Padiham ready for Burnley’s Development Squad

GOAL: Joe Garvin

GOAL: Joe Garvin

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PADIHAM FC’s final and, on paper, toughest pre-season warm-up match takes place tonight when Burnley FC’s Development Squad are the visitors to the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground, with the game kicking off at 7 p.m.

On Saturday the Storks played Accrington Stanley FC’s Development Squad and ran out 4-0 winners to make it four victories and a draw from their friendlies to date. Lee Barrett scored twice while Ben Allen and Joe Garvin were also on the scoresheet for the Storks who begin their NWC Premier Division campaign on Saturday with a home clash against last season’s runners up Runcorn Town.

Padiham FC also sent a young squad of players to take on Darwen FC’s first team and they were also triumphant, beating the hosts 2-1 at the Anchor Ground. Ben Sutcliffe and Steve Cassidy were the Padiham scorers.

A TEAM of Vintage Clarets is set to take on Burnley Belvedere next month to mark the 20th anniversary of Burnley’s celebrated 1992 Fourth Division championship win.

Members of the 1992 side, that is still viewed with enormous affection locally, will once more take to the field to play against a Belvedere XI.

The Vintage Clarets Day event will take place at Burnley Belvedere Football Club, on Sunday, August 26th, with a line up that will whet the appetite of Clarets fans. There will be appearances from Roger Eli, John Francis, John Deary, Chris Pearce and many more.

Besides the match, which kicks off at 3 p.m., there will be many other attractions, including photo and autograph opportunities, as well as a barbecue and other attractions.

The organiser of the event, Phil Ashton, said: “The Vintage Clarets Day will be an excellent opportunity for Clarets fans to see the stars of the 1992 championship team in action and it will help raise much needed funds for grass roots football in our community.”

“The efforts of the 1992 team are remembered very fondly by Clarets fans and it’s fair to say that their success built the foundation for all that has gone since. As a Burnley fan myself. I can’t wait to see them don the famous Claret and Blue shirts one more time,”

Tickets for the event are on sale at £5 for adults and £3 for juniors and can be bought from the Burnley Belvedere club house in Holden Road, by calling Phil on 07966 322 908, or emailing belvederefc@yahoo.co.uk. The event is ticket only and numbers are limited.

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