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by Erasmus
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Playing sport vs watching sport
Replies: 16
Views: 421

Re: Playing sport vs watching sport

I played Saturday afternoons for years. Sunday leagues always seemed a bit rough and ready with half the players nursing hangovers. One thing I've found is that playing for thirty years or more makes watching harder. You get used to being able to affect the course of the match and after that it's ha...
by Erasmus
Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: The real twelve
Replies: 24
Views: 1679

Re: The real twelve

At one time County were the top team in Nottingham. I read somewhere that it was the clearance of poor housing around their ground that led to their initial fall from that status, as their core support was scattered and relocated.
by Erasmus
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Does anyone regret the ALK takeover?
Replies: 151
Views: 4226

Re: Does anyone regret the ALK takeover?

I have never been anything other than utterly opposed to the takeover, and now that it has happened a fair amount of my long term love (60 years) for Burnley Football Club has died. I would much sooner have taken relegation over becoming an investment opportunity for people who care nothing about th...
by Erasmus
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Overachieving teams
Replies: 28
Views: 1732

Re: Overachieving teams

The over-achievement is in terms of being able to have that wage bill at all. No other club of our size is able to do that without an external benefactor.
by Erasmus
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: U23's friendly v Fleetwood today
Replies: 10
Views: 1056

Re: U23's friendly v Fleetwood today

True enough, you can't coach natural ability, but can coach a young lad in such a way that he makes the absolute most of his ability. There's been too many very talented young players who for various reasons haven't been able to translate their ability into consistent first performances at the highe...
by Erasmus
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Overachieving teams
Replies: 28
Views: 1732

Re: Overachieving teams

We are over-achieving because we are a relatively small club financially, have achieved promotion to the Premier League, and have stayed in the Premier League for five seasons without any substantial outside support from a wealthy benefactor. No other club of similar financial stature has ever achie...
by Erasmus
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Overachieving teams
Replies: 28
Views: 1732

Re: Overachieving teams

There's no other club that comes close to Burnley in terms of over-achieving. Stanley maybe, but I'm not sure how much Andy Holt backs them financially. Lincoln also look like they're doing better than one might expect, but again they've got owners who have put in a fair bit of money.
by Erasmus
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Gudmundsson and Gudmundsson
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Re: Gudmundsson and Gudmundsson

Just checked again, our Johan is definitely number 7 who is playing tonight.
by Erasmus
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Gudmundsson and Gudmundsson
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Re: Gudmundsson and Gudmundsson

I think ours is their number 7 who is playing. The other one is listed as a sub.
by Erasmus
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brady injured
Replies: 80
Views: 4339

Re: Brady injured

I noticed that there were two Gudmunssons playing for Iceland in the 0-2 loss to Armenia on Sunday, so one of them must have been ours. One was subbed on 77 minutes but I don't think it was an injury, so hopefully Johan will be back fully fit and with a couple matches under his belt.
by Erasmus
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley F C in pictures
Replies: 792
Views: 88522

Re: Burnley F C in pictures

I've seen that photograph before and for some reason I had concluded it was a match against Scarborough, although looking at it now the ground seems a bit too full for that fixture.
by Erasmus
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Chris wilder
Replies: 35
Views: 4440

Re: Chris wilder

I think it also goes to show that Sean Dyche is a really hard act to follow, in both senses. In my view, he is probably the best manager around at the moment in terms of getting maximum return from the resources available to him.
by Erasmus
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: WSL and Sky sign deal for 3yrs.
Replies: 42
Views: 1395

Re: WSL and Sky sign deal for 3yrs.

It will be tough trying to break into an already saturated market. There is just so much football on television these days that it is hard to see how the women's game will be able to make much of an impact. Perhaps there is a niche marked though.
by Erasmus
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Wood, a better player these days without Barnes?
Replies: 50
Views: 2468

Re: Wood, a better player these days without Barnes?

