Baby named after Burnley FC squad!

SOME proud parents name their children after famous footballing heroes - but one Clarets-mad mum and dad went a step further.

Staunch supporters Stephen and Amanda Preston chose to name their son after the whole Burnley team.

Little Jensen Jay Alexander Bikey Carlisle Duff Elliott Fox Iwelumo Marney Mears Paterson Thompson Wallace Preston is already a season ticket holder and his parents hope he will emulate at least one of his 14 namesakes and go on to play for the mighty Clarets.

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His dad Stephen (40) who took his new son along to meet some of the players, joked that his birth certificate reads more like a Turf Moor team sheet.

“We didn’t think it would fit on, but it did. Our family didn’t believe us at the start, they thought we were nuts.

“We did it because we went with a theme with the other three who are called Sally, Sophie and Stephen so this last one we decided to go a bit different.

“My wife wanted to call him Jensen, but if we were going to call him Jensen we thought we would go with the whole team that played against Nottingham Forest on the first game of the season where we won 1-0.”

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Stephen, of Ruskin Avenue, Colne, and Amanda (41), who have seven children, joked his surname would unfortunately be Preston but said they have had a fantastic response from everyone.

“All my friends on Facebook have been saying it’s a great name. We’ve had a very positive reaction about it.

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“It is definitely a bit different. They said it is just a pity about all the forms he will have to fill in when he is older.”

Little “Jay Jay”, as he is affectionately known, was born at Airedale Hospital on January 25th weighing 11lb 5oz and since then the Clarets have been on an unstoppable charge towards promotion to the Premiership.

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“He seems to be a lucky omen. We have not lost a league game since he was born. It would be a dream come true if we get back into the Premiership.”

He may only be six weeks old, but young Jensen already has his first season ticket in the Bob Lord stand where he sports his tiny Claret and Blue kit.

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“He has already been to the Turf twice. His first game was when he was only eights days old and he was there last week when we beat Palace. If you turn him around he cries. He tries to crane his neck back around to watch the game.”

Little Jensen was even beamed up onto the big screen with a picture of him sporting signed gloves from his 6ft 1in. namesake Brian - his mum’s favourite player.

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“He was up on the big screen. His name was in lights with a photo of him wearing signed gloves and the purple goalkeeping shirt.”

The family hope he will go on to take up those big gloves and hallowed Number 1 shirt in front of the Longside.