EX-STANLEY defender Graham Branch said he was "over the moon" that Burnley had reached the Premiership.
"Graham El Branchio" is a cult hero after seven years at Turf Moor where he was a fans’ favourite.
He ended his professional playing career at Stanley in 2007 and has now retired from football and is a personal trainer in Liverpool.
And the 37-year-old was as delighted as anyone when Burnley beat Sheffield United at Wembley on Monday.
"I had spoke to the Beast (keeper Brian Jensen) a few weeks ago and I just had a feeling they were going to do it. They were just flying," said Branch.
"It’s brilliant for the likes of Wadey (Wade Elliot) and Duffo (Michael Duff) who were there when I was at Burnley. They deserve a chance at the Premiership.
"It is going to be tough and they will need to spend some money but I hope Owen Coyle sticks with the players who got them there and gives them a chance."
Branch admitted he only watched parts of the game as he completed his personal training course.
"I kept getting texts every five minutes from people who were at Wembley as I still have a lot of friends connected with the club," said Branch. "And I must admit when I saw the players walking out, I had a lump in my throat as I thought how great it would be to be one of them as the atmosphere seemed fantastic. But I have had my day.
"The fans were always really good to me at Turf Moor and to have 36,000 there for a town the size of Burnley shows what the club means to them.
"And I am delighted for chairman Barry Kilby who I always got on well with and I have only heard good things about Owen Coyle.
"People who have worked with him say what a good man manager he is and that he has got the respect of the players.
"And Skip (Steve Davis) is there too - it’s just brilliant for everyone connected with the club. Burnley in the Premiership - it sounds good!"
Branch has had to halt his own playing career after taking a kick in the face when playing for non league Colwyn Bay.
It damaged his eye and he has had two operations to put it right.
"I did run the risk of losing my sight but I now have 95 per cent vision which is a relief but when I look down I have double vision. I have to have a third operation soon."
But he could still be seen again in Claret and Blue - as he may play for Burnley in the Masters competition.