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: dafabet
Away Shirt Sponsors: SofaStore
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Claret and Blue
Away Kit: Yellow and Claret

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

This Is Turf Moor SignBurnley 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.

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. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: BB10 4BX

Burnley Cricket ClubPete 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 Turf Moor.' 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).

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David Fishwick Stand Visiting Fans EntranceAway fans are housed in the covered David Fishwick Stand at one end of the ground. Visiting supporters are housed on one side (towards the Bob Lord Stand), where 2.414 seats are allocated. This stand is shared with home supporters which coupled with the stand having good acoustics, normally makes for a good atmosphere. 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 (£2.70), plus a range of Holland's Pies; Big Potato and Meat (£3), Cheese & Onion (£3) and Peppered Steak (£3).

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.

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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Home Fans 
Bob Lord Stand: Adults £40, Over 65's/Under 22's £25, Under 18's £20
James Hargreaves Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £40, Over 65's/Under 22's £25, Under 18's £20
James Hargreaves Stand (Upper Wings): Adults £35, Over 65's/Under 22's £20, Under 18's £15
James Hargreaves Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £30, Over 65's/Under 22's £20, Under 18's £15
Jimmy McIlroy Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £35, Over 65's/Under 22's £20, Under 18's £15, Unders 12's £10
Jimmy McIlroy Stand (Lower Tier): ‚ÄčAdults £30, Over 65's/Under 22's £20, Under 18's £15

Away Fans
David Fishwick Stand: ‚ÄčAdults £30, Over 65's/Under 22's £20, Under 18's £15

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

Burnley FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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

 

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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

2015-2016: 16,709 (Championship League)
2014-2015: 19,131 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 13,719 (Championship League)

The Club offer tours of the stadium on Thursdays and non-matchday Saturdays. The cost of the tour is Adults £10, Under 16's £5 (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 Middlesbrough
Football Championship League
Tuesday 19th April 2016, 7.45pm
Adam Featherstone (Middlesbrough fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Turf Moor?

This was due to be one of the biggest games of the season, as top of the league Boro travelled to second-placed Burnley. A win for Boro would be a huge step to automatic promotion to the Premier League. I was looking forward to going to the ground as it is one of the few old and traditional grounds in the division. I had heard that the atmosphere for big games at Turf Moor was also fantastic and night games also seem to generate something extra in this regard.

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

I travelled from my home in Leeds by car and enjoyed a pretty straightforward journey across the M62 and then up the M66 into Burnley. I noticed a few car parks dotted around as I drove in charging £5 to park. Being the cheapskate I am however I opted for free on-street parking a little further out around Queens Park which is north of the ground. A lot of home fans were leaving cars there so I thought it safe to assume it was a safe spot.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Given that I only got to Burnley half an hour before the game started there was little time to do a lot pre kick-off. However I noticed that the Cricket Club next to the ground was a popular choice for both sets of supporters. A lot of fans choosing to have a few outside in the mild spring evening.

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

Turf Moor was how I expected it to be with its two old smaller stands, one of which houses the away fans, and two newer looking constructions at the other end. In the away stand there are two supporting pillars that may slightly obscure your view in certain seats but fortunately I was sat bang on line with the penalty spot so had no such issue.

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

The atmosphere was as good as you would expect it to be in such an important game. The noisiest home fans are situated next to the away section in the David Fishwick Stand which aided the chanting between the two sets of supporters. The game itself was a very decent standard. Two sides at the top of the division with two different playing styles made for an entertaining game. Jordan Rhodes (ex-Blackburn Rovers of course) poked the Boro ahead around the hour mark sparking pandemonium in the away end. However in stoppage time Burnley's Michael Keane bundled in an equaliser from a corner which in fairness to Burnley was what they deserved. All in all it was a fair result between two of the best in the league.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Coming out of the ground there was a heavy police presence separating the two fans. Sadly a number of the Burnley fans felt it necessary to goad the Boro fans who responded and it did threaten to kick off. The Police however managed the situation and I didn't witness too much other than verbals between the two sets of supporters. After getting back to the car I was lucky to be exiting in the opposite direction to most of the other traffic heading over the Pennines back to Yorkshire.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good ground to visit and one I would recommend although I would be slightly wary as some of the home fans seemed keen on causing bother after the game. Result was disappointing due to the timing of the equalising goal but was still a decent point to keep us top of the league.

