The changing Burnley Football Club
Come August, Burnley will once again be playing Premier League football, but a lot has changed at Turf Moor and at Gawthorpe since we last played a top flight game in May last year at Aston Villa.
Once that season was over, work started on the building of the new offices on Harry Potts Way, a first floor building attached to the existing building which houses the Bob Lord Stand hospitality rooms and Chairman’s Lounge.
The work was ready to allow supporters in for the start of the season with the staff moving into their new accommodation by November, but there’s much more to come in 2016 and beyond.
January of this year saw the closure of the oldest Turf Moor building which housed the lottery office, ticket office and club shop. Although part of that building came shortly after the building of the cricket field stand, the oldest part, the lottery office, was built in the mid-1960s as part of the Turf Moor Development Association under Jack Butterfield which had previously been in a hut on the other side of the ground.
The more recent section of the building replaced the old groundsman’s house on the corner which was 112 Brunshaw Road and was last occupied by Maurice Catlow in the early 1970s.
Work is currently progressing on a new ticket and retail facility which is expected to open ahead of the new season but there is much more work to be done in the other building work which is taking place a few miles from Turf Moor at our Gawthorpe training ground.
Much has been said of the poor facilities down there. Steve Cotterill condemned the building initially in 2004 and from then until 2010 the players changed at Turf Moor before making their way to Gawthorpe by car.
Changes sanctioned in 2010 forced the youth team out of the place and, in what I considered a ridiculous decision, moved them to a base in the old gym behind the Longside with a ‘First Team Entrance’ sign going above the door at Gawthorpe. Since then, Arthur Bellamy’s bungalow has become the media suite from where you see Sean Dyche’s pre-match press conferences.
That will all change over the next year. The first work done was to create some new pitches but the bulk of the £10 million plus project is now well underway with a new building to replace the old one, a new indoor training area that will allow us to apply for category two status within the Elite Professional Performance Plan (EPPP), more pitches including a Desso Grassmaster, which will replicate the Turf Moor pitch, and floodlighting for the current first team pitch. It’s a big project with the first team squad expected to move in for pre-season training ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Up the Clarets have tried to capture some of the work that has been, and is being, carried out in a series of photographs. These can be found within REDEVELOPMENT which can be found on the top menu. Once you’ve clicked on there, you will have the option to see photographs from each of the three developments.
We would like to thank those who have given us permission to use their photographs, particularly Andy Ashworth and message board members gawthorpe_view and MemphisKingBFC on the Gawthorpe section.
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