In pictures: Burnley back in the Premier League

The Clarets are back in the big time!

Once again, Premier League football will grace this wonderfully grounded Lancastrian outpost of the beautiful game, and for those seeking a topflight underdog to get behind this season there is no club more suited to that niche.

Simon Stacpoole: A man stands in the doorway to his claret-coloured home in Burnley.
Simon Stacpoole: A man stands in the doorway to his claret-coloured home in Burnley.

Everything about Burnley’s presence in the highest tier of English football feels enjoyably  grounded somehow.

Sean Dyche’s voice sounds like a bag of gravel being poured, the very name of their home stadium—Turf Moor—evokes earthiness, while there’s barely a syllable wasted amongst the names listed in their squad. Every possible team sheet combination reads like some dense thud of blunt Anglo-Saxon or another related Northern European tongue.

Gerry Cranham: Young Burnley fans from football's yesteryear.
Gerry Cranham: Young Burnley fans from football’s yesteryear.

There’s a little in the way of superfluous French-Latinate flair, aristocratic tones or anything that could possibly sound alien to some imagined, stereotypical hinterland of cold and wet hard-graft.

Yet their football isn’t dull or basic. In Danny Ings they have an exciting and talented striker able to create and finish off chances on his own accord while midfielder Scott Arfield has already got a goal in the Premier League. While Chelsea may have looked like they were going to runway with the game in their 3-1 win on the opening weekend at Turf Moor, but the Scot was able to snatch a consolation strike to get his team off the mark.

Gerry Cranham: Fans walk past the Footballers Arms Public House on their way to Turf Moor.
Gerry Cranham: Fans walk past the Footballers Arms Public House on their way to Turf Moor.

They will be a vivid and likeable side this season who could well surprise teams unable to boast the quality and Jose Mourinho-inspired focus of the Blues.

Simon Stacpoole: The pink Adidas boot of Diego Costa of Chelsea emerges onto the pitch.
Simon Stacpoole: The pink Adidas boot of Diego Costa of Chelsea emerges onto the pitch.

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Author: gregianjohnson

Football writer for The Blizzard, FourFourTwo, The Mirror, Squawka and VICE amongst others. Follow me on Twitter at @gregianjohnson.

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