ACCRINGTON-born cricket ