Burnley FC News

Burnley FC, more commonly known as Burnley, are a team within the top levels of English football. Following the 2022/23 season, Burnley earned promotion to the Premier League, winning the EFL Championship by 10 points and by scoring 87 goals. Burnley’s main nickname is The Clarets, taken from the predominant colour of their typical home kit. They play their home games at Turf Moor, a stadium that holds just shy of 22,000 spectators.

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Burnley FC’s History 

Burnley have been within the English football ranks since the beginning, actually being acclaimed as one of the founding members of the Football League. Initially, they were known as Burnley Rovers, but changed to Burnley FC in 1882.

Burnley have one every domestic trophy and major honour since 1888, barring the League Cup. They won their first FA Cup trophy in 1914, beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final, a result that would be shocking to see in today’s league.

Burnley FC’s first recorded win as a ‘true’ football club was a 4-0 victory over local side, Burnley Wanderers.

Who owns Burnley FC? 

When the club was first formed in 1882, the owners were members of a rugby team by the same name of Burnley Rovers. Most recently, Burnley are owned mostly by ALK Capital LLC, with Alan Pace as the noted chairman. 

Burnley FC’s main investors are NFL legend JJ Watt and Kealia Watt, his wife, who invested after the confirmed promotion of the club back to the top division of English football.

Burnley FC’s Manager 

Possibly Burnley’s most recognisable face is previous manager, Sean Dyche, who is currently the frontman for Everton. Dyche had decent success with Burnley, winning them the Championship in the 2015/16 season, after already having seen them promoted to the Premier League after the 2013/14 season finished. At Everton, Dyche helped the club survive relegation narrowly, and has started to grow the squad to his needs.

Burnley FC’s current manager is Manchester City and Anderlecht legend, Vincent Kompany. Kompany, having played under management of Pep Guardiola, has excellent knowledge of football and how to get players to do the right things on the pitch. This is evident through his great success at Burnley, having only conceded 35 goals and lost 3 games throughout the 46-game Championship season.

Biggest Burnley FC Transfers

Burnley have not made any ridiculous signings despite their lengthy league existence and their strong recruitment. The largest outgoings Burnley have seen include the following:

  • Chris Wood to Newcastle in 2021/22 for €30 million
  • Michael Keane to Everton in 2017/18 for €28.5 million
  • Nathan Collins to Wolves in 2022/23 for €24.30 million
  • Maxwel Cornet to West Ham in 2022/23 for €20.7 million
  • Andre Gray to Watford in 2017/18 for €20.4 million

Looking at their inbound transfers, Burnley FC have spent consistent small chunks of money rather than making any huge signings. They have made a few big money moves, although focusing more on the smaller players and loan fee transfers to save their pockets from burning. Some of Burnley’s biggest spends include:

  • Zeki Amdouni from FC Basel in 2023/24 for €18.6 million
  • Wout Weghorst from VfL Wolfsburg in 2021/22 for €17.5 million
  • Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough in 2018/19 for €16.9 million
  • Chris Wood from Leeds United in 2017/18 for €16.4 million
  • Robbie Brady from Norwich in 2016/17 for €15.1 million

Burnley FC Drama 

Although Burnley have never had any serious drama, there have been some investigations into the club for specific games and actions. The main example of this was, during the 2022/23 season where Burnley had already confirmed their promotion, they fielded a weakened side against a relegation-threatened club. While this may not seem like an issue, it actually secured Reading’s survival during the season through a 0-0 draw. They were therefore at risk of a points deduction, although investigations concluded that nothing was wrong with Kompany’s starting 11.

Who Plays For Burnley FC Now? 

Burnley have a very strong squad going into the Premier League for the 2023/24 season. Despite having just been promoted, we at Balls Out Bet think they could survive the drop and may even finish above the midway line of the EPL Table

In goal, new signing James Trafford came with a €15 million price tag and a point to prove. The main defenders that Burnley will field include names like Jordan Beyer, Connor Roberts, CJ Egan-Riley and Dara O’Shea. In the midfield, Burnley have some loyal players like Josh Cullen, Anass Zaroury, and recent signing, Nathan Redmond. In attacking positions, Wout Weghorst has returned from his loan stint at Manchester United, although Burnley have just let Ashley Barnes go to Norwich. The aforementioned Zeki Amdouni will most likely be Burnley’s main outlet, having scored consistently at his previous clubs and at national level.

What Have Burnley FC Won? 

Burnley FC, as a club, have won the Championship 4 times, most recently in 2023/24. They won the FA Cup back in 1913/14, League One in 1981/82, and then 10 years later, won League Two. 

In terms of player and manager awards, Vincent Kompany won EFL Manager of the Season for his stark performance during the 2023/24 campaign. Josh Brownhill was nominated for Championship Player of the Season, but was beaten by top goal scorer, Chuba Akpom, of Middlesbrough FC.

Burnley FC 2023/24 Season Prediction 

Burnley FC stormed the EFL Championship table last season, only dropping points in 3 games and securing promotion with 7 games left to play. Of course, the Premier League is a completely different level of football, but we think with Vincent Kompany’s footballing intelligence and a strengthened squad of players, Burnley could do very well in the 2023/24 season. 

Balls Out Bet predict that Burnley finish between 12th and 10th in the table, scoring around 58 goals and conceding in the mid 40s. Top goal scorer will likely be newly-signed Amdouni.

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