‘Beast’ hoping to attract Man Utd back for testimonial

THE wheels are in motion for Brian Jensen’s Testimonial year at Turf Moor.

“The Beast” is in his 10th season with the club, and a number of events are currently being planned - with the big Dane hoping his beloved Manchester United will bring things to a close with a special match to round pre-season off next summer.

Jensen famously denied United on their last visit to Turf Moor, saving Michael Carrick’s first half penalty as the Clarets won 1-0 in their first home game in the Premier League, with a goal from Robbie Blake.

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And he would be thrilled if Sir Alex Ferguson would bring his side back to join in the testimonial celebrations.

The 37-year-old said: “It’s probably the most difficult opposition to get, but Manchester United is the plan.

“We have a few other options as well, but my first priority is United.

“The idea is that it will be the last home game of pre-season so that people can see any new additions and how the form is going into the new season.”

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Other proposed events include a Race Night with a Twist, An Evening With Brian Jensen, a Golf Day, and a Testimonial Dinner.

But Jensen is eager to stress that the plans won’t get in the way of his bid to wrestle back the goalkeeping jersey from current incumbent Lee Grant: “The testimonial is secondary to the football obviously, but I’m excited.

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“I know it’s going to take a bit of my time, but the more effort I put in, the better it will be for the fans hopefully.

“I’m going to do my utmost.

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“It’s a celebration and recognition because it’s not often it happens, that you spend 10 years with one club.”

• AFTER an amazing summer of Olympic sport, the Clarets are looking to continue the gold rush by offering a ticket promotion culminating in the chance to secure a ticket for the derby with Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor on Sunday, December 2nd.

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By buying a ticket to a bronze and silver category match at a reduced price, you will have the chance to purchase a ticket for the gold category Blackburn match before they go on general sale.

Taking advantage of the offer will guarantee priority access to a ticket for the Blackburn match, save on matchday prices and get yourself a place in a draw to win one of 10 limited edition signed Burnley shirts.

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Bronzes matches are: Peterborough - Saturday, September 15th (3 p.m.).

Silver matches are: Millwall, Saturday, September 29th (3 p.m.); Sheffield Wednesday, Tuesday, October 2nd (7-45 p.m.); Blackpool, Saturday, October 20th (5-20 p.m.); Charlton Athletic, Saturday, November 17th (3 p.m.).

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Buying a bronze and silver match together could save up to £8 for a member and £5 for a non-member.

Tickets are available from the Turf Moor ticket office only and went on sale from 9-15 a.m. yesterday.

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For more information, call the Turf Moor Ticket Office on 0871 221 1914.

The offer is only open to fans who have a valid Clarets Number.

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• The Burnley Express has launched a FREE football app which is now available to download on iPhone and Android devices.