Was anyone suprised when Burnley did their job over Easter?
Not really. Supporters, surrounded by superstition, were the ones biting their nails down to the quick rather than the players, I would sugggest.
Promotion to the Premier League again after an absence of four years was duly sealed in style at home against Wigan on Easter Monday, with two games to spare.
All season, Sean Dyche’s team have rarely looked to be out of a game and even spells this season designated as “blips” have largely amounted to a draw or two.
Wigan are a team in good form of late, but Burnley dominated and then did their damage in a first half from which the Latics were not given much respite.
Clarets still have a say in who goes up with them as Ipswich (at the final home game on Saturday, 12.15) and Reading are both in the play-off mix. Saturday’s match marks the centenary of another of Burnley’s all-time great teams, the 1914 FA Cup winners.
A Towneley Hall exhibition marks the cup achievement and among Tommy Boyle’s brigade was a Todmorden lad, Billy Nesbitt. Against Ipswich, Burnley will wear a replica 1914 shirt and you can’t help feeling the troubled Boyle, our Billy and the rest would be pleased at the way the season’s gone.
Regardless of result, it really will be a day of celebration.