Burnley

Turf Moor

Capacity: 22,546 (all seated)
Address: Harry Potts Way, Burnley, BB10 4BX
Telephone: 0871 221 1882
Fax: 01282 700 014
Ticket Office: 0871 221 1914
Pitch Size: 115 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Clarets
Year Ground Opened: 1883
Shirt Sponsors: FUN88
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Claret and Blue
Away Kit: Black With Silver Trim

Turf Moor
Turf Moor
Looking Towards The Jimmy McIlroy Stand
Looking Towards The Jimmy McIlroy Stand
James Hargreaves Stand
James Hargreaves Stand
David Fishwick Stand
David Fishwick Stand
Bob Lord Stand
Bob Lord Stand
Jimmy McIlroy Stand
Jimmy McIlroy Stand
Looking Towards The Bob Lord Stand
Looking Towards The Bob Lord Stand
External View
External View

Burnley have played continually at Turf Moor since 1883, which is one of the longest continual occupations of ground by any club in the League. Half the ground was re-developed in the mid 1990's with two smart looking new stands being opened. The first of these the James Hargreaves Stand was opened in early 1996. It has two large tiers, with a row of executive boxes, housed between them. This stand replaced the famous Longside Terrace, which was a big steep covered terrace. Later in 1996 the Jimmy McIlroy Stand was opened at one end of the ground. This two-tiered stand is similar in design to the James Hargreaves Stand, which gives half the ground a uniform look. 

The other two sides of the ground are much older and look out of place next to their shiny new neighbours. The Bob Lord Stand at one side of the pitch was opened in 1974. It is a small all seated single tiered stand, with a row of supporting pillars running across its middle and has windshields to either side. The David Fishwick Stand (formerly known as the Cricket Field Stand) at one end of the ground was opened in 1969. Again it is a simple looking single tiered stand that has some supporting pillars. The teams enter the playing area from a tunnel located in-between the David Fishwick and James Hargreaves Stands. As the team dugouts are located on the other side of the stadium, in front of the Bob Lord Stand, then this leads to quite a procession of players and staff, at half and full time.

Away fans are housed in the covered David Fishwick Stand at one end of the ground. Normally the whole of this stand is allocated to visiting supporters and it has a capacity of 3,931 seats. The Club have at long last spent some money on improving the facilities in this stand. This includes new turnstiles as well as a refurbishment of the undercroft and toilets in this stand. What was a dark dank concourse is now quite pleasant complete with television large screens. However, the seats are still the old wooden type (although they have been painted recently) and if you end up being seated behind a supporting pillar, then the view is not great. On a brighter note, then in one open corner at the far end, you can see beyond the stadium, the Pennine hills rolling into in the distance.

Neil Iwanicki a visiting Aston Villa fan adds; 'The away stand has two pillars which can effect your view and has old, wooden seats instead of plastic ones. The concourses below the stand are not for the faint-hearted if your team has a large away following, as it is like a rugby scrum to get a drink. There are some Burnley fans in the James Hargreaves Stand who do their best to get the atmosphere going, but they never really succeeded on my visit. If you travel by official club coaches, then you'll get a police escort from the M65 to the ground.' Food on offer inside the ground includes Hot Dogs (£2.20), plus a range of Holland's Pies; Big Potato and Meat (£2.50), Cheese & Onion (£2.50) and Peppered Steak (£2.50).

Burnley are generally a well supported club and there is normally a good atmosphere, however this can sometimes become quite intimidating for the away supporter making your way around the ground, so exercise discretion.

Pete Mitton recommends the Cricket Club; 'the clubhouse at the Cricket Club (you can also park there) is open on matchdays and visitors are always made welcome (wearing colours), which is ideal as it is right next door to the ground'. Andrew Woodhall sent in this comment about the Cricket Club bar that he overheard from a visiting Gillingham fan; "Two pints of Theakstons, a bowl of pie and peas and a cigar....and still change from a fiver!" Paul Hanson adds 'Another place I could recommend is the Queen Victoria Public House. The away fans are always directed/encouraged to park in one location, by the side of the Burnley fire station; Pass there, away from the football ground and proceed for about 100 yards where you will find the entrance to the Queen Victoria (Brewers Fayre establishment). The ground is no more than 10 minutes walk away. Away fans visit regularly wearing their colours'.

