Burnley

Turf Moor

Capacity: 22,546 (all seated)
Address: Harry Potts Way, Burnley, BB10 4BX
Telephone: 01282 446 800
Fax: 01282 700 014
Ticket Office: 0844 807 1882
Pitch Size: 115 x 73 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Clarets
Year Ground Opened: 1883
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: LaBa360
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Claret and Blue
Away Kit: All Black
Third Kit: All White

Turf Moor
Turf Moor
Looking Towards The Jimmy McIlroy Stand
Looking Towards The Jimmy McIlroy Stand
James Hargreaves Stand
James Hargreaves Stand
Ladbrokes Stand
Ladbrokes Stand
Bob Lord Stand
Bob Lord Stand
Jimmy McIlroy Stand
Jimmy McIlroy Stand
Looking Towards The Ladbrokes Stand
Looking Towards The Ladbrokes 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 a 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 Ladbrokes 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 Ladbrokes 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.

David Fishwick Stand Visiting Fans EntranceAway fans are housed in the covered Ladbrokes 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 large television 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 affect 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.

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'. You can also park at the Queen Victoria at a cost of £5 (which you can get refunded back at the bar against the cost of food and drink).

Matthew Harrison informs me; 'The Bridge Bier Huis 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 Huis 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 normally available inside the ground for away fans to purchase 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. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Turf Moor via YourParkingSpace.co.uk. Otherwise, street parking. 

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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): ​Adults £30, Over 65's/Under 22's £20, Under 18's £15

Away Fans
David Fishwick Stand: â€‹Adults £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.

 

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

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

2017-2018: 20,688 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 20,558 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 16,709 (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 Manchester United
Premier League
Sunday 2nd September 2018, 4pm
Harry (Manchester United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Turf Moor?
 
I was really looking forward to going to Turf Moor as it was my first away game in quite a while. Burnley is located up the M66 from Greater Manchester so is pretty close by. So much so it's likely one of the most applied for away games of the season for us, so I was lucky to get a ticket.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Thanks to technology these days having maps on your mobile etc, we located the ground before we even set off and knew where we were going. In the end we didn't go up the M66 motorway, instead opting a more picturesque approach up the Pennines through the likes of Rochdale and Todmorden. If I'm being honest, we had no idea of where to park the car so just stumbled upon a small side street about a 5 minute walk away and found street parking there (there are loads of streets like this around the ground).
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The Burnley Cricket Club located at the back of the away end was a fantastic choice for us for a few pre match drinks. Unusually for a drinking place so close to the ground, away fans were allowed in and there was a good atmosphere - very busy but good priced drinks as well. A few of the others we met up with who had got the train from Manchester said they enjoyed a drink in the pub closest to the station too where there was also a good atmosphere.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Turf Moor?
 
Walking into the ground about 20 minutes before kick off I was most impressed with the speed of entry through the turnstiles. Just before you go into the stand, on the left looked to be some sort of outdoor fan zone type place - but a quick glance in and everyone was packed in like sardines so we didn't go into this section! Actually, inside the stand, it was a little less congested and we grabbed a drink pretty quickly. Turf Moor is a ground full of character and the one half of the stadium with its relatively new two-tiered stands looked nice and 'neat'. The older stands (which includes the 50 year old away end) didn't look or feel too bad for their age either - aside from the away end wooden style seats, but as with most away games we were stood up anyway.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
After a sticky start to the season and a big home loss at Old Trafford six days prior, our fans were right up for this, wanting the team to bounce back and getting behind the team and manager. The home fans to our left in the same stand produce a good bit of banter but our singing seemed to spur on our players and by half time we were 2-0 up after dominating the first half. We did nip down at half time to see if we could grab a drink. 'Squished' is very much the word to describe this (!) and we ended up ditching queuing up - it was all a bit chaotic, to be honest. Mind you the queue for the toilets didn't seem as bad at all. With 20 minutes to go we had missed a penalty and had a man sent off in quick succession but Burnley failed to respond really and we comfortably held out to take home the 3 points, much to the delight of our loud following. So much was the delight of the manager, he decided to jump into the away end after the final whistle and walk back to the tunnel down the bottom of the away stand, handing his coat to a kid in the process, but unfortunately I cannot promise the same thing will happen with other teams! The stewards were fine (I've never seen so many stewards around the entrances in all honestly but they were very kind and helpful).
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I thought leaving the stand may be a bit of a push and a shove but it wasn't and we got out quite quickly. The roads around the ground were busy and we were stuck in a small traffic jam for 10 minutes or so afterwards but this didn't ruin anything.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A perfect result, a great day out, a great away end ... you can't ask for better away days really!

Burnley v Bournemouth
Premier League
Sunday 13th May 2018, 3pm
Richard Symonds (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Turf Moor?
 