It's certainly the case that Chris Wood's form has improved in the last few games, but I think it's difficult to establish a single causal factor. One obvious point is that the team as a whole is playing much better, and a striker will inevitably benefit from that. Wood has had a season interrupted ...
by Erasmus
Sun Mar 14, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Southampton v Brighton?
Replies: 70
Views: 3629

Re: Southampton v Brighton?

Yes, a draw, with one point floating away into the atmosphere.
by Erasmus
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Tonight's footy 11/3
Replies: 69
Views: 2968

Re: Tonight's footy 11/3

Actually, Rovers were robbed tonight by poor refereeing. Brentford got a penalty when their forward stuck a leg into a defender's and threw himself down, and then Blackburn had two penalty appeals that were much stronger than the one that was given. Apart from that, nothing between the two teams.
by Erasmus
Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: The Penalty Incident when Vydra was Fouled
Replies: 136
Views: 4136

Re: The Penalty Incident when Vydra was Fouled

I know the laws don't take this into account, but for me Vydra's was more worthy of a penalty because it was related to a goal threat. With Pieters, it just bounced up and hit him on the arm when there was no immediate likelihood of a shot on goal. If that had been given it would have been a 'free g...
by Erasmus
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Whatever Happened to Owen Coyle?
Replies: 57
Views: 2773

Re: Whatever Happened to Owen Coyle?

Not sure about Bihar, but Tamil Nadu really is an amazing place. I used to try to spend as long as I could there during the winter months and relished every day of it. There's actually very few people of Indian origin in Blackburn or Nelson, and even fewer Tamils or Biharis.
by Erasmus
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bardsley
Replies: 88
Views: 3712

Re: Bardsley

For us, it is always easier to keep the good players we have than to sign new players who can make an equal contribution.
by Erasmus
Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Whatever Happened to Owen Coyle?
Replies: 57
Views: 2773

Whatever Happened to Owen Coyle?

I know a lot of us have been worrying about that, and the answer is he has been managing in the Indian Super League. Last season he managed the Chennai team that finished fourth out of ten, and then proceeded to the Championship Playoff Final, which they lost to one of the Kolkata teams. He then lef...
by Erasmus
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cork injured?
Replies: 24
Views: 2363

Re: Cork injured?

I remember when we had a young Jack Cork on loan during our first season in the Premier League. He always looked a quality player with a good deal of ability. I don't think he's lost any of that over the years. I seem to recall him scoring an excellent goal against Spurs at the end of that season an...
by Erasmus
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Leicester's goal
Replies: 75
Views: 3594

Re: Leicester's goal

I'm not sure too much blame can be attached to Pope. Our defence was playing a pretty high line, which meant we were a bit vulnerable to the ball over the top for Vardy to run on to, and Pope had to be off his line to counter that. About five minutes after their goal there was another Leicester atta...
by Erasmus
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Club shop facemasks
Replies: 25
Views: 1640

Re: Club shop facemasks

Nothing special, and a bit overpriced, but as good as any I have seen, apart from the special masks that give greater protection.
by Erasmus
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: First Burnley replica shirt bought.
Replies: 47
Views: 1402

Re: First Burnley replica shirt bought.

I had a long-sleeved claret and blue football shirt back in the 60s for school games classes. Didn't have the club badge on but everybody knew what it was. First real replica was the Endsleigh one. Still got it, and a t shirt with the bus on for the Sherpa Van final in 1988.
by Erasmus
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: The Revenant
Replies: 25
Views: 1749

Re: The Revenant

I also found it admirable but not entertaining enough. I was glad when it finished. A bit like reading a James Joyce novel, you know it was brilliant but you still wish you hadn't bothered.
by Erasmus
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: stats are for idiots.
Replies: 114
Views: 2637

Re: stats are for idiots.

For me, watching football is about the spontaneous theatre of the event, the unpredictable outcomes, and the contrasting emotions that bring excitement. Stats on possession or other stuff do nothing at all to add to my enjoyment of the spectacle.
by Erasmus
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dyche!
Replies: 428
Views: 8461

Re: Dyche!

