On this day in history Rome was founded (2767 years ago), Henry VIII ascended the English throne (505 years ago), the first discovery of extrasolar planets was announced (22 years ago) – – – and on 21st April, 2014, Burnley FC made it back to the big time by beating Wigan Athletic 2 – 0 at Turf Moor. 2013/14 has been one of the most successful seasons for the Clarets in recent years. They currently have 89 points from 44 games, a goal difference of +34 and achieved their promotion dream with 2 games to spare.
Burnley have had a chequered career. In 1914 they were the first team to win the FA cup watched by a reigning monarch, when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Crystal Palace on 25/04/1914. As a result they earned the temporary nickname of the Royals. Burnley have secured honours for winning the top tier of football twice in their history, in 1920/21 and in 1959/60, before almost exiting professional football in the end of season defining Orient Game, played on 9th May 1987.
In the 1920/21 season, Burnley set a record 30 consecutive club football games without defeat, which stood until the Arsenal Invincibles unbeaten run of 49 matches (which stretched over the seasons 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05).
Burnley expect to be runners up to Leicester City, who look to be going up into the Premiership as champions. Leicester are currently top of the Championship League Table, having amassed 93 points from 43 games, and still have 3 games to play.
This is a cue for the townships in and around Burnley to be be painted red (or Claret and Blue). However refrains of: No Nay Never (will we play Blackburn Rovers) will lack a certain bite tonight. Local rivals, Blackburn, are ninth in the table, 2 points behind Brighton who occupy the last play-off slot. Rovers (Wovers is a printable alternative) still have an outside chance of making a return to the Premiership so there’s still all to play for in the Championship.