Matthew Harrison informs me; 'The Bridge Bier Huise pub', which is around ten minutes walk away from the ground, serves good beer and food and is fine for away supporters'. This pub which is in the centre of Burnley is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and in addition to a number of real ales, offers a large selection of bottled beers from around the world. Visit the Bridge Bier Huise website for more information. Whilst Mike Dean a visiting Norwich City supporter adds; 'We enjoyed  the Talbot pub (opposite the Sparrow Hawk) for pre match drinks. It is a good sized pub with a large screen tv and plenty of sensible home fans, plus well kept real ale on tap'.   Ian Pilkington advises 'The Turf Hotel on Yorkshire Street and pubs in the town centre are best avoided. Colours are best covered up in and around the centre of town'. Alcohol is available inside the ground, in the form of Lager (£3.50), Bitter (£3.20) and Cider (£3.50).

 

 

Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and onto the M65. Leave the M65 at Junction 10 and follow signs for Towneley Hall. This road eventually goes past the ground. There is a car park at the cricket ground by Turf Moor which costs £6. There is also a private car park available on Doris Street, off Belverdere Road (BB11 3DL), which is around 400 yards from the stadium and costs £5. Otherwise, street parking. 

Park at Hollywood Park Cinema

There are 200 parking spaces available at the Hollywood Park Cinema on Manchester Road, which has a 'Pay and Display car park. It costs just £1 for six hours, or £2 for all day. It is only a 15 minute walk away from Turf Moor and is handily placed for easily getting back onto the motorway after the game (on exiting the car park turn right in front of Burnley Manchester Road Railway Station and then first exit at the roundabout to head towards the M65). The address of the car park is Hollywood Park, Manchester Road, Burnley, BB11 2EG. The entrance to the car park is located immediately next to the Hollywood Star 'fayre and square' pub. Car park location map. To then walk to Turf Moor; from the car park entrance turn right and walk down to the roundabout. Turn right at the roundabout onto Centenary Way (A682). At the next roundabout turn right onto Yorkshire Street and the ground is further along on the left.

Post Code for SAT NAV: BB10 4BX

 

There are two train stations that are in walking distance of Turf Moor, Burnley Central and Burnley Manchester Road. Central station is around a 20 minute walk away from the ground and is mostly served by local trains. Manchester Road is a 15 minute walk away and is served by the faster express service from Manchester Victoria. Walking directions from both are as follows:  

Manchester Road Station 

Upon leaving the station cross the main road towards the cinema. The ground should be clearly visible in the distance straight ahead. Turn left and progress down "Centenary Way" an unmissable dual carriageway (A682) going downhill towards the ground. A few minutes walk down this road will bring you to a roundabout where you should turn right under the canal bridge into Yorkshire Street (A671). Continue down this road and you will reach Turf Moor on your left, with the away stand the first to be reached. Thanks to Rob Quinn for providing the directions and station information.  

Central Station 

Walk out of the station and across the road down towards a small retail area including Fads and Halfords Cycles. You will reach the inner ring road (A679), where you turn left and after about 200 yards you will reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right at the lights into Church Street (A682). Continue down Church Street until you reach a large roundabout at which you turn left under the canal bridge into Yorkshire Street (A671). Continue down this road and you will reach Turf Moor on your left, with the away stand the first to be reached. Thanks to Paul Hanson for providing the directions.

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Like a number of clubs, Burnley operate a ticket category system (A & B), whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below, with Category B prices shown in brackets:

Home Fans:
Bob Lord Stand: Adults £42 (£37), Over 65's/Under 22's £30 (£28), Under 18's £20 (£18)
James Hargreaves Stand: Adults £40 (£35), Over 65's/Under 22's £25 (£24), Under 18's £18 (£17)
Jimmy McIlroy Stand: Adults £40 (£35), Over 65's/Under 22's £25 (£24), Under 18's £18 (£17)*

Away Fans:
David Fishwick Stand: Adults £40 (£35) Over 65's/Under 22's £25 (£24) Under 18's £18 (£17)

* In addition in the upper tier there are also further discounts for Under 12's £15 (£10) and Under 10's £5 (£5)

Official Programme £3
When The Ball Moves Fanzine: £1.50

 

Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool.

 

Record Attendance

54,775 v Huddersfield Town, FA Cup 3rd Round, February 23rd, 1924. 

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:

22,310 v Preston North End Division One, March 4th, 2000.

