Date: 27th November 2009 at 12:54pm
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A new book was published recently by Clarets author, the Reverend David Wiseman. Clarets fans may know the life-long Clarets fan from his other books on Burnley FC which include ‘Up the Clarets’,’Vintage Claret’ and ‘A Case of Vintage Claret’

His latest work is a book entitled ‘The Burnley FC Miscellany’

The good news was that the publishers, Breedon Publishing provided Vital Burnley with three copies of the new book to give away free in our competitions this season.

Over two nights this week some of our posters have been battling it out to win the book in our first of the three competitions.

We asked a series of questions based on the book in 26 categories listed in alphabetical order A-Z.

Here were the questions we asked under each category together with the answers:

Andy All Rounders

Which Andy managed to play for the Clarets in all shirts available numbered 1-12?

Answer: Andy Farrell

Burnley Bribes

Which manager did director, John Turkington offer to buy a Bentley for if he got us promoted to Prem?

Answer: Stan Ternent

Capital Comebacks

Which London club did we play in the 1960-61 season in a game in which we were 4-0 down at half-time and came back to earn a 4-4 draw?

Answer: Tottenham Hotspur

Dodgy Debuts

Which keeper let in 7 goals on his league debut for the Clarets?

Answer: Billy O`Rourke

England No Can Do

Which Clarets manager turned down the chance to be in charge of England?

Answer: Jimmy Adamson

First League Double

In 1888 we beat this team 4-3 away and 4-1 at home but who was it against? (Clue: B-team from Lancs)

Answer: Bolton Wanderers

Greying Goal scorers

Who is the oldest player ever to score for the Clarets?

Answer: Graham Alexander

Hat-trick Heartbreak

Who scored a hat-trick in the 60s against Spurs in an FA Cup game only to be on the losing side (4-3)?

Answer: Willie Irvine

International In Town

The only FULL international match ever played at Turf Moor involved England against whom?

Answer: Wales (1927)

Jimmy Jimmy

Which Jimmy wrote a book in 1983 called ‘Book of Lists` in which accolades were given to both Jimmy Mac and Jimmy Adamson?(Clue: Not a Claret)

Answer: Jimmy Greaves

Kippers Go Bang

Which Clarets player who played in the 1946-7 FA Cup Final was given the nickname ‘P`Tang Yang Kipperbang`? (Clue: Initials PK)

Answer: Peter Kippax

Lost Chances

Which season post-1970 did the Clarets play their last 16 games without a win and were relegated?

Answer: 1979-80

Managers from Merseyside

Which Liverpool manager once described Burnley as ‘that village team`?

Answer: Bill Shankly

Nicknames in 1900s

What year did we change strip colours and become known as the Clarets?

Answer: 1910-11 season

One game wonders

One player made his only ever appearance for the Clarets on his debut in 2003-4. Who was it?

Answer: Ryan Townsend

Plymouth Pummels

Which season this decade did we beat Plymouth 1-0 after a run of six games without a win?

Answer: 2005-6

Question of Quotes

Which Clarets player of the 1960s said ‘If you can`t get the man, make sure you get the ball`

Answer: Brian O’Neil

R-Club Rarity

A rare Boxing Day win in 1987-8 season saw the Clarets defeat this team 4-0 but who were they?

Answer: Rochdale


19 Smiths have played for the Clarets over the last 100 years or so but which one played for us in the late 70s?

Answer: Malcolm (Smith)

Transfer to Return

Which player who later became our manager was sold to Everton for £20,000 in 1950?

Answer: Harry Potts


Which current Burnley FC Executive plays the ukulele and is a paid-up member of the George Formby Appreciation Society?

Answer: Paul Fletcher

Violent Ramming

Which Clarets player ruthlessly fouled Rams full back Marc Edworthy at Turf Moor in 2005 but got away with yellow? The Rams lad had a severe facial injury and missed the next few games. Final score 2-2

Answer: Graham Branch

Well Travelled Journeymen

Which former Clarets player in recent times (post 70s) has made the most moves to other clubs in their professional career?

Answer: Marlon Beresford (Well over 20 at last count!)

X marks the Spot

What did the X placed against a team mean in a fixture during the first 50 years of league football? e.g. Blackburn1 x Burnley 3 (Result from October 1922)

Answer: Denoted the team playing at home

Youngest Young Gun

Which player is the youngest to ever make his debut for the Clarets first team?

Answer: Tommy Lawton (16 years 174 days)

Zed and We Had One

We have only ever had one player since the war whose surname began with the letter Z so name him!

Answer: Peter Zelem

Folk playing the quiz got 3 points for the quickest correct answer and one point if they got it right but slower.

We can announce that the winner of our first quiz and soon to be proud owner of ‘The Burnley FC Miscellany’ is:

Claret Dale

He achieved a fantastic 29 points with nine fastest correct questions.

Grimsby Claret came a creditable second with 23 points and three fastest correct questions.

Rickers Twickers in third with 19 points also with three fastest correct questions might have been pushing the leaders had he not been a little late and missed a handful of questions.

Couch Potato in 4th on 18 points with three fastest correct questions also missed out on a few questions.

Vin Rogue recovered well on the second night to get three fastest correct questions but could only finish on 16 points.

8clarets8 faded towards the end but managed to get two fastest correct questions at both the beginning and end of the second night to finish on 14 points.

Thanks to all our players for entering into the spirit of the quiz and congratulations once again to the winner, Claret Dale.

Watch out for news of our next two competitions when another Wiseman book will be on offer as the prize.

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