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.”