From Home Park in Plymouth to Turf Moor in Burnley. Onto my 41st ground of this epic journey across England & Wales going to every Football League ground. Sun, Wind, Rain & Snow have all been a feature at some point across my journey but it all seems to fuel my love for it and urges me to keep going.
Since starting just over 12 months ago I have seen some beautiful parts of the country that I would never have had the opportunity to see prior to Doing The 92. Tonight my journey took me to Lancashire, Turf Moor in Burnley to be more specific. The most Northern ground I have ventured to so far. A Tuesday afternoon journey from Bristol to Burnley isn’t often on the agenda for most people but I sure am different and used the fact I was working in Birmingham the following day as an advantage. Bring on the 200+ mile, 4 and a half hour journey to the game.
The journey itself wasn’t too bad – I’m use to the non-stop 50MPH limits for roadworks which 9/10 don’t actually have any men working on them. Besides that it was fairly easy. After a couple of stops I arrived at the nearby Cinema which had a free car park after 5PM at around 6:30PM before walking the mile journey the ground. I’d like to point out to those of you thinking of going, be aware of carrying cash as there was only 1 working cash point in a 1 mile radius of the ground! So thank god for the shop selling programmes so I could pay on card. The collection of programmes is slowly but surely becoming too big for my storage options, a programme from every ground apart from Mansfield lying in a box in my room. To cut a long story short with the Mansfield one… I lost it when celebrating the 98th minute winner for Bristol Rovers in their 2-1 win.
After collecting my programme and pin badge it was into the ground which I was nervous about due to the temperature but in all fairness it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be. As always I had picked to go behind the goal as I find the view better, picture opportunities better and normally the atmosphere too.
Following the impeccable 1 minute tribute to those people who were a part of Burnley Football Club who had sadly passed away over the last year or so it was time for the game to begin. A match which had the potential to be a real test for both sides with both fighting their own promotion campaign & it didn’t disappoint.
Similar to my last match at Plymouth Argyle it was again a game of two halves. The first half was totally dominated by Derby County. 12 shots for the away side whilst the home outfit only managing 3. Only one of which was on target. Somehow though Burnley took the lead through a County own goal but this lead was to only last 60 seconds. The equaliser was something quite special from Jacob Butterfield. A goal missed by most as it was a 20 yard volley whilst most Burnley fans were still taking their seats following the opener.
So 1-1 at the break but the second half proved to be very different. Burnley came out with a new sense of life. 9 minutes after the break they were given a perfect opportunity to take the lead again, a penalty was awarded following Andre Grey was tripped by Richard Keogh, the man who had scored the own goal in the first half. Grey himself stepped up and scored his 15th of the season. 13 of which have come at Turf Moor. Just 4 minutes later and the home side were awarded a second penalty, which was also scored. 3-1. 8 minutes later and it was 4-1. A good run and strike from Scott Arfield which took a fortunate deflection which left the Derby goalkeeper with no chance. Sheer class by the Clarets in the opening 21 minutes of the second half which took the game out of sight for the Rams.
All in all, a game which really didn’t disappoint and is exactly why I love my hobby so much. I drive over 400 miles to watch 90 minutes worth of football which involved two good teams, plenty of goals and drama. Brilliant. Thank you, Burnley!
What Were The Statistics?
Burnley 4-1 Derby County
Attendance – 15,214 (579 away fans)
Price of ticket – £16 (Young Adult)
Programme – £3.00
Car Parking – Free
Miles Travelled – 335 (Return journey ended in Birmingham)
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