Burnley v Preston North End
Football Championship League
Saturday 5th December 2016, 3pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)

Floodlight Pylon With Views To Pennines BehindToday was the big day. Our annual works Christmas party in Croydon.  Many of my colleagues were enjoying a leisurely lie-in, no doubt looking forward to a good pre-christmas drink-up in the evening with colleagues. I had other ideas; hence I was tipping my good lady out of bed at an ungodly hour for breakfast prior to the long drive from Kent up to East Lancashire for this eagerly awaited derby fixture.  Not since the 2010-11 had we been able to enjoy these encounters, courtesy of relegation and a 4 year stint in the third tier of English league football, and I’m sure for many a Preston North Ender, one of the real apples in our eyes come the promotion decider against Swindon back in the May was the chance to renew rivalries with, amongst others, the Clarets from Turf Moor. As long ago as summer when the fixture list came out, I checked various calendars and notified my work colleagues that this year, after 14 consecutive years of being present, I would be giving the big works Christmas party a miss.  

If you’ve read thus far, you’ll probably have gathered without me needing to elaborate any further just how much I either was or wasn’t looking forward to this fixture! However, an added excitement for me was that this was to be my partner’s first full-blooded derby game as an away fan, and I could see that she was equally excited about the atmosphere to be enjoyed.  The fact that it was bucketing down with rain during most of the journey did little to dampen our spirits; in fact the farther north we journeyed, the greater the deluge seemed to be and I did become mildly concerned as to whether the game would possibly fall foul of the weather, but fortunately this proved not to be the case.

In truth, I wasn’t holding out much hope for anything more than a draw from the actual match; the Clarets were doing very well at the upper end of the table whilst we were still finding our feet at the higher level, but as I reminded my partner, matches like these are more about the atmosphere, and sometimes, these games can throw up unexpected results. So, despite Turf Moor having become something of a fortress for the home side, I was as giddy as a schoolboy by the time we were parking the car before kick-off. A note here for those travelling by car, early birds get the pick of free on-street parking towards the upper end of Ormerod Road, and onwards onto Ridge Avenue, leaving you with a ten minute walk down to the entrance for “away” supporters in the cricket field stand. 

James Hargreaves Stand

James Hargreaves Stand

By the time we’d walked as briskly as we could down towards the ground, we felt like windswept battered trawlermen; it really had been a case of grit the teeth and get the head down and plod on through the near horizontal rain, but having “timed it right” by waiting in the car till 13:20 approximately, I was confident we’d be among the first in through the turnstiles and out of the rain.  Unfortunately I, along with others, hadn’t bargained for a “medical emergency” already taking place within the stand, hence we had to huddle out in the rain for a good quarter of an hour or so, before we were allowed to enter the ground.

Never has a coffee and a pie been more sought after!  For connoisseurs of pies, I’d say they were okay, maybe a 6/10. Once we’d consumed our fayre and felt a little less drenched, we took ourselves up into the stand to grab seats.  A large number of the 2,500 Preston fans expected had already started to take their seats, and it appeared a little hit and miss ; some stewards were attempting to make sure supporters were in allocated seats, whereas others were saying “just sit where you like”.

