Welcome to Turf Moor for today’s game against Brentford. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to the players, staff, managers and supporters of Brentford to our very first top game against each other.

First of all, I would like to congratulate Sean on his nine years as manager of Burnley FC today – no one can ignore the incredible work he has done with the club during this time, so thank you to him.

We host Brentford today, we’ve only met four times since the turn of the millennium, so it’s exciting to host a team we rarely play. We last played in the league in our promotion season in 2016. How far the two clubs have come since then.

I have been very impressed, as many certainly have been, with Brentford in their debut Premier League season and as a confident team they will undoubtedly present another major test to Sean and the players then that we are looking for our first Premier League Victory. However, I am confident in our team and I am sure the fans will be at their voices. It was a disappointing midweek result for Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, but today’s game offers a quick opportunity to move on as a club. It’s been a particularly hectic time with three games in one week, but I was happy to see that it gives one of our summer rookies, Connor Roberts, a chance to make his debut for the club.

Off the pitch, I was delighted to lend my support this week to the club’s partnership with Burnley College to become our first “Esports Academy”. We see the Esports fan base growing rapidly and we want to attract this young and inclusive audience. Promoting the Esports business through the College’s BTEC qualification and providing opportunities to students through the club’s Esports arm will hopefully foster a closer relationship with local students in our community.

Today is also a game of remembrance where we take the time to stop, remember and show our support and gratitude to the British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for us. Players will wear poppy-branded shirts which will be available for purchase at a live auction, with proceeds going to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Good luck to the team today and I hope you all enjoy the game.

High burgundy!

Alan @AlanPaceBFC


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