Supporters unrest, Players fighting, a true Claret legend stepping down,
and Graham “Chalky” White sniffing around ,Just another year in the doldrums's.
Wembley was now history, and relegation was still an eye opening proposition Burnley sat in 18th place after the second draw in successive games at the beginning of April, The Orient game was fresh in the supporter’s minds when the promise of a new beginning was yet to materialise. Brian Miller left in January to be replaced for the second time by Frank Casper.
Clarets who played at Wembley the previous may were on their way out, Peter Daniel(below left), Steve Taylor, George Oghani, Paul Comstive, Ian Britton, Leighton James and Ashley Hoskins an unused sub 12 months previous all left during this ‘another’ season to forget.
Burnley were now a lower league club with a famous past, and teams who we compete against don’t look to the past they look to the pitch. And even with some past masters on show , Burnley could not relive there former glories ,even after a 6-0 drubbing of York City the chants of “Championies” from the Longside were just empty shouts, as Brian Miller the saviour ,the True Claret , could not take us to the next level .
In February 1989 Brian Miller stepped down, with the statement “It is the right time for me, it is the right time for the club and it is the right time for the fans, who I believe wanted it this way” . Words of a true Claret, who put the Club before himself.
His replacement was Frank Casper ,a No2 at Bury and the No2 of the fans choice of replacement Martin Dobson, but in Frank Casper hope was given in the shape of 3 wins in 4 games , But if that was the honeymoon period then the rest of his managerial time at Burnley was a shambles, This season we finished 16th ! 6 points above the drop! And with only 3 wins in his next 20 games, it’s amazing that we managed to be placed so high.
The one factor that sticks in my mind during this time in Burnley’s history was the signing of David Jones, The worst player Burnley has ever had (Bar none!) . "We needed height" was the message Frank Casper told us an with that we got a 6 foot 4 man straight of the basketball court, because I’m sure the lad had never played football in his life before.
So another shambolic season where the only success was a disallowed goal! George Oghani's(top left) strike against Luton Town in the Littlewoods cup was a classic, Oghani went past four Luton Defenders and stuck the ball into the Bee Hole End net, just for the ref to pull the play back 40 yards for a foul, that never was. Oghani who famously nicked window locks from Woolworth's, and who was subsequently sacked after breaking our own goalies nose (Chris Pearce), But still goes down as a legend ,because he was the only player who the fans could put any faith in at all ,in a team full of has-beens and no hopers.
Following Burnley is becoming a chore with every season.