Bob Lord Stand

Bob Lord Stand

In the event, as a quite noisy bunch of youngsters were in our ‘allocated seats’ I chose to grab two seats in front of a walkway between the blocks of seating that would perhaps afford my partner a slightly better view of the action if, everyone started to stand up.  This proved to be a wise move, as this proved to be one of those matches where everybody stood up for the entire 90 minutes.  At one point, a rather timid steward asked us to move, but I firmly yet politely declined on the grounds that a. our own seats were occupied and b) I was concerned that my missus could actually watch the match.  This despatched the steward off and we had no more issues.

The cricket field stand itself is to my mind now well past its sell-by date. There has been talk for over a decade of re-building it, but that seems to have gone quiet in recent years. Hence, for the time being, away followings of any number continue to find themselves in what is a cramped, and potentially quite off-putting environment down on the concourse.  I had advised my good lady of this, and the need to “strategically plan” toilet visits before the stand fills up, but for first time visitors, be warned:- come half-time the concourse resembles Oxford Circus Underground at peak time and is just a seething mass of humanity that can hardly move.  The seats in the stand, as this guide says are wooden, and perhaps to some quaint, but the overall experience in the cricket field stand is one that has always pointed to the need to modernise.  

Away support for us was reduced for this fixture; in years gone by we’ve been allocated the whole stand, but on this occasion it was reduced to 2,500.  Whether that’s been the case all season for visiting fans, or was done for security/police reasons, I do not know, but even on previous visits, my experience has been the same as regards the stand and its facilities. The rest of the ground boasts two modern looking stands built in the 1990’s, and the older “Bob Lord” Stand alongside the pitch.  The stadium really is a “ground of two halves!” Also worthy of comment are the two floodlight pylons alongside the old “Bob Lord” Stand although they are of the more modern variety.

Pity About That Supporting Pillar (Time for a new stand?)

Supporting Pillar In Away Stand

As for the match itself, the build-up was perhaps a little muted due to the inclement elements; the floodlights were illuminating the driving rain, and the normally appealing view from the higher levels of the cricket field stand over towards the Pennine Moors were today obscured by low cloud.  However, once the teams came out, the atmosphere quickly ratcheted up to the fervour normally associated with this fixture.

I have to say it was a very powerful and passionate feeling in the away end as the referee was checking with his assistants prior to the big kick-off; we had been starved of such high octane derby matches for some years, it had been difficult to stomach watching some of our fiercest rivals enjoying derby matches with each other whilst we counted fixtures at Rochdale, Bury, and Carlisle as the best we could hope for in the lower leagues.

And so the match got underway; two of the oldest rivals in the history of the entire Football League locking horns once again in a famous old ground which boasts a history of league football that can only be bettered by our very own Deepdale.  It was a very special atmosphere, and worth every mile we’d driven up from Kent that morning.

The match as a spectacle defied my prediction and lived up to the reputation of a high energy clash with high tempo from both sides. Committed tackles went in from both sides that were sometimes close to the mark, but never over the top , apart from a moment from Burnley’s Joey Barton (who else) and it developed into an enthralling and highly entertaining contest.

Over the first 45 minutes, I’d have to admit that the home side had the better chances, and another day would have been a goal or two to the good: but this was not an ordinary day; it was derby day in driving rain and the ball sometimes sliding completely off a wet boo, coupled with maybe a few nerves when one of the Clarets strikers looked certain to score meant that the score-line stayed stubbornly 0-0 at half-time.

In the second half, the chances continued to come thick and fast except that there was a more even spread between the two sides and then midway through the second half, Will Keane , on loan from Manchester United scored to put Preston into the lead.  Oh the irony of it all…..pre-match much of the terrace chat had been on the subject that he couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo from three yards and why was the manager still persevering with him, and he goes and sticks in the all-important first goal in a derby match.  The goal may have had an element of luck about it……..but who was complaining?

The eruption in the visitors stand was understandably perhaps immense. If the game had been passionate beforehand, now it was doubly so.  All credit to Burnley as they never gave up and pressed and pressed hard for an equaliser, but as they committed more and more men in attack, it gave us more chances to double our lead.

