Bishop impressed with ‘pride, spirt and humour’ of Burnley FC

Rt Rev. Philip North.
Rt Rev. Philip North.

The Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev. Philip North, has praised the work of Burnley FC as a ‘community club’ in the wake of their relegation from the Premier League.

Football-loving Bishop Philip said: “I am so sorry to see Burnley Football Club relegated. The players, under the passionate leadership of Sean Dyche, are a determined, cohesive and well-organised unit and, though the season ended in disappointment, they have brought pride to their team and the town.

“Since becoming Bishop of Burnley in February, it has been a privilege to get to know Burnley FC who are that rare thing in contemporary football, a real community club.

“Matches are a family affair with amazing local support and people of all ages and backgrounds turning up to cheer on their team.”

The Bishop, who grew up supporting Arsenal, has become a well-known figure in relation to the club since his arrival. He added: “Although the relegation is disappointing, there is so much pride, spirit and humour in the club and this town I am certain they will soon bounce back.”