Glen is 90s star

06 June 2011 11:42
Last week's vote for Burnley's best player of the 1990s ended with a win for Glen Little, the winger signed from Glentoran who went on to play for the Clarets for close to eight years. Based on the message board nominations that set the fifteen candidates for the vote, it always looked as though it was going to be a four horse race but in the end those four - Steve Davis, David Eyres, Glen Little and Andy Payton - were all separated by some distance.Glen it was on top with no less than 35.3% of the vote. He was an Adrian Heath signing from Glentoran who finally established himself in the team during the second half of the following season when Chris Waddle was in charge. Brilliant at his best, he was also very frustrating, but he couldn't have ended the ten seasons in the decade any better than scoring that promotion winning clincher at Scunthorpe. Heath signed Little but the other three players in the top four were all signed by different managers. David Eyres, brought to Burnley from Blackpool in the summer of 1993 by Jimmy Mullen, was without doubt the top player in the promotion season. Always popular with the Burnley fans, as he was at Preston and Oldham after he'd left Turf Moor in 1997, and probably his first season was his best as he plundered not far short of 20 league goals. He took second place with a 20.9% share of the vote. if it's goals you want then look no further than Waddle's best signing, Andy Payton. His signing was crucial to our survival that season and there are no doubts that his goals kept us up, as they did the following season. His 27 league goal haul in the 1999/2000 season were without doubt a major factor in our promotion. Payts won 17.2% of the vote to take third place whilst the next place went to Steve Davis. He was in all three promotion teams during the decade, captaining the third one in 2000. He was signed twice too, once by Frank Casper and then by Stan Ternent. He won just 10.4% of the vote. I'd expected him to do better but maybe his keen willingness to walk out on the club had an effect on voters. They were always going to be the top four in a decade that really did see Burnley progressing again with those three promotions, ending the decade two divisions higher than we started it. You can now post your nominations for the 1980s via the MESSAGE BOARD to select the names for the voting poll as we look to add a further name to the list that now includes both Robbie Blake (2000s) and Glen Little. Player of the 1990s35.3% - Glen Little20.9% - David Eyres17.2% - Andy Payton10.4% - Steve M Davis2.6% - John Deary2.0% - Ted McMinn1.8% - Mike Conroy & John Francis1.7% - Adrian Heath1.4% - Paul Cook & Adrian Randall1.3% - Roger Eli1.1% - Marlon Beresford & Andy Cooke0.4% - Gary Parkinson