Ahead of the Dons’ inaugural Sky Bet Championship campaign, mkdons.com takes a look at the new sides they will face in 2015/16.
Head Coach: Sean Dyche
Key and notable players: Tom Heaton, Kieran Trippier, Jason Shackell, George Boyd, Michael Kightly
Stadium: Turf Moor (21,401 capacity)
Nickname: The Clarets
Kit: Claret and blue shirt, white shorts, claret socks
Burnley Football Club, based in Lancashire, was founded in 1888 and adopted the famous claret and blue home strip in 1910 as a tribute to Aston Villa following their success and fame at the time.
Burnley have won the FA Cup once back in 1914, and are just one of only three teams to have won all four professional divisions in English football along with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North End.
Between 2000 and 2009, Burnley spent all of their years playing in the second tier of English football, however in 2009 they were promoted to the Premier League after winning the Championship play-off final, playing in the top flight for the first time in 33 years.
Burnley were relegated after just one season in the Premier League, despite a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester United during the campaign. In the 2013/14 season, Burnley were once more promoted to the Premier League finishing as runners-up to Leicester, however were once more relegated back to the Championship after just a single season despite a late flurry.
Despite a heroic effort, Burnley’s first season back in the Premier League ended in an immediate relegation.
Manager Sean Dyche stuck with a very similar side which saw them gain promotion the season earlier, but did add the likes of George Boyd and Matty Taylor to his side. Burnley picked up seven wins which helped accumulate 33 points - striker Danny Ings proving a vital figure for his side with 11 goals.
Burnley picked up a terrific point away to the 2013/14 champions Manchester City following an exciting 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium, but with the the season coming to an end, Burnley found themselves in a relegation battle.
Despite a 1-0 away win against Hull City on May 9th 2015, Burnley were relegated to the Championship with two games to play after just another solitary season in the Premier League.
Ahead of the new campaign, Burnley have released out of contract midfielder Ross Wallace, with veteran defender Steven Reid also departing after he announced his retirement at the age of 34 following a year with the Lancashire side.
The club received some bad news with striker Ashley Barnes, who finished second on Burnley’s scoring list last season, expected to miss the majority of the new season following an operation needed on a damaged knee ligament, which he picked up at the back end of last season.
Barnes was the fourth Burnley player to suffer the blow in 14 months, and joins fellow striker Sam Vokes as well as defender Kevin Long on the sidelined list for Sean Dyche’s side.
The expected departure of star man Danny Ings was confirmed this week when he joined Liverpool, but the Clarets will look to use the money from that deal to mount another challenge at the top of the Championship.
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