Average Attendance:

2013-2014: 13,719 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 12,928 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 14,048 (Championship League)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

The Club offer tours of the stadium on non matchday Wednesdays. The cost of the tour is Adults £7, Under 16's £3 (must be accompanied by an adult). Tours should be booked in advance by calling the Club on 01282 700001.

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Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photo of the James Hargreaves Stand.

Thanks to James Prentice for supplying photos of the Jimmy McIlroy and David Fishwick Stands.

Burnley v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday, August 3rd 2013, 12.15pm
Championship League
By Robert Melia (Bolton Wanderers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

It was the first game of the season, a derby game so obviously it's a big game, we'd sold a couple of thousand tickets so I knew it was going to be a good atmosphere, they'd just sold Austin so I was fairly confident of getting a win!   

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

Travelled by train, got the train from Adlington into Preston, found a Wetherspoons nearby, had a bite to eat, then got the train to Burnley at about 11:00am. Was a 15 or so minute walk from the station to the ground and was easy to find, just followed the other football fans.   

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

We went from the station straight to the ground, with it being a derby match there was a few songs being sung between the fans, Burnley fans seemed okay on the way as we passed quite a few to get to the turnstiles.  

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

Not a great stadium, plus the concourse and toilets were a bit grim and the tv's were ancient! However the away end was all ours, the seats were wooden but we didn't mind as we stood for all of the game. The stadium wasn't as full as I thought it might be, there were a lot of empty seats.   

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

The game was a fairly even game, scrappy for the first 15 and they took the lead, which silenced us fans, Pratley equalised soon after with a good finish and we were back singing. A couple of smokebombs went of during the game and at one point one steward picked one up and didn't know what to do with it and was just stood there with the smokebomb in his hand, which amused us fans! Overall it was a fair result.   

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Easy to get away, we was going to get the early train back but decided against, we found a pub, watched a bit of the QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday game, had another drink and caught the train back to Preston a little bit later!  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Overall a decent day out, not the best stadium, not the best result as I was confident going into it but overall a good day!

Burnley v Bolton Wanderers 
Saturday, August 3rd 2013, 12.15pm
Championship League
By Matthew Bowling (Bolton Wanderers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to going to Turf Moor, because firstly for me it was a new ground to visit. Plus it was the opening game of the new Championship Season. Even the early kick off time didn't deter.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was straightforward and fairly easy, only really encountering traffic as we neared the ground itself. We decided to park at Burnley Cricket Club where they allow parking on matchdays. This turned out to be a good choice as they have their own club house, which I would recommend.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went into the bar at the cricket club and watched some of the Ashes cricket on the TV. Although there were plenty of home fans using the club also, it didn't seem the sort of place where trouble might flare up. So much so that the Club balcony was taken up with a number of Bolton fans singing away!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground from the outside doesn't look particularly attractive. I was surprised that the seats in the away stand were olden wooden ones, which made me think that the club either didn't care or wouldn't spend the money to replace them with new ones. I also wasn't very impressed with the facilities especially the toilets and generally the David Fishwick Stand in my eyes wasn't great.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was good overall for the neutral but as usual it was bit nervous for us watching Bolton fans.  Burnley took the lead when Sam Vokes out jumped Knight and the ball landed at Danny Ings' feet and he shot which a deflection from Wheater trickled into the back of the net. Bolton's equaliser came when Eagles and Pratley did some good link up play and Pratley finished into the corner sending the away fans into raptures and Burnley into disarray, other chances came throughout the game for both sides but the game finished 1-1.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We stayed till the end then we went for a drink in the cricket club after the game so when we actually left about 90% of the cars had left the pitch of Burnley Cricket Club. There was no worries finding our way back to the motorway and it was quite an easy journey home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I enjoyed the visit; easy parking, friendly home supporters, good game. Although the away stand was not great I would still be tempted to return.

Burnley v Huddersfield Town
Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 7.45pm
Championship League
By Jon Pidgeon (Huddersfield Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):  

Having conceded 19 goals and scored two in our previous four away games, it is hard to look forward to another away match. But I have memories of a thrilling 3-2 victory at Turf Moor back in 1970 which was one of the first away games I attended. And it was either this match or watching Barcelona v Real Madrid on the telly. And it is one that is closer to home than a home match (I live in Sale).   

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

I was travelling with my son after meeting him from his work near the Reebok. M61 and M65 were easy. We lost our way in some roadworks in Burnley, but had a vague idea where we needed to be and found the ground OK. We parked at Burnley Cricket Club (£5), which was fine, straight in with no queuing.     

