Welcome to Turf Moor for today’s game against Tottenham Hotspur. It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the players, staff, managers and supporters of Spurs who join us today.

This will be the second weekend in a row that we host a team from the capital and it will actually be our fourth consecutive Premier League game against a London-based club.

The thrilling 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace here last weekend brought us to five points and no losses during that streak, which also included a 3-1 win over Brentford and a 1-1 draw at Chelsea . It’s great to see the team rack up a series of positive results that our performances have deserved. Hopefully Sean and the squad can keep our good form against the London teams this afternoon.

Although we are currently 18th, I don’t think the table tells the whole story with just one Premier League loss – against champions Manchester City – in Seven. Football can sometimes be a game with thin margins and one. little luck that could have turned a few draws into wins would put us in a very different position. But I think anyone watching the team recognizes the high performance levels and it’s great to see the fans continue to go out of their way to support them.

It will undoubtedly be a tough test against a quality full Spurs side and with a new manager in Antonio Conte. Although we were disappointed to lose 1-0 in the Carabao Cup to them, the game was another close affair so I’m sure they won’t take anything for granted.

Away from the action on the pitch, I also wanted to recognize that today is our rendezvous dedicated to rainbow laces, highlighting our “One Club for All” philosophy committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in the modern game.

Since arriving at Burnley Football Club we have tried to live by the ‘One Club for All’ message, whether that is investing in Burnley FC Women or ensuring the club takes steps to ensure greater representation. both within the club but also by being a welcoming space for all the fans.

Burnley Football Club supports “Respect” for the match day and opposes any discrimination in football or in society. We are supporting today’s Rainbow Laces game with a joint video post from the captains of our men’s, women’s and U23 teams and we stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ + community in sport and around the world. Hope you enjoy the game today and good luck to Sean and the team.

High burgundy!

Alan @AlanPaceBFC


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