Out of the Wilderness: A Director’s Life at Burnley FC
Today sees the release of a new Burnley book as former director Clive Holt lifts the lid on his almost 35 years as a director of Burnley Football Club.
Written with Burnley author Dave Thomas, it is the story of those years at Turf Moor as he became possibly the longest ever serving director, undoubtedly in my time watching the Clarets. He joined the board in the summer of 1986 just in time for the Orient season and remained until the ALK takeover at the end of 2020.
All boardrooms need someone to ask the awkward questions. Clive was that man at Burnley as he served under four chairmen or co-chairmen from Frank Teasdale through to Mike Garlick.
No one will have known the workings of the club better than him given his longevity and given the roles he fulfilled which included ground director and club secretary. His knowledge of the club has been described as encyclopaedic.
Outside of the boardroom, he always was and still is a supporter. He rarely misses a first team game but he’ll also often be found at youth team games and under-21 games, including this afternoon’s fixture against Bristol City at Leyland.
He’s toured the country with his wife Sylvia in their camper van to Burnley games and in recent years was rewarded with wins at Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Now a supporter, he now brings us this compelling memoir that is full of anecdotes and previously untold stories.
The book was released today. It can be purchased from AMAZON or directly from CLIVE himself.
As much as I know about Burnley Football Club, or should I say as much as I think I know, I am sure I’ll learn so much more from reading Clive’s book which even includes telling us about his new friend Rosco.Follow UpTheClarets:
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