Dave puts recent Clarets past under microscope

AS Burnley prepare to resume their faltering promotion campaign at home against Ipswich on Saturday, it is timely that Dave Thomas is about to issue his latest book.

Dave has been resident in Leeds for many a long year but is very much Todmorden born and bred and over the last decade his insights into the Clarets have never been less than wholly interesting, writes John Greenwood.

These range from a wonderful and at times moving book, Margaret’s Story, written with the wife of the late Harry Potts, to the more irreverent It’s Burnley Not Barcelona, which covered a season in Stan Ternent’s reign.

Dave also contributes to fan site blogs where his frustration at a struggling almost-but-not-quite-there promotion bid this season has often humourously mirrored my own comments in this column.

He unleashes Entertainment, Heroes And Villains (£12.99) unto the Clarets world in a fortnight’s time, and in the main it deals with how we’ve got to 2011 by putting the reigns of Steve Cotterill, Owen Coyle and Brian Laws under the microscope.

It is a journey that has recently taken Burnley briefly to the top and includes an interview with Coyle, who went from hero to villain when he left the club for Bolton midway through the Premiership season 2009-2010.

The book is launched at the club’s Turf Moor ground’s James Hargreaves stand on April 14 (2pm), where Burnley past and present in the form of chairman Barry Kilby, Clarke Carlisle, John Francis, Brian Flynn, Stan Ternent, Frank Casper and more will be present, and ex-players will be on hand to sign copies at the Burnley branch of W. H. Smith from 11am to 2pm on April 16.

If it is anything like Dave’s output that I have read, it will be well worth a look.

For ordering details contact Dave on 0113 2555350 or email beehivethomas@aol.com