My 19th different ground of the season and one of English football's historic stadiums. Also, end of season games often have a bit of a carnival atmosphere about them.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very easy travel to Burnley, a bit of traffic around Manchester but nothing to worry about. Parked in the Centenary Way car park (free on Sundays) which is no more than a 10 minute walk to the ground and facing in the right direction to get away after the game.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had a bit of a wander around the town centre enjoying the sunny weather and then did a lap of the ground before going in. The home fans were rightly in buoyant mood ready to celebrate their qualification for Europe next season. Not sure how many realised that they have three qualification rounds before the group stage though.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Turf Moor?
 
Turf Moor is a mixture of two halves. Two old stands with pillar supports for the roof that must obscure the view a bit and 2 newer, larger and pillar free stands. Overall it is ok and generates a decent atmosphere once the fans get going.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game started pretty slowly with neither team really have much to play for. Chris Wood deflected a first half lead for Burnley before Josh King scored a really good equaliser. The game was won when the unfortunate Kevin long had a "Steven Gerrard moment" and Defoe and Wilson neatly beat the keeper for Callum Wilson to score an injury time winner for the visitors. The steward for our area was an enthusiastic young lady making her debut who began by trying to show every fan to their seats, as more fans turned up and the steps started getting steeper she soon began pointing the way!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was easy, most home fans were staying for the deserved end of season lap of appreciation, we were back on the motorway network in no time.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A decent game, lovely weather, a good day out.

Burnley v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 9th December 2017, 3pm
Dave (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Turf Moor Ground?
 
This was only my second visit to Turf Moor having braved the Monday night fixture last season where we lost 2-0. I was hoping for a better game and result this time.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took the club coach from Watford to Burnley, ideal as the drop-off was directly outside the away end. It was a very difficult day weather wise as there was heavy snow on the way up, but we left ahead of schedule and there was minimal disruption.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Went into the away end and had a Peppered Steak pie and a Carlsberg Lage, which were much cheaper than I had anticipated. The televisions on the concourse were showing the lunchtime game, which provided the entertainment before I headed off to my seat. The home fans were virtually non-existent as we arrived at 1:30pm for a three o'clock kick off.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Turf Moor?
 
I admire Turf Moor as the singing section is loud, the seats are wooden and the ground is old school. Burnley have been in good form this season and the crowd were up for the game, which in the first half was played in the snow!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A dire game again for Watford. An early reckless red card for Zeeglaar practically gifted Burnley the three points. The referee was terrible as in hindsight we should have been awarded two stone-wall penalties. The toilets were very cramped and were a nightmare to get into at half time. The stewards were very friendly and no bother at all.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I got the train on the way back with a couple of mates. We used Manchester Road station which was jam packed with cheery Burnley fans. A very friendly bunch of supporters and there was no animosity between us and them. We changed at Preston for the service back to London, getting off at Watford Junction. No delays on the way back and I took a Taxi back to my place at Watford Junction. I was home at around 9pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A rubbish result and performance but the away day as a whole at Turf Moor was decent. The pies were good and the company was even better!

Burnley v Newcastle United
Premier League
Monday 30th October 2017, 8pm
Barbara Jefferson (Newcastle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Turf Moor?
 
I was looking forward to the game as never been to Burnley before and Turf Moor was another ground to tick off our list.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Travelled down from Newcastle leaving at lunch time. It was a fairly straightforward journey but I was not keen on driving across the A59, so I did not really get above 50mph on here, so the journey took three hours. I had researched parking a few days before on google maps but when got to the car park found it was now used as a garage forecourt, but I easily found some free street parking near a viaduct.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Walked into the town centre as we were early, and went into the Boot Inn for some food. It was a typical Wetherspoons outlet and inside there was a good mix of home and away fans, The White Lion pub next door had a notice on its window saying it was for home fans only but looked quiet, so I don't understand this home fan only policy. We ventured into the Swan just a few doors along which had only a few people in but had music blaring out and did not have many football fans in,  but we were made to feel welcome. We then walked to the ground and then ten minutes down Todmorden Road to the Woodman Inn as we were meeting a friend who is a Burnley Supporter. This is a proper old pub. It had a raging fire going on one side and we wish we had waited to get food here as it was home cooked and looked lovely. This was mainly full of Burnley Fans but we were made to feel very welcome.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Turf Moor?
 
Turf Moor is located near the town centre which is better than some of the grounds we have visited. Outside there was a massive queue as we got to the turnstiles as the away coaches had just arrived, but the queue seemed to go down quickly. Once inside though the concourse was rammed as we had 2500 travelling support, they did have an additional marquee area but I did not venture into here. I visited the toilet before finding our seat. That was an experience to say the least with only three women's toilets. The first few rows of seats were old wooden ones painted then further up the stand there were plastic, we had a very good view of the pitch from our seats but two areas in the stand were behind two steel girders.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Not the best performance from Newcastle United. It was a pretty even game up to the 74th minute when Newcastle gave the ball away in midfield and a rebound off the Newcastle keeper was played to the back post and Hendrick for Burnley had time to control and smash the ball into the roof of the net. The atmosphere up until then was quite good but after the goal went in there was lots of goading by the Burnley fans which saw the stewards pushing and shoving people back from the barriers that were separating the home and away fans not very pleasant to witness.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game, we walked back to the car through the town centre which was easy the pubs were closed after the game (and it was just after 10pm). Once back at the car it was really easy to get back onto the M65.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I enjoyed our day out but with an 8pm kick off it was about quarter to one in the morning before we got home. It is getting harder and harder to attend away matches with varying kick off times and midweek matches being changed for television.

Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 6th May 2017, 3pm
Steven Roper (West Bromwich Albion fan)

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

This was going to be my first visit to Turf Moor. I'd heard many things about the ground being a traditional type so it had added interest for me.

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

I travelled by coach from the Hawthorns. The coaches were met by the Police on leaving the M65 motorway, and escorted all the way to the ground.

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

Some of the fans went in search of the pubs but most of us went straight into the ground and had our food and drink there. The Burnley fans are fiercely loyal and with the two sets sharing the David Fishwick Stand it made for a good atmosphere. There was plenty of banter between the two sets of fans from start to finish.

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

For the traditionalists among us Turf Moor is a 'real' ground. Four stands, open corners, wooden seats, I wish I had gone before they made it all-seater. There is a single gangway separating the two sets of fans, though this is fenced off and manned by stewards and Police. My only gripe is the the small concourse under the away fans section. Only two toilets blocks (one each for ladies and gents) means queues can be quite lengthy. The standing area around the food bars is narrow and can be difficult to get through.

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

Burnley and Albion both play a similar style of football and the 2-2 draw was a fair result. The atmosphere was excellent. The stewards were okay. They didn't say anything about the fans standing, though they didn't seem to be particularly friendly either. Food was fairly cheap, and a meal deal offer is any hot food, a drink, and a snack for £5......or two lots for £9. Its a pity other clubs don't follow suit. Individual food and drink prices were also cheaper than most other grounds.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The coaches were lined up outside the ground and we were given a Police escort back to the M65 motorway.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I loved the Turf Moor ground. It is compact and full of character. The home fans create a good atmosphere, and it's not as intimidating that I was led to believe. All in all a good day out.

Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 6th May 2017, 3pm
Jacob Bishop (West Bromwich Albion fan)

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

I was looking forward to this as it's another ground to tick off my list and Turf Moor is a proper football ground. West Brom had laid on free coach travel for travelling supporters, so there were over 40 club coaches going. With a big away support, I thought that it would also be a good atmosphere.

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

We took one of the free coaches up to Turf Moor. On nearing Burnley we were met by the Police, who gave us an escort from the motorway to the Turf Moor ground, arrived in reasonable time.

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

We went straight into the ground, some went to find a pub but the majority went straight to the concourse to get food and drinks.

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

I was impressed by the Turf Moor ground. Although the concourse was small and there were some pillars blocking some of the view of the game, it had all the characteristics of a traditional, proper football ground and not one of the new modern stadiums which can lack atmosphere.

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

The match finished 2-2 with Baggies scoring their first goal since March. The atmosphere with the fans was really good and there was banter between both sets of supporters.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The coaches took a bit of time getting away from Turf Moor. But once back on the motorway, the journey was easy.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A really good day, a ground to add to my list and a good atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed by visit to Turf Moor.

Burnley v AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
Saturday 10th December 2016, 3 pm
Paul Sheppard (AFC Bournemouth fan)

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

I had been several times to Turf Moor before and it's a nice easy trip for me from my home near Manchester.

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

Straightforward journey by car to the Queen Victoria pub and then a 15 minute walk to the Turf Moor ground.

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

We had something to eat at the Queen Victoria Pub where home and away fans mixed with no problems. We paid £5 to park at the pub and you can get back at the bar and this worked well as we were having something to eat and drink.

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

I have been to Turf Moor several times so knew what to expect. It is a nice traditional ground by Premier League standards, although Turf Moor does feels like a proper old fashioned ground both on arrival and in the ground itself.

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

We made a poor start and were two down in less than 20 minutes. After that we dominated possession and got back to 2-1 with a goal from Afobe before half time. We conceded a third in the second half and although Daniels scored near the end our 70% possession counted for nothing in terms of points. It was a good game though and we could not complain in terms of value for money, especially as our tickets were subsidised through the Premier League cap and the away fans initiative via the club and only cost us £20 each.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Well we lost our friend at the end of the game so did not leave the ground until ten minutes after the final whistle but even then the traffic was really bad leaving the pub, even though this was some distance from the ground. I had to get a jump start as my car would not start which at least meant an easy getaway when I finally got going!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out despite the defeat and my car not starting when leaving. If I had a choice I would go the Cricket club for pre match food and drink (which I had done on my previous visit) next time. Burnley has a reputation for not being the most friendly away ground but I have never encountered any problems when watching Bournemouth (I know it's very different for local derbies!) and always find Turf Moor a good day out.

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.

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Updated 20th September 2018

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