From the crisp Lancashire air at Turf Moor to the distant arenas across the country, Burnley Football Club wrote a tale in the 2022-23 season that the Clarets’ faithful will recount for generations.
Setting the Scene:
The 2022–23 campaign marked Burnley’s 141st season, a significant one as they found themselves plying their trade in the Championship, having bid farewell to the Premier League the season prior. It was the club's first stint in the second tier since the 2015–16 season. Not just content with making numbers in the league, the Clarets also showcased their intent in the domestic cups, namely the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.
April 7, 2023, is a date etched in Burnley's illustrious history. On a chilly afternoon at Middlesbrough, the Clarets clinched a hard-fought 2-1 victory, ensuring their Premier League status with a staggering seven games to spare - a feat no Championship side had achieved before. But Burnley wasn't done setting records.
10 on the Trot!
The season witnessed Burnley hitting the gas with full force, winning 10 consecutive league games, drawing level with the Championship's all-time record. Every victory was a testament to the team's resilience, skill, and unmatched determination.
Lancashire Derby Seals the Title:
If the story wasn't already poetic enough, on April 25th, Burnley penned the perfect ending. In a fiercely contested Lancashire derby against arch-rivals Blackburn Rovers, a solitary goal proved the difference, gifting Burnley the Championship title. As the final whistle echoed at Ewood Park, Burnley were not just winners of a match, but champions of a league.
The 2022-23 season will be remembered not just as a year of return but one of dominance. Burnley's triumphant march back to the Premier League wasn't merely a promotion; it was a statement. And as they prepare for top-flight action next season, one thing is clear: Burnley are back, and they mean business.