We’d already missed a few such chances when, with five minutes left, the hard working striker Joey Garner pushed forward into a very good position but selflessly passed the ball back towards an unmarked Daniel Johnson who smashed home our second to spark an even bigger celebration amongst the now deliriously happy travelling support. Now we really felt that the bragging rights were coming back to West Lancashire, and it showed on the pitch as now the boys in Claret and Blue were clearly deflated.

The celebrations at the final whistle will stay with me forever, as will the sight of our players and the talismanic manager Simon Grayson came over to celebrate with us, showing just how much it meant to them to deliver derby day success away from home for the club and its supporters.

Who cares about driving rain and getting soaked walking back to the car after an afternoon like that? Not us! 

A very small minority of Burnley fans did attempt to cause trouble after the match, but a combination of the harsh weather and quick intervention from the mounted Police meant that it came to nothing, thankfully.

The long drive home passed in a whisker, with the added personal glee that the skipper of my fantasy football dream team (Mahrez of Leicester City) had bagged a hat-trick, and once home after a few hours sleep I was up and off to London Gatwick to spend a week in Switzerland with the broadest grin possible.

Only derby days can deliver such magic.

Plus Points for Turf Moor
1.    Famous old ground rich in history
2.    A great atmosphere can be created in the away (cricket field) stand
3.    Floodlight pylons (well….2 ; its better than none!)
4.    Plenty of free on-street parking nearby

Minus Points for Turf Moor
1.    Away stand is badly in need of modernising
2.    Concourse becomes uncomfortably/unpleasantly congested if busy

Burnley v Preston North End
Football Championship League
Saturday 5th December 2015, 3pm
Mike Bloor (Preston North End fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Turf Moor?

It was the first away Lancashire derby of the season and the first time the two teams had played each other in the league for four years. Also, since Blackpool are not in the same division as North End, then this was Preston's biggest rival in the Championship League.

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

We travelled by train and reached Burnley Central around 12:30pm.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After spending a bit of time wandering around Burnley town centre, we eventually found a pub that was full of North End fans, which was under the watchful eye of the local constabulary. Burnley supporters were not causing any trouble at all which did surprise me, maybe the rivalry has calmed down a bit. After the pub, we headed to Turf Moor by following a route the policemen showed us.

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

The away stand isn't as bad as I hear it once was. This is due to Burnley investing money into the stand last year with new turnstiles and a new concourse. However the seats in the stand were wooden which was a first for me and the roof looked as if it needs replacing. Two of the home stands didn't look too bad as they were modern, but the stand to our right looked pretty old. Also, a word of warning, if you go with a team with a good following, I would advise staying in your seat at half time, as it is almost impossible to move as the concourse is that crowded.

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

Burnley penned North End back for much of the first half and should have scored at least once, with Barton fluffing a golden chance and one of their strikers hitting the bar. Preston had the odd chance but were very much still in the game at half time. North End started to get more into the game in the second half but Burnley still had good chances. After an hour Keane for Preston collected the ball and ran at the Burnley defence. We wanted him to play in Garner but he shot instead, but from where we were stood it took us a couple o f seconds to realise he had actually put the ball into the net, which sent the Preston faithful wild beyond belief! The Burnley fans just looked in complete shock. The goal has clearly shook Burnley as they failed to really test Pickford the Preston goalkeeper after they had conceded. They were further punished five minutes from time, Garner setting Johnson up for a tap in, 2-0, game over. Happy days!. Somehow, Preston with only three wins in the league before this game managed to beat Burnley who were fifth in the table at the time. The atmosphere as you would expect was great.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy until we arrived at the train station only to find out due to the bad weather, the trains had been severely delayed. Thankfully, there was a local bus which went directly to Preston so we were saved.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, a great day out in the cold and match that I won't be forgetting any time soon.

Burnley v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday, August 3rd 2013, 12.15pm
Championship League
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.

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Updated 3rd November 2016

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