Clarets in the second tier in the early 2000s
Today, we move into the 2000s by adding the results, goalscorers, league tables and programme covers for the first five full seasons in the 2000s, from 2000/01 through to 2004/05.
For the first four of these five seasons, the league was known as Division One before getting a rename of the Championship in the summer of 2004. We moved into that league following promotion in 2000 and I think most would have been delighted at the time if we could go five years without going back down.
What we did was twice finish seventh with only one relegation battle in the five year period and there is no doubt that the first season and a half, up to Christmas was exceptional stuff from the Clarets.
The previous five years had seen a record number of 57 debutants. It was down slightly at 51 in these five years, starting with Kevin Ball, Lee Briscoe and Phil Gray, who all made debuts in the first of the games at Bolton, with loan player Dean Bowditch being the last when he played against Rotherham in March 2005 having signed on loan from Ipswich.
Nine of those players went on to play more than 100 league games for us. Three of them went past 200 with one exceptional signing clocking up 342 league appearances, the last of which was on the title winning win at Charlton four years ago.
Michael Duff was the player to play 342 times. The two who passed 200 were Brian Jensen (271) and Robbie Blake (242) with Ian Moore (192), Tony Grant (141), James O’Connor (139), Ade Akinbiyi (109), Lee Briscoe (106) and Micah Hyde (102) all passing 100.
The full list of league debutants in seasons 2000/01 to 2004/05 is: Kevin Ball, Lee Briscoe, Phil Gray, Nik Michopoulos, Paul Robinson, Ian Moore, Anthony Shandran, Gareth Taylor, Tony Ellis, Alan Moore, Arthur Gnohere, Tony Grant, Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Robbie Blake, Mark McGregor, David Johnson, Paul Gascoigne, Drissa Diallo, Matt O’Neill, Richard Chaplow, Mark Rasmussen, Andrew Waine, Mo Camara, Luke Chadwick, Brian Jensen, Lee Roche, David May, Delroy Facey, Gareth Farrelly, Andy Todd, Jay McEveley, Bradley Orr, Neil Wood, Paul Scott, Ryan Townsend, Dele Adebola, Joel Pilkington, Danny Coyne, Michael Duff, Micah Hyde, John McGreal, Frank Sinclair, Jean-Louis Valois, Richard Duffy, Amadou Sanokho, James O’Connor, Gary Cahill, John Oster, Peter Whittingham, Ade Akinbiyi and Dean Bowditch.
The 2003/04 season saw Stan Ternent’s time as Burnley manager come to an end. He’d been in charge for the final two years of the previous period which took his total to six seasons. Steve Cotterill took over for the last of these five seasons with the final fourteen of those debutants being his signings although Amadou Sanokho had previously played in a reserve game under Ternent.
The League Tables from 2000/01 to 2004/05 are all now available and in the drop down menu as are all the Results for the same seasons with the goalscorers for both Burnley and the opposition. The Programmes covers for all of the five seasons are also now available.Follow UpTheClarets:
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