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?  

We went in the Cricket Club. A mixture of home and away fans and all very friendly. A good menu and good value. Giant Yorkshire pudding (not sure if that was special for the visitors), sausages, chips and mushy peas for £3.50 and a pint of Thwaites bitter for £2.50. I like the idea that local sports clubs can generate income in this way. We were made to feel very welcome. The Cricket Club is also at the right end of Turf Moor for visiting fans - probably not more than 10 minutes from finishing our pint to being in the ground. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?  

Turf Moor is a mixture of old and new. The first impression is of a typical northern ground amongst terraced housing. Brick walls and turnstiles that probably haven't changed much since it was built. The away end is old concrete and iron with wooden seats on top of concrete terracing. It isn't particularly steep - so try and get behind somebody your own size or smaller. There is a good view, especially if you can make sure you are between the two pillars. And the wooden seats are warm, comfortable and generous in size compared to some modern stadiums. In recent years the only other wooden seats I have come across were at Goodison Park in the top balcony. I might start to develop a nostalgic fondness for them.   I couldn't work out whether the pitch has at some stage been turned through 90 degrees, as the stand at the far end seemed to extend well beyond the left hand touchline. The stand to our right was clearly the oldest - but also had a steep rake - so viewing from there would be good. To our left was a modern double decker. Apologies to Burnley fans, but I couldn't work out where the noise was going to come from. A slight criticism is that I couldn't find any programmes on sale in the ground. I admit I didn't look too hard. The big screen at the far end displays the teamsheets and minutes played - though once into injury time you'll need to borrow Fergie's watch because it stops at 45:00 and 90:00.     

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..  

Stewards were unobtrusive, except outside the ground where one rushed forward to pick up my travel card that dropped out of my pocket as I was getting my money out. I didn't buy anything or use the facilities - the Cricket Club had fulfilled all my needs. With hindsight I should have asked for a black coffee (strange how many grounds can't provide one).   There wasn't much noise heard from the Burnley fans. There wasn't much quiet time from the people around me so it is probably something to do with the science of how noise travels. The game itself was a pretty tight affair. There were very few good chances in the first half - I remember Smithies having to push one shot round the post but that's about all. There was more attacking play in the second half - and the all important goal from Vaughan pouncing on a parried shot. Theo Robinson might have made the game safe for us on 2 occasions, but equally on another day Charlie Austin might have added to his prolific season. Once Sam Vokes came on for Burnley they started winning more in the air. But in reality Smithies had only 1 save to make in the second half - a final double save in the 94th minute, the second an old-fashioned dive at the striker's feet. But at this stage of the season, as they say, the result is all that matters. And a first clean sheet in an away league game since November, coupled with Vaughan's goal gave us a hard-earned victory.  

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were quickly out of the Cricket Club and decided to avoid the congestion and roadworks back to the M65 and instead used the A road down to Rawtenstall, which I think was shorter and quicker back home to Sale.  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:  

Of course it would be totally different if we hadn't won - but it was hugely enjoyable. We were well looked after. The people and the ground have a character that removes all the plasticness (if that is a word) of other places.

Burnley v Bristol City
Championship League
Saturday, April 28th 2012, 12.30pm
By Will Fisher (Bristol City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had mixed feelings about my visit to Turf Moor, as I had heard from friends that the surrounding environment and the ground itself are considered to be pretty rough.  I was nonetheless keen to enjoy an "old school" away experience and a good game.  I knew that Turf Moor was considered to be an old fashioned ground and I far prefer to watch a game in a stadium that has character and history, than one of the new, soulless stadiums.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Although I am from Bristol originally, I live in Leeds with another mate from back home living in Halifax - It was just a matter of meeting him on the way and then a short drive across into Lancashire. 

Approaching Burnley from the East, you do get to drive through some snaking roads, surrounded by the ruggedly beautiful slopes of the Pennines.  There's a sign on the approach to Burnley directing you to Burnley FC, off to the right. My mate ignored this and we were there in good time, parking in a side street and then a short stroll over some park land to the ground.

Turf Moor External View

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I was mildly horrified that we didn't have time to get some lunch at the Parkview Chippy, which based on the hordes surrounding it, seemed immensely popular and smelt great.  

Fans seemed very relaxed and didn't bother us, although in fairness we exercised discretion in terms of colours, and it was also the last game of the season with neither side particularly bothered about the result. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We were running a little late so went straight to the ground.  Turf Moor rises above the back to back terraces which surround it. The ground itself is wonderfully run-down  in parts. Grey brickwork and dark girders creating a superbly grim venue.  

