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Clarets appeal to fans in Accrington

BURNLEY Football Club are appealing to fans in the Hyndburn area to get behind the cash-strapped club.

BURNLEY Football Club are appealing to fans in the Hyndburn area to get behind the cash-strapped club.

Former Government spin doctor Alistair Campbell and chief executive Dave Edmundson want any stay-away Clarets fans to come through the turnstile and help Burnley's fight to avoid going into administration.

The struggling First Division club are bracing themselves for a shortfall of between £500,000 and £700,000 when their projected income dries up at the end of next month and admit that administration is a possibility.

Lifelong Burnley fan and season-ticket holder Campbell, who quit as as Tony Blair's Press spokesman last year, has offered his help.

He said: "This football club means a lot to me. The club knows I will add any experience, suggestions or advice I can possibly give. I will be there for them. This football club is a vital part of the community and everybody will want to support Burnley during this critical time."

The Clarets are still reeling from the effects of the collapse of ITV Digital and a slump in season-ticket sales. Crowds have continued to dwindle as Stan Ternent's small squad has been drawn into a relegation battle with Burnley losing up to £12,000 a game on their anticipated gate.

"Administration is something the club might have to face, but we are taking action to avoid it. There is an escape route and we will do our best to find it," said Edmundson.

Edmundson has appealed to the club's supporters to return to Turf Moor and back the club's fund-raising initiatives.

"Every fan can be a hero by coming through the turnstiles. I am confident they will rally to our side and we will come through and prosper. This is not gloom and doom. There are clear skies and we will come through it. "


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