Crunching the Numbers at Burnley FC

15 January 2017 01:53

The last few days have thrown up some interesting numbers which Burnley fans and soccer pundits might wish to consider at some length.

Five is the number of matches Burnley still need to win to secure forty points, generally accepted as the benchmark for Premier League survival.

In previous top flight campaigns, the forty point mark always managed to remain tantalisingly beyond Burnley’s grasp. 

In this newest endeavour and with just under half the season remaining, the total has begun to look both realistic and achievable.

This has been as a result of Burnley’s outstanding home form, all eight of their Premier League victories have come at Turf Moor.

However, only seven games remain to be played at home, three of which will be against title chasing Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs; games even the most wildly optimistic Clarets' fan would not expect to accrue too many points from.

This leads to the inevitable conclusion that some of those required five victories will need to be achieved away from "Fortress Turf Moor".

Recent away performances, if not results have shown real signs of improvement, especially against Manchester City at the Etihad.

This increases the hope that the early season capitulations at Leicester, Southampton and West Brom are a thing of the past. 

It is to be hoped that next weekend’s trip to Arsenal will see a continuation of the Etihad improvement. 

A good result at the Emirates will be exceptionally difficult but would afford Burnley a massive injection of confidence and momentum, as they go in search of those five remaining victories.

Forty million is the amount of net profit Burnley reported in 2015 expressed (for some reason) in euros. This apparently was the fifth highest of any club in Europe and it is really quite remarkable to see Burnley‘s name up in lights with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Of course, that profit was generated by virtue of a stringent wages policy, and the lack of major transfer outlay. 

For supporters, this can provide a source of anguish, when other clubs resplendently splash the cash on signings. 

Burnley have come to realise the lower divisions are littered with clubs who have done this and now live with the consequences and regret of their lack of frugality.

Burnley have become a shining example of fiduciary responsibility and prudent husbandry.

Those forty million euros have been sunk into re-developing the Gawthorpe training complex (or is the correct term “campus” these days?) 

The outlay will hopefully secure the long-term future of the club, a future which one wishes will be spent largely in the Premier League.

Nineteen is the final number to consider. 19 is the shirt number worn by Lukas Jutkiewicz for two frustrating, injury-strewn seasons, during which he failed to score a single goal in a competitive fixture for the Clarets.

Nineteen is the shirt number now designated to Joey Barton, who took a mere three minutes to score what proved to be the winning goal in yesterday’s match against Southampton.

Barton's goal owed as much to sheer force of personality as it did to a sharply-honed technique. Such are football’s ironies.

Barton is rightly revered by the Burnley faithful and all the whole world of football can see that the joy and love affair is both mutual and reciprocated.

The article is written by Clarets Mad member and uber Burnley fan David Thornley.

Source: DSG