It’s really staggering when you think of clubs like Bournemouth, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Stoke, Watford and West Brom have so much money to spend in the transfer market this summer as the TV rights for the Premier League games around the world have simply sky-rocketed over the last year or two.
But it’s not just the money that makes a club a big club which can successfully attract some top players.
History of a club and crowd support are also factors and today the down to earth Burnley manager Sean Dyche – a much underrated manager – has today told some home truths about clubs.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche
Sean says some of the Burnley fans are saying they have at least as much money as Newcastle United (true since we have been down in the dungeon for the last season) and therefore they could at least go head-to-head with us for players.
That’s true to a certain extent, but all clubs were not created equal and whether people like it or not (most don’t), Newcastle United are a special club with some of the best support in world football.
That was evident last season when we broke the modern-day record for the English second division with a record home attendance of a phenomenal 51,108.
That was the highest since back in 1959 when there was standing at grounds and the attendances ta stadiums were a lot higher than they are today – for instance St. James Park took in around 64,000 capacity.
This is what Sean Dyche has been saying to the Burnley Express:
“Newcastle are coming up and we’re not going to catch them financially, they’ve got owner’s money, same with Brighton.”
“Brighton’s wage bill is above ours already – then you have got a smaller one in Huddersfield.”
“I believe their owners are wealthy but are running it steady, they want to run it more like a concern.”
“So two of the three coming up are going to be above us immediately financially.”
“A fan said to me ‘we’re the same as Newcastle now, because we get the same TV money’.”
“But they have got a fella behind them who is a billionaire, they have 50,000 home attendances and all their corporate and shirt sales.”
Burnley are a smaller club but famous nonetheless.
Back in the 1950s and 1960s they had a very good side in the then English first division and we remember north-east players like center-forward Ray Pointer – born in Cramlington – and right back John Angus – born in Amble – starring for them and both were English Internationals.
Well there’s a long look back in time.