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Burnley Football Club have now confirmed that five members of the board of directors under Mike Garlick have now departed the club. That includes longest serving director Clive Holt who joined the board in 1986 along with Terry Crabb, Brendan Flood and Brian Nelson.

The fifth of them is Barry Kilby. He joined the board in October 1998 and through a rights issue in the early weeks of 1999 became the largest shareholder and chairman, a position he held until 2012 when he stood down due to ill health. He remained on the board and in more recent years became vice-chairman. Other than the fact that he bought a majority shareholding in the club and I bought a season ticket, I always thought we were quite similar in that we aren’t far apart in age, were both taken to the Turf by our dads who were both Burnley fanatics and both of us still remain as committed and supportive of our club as we’ve ever been and as our respective dads were.

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I’d like to pass on my thanks to all five of them and in particular to Barry Kilby. I posted on the message board last night that I don’t know where we would have been now but for him and I’m so thankful for what he’s given us. He might be the club pessimist; he once told me that his mum used to say: “If it’s that good it won’t last,” and if we ever dare to take an early lead his words are always: “Have we scored too early?” but he’s a Claret and always will be.

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