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Our under-18s travel to bottom club Hull tomorrow afternoon with new head coach Tony Philliskirk waiting in the wings to take over the head coach role vacated earlier in the season by Danny Cadamarteri.

1819 burnley tony philliskirk 01 500x500The Sunderland born Philliskirk joined Burnley as a player for £80,000 in January 1994 and made a scoring debut in a 3-2 defeat at Plymouth. He netted a hat trick in a 5-0 home win against Barnet later that season but was jeered by his own fans when he came off the pitch late in the game.

Injuries reduced him to just 40 league games for us, in which he scored a total of nine goals before he moved to Cardiff for £50,000 on 6th December 1995, 23 years ago yesterday.

Having finished his playing career, he looked all set to become a referee but an offer from then manager Andy Ritchie saw him move to Oldham in a youth coaching role in 1998 and he was there until earlier this year, even acting as caretaker manager on a couple of occasions and giving James Tarkowski his Football League debut.

He started his new role today and said: “I’ve had my first meeting with the players and told them how much I am looking forward to working with them and helping them develop. Hopefully I can use the experience and knowledge gained over 30 plus years in football to try and impart that onto the players and improve them.”

He’s confirmed that he’ll take a back seat for tomorrow’s U18 Professional Development League game at Hull and for Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup tie against Oxford which means his first game in charge will not come until January.

We’ve slipped to fifth in the table but tomorrow take on a Hull side who are currently bottom of the northern group; they’ve won only one of their 15 games so far this season and that was a shock win against Nottingham Forest four weeks ago.

Our form hasn’t been too good recently with four defeats in the last five games that has seen us drop a couple of places in the league.

The away game against them last season ended in a 2-1 defeat with Jordan Cropper scoring our goal from the penalty spot although we have beaten them at home this season. That was a 3-1 win with goals from Matt George, Kai Smith and Terry Mupariwa.

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