at the halfway point of this season.

Premier League Files: George Boyd

Premier League Career: Hull City (2013-2014), Burnley (2014-2015, 2016-2017)

What do Steve Kabba, Mark Robins and George Boyd have in common? These three players have suffered the ignominy of playing in the same Premier League season for two relegated teams. In Boyd’s case, this happened to him during 2014-2015 when he started the campaign with Hull City but was a Burnley player by the end of the season.

The Scot, who won two caps for his country is a creative player who likes to play out on the wings and lay on chances for his teammates. He left the Premier League in the summer of 2017, turning down a new deal at Turf Moor to sign a two-year contract with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

He grew up in Kent and is a Crystal Palace fan. George started his career at fellow London side Charlton Athletic but was rejected at the age of 15. With this early setback, he had to work his way up the football pyramid again, starting with Stevenage. Whilst playing in Hertfordshire, he was working in a sweet shop to earn the money for his train fare to training and was also studying at North Hertfordshire College. He was definitely doing things the busy and hard way.

He made his Stevenage debut at the age of 17 and spent the next five years with the club before joining Peterborough United in 2007. It was with Peterborough that he enjoyed the most productive spell of his career, featuring 263 times for the club during seven seasons at London Road. This included three campaigns in the Championship, having begun with Posh in League Two.

He was the subject of plenty of interest during this time with the likes of Burnley and Nottingham Forest submitting bids that were rejected. Eventually, it looked like he was going to move to the latter in January 2013. Everything was agreed and a medical passed until Forest pulled the plug on the deal due to an “inconclusive eye test.” Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony didn’t hold back with his thoughts, saying: “I’m devastated for George. I got a phone call off him in bits… He said that he passed the medical then they made him do an eye test. He’s played 300 matches and scored from the halfway line the other month, but Forest say he has an eyesight problem. The whole thing stinks. Alex McLeish wanted to sign him. It’s the most ridiculous thing that’s happened to me.”

He eventually did move on but to Hull City on-loan before the move became permanent in the summer of 2013 with the club enjoying promotion to the Premier League. His time with Hull in the top-flight was not as successful, scoring just twice in 29 games although one did come in a 6-0 thrashing of Fulham in December 2013.

After starting the 2014-2015 campaign at Hull, making one appearance against Stoke City, he moved to Burnley on a three-year deal on deadline day. His finest Premier League moments would come that season against Manchester City. In December, he scored the first of the club’s two goals in their fine 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Three months later, it was his 61st minute strike that saw the champions defeated at Turf Moor. Unfortunately, Burnley didn’t have enough all-round quality to avoid an instant return to the Championship.

The Scot stayed with the club to help them win promotion at the first attempt back to the top-flight and figured 36 times in 2016-2017, scoring twice as Burnley survived in the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Although he was offered a new deal, he decided for a fresh challenge away from Lancashire and signed for Sheffield Wednesday where he has only just made his league debut after injury hampered the early months of his time in Yorkshire.