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Turf Moor (Burnley FC)
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Turf Moor (Burnley FC)
Date: 10/02/08, updated on 17/02/08 (323 review reads)
Advantages: good food, atmosphere
Disadvantages: parking, bad conditions of old stands
Turf Moor, as it is known by its loyal fans, is the home of Burnley Football Club, half a mile from the sleepy Lancashire town's centre. Steeped in history from the championship winning side of the 20s plus the legends from the late 50s and early 60s, the ground still carries true to its old roots today. Modernization has inevitably occurred over the years, with areas of terrace being replaced by brand spanking new all seater stands. Notably the 'Longside' disappeared and was replaced by the James Hargreaves Stand in 1996, making way for the new stand which runs parallel to the length of the pitch. This stand houses the majority of the stadiums home support and 22 546 capacity.
Built in a similar style to the James Hargreaves stand is the 'Jimmy McIlroy' stand to the west, behind the goal. This is also two tiered with all the mod-cons having only being built in 1996.
Behind the other goal, to the east, is the Cricket Field stand, which currently holds around 4000 away supporters (it is rarely filled except for derby matches). Built in the 60s this stand is vintage Burnley with pillars holding up the roof and fading colors on the seats. Recent proposals for the future should give way to a new 2500 all seater stand replacing the current Cricket Field, as part of a 20 million redevelopment of turf moor. Also included in these plans are a cinema (to be built within the new stand), a new club superstore and a hotel.
To the south, opposite to the James Hargreaves stand which shadows it is the Bob Lord stand, acting as the other piece of history which still remains. Named after their old chairman, it opened in 1974 and still has the old features to match, with pillars, brown colored seats (faded from claret colored), and a rusty roof. Today, most of the older generations of fans sit in this stand, as well as the chairman and the directors. The two dugouts are also in front of this stand, although the players come out of a tunnel through the Cricket Field Stand.
Today, Turf Moor averages attendances of 16 or so thousand, as the team looks safe in the Championship. In excess of 12 00 season ticket holders show the level of dedication at the club, fans which managed to make a great atmosphere when their teams doing well. For the best atmosphere, make sure you sit in the upper tier of the James Hargreaves Stand.
It's interesting to note that Burnley FC has the best ratio of match attendance to town population in the entire country- Quite the achievement for this small town team.
Tickets for away supporters are currently around £15, and home fans can expect prices of between £15 and £20. The facilities obviously vary between the two sets of stand, with the modern and the old colliding. Food is generally good everywhere though. The famous balti pies are a must (curry in a pie), as are the various forms of Holland's Pie available.
The ground can be reached relatively easily, with good motorway access to Burnely, and the ground being only half a mile from the town centre. Parking can be difficult though. The local pubs can be found on Yorkshire Street and Brunshaw Road which both lead to the ground. Food and booze are cheap here- but note to away fans- don't go inside them. Fans can get very aggressive after a game towards the away lot- especially if they've lost.
Police presence is usually not the best of signs.
Factfile Turf Moor:
* 22, 546 capacity
* All seated
* Situated on Harry Pots way
* First game in 1883
* Second only to Preston's Deepdale ground for its age
* Record attendance was in 1924 with 54,755 people packing into the ground for an FA Cup tie.
* For tickets prices and information about the ground developments, visit www.burnleyfc.co.uk
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Summary: a great tribute to the club
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