Once through the turnstile into the David Fishwick stand, you are confronted not so much by a concourse, as a dark, dank tunnel.  The whole thing is a little post-apocalyptic, but in a good way - Away from naming rights, manufactured stadia, prawn sandwiches and glory hunters, this is what football used to be like, and should never have deviated from.

 Turf Moor Away End Undercroft

Turf Moor Away End Undercroft

The Away End itself is on the second tier and has beautifully crafted, folding wooden seats which are quite comfy. It's not the warmest part of the world and the wind can swirl into the stand, so unless it's a summer visit, it's worth wearing a coat. The view is good and you get a decent view of the jumbo-screen in the corner.

The only thing that let Burnley down was a real lack of atmosphere. We didn't have a particularly large following that day, and I don't know how much noise we generated from the perspective of those in the home stands, but Turf Moor struck me as being a bit of a library. Our lot tried to get a bit of banter going but with no joy.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Standard fare in the food outlets - Lager/Bitter and "Cider" all available for about 3 quid a go.  Meat and potato (tasteless), and Balti (unpleasant) pies for those who haven't had the pleasure are available, as are some jumbo hots dogs, crisps, sweets, Bovril tea and coffee, all at the same price you'd find anywhere.

The game itself was a bit of an exhibition - emotional for us because we thought it was going to be Louis Carey's last for the club - He has been there since I started watching City in the mid-nineties and is a Bristol lad - He ended up playing brilliantly and getting a further year on his contract. Burnley had more possession but Charlie Austin was quiet and Ross Wallace, who was industrious, failed to create anything meaningful in the final third.

 Turf Moor View From The Away End

View From The Away End

City had the best of the first half in terms of chances and should have scored early on, but Brett Pitman chose to slam his header straight down Brian Jensen's throat.  No real drama until the second half when David James, who was also making his last appearance in a City shirt, got injured.  No keeper on the City bench which encouraged Burnley to really have a go - Danny Ings tonking in a 30 yard screamer and the Clarets fans finally making themselves heard.

However Ryan Taylor came on for City - easy to pick out because of his hi-viz ginger hair, and scored a quality equaliser, curling a shot past Jensen - honours even at the final whistle.

Stewards were friendly and toilets fairly ample.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Driving westward out of Burnley was a little time consuming and parking a little way from the ground gave us a bit of a head start.  No more than 10 minutes of traffic before we were zipping back over the Pennines.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed Burnley a lot and look forward to going there next season.  I didn't find it particularly intimidating and it was nice to see several generations of Burnley fans all going to the game together - I just wish the atmosphere had been a bit better as it was very subdued throughout the game on the part of the Clarets fans.  For the "old school" experience, it's a pretty good day.

Burnley v Middlesbrough
Championship League
Saturday, September 10th 2011, 3pm
By Geoff Hooton (Middlesbrough fan)

I was really looking forward to the game as I'd never visited Turf Moor before and Boro were looking to make it seven away wins in a row the last away defeat being at Burnley, back in April.

Traveling was easy as being based North of the border, we took the train from Glasgow, changing in Preston (50 minute wait) and were in Burnley by 12.30.

We followed the directions provided in the Guide, from Manchester Road Railway Station. They turned out to be excellent and by 1pm we were having a pint in Burnley Cricket Club right next to Turf Moor. I think that is where the Police prefer the away fans to drink. Mainly Boro fans there but also some Burnley fans (colours are allowed) but a nice relaxed atmosphere. As it was a warm dry day many fans sat outside. A good selection of beers at about £2.80 a pint. Didn't explore the top level of the pavilion but saw a lot of folk eating the food - burgers, chips etc and didn't hear any complaints.

Other fans have described the ground pretty well and the view we had (block 10) was good. The concourse was a bit dim but OK although only small old style TVs showing Sky - has the flat screen not reached Burnley yet? Didn't have a drink but the pies were fine at £2.50 - usual prices I think.

It wasn't a classic game but Boro ran out as comfortable 2-0 winners thanks to an early goal in each half. Boro had about 2,000 fans there and they made such a noise that the atmosphere was great, so much so that I couldn't hear anything from the Burnley fans.

