Without a doubt the tie of the round, no matter that Sky think Spurs v Arse and Stretford v Scunny rank higher. The return of St Owen Coyle to the club he took to heights unimagined before moving ‘sideways’, risking and getting bitterness unparalleled since Churchill told Parliament to keep an eye on that little Austrian bloke as ‘it may get nasty’.
Expect more cries of Judas than you can hope to find in the New Testament, more fake money, with St Owen’s face on it, than you could hope to find in a warehouse full of Monopoly boards (note:it had nothing to do with money) and faces screwed up with some much hate and bile that Burnley market would appear to be out of lemons.
And that’s just the boardroom.
‘I won`t hide.’ St Owen Coyle confirms that he is a man of honour.
‘I expect there will be a fair bit of criticism, or whatever they call it. But ultimately, as you`ll know as kids growing up, they can only call you a name once. Once you`ve been called it, you`ve been called it. If the fans want to come along in that vein and voice their disapproval then that`s up to them. I`m under no illusions about how difficult the game and the night will be.’ St Owen Coyle confirms that he is man of honour and that sticks and stones etc…
‘We are asking supporters for their co-operation in this matter. Policing and stewarding will be at an appropriate level for the event.‘ Lancashire Police confirm that they will be in for a busy night.
‘I fully expected to be going back there next year in the Premier League because I feel they are well-equipped to come straight back up.’ St Owen Coyle confirms that he is a man of honour with a sharp sense of humour.
‘Having just read some of the sycophantic claptrap spouted by Coyle about having to look at the ‘ bigger picture’ rather than continue to show loyalty to the club that gave him a chance to make his mark in the first place just makes me realise what a ‘tosser’ he really is. He should be booed till kingdom come for what he did to this club. Don’t let the weasel get away with it!’ turfmanphil returns!
Burnley Team News:
Credit where it’s due, Burnley apparently played well at Palace on Saturday and should have won. There is the expectation that Brian Laws will name an unchanged side, which looks suspiciously like the one that went down in May.
Player to watch: Chris Iwelumo
Probably unfairly treated at Wolves after shooting them into the Premier League and farmed out on loan to Bristol City due to his injuries, the Scottish international is probably playing at the level he is best at, which has been proved by his five goals in seven games, including a hat trick at home to Preston, another team that Burnley fans hate.
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
Jussi and Gary ‘Gaz’ Cahill are both suspended and have been joined in the sin bin by SuperKevinDaviesk, who has managed to pick up five yellow cards quicker than you can say ‘England International’.
The manager has stated that he will be making the changes for the game, with Stretford coming up on Saturday. Expect Ricketts and Knight to start together to give them more game time before Saturday and also because there is no one else left.
There is a rumour that Rita Moreno will be given some game time but if the game looks like it is slipping away from the team, expect some first team substitutions.
Player to watch: Robbie Blake
Following the manager’s selecting of the captain for the game at Southampton, St Owen will show what a fine and honourable man he is by giving Grandad a run out against a club where he is held in high regard for his more than sixty goals over six years and also for the winner against Stretford last season, a goal that has gone down in North Dingleshire folklore.
Grandad has said that he won’t celebrate if he scores a goal, which is only to be expected of someone who plays for Bolton. But by the time he scores we should be well on our way to the fourth round anyway.
Match Facts & Stats
It’s pretty much Even Stevens in the head to low forehead for this fixture, with Burnley just coming out on top with forty two wins to forty.
The last game between the two was the St Owen’s infamous third game in charge, which resulted in a 1-0 win the T’Wanderers, Leeee scoring the winning goal.
Bolton’s last game at Tuff Dour was also St Owen’s last home game in charge of Burnley, Matty Taylor superb free kick being cancelled out by David Nugent on Boxing Day last year.
Bolton’s last victory at Burnley was a 2-0 First Division game just before Christmas in the promotion winning season of 2000-01, Fat Boy Ricketts managing to get his feet from underneath him to score twice.
Bolton’s leading scorer is, like on Saturday, the great Joe Smith with eleven goals between 1914 and 1925.
Mark Clusterbum takes charge of his first Bolton game this season after presiding over Chelsea’s stroll in the park over Blackpool on Sunday.
His last Bolton game was the 0-0 home draw against Fulham last season, in which he produced not a card.
2-0. To Bolton. All Day Long.
The small matter of Manchester United and their hordes of law breaking seat standers come to the Reebok for the live lunchtime game on Sunday.