Date: 3rd February 2010 at 5:09pm
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New Dates For Reserves

The Clarets have new dates for three of their outstanding fixtures in the Barclays Premier Reserve League North.

The visit of Everton, which was postponed last month, will now be played on Tuesday, 2nd March.

The game against Wigan Athletic originally scheduled for that date will be now played on Tuesday, 20th April.

And Sunderland will visit the Crown Ground on Thursday, 22nd April.

All three games will be played at Accrington Stanley FC, kick-off 7pm.

The Long Seventh Signing

In all the furore of the transfer window it may have escaped your notice that we do also have yet another central defender in the squad. Kevin Long was mentioned in the Claret & You squad sheet at the back for the first time for our match against Chelsea last Saturday. He has been given Shirt No 28. You may remember a deal was struck earlier in the year back in November but the Club had to wait till January to finalise it. His profile is also now up on the Official Site.

Burnley had fought off competition from both Everton and Celtic to sign the 19 year old from Cork City.A six figure deal was agreed which would keep Long at Burnley until June 2013.

On 25th January 2010 it was confirmed that Long had signed for Burnley.

Long is the 7th signing in the Jan window to add to Nugent (loan extension), Nimani (loan), Cork (loan) plus signings Weaver, Fox and Cort! Not a bad window with no key players going out and no players sold. Easton, Jay Rod and Lund out on loan spells only

The New Players and Their Squad Numbers

We confirmed seven new signings in the January transfer window including the loan extension for David Nugent who retains his Number 22 shirt and Kevin Long mentioned above who now has Shirt Number 28.

The others are:

Nicky Weaver-31
Leon Cort-18
Frederic Nimani(loan)-29
Danny Fox-34
Jack Cork(loan)-42

Irish Youngsters Get Call Up

First year apprentice, Neil Yadolahi has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their two Under 17 friendlies next week against Hungary. They will be played on the 9th and 11th February in Dublin. Yadolahi is a central defender and has yet to play for the Clarets in any capacity.

He was signed from St. Kevin’s Boys Club, Dublin in November last year.

Northern Ireland defender Curtis Woods has also been called up by his country and will attend a Northern Ireland Under 18-19 training camp to be held at Lilleshall next week.

Woods is also in the first year of his apprenticeship at Turf Moor and has been a regular in the youth team this season playing in the centre of the defence.

‘Maya’-Alastair Campbell’s New Novel.

Burnley`s Wembley heroes have received an unlikely honour – by being name-checked in an Alastair Campbell novel.

The celebrity Clarets fan, who needs little excuse to promote his love for the club, is set to release his second novel next month, entitled ‘Maya`.

And hidden among the pages of his tale of celebrity fame – and kept secret from the publishers, until now – lie characters named after every member of the 2009 Wembley play-off final winning squad!

Campbell said: “As with most novels, there are plenty of walk-on parts, people who get one or maybe a few mentions, where the name is not as important as it is for the main characters.

“And as I was putting the finishing touches to the book on holiday, post play-off final and pre-Premier League adventure, I could not resist cementing our Wembley heroes even more deeply into the fabric of my life.

“The deed having been done as I signed off the final proofs, I wondered whether I ought to explain to my publisher the reason why I was suddenly making more than a dozen surname changes at an important moment in the production process.

“But then I thought no, it’s my book, and the characters are my characters, so I’ll change them as I see fit!”

Campbell`s novel includes the likes of American film financier Jim ELLIOTT, named after Clarets winger Wade, who bagged the £60m goal at Wembley in May last year.

Other fictitious characters include Colin CALDWELL from Dubai, Pat DUFF from Cheltenham, Matt EAGLES of the BBC and Adrian ALEXANDER, a reporter on the London Evening Standard.

Campbell added: “Funnily enough, at one point I did have a Coyle in there, but something made me take it out!

“In promoting Maya in a magazine recently I was asked to name my top ten books.

“And in among the French classics and the great British novels is Clarets Chronicles.

“There`s thousands of Burnley names in there!

“But as Maya has very little to do with football, I’m happy to make do with my disguised band of Wembley heroes.”

Maya is published by Hutchinson, 18.99 hardback.

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