by Mick Cain
THE Vintage Clarets return for 2016 and kick off the season with another three fixtures against local teams.
And following the success of events at last years’ games, Kenanks UTD and Haslingden St Mary’s will once again line up against the Vintage Clarets in a bid to raise much needed funds for their various causes. At the time of writing, Kenanks UTD fixture will be played on 20th March, with a date yet to be confirmed for the Haslingden St Mary’s.
There will also be a return fixture for the extremely popular Mick Ennis, with another tribute match lined up for 1st May.
These fixtures will be welcomed by the Vintage Clarets squad as they prepare to defend their European crown at the annual tournament in Hamm on 12th May.
Please visit our fixtures page for more details as and when we get them.
Meanwhile former Clarets centre back Steve Davis has shown an interest in linking up with the Vintage Clarets.
Davis, who played a total of 389 games for Burnley over two spells between 1989 – 2003 and scored 47 goals, was a cultured defender who was liked and admired by all at Turf Moor.
Originally signed on loan by Frank Casper in 1989 from Southampton as a 21 year old, with Club captain at the time, Steve Davis out injured! They both played alongside each other in a home fixture against Grimsby.
The signing was made permanent in the summer of 1991 when Burnley paid £60,000 for Davis, who went on to form a formidable partnership with John Pender in the centre of defence.
Over Davis’ two spells at the club, he experienced 3 promotions and for 18 months was part of one of the best sides in the Championship as Burnley were playing some of their best football under then manager, Stan Ternent.
After hanging up his boots in 2005, Davis was brought back to the club as assistant to the chief scout, Cliff Roberts. That didn’t last long though and was soon appointed first team coach in 2006, replacing Mark Yates, before being appointed as assistant manager to Steve Cotterill in 2007 after Dave Kevan left.
Davis even took charge of the side on a caretaker basis when Cotterill left the club, presiding over a win away at Leicester, with many fans calling for him to be appointed as the new manager.
It wasn’t to be, and when the club appointed Owen Coyle, Davis reverted back to the role of first team coach until 2010.
Davis is now chief scout with Fleetwood Town and recently joined in a Vintage Clarets training session at the Elite Training Centre, Turf Moor, on 21st February. “My job takes up a lot of my time, but I will train with the boys and see what happens after that,” said 47-year-old Hexham-born Davis, who also played with Southampton, Notts County, Luton Town, Blackpool and York City.
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