There was a large Police presence around the ground and cricket club but it was very laid back. The stewards at the ground were excellent (lots of smiling faces) and one even wished me a safe journey home. Boro fans were allowed to stand throughout the game (not my personal preference) but it's not a steep stand and I felt perfectly safe. The stewards even helped some elderly fans to find seats where they could sit with a unobstructed view.

After the game leaving the ground was easy and on the route back to the station there is a huge Tesco's where you can stock up with whatever for the journey. Didn't see many Burnley fans wearing colours and also didn't feel threatened in any way. Some Police at the railway station but no problems between the relatively small numbers of Burnley and Boro fans.

Back home in Glasgow by 10pm and a thoroughly great day out. Even if we had lost I would have nothing to complain about (apart from the Boro team) and I would certainly go back to Turf Moor.

Burnley v Leicester City
Championship League
Saturday, February 5th 2011, 3pm
By Richard Bland (Leicester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I have been wanting to visit Turf Moor for some time. Previous attempts were thwarted by a game being moved to a Friday night for SKY and a postponement due to high winds. I had heard reports it was a ground you would go to once and not go back, especially as I know someone who had a very unpleasant experience after one match there. Therefore, this was a chance to tick it off the list!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

High winds in Norfolk and then heavy rain across the Pennines led to a hazardous journey but arrived in Burnley around 12.30. Instead of heading to the cricket club car park, we parked in a pay and display next to Tesco's for £3.50. It was a 5 minute walk from here to the ground.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As we had heard many negative things about the pubs around the ground we headed for Burnley Cricket Club which is directly behind the away end. This was a great place to grab a drink (I was driving so cannot comment on the selection of ales!) and some food. I ordered a plate of chips but regretted my choice as the lads on the table next to me had a large Yorkshire pudding stuffed full of chips, beans and sausages.....all the for bargain price of £3.50! The food in here was good value and the atmosphere was friendly. A good place to head for away supporters, especially as most away fans seemed to park here too.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground appears nothing special from the outside. The rear of the away end (Jimmy Fishwick) looks uninviting and the two new stands tower above the Bob Lord stand. The away end was in fact better than I expected, although the wooden seats were cold but not uncomfortable. I also managed to sit directly below one of the many holes in the roof and got dripped on sporadically. The view of the action was good from my seat (about 10 rows from the front) but there are some supporting pillars that may impede the view of those further towards the rear of the stand. 

The concourse was more than large enough for the 1,000 odd City fans who had made the journey and the food and drink was of the normal standard with alcohol being available from the bar at the far end of the stand. One annoying part was the volume of the PA system that was pumping out goal commentary from Burnley's recent win over Burton. After 20 minutes it became really annoying as I was having to shout to speak to the person next to me. 

Turf Moor is a 50/50 split between old and New. The Bob Lord stand is an old, single tiered affair which runs the length of the pitch and was pretty much full. The other two home stands are new, two-tiered structures. Both stands top tiers seemed full, whilst the bottom tiers were half full. Obviously Burnley fans enjoy a good view of the action.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game ended in a 2-1 defeat (the first away since Cardiff in October) however a much improved second half performance had given us the impression we would leave with all 3 points. We should have known better as Norwich have apparently only ever won twice at Turf Moor! The atmosphere was flat amongst the Norwich fans which was a shame considering the good acoustics that the Jimmy Fishwick stand can create. With a crowd of 14,500 the Burnley fans got behind their team and made a fair bit of noise. I would love to visit when one of their neighbours are in town as I can imagine the sound would be deafening. 

As you would expect of a stand with wooden seats, the facilities were basic but didn't become cramped. The stewards seemed helpful and let the majority of the Norwich fans stand throughout the game.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy. We were back to the car in 5 minutes and out of Burnley in 10. Probably one of the quickest escapes in the league (unlike Cardiff or Reading!). I doubt those that parked in the Cricket club would have had such a quick escape as part of the road was closed off after the game to let the fans leave. We headed back via Halifax and I was home by 9.15pm. I would recommend parking next to Tesco's as the escape was very quick.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Even though we lost, I really enjoyed my trip to Turf Moor and would actually like to go back. However, I can imagine that it could be one of the most intimidating away games in the football league were the stakes a little higher. The area the ground is located in isn't great and some Burnley fans are pretty "passionate" about their club so I would advise caution around the ground. I'm not so sure I would feel that safe had we just had beaten them in the playoffs on a Tuesday night. Overall though, my expectations were more than exceeded.

