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The last few days have not been the best in the life of Up the Clarets but thankfully we are back now so we can look at what’s been happening in our absence.

We did report the Lancashire Cup draws but on Monday night the draw was held for the 3rd round of this season’s FA Cup and we were able to enjoy most of the drama as we waited and waited and waited for our number to be drawn out.

It got down to the last four numbers – 5,6,10 and 58. They were Birmingham, Blackburn, us and Peterborough. I think, like most Burnley fans, had that awful feeling that it was going to be numbers 6 and 10 paired together but thankfully not. Micah Richards drew number 10 and we all paused with bated breath before Tony Adams drew 58.

And so, it is Peterborough at home, the first time we will have ever met in the FA Cup. My only recollection of a cup tie against them was back in the 1965/66 season when they stunned us in the League Cup quarter-final, beating us 4-0 at London Road.

While the website was starting to have its difficulties, I went off to Ewood Park for the Premier League Cup game. Suffice to say I was pleased not to have to report on the game given we lost 2-1 with our goal scored by Rob Harker. The police operation was a huge success with the massive crowd of almost 200 kept under control.

Our under-23s and under-18s though have both had success since in Yorkshire. The under-18s beat Leeds 1-0 last Saturday morning with a goal from Cricky Conn-Clarke and on Monday night a stoppage time goal scored by Christian N’Guessan gave the under-23s a win by the same scoreline at Hull.

Finally, a couple of former Burnley players have signed for new clubs, one who was an influential midfielder during our two most recent promotions and the other a young player who never made the first team at Burnley.

David Jones has been training with us since the summer but has now signed a short term deal at Oldham. For what it’s worth, I can’t understand why clubs higher up haven’t signed him but he’ll certainly be a good acquisition for Oldham.

Back in February 2017, we signed young striker Harry Limb from Wisbech. He spent time on loan at Matlock before we released him at the end of the 2017/18 season after which he signed for King’s Lynn. He joined Boston Town this week on loan from King’s Lynn and scored just three minutes into his debut last night against Oadby.

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