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Burnley Football Club is a professional association football club based in Burnley, Lancashire, England. Founded on 18 May 1882, the team originally played only friendly matches until they entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1885–86. The club currently plays in the Premier League, the first tier of English football.

Burnley were one of the twelve founding members of the Football League in 1888. They have been champions of England twice, in 1920–21 and 1959–60, have won the FA Cup once. They are also only one of only five teams to have won all top four professional divisions of English football.

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In the early years, various designs and colours were used by Burnley. Throughout their first eight years these were various permutations of blue and white. After three years of claret and amber stripes with black shorts, for much of the 1890s a combination of black with amber stripes was used, although the club wore a shirt with pink and white stripes during the 1894–95 season.

Between 1897 and 1900 the club used a plain red shirt and from 1900 until 1910 the club changed to an all green shirt with white shorts. In 1910 the club changed their colours to claret and sky blue, the colours that they have now had for the majority of their history, save for a spell in white shirts and black shorts during the 1930s.

The adoption of the claret and sky blue colour combination were a homage to league champions Aston Villa, who wore those colours. The Burnley committee and manager John Haworth believed it might bring a change of fortune.

Burnley's current badge is based on the town's crest and many components of the badge — depicting cotton, history, industry, royalty — have their origins in the history of the club, the town Burnley and surrounding areas and the components thus refer to them.

Burnley considers their biggest rivalry to be with Blackburn
Burnley's closest geographic rival is actually Accrington Stanley but, as they have never competed at the same level (although defunct club Accrington did), there is no rivalry between both.

The Clarets also contested heated matches with Halifax Town, Plymouth Argyle and Stockport County in the 1990s, when they were playing in the lower leagues, although feelings of animosity were mainly one-sided. Other rivalries exist with local clubs Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool and Preston North End

Their most local rivals will be West Yorkshire side Huddersfield Town, who are based 25 miles (40 kilometres) away from Turf Moor.

  • First Division/Premier League: 1920–21, 1959–60
  • Second Division/First Division/Championship: 1897–98, 1972–73, 2015–16. Play–off winners: 2008–09
  • Third Division/Second Division/League One: 1981–82. Play–off winners: 1993–94
    Fourth Division/Third Division/League Two: 1991–92
  • FA Cup: 1913–14
  • FA Charity Shield: 1960 (shared), 1973
  • Anglo–Scottish Cup: 1978–79
  • The club's largest win in league football has been a 9–0 victory over Darwen in the First Division in 1891–92.
  • Burnley's largest victories in the FA Cup have been 9–0 wins over Crystal Palace (1908–09), New Brighton (1956–57) and Penrith (1984–85).
  • The club's record defeat is an 11–0 loss to Darwen Old Wanderers in the FA Cup first round in the 1885–86 season.
  • Burnley's record home attendance is 54,775 for a third round FA Cup match against Huddersfield Town on 23 February 1924. With the introduction of regulations enforcing all-seater stadiums, it is unlikely that this record will be beaten in the foreseeable future.
  • Their longest ever unbeaten run in the league was between 6 September 1920 and 25 March 1921, to which they remained unbeaten for 30 games on their way to the First Division title. It stood as the longest stretch without defeat in a single season in Football League history until Arsenal bettered it in 2003–04.
  • The highest transfer fee received for a Burnley player is £25 million, from Everton for defender Michael Keane in July 2017.
  • The highest transfer fee paid by the club to date was both for forward Chris Wood from Leeds United in August 2017 and for defender Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough in August 2018, the pair were reported to be bought for a fee of £15 million each.
  • When forward Bob Kelly moved from Burnley to Sunderland for £6,550 in 1925, he broke the world football transfer record.
  • Sean Mark Dyche (born 28 June 1971) is an English former professional footballer, who is currently the manager of Premier League side Burnley, a position he has held since October 2012. During his playing career, Dyche played as a centre-back, making his professional debut in 1990 and representing Chesterfield – whom he captained and scored for in an FA Cup semi-final – Bristol City, Luton Town, Millwall, Watford and Northampton Town. Whilst manager of Burnley, Dyche has successfully guided the club to two promotions to the Premier League in three seasons, the latter following relegation back to the Championship in 2014–15.

  • Jeremiah Dawson (18 March 1888 – 8 August 1970) was an English professional football goalkeeper. Dawson is most notable for holding the record of having played the most ever league games for Burnley. Dawson is mostly remembered for one match, the 1914 FA Cup Final, even though he did not play in it. The day before the game, he told manager John Haworth that he didn't think he would make it to the end of the game. As there were no substitutes in those days, that would have left Burnley without a goalkeeper. Burnley went on to win the FA Cup and, as a sign of respect of his unselfishness, Dawson was given a winner's medal along with the rest of the team. In his time at Burnley, Dawson played well over 700 first team games.



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