Burnley v Leicester City
Championship League
Saturday, August 21st 2010, 3pm
By Andrew Daffern (Leicester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Having never been to Burnley or that part of Lancashire, it seemed a good idea to go. Plus Turf Moor is an old ground and it would be another visit ticked off as visited. As it was a long journey me & my dad booked an overnight stay in a Travelodge at Burnley for the Saturday night.

On the Leicester side off things the manager, Sousa needed to prove himself, with one loss & one draw so far from two poor performances. We were hoping for a big improvement.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left home town Nuneaton at 6am for our train up to Lancashire. We arrived into Crewe at 7:45am where waited not long for our connection to Preston. While on board we sat next to a couple of Milton Keynes fans, who were off to watch their team play at Carlisle.

On arrival at Preston we had a half an hour gap until our connection to Burnley. Whilst waiting at the station we saw a number of Blackpool fans on their way for their long trip to London to play Arsenal. I wonder how the locals of Preston felt about that?

We were then on the the train from Preston to Burnley for an hour! Since it was a local service it stopped every at station such as Blackburn, Accrington...

Eventually we arrived into Burnley at about 10:30am and set off to find our hotel for the night, then it was onto hit the the town for lunch.

I was impressed whilst in the town centre, with the number of people walking around in Burnley shirts. There wasn't a blue shirt in sight until we found a Wetherspoon pub. It was nice inside but it was packed out, although at least there were a bunch load of Leicester fans inside singing. As it was so busy we decided not to stop for a drink we reckoned that it would take forever to get served. We looked for some other pubs that did food but they were all packed out. So after a while we agreed to get something at the ground and have a larger meal in the evening.

The ground is not really well signposted around the town centre, however we came equipped with a map, which made it easy to find the ground. It's only a ten minute walk away from the centre.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Once arriving at the ground we had a look around the club shop.  Being a programme collector, I was hoping they had some sort of programme section, but sadly they didn't. The club shop seemed very small & reminded me of the Peterborough club shop that I visited back in April. Surprisingly, there wasn't a burger van in sight outside ground, so we would have to wait until later when we went inside the stadium.

After having a walk around the ground we found the Cricket Club and its Pavilion, so we grabbed a drink in there. Plenty of Leicester fans were in there too as well as Burnley fans, who seemed to be keeping themselves to themselves. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The first stand you see when arriving at the ground is the 'Dave Fishwick Stand' which is where we would be sitting. From the outside it looked very old and a bit grubby. Once we got to the turnstiles we noticed fans were getting searched by the stewards, but for some reason they didn't search us! Once through the small, old turnstile, you proceed through an open outer area before going into beneath the Main Stand, which feels like your going into a tunnel, as everything is dark but spacey. 

We tried to get some food, but the queues were very long so we didn't bother. We then went up some stairs into the stand and back into the daylight! Two of the stands looked new but the other side to the right of us looked very old and dated. This old stand, the Bob Lord Stand, also had wooden seats, like the visitors section that we were in. This seemed poor in this day and age. 

However the good thing about old grounds you can get good atmosphere out of them so Leicester fans were making the most of it straight away. We were on the front row what was very comfortable, spacey and cosy. I was very impressed ,the view was great. The other two stands were like Villa Park type stands new, clean full of claret  blue.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

We started the game well and had a few shots a goal, but this quickly petered out and it was all Burnley. Looking back I think we only had two shots at goal for the whole match. Burnley looked a decent team and well organised. Burnley took a well deserved lead from a header from Iwelumo. 

Atmosphere of the match was excellent, with a lot of noise from the home fans. I estimate around 900 Leicester fans had made the trip.

The second half was just as bad as the first half the only difference was Burnley scored two in this half. This was too much for one Leicester fan, who mounted a one man pitch invasion before being pounced upon by the stewards. After this tempers were becoming heated with some Leicester fans exchanging some unpleasantries with some Burnley fans that were situated in the stand on our right

We decided to leave three minutes before the end and as we exited we heard a crescendo of boos at the final whistle from the Leicester fans inside. There were also a few chants of 'We want Souza out!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After getting outside the ground, we were met with a heavy Police presence, mostly around the Leicester fans coaches which were parked along the road. The atmosphere had a nasty feel and we decided to keep our colours covered.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very poor performance and result, to say the least. Turf Moor was a very good ground with a great atmosphere. An added bonus was the great leg room in the front row. Well had a good visit and good night out in Burnley. Would definitely go back there.

Updated 1st July 2015

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