CLARETS legend Andy Payton is set to make his home debut for Colne against a young Burnley side tomorrow. Payton made his Reds bow at Harrogate Railway last week, playing the first 45 minutes, alongside another former Turf Moor professional John Borland, and Nelson old boy Brad Pates another former Clarets trainee.
And Payton is expected to step up his comeback, after a year away from the game, at Holt House, kick-off 3 p.m.
Player-chairman James Webster hopes the interest in Payton will make for a sizeable crowd, as Colne play at home for the first time since sealing the North West Counties League double: Andy looked sharp at Harrogate last week, and he is still a quality player.
He knows he is probably lacking half a yard after being out of the game, but that is what these pre-season games are for, and he will get another run-out against Burnley.
Hopefully he will help attract a few more fans down to the game.
Entry is 3 for adults and 1.50 concessions.
Colne then travel to derby rivals Nelson on Tuesday night, kick-off 7-30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Webster was also delighted to have midfielder Borland on board who he played alongside at Turf Moor as an apprentice and professional, winning the LFA Youth Cup together in 1995.
He made four appearances for the Clarets the following year, before joining Scunthorpe United in the summer of 1996.
The 27-year-old has since plied his trade in non-league, featuring for Rossendale United and also playing in the West Riding League, where he is based in Bradford, and Webster said: John is another good signing. You can tell he has played at a decent level, and he will be a good acquisition.
Colne slipped to a 5-1 defeat at Harrogate last weekend something of a misleading scoreline but Webster was encouraged by the display, particularly in the first half: We were excellent in the first 45 minutes.
We could have scored four or five goals, and for periods they couldnt get the ball off us.
But we changed things at half-time, and the score flattered them in the end.
Carl Howarth was on target for the Reds.
Meanwhile, season tickets will be available tomorrow, and the new David Fishwick-sponsored replica shirts will also be on sale.
Season tickets are priced 65 for adults and 30 concessions until the final home pre-season friendly on August 7th.
There are free scarves with every ticket bought, with every concession ticket also coming with entry into a draw for a replica shirt.