Sometimes you just need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Which is that no team of equivalent financial status has ever achieved what Burnley have achieved in the Premier League. We are unique and we are marvellous. Our success has been unbelievable, quite literally, because if you...
by Erasmus
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Terrible game
Replies: 72
Views: 2216

Re: Terrible game

This is just an awful season all round. We carry a small squad for financial and footballing reasons, and with the season being so condensed that is bound to hit us very hard. I won't be too hard on the manager or the players, they have given some very good performances recently, but having so many ...
by Erasmus
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: An end to taking the Knee ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1640

Re: An end to taking the Knee ?

The issue needs to be kept very much alive, but other means of doing so are needed now. After a while any gesture, however potent at the outset, becomes routinised and loses its impact. Taking the knee has probably reached that point now, so something different is required.
by Erasmus
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ARTICLE: The ins and outs for Saturday
Replies: 35
Views: 2144

Re: ARTICLE: The ins and outs for Saturday

I got the impression that one of the things Sean Dyche was most upset about over the summer was letting Aaron Lennon go. He may not always have been a tremendous asset, but it would certainly be useful to have him available now and in previous weeks.
by Erasmus
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Predictions vs Fulham
Replies: 94
Views: 2836

Re: Predictions vs Fulham

The bookies odds have shifted quite noticeably in favour of Fulham since it was announced that Ben Mee will not be playing. Our record without Ben is nothing like as good as with him. This one could go any one of three ways, depending on bits and pieces around each penalty area.
by Erasmus
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Today's football
Replies: 342
Views: 10717

Re: Today's football

I thought some of the games over the weekend showed the impact of having no crowds in stadiums. I'm sure that had a big effect on the performances of Palace and Everton. Also some teams look like their players are absolutely exhausted, mentally and physically, again Palace and Everton, as well as Ma...
by Erasmus
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: MIGHTY CLARETS versus Bournemouth
Replies: 678
Views: 12083

Re: MIGHTY CLARETS versus Bournemouth

Hardly surprising really, we have a small squad and the team tonight had two and half players from the first team. The manager knows that the one single priority for this season is not getting relegated, and he has made his decisions on that basis. We were never going to win the cup, and if leaving ...
by Erasmus
Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Predictions vs Bournemouth
Replies: 43
Views: 1805

Re: Predictions vs Bournemouth

I think Jonathan Woodgate may field his strongest side today, as he will be out to make a marked impression as caretaker manager. I think we will make a good few changes, so it could well be a close game.
by Erasmus
Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: 4 contract extensions
Replies: 118
Views: 3809

Re: 4 contract extensions

A lot of what happens at a football club takes place on the training ground where the manager and staff work out the best moves, attack and defence, against upcoming opposition. I am sure Keven Long plays a crucial role in that process even when not playing in the first team, and is well-paid with t...
by Erasmus
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Pickford at it again...
Replies: 59
Views: 4071

Re: Pickford at it again...

Looking at the two games, it seems impossible that Pickford can be regarded as the better keeper. He looks a division or two lower than Nick Pope at the moment, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him lose his place in the Everton team. He lost them two points last night.
by Erasmus
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Fancy a laugh? - Villa talk fans forum
Replies: 79
Views: 6083

Re: Fancy a laugh? - Villa talk fans forum

It often seems like teams miss chances against us, but I think there's a reason for that. We rarely allow a striker time to get his shot away effectively and the forwards are well aware of the pressure that is likely to come in the next instant after receiving the ball. So they tend to snatch at sho...
by Erasmus
Wed Jan 27, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: January Transfer Window Discussion - Rumours and Links welcome
Replies: 2503
Views: 188831

Re: January Transfer Window Discussion - Rumours and Links welcome

I would expect the player's agent is fully aware of any interest from other clubs and is advising him accordingly. If the interest from Arsenal is substantial, he will probably advise the player to hold off from moving to Burnley at present, as there is the likelihood of a better offer from Arsenal ...
by Erasmus
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: we must have the most fickle fans in the country
Replies: 70
Views: 3310

Re: we must have the most fickle fans in the country

It's because watching your team play pulls your emotions all over the place, ranging from absolute elation to intense despondency. When Burnley lose we are upset and disturbed so tend to write things that our rational faculties would dismiss as inane ranting. It's not really being fickle, it's just ...
by Erasmus
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Tonight's footy 22/1/21
Replies: 13
Views: 585

Re: Tonight's footy 22/1/21

Chorley Wolves looks like one of those very one-sided cup ties that are a bit of a bore. I think I will opt for Stoke Watford.
by Erasmus
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Home Advantage?
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Home Advantage?

Having too much time on my hands, I started looking at how much playing in empty stadiums removed any home advantage. And as far as the results this season are concerned it tends to show that there is now no advantage to playing at home. My rough counting up showed that of the 154 Premier League mat...
by Erasmus
Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: The wait is over - ALK Capital buy Burnley FC
Replies: 219
Views: 9473

Re: Selling our soul

Leicester don't have an investor, they have a benefactor. The thing I find most troubling is not whether or not the owners are local, but the fact that Burnley FC is being transformed to a significant degree from being a football club to being a business venture for people who want to make money fro...
by Erasmus
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ALK Capital or Farnell/Elkashashy takeover
Replies: 9110
Views: 608906

Re: ALK Capital or Farnell/Elkashashy takeover

I share a lot of that sadness, as I've really enjoyed being different from the rest and still being a proper football club and not just some business enterprise owned by people who have no real connection with Burnley. Up till now, I've been dreading this happening and, honestly, I would have prefer...
by Erasmus
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Wilder interview.
Replies: 33
Views: 3452

Re: Wilder interview.

I have soft spot for Sheffield United ever since the Wembley match. I don't think it's motivation they lack, it's confidence. They're going onto the pitch now more than half expecting to get beaten. When you're still losing games by narrow margins there's always a chance that things can go your way ...
by Erasmus
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Is That One of the Relegation Spots Filled?
Replies: 63
Views: 2493

Re: Is That One of the Relegation Spots Filled?

Sheffield United have two points and 22 games left. Even at 1.5 points a game that's still only 35 by the end of the season, and 1.5 a game is just about top six standard. So teams do improve, but it seems really very unlikely that they can turn this around. And after last season as well, when they ...
by Erasmus
Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Our Last Window
Replies: 18
Views: 748

Re: Our Last Window

I would guess that during the last window it was known to the board that new ownership was 'imminent' and that this would probably mean a different approach to new signings. So it wouldn't have been sensible to bring in new players who wouldn't fit in with the new regime's ideas and aspirations. Add...
by Erasmus
Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: John Edrich RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 1416

Re: John Edrich RIP

No cap, sleeves rolled up, broad forearms. Made the runs while Boycott watched. A great opener for England
by Erasmus
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley FC - Games of Your Decades
Replies: 58
Views: 1942

Re: Burnley FC - Games of Your Decades

I find it hard to distinguish individual games, and living down south it was mostly away games. And then living abroad for a long time. From the 60s I remember us beating QPR 2-0 at Loftus Road when we were having that great run of wins. Tommy Docherty had just taken over as their manager, and Ralph...
by Erasmus
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ALK Capital or Farnell/Elkashashy takeover
Replies: 9110
Views: 608906

Re: ALK Capital or Farnell/Elkashashy takeover

I would say that any comparison with Venkys taking over Blackburn is misplaced. There initial failure was solely due to incompetence on their part and not to their wanting to take money from the club. In more recent years, they have been excellent owners, benefactors rather than investors, and I don...
by Erasmus
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Josh Brownhill opinions
Replies: 156
Views: 6480

Re: Josh Brownhill opinions

I like him, he makes the absolute most of his ability, which is quite considerable, with a fantastic attitude to the game. The sort of player you always wanted next to you when playing central midfield.