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Adrian Heath promised a second signing, that of a First Division midfielder, would quickly follow the signing of Marco Gentile and he was true to his word with the club signing Mark Patterson from Sheffield United.

Heath had wanted an experienced midfielder and the fans had wanted a player to come in to replace John Deary who had somewhat surprisingly been sold during the 1994/95 season. Patterson was definitely an experienced player. Having started his career with our local rivals Blackburn and played over a hundred league games for them, he’d gone on to make almost 450 league appearances for six clubs, those other clubs being Preston, Bury, Bolton and Sheffield United with four appearances during a loan at Southend.

New signing Mark Patterson

He’d worked with Heath in the previous season when the Burnley manager was Howard Kendall’s assistant at Sheffield United and he looked an astute signing other than the fact that, being Darwen born, he was very much a Blackburn fan although he said on completing the move that he was looking forward to pulling on the claret and blue shirt.

Just a few days earlier, Heath reported that he was hoping to bring in an experienced goalkeeper to challenge Marlon Beresford. It was now believed that was Bobby Mimms who was at Preston but available on a free transfer.

Mimms was another player well known to Heath, and his assistant Colin Harvey, having been at Everton for three years between 1985 and 1988. Like Patterson, he’d played for Blackburn and was the signing that kicked off the Jack Walker era at Ewood. With England under-20 goalkeeper David Lucas and Teuvo Moilanen both at Deepdale, Mimms was now considered surplus to requirements.

Rotherham were also interested in him. He’d just missed out on the manager’s job there with Ronnie Moore having replaced Danny Bergara but now Moore was hoping to bring the 33-year-old in as a goalkeeper.

There was some big news with the addition of what could only be described as a prestigious friendly to be played at home following the games in Northern Ireland. We’d been able to arrange a game against the Sao Paulo League Champions Gremio of Brazil on Thursday, 31st July.

What an opportunity for the Burnley fans to see the side who two years earlier had only been denied the World Club Championship on penalties against Ajax having won it once previously in 1983 when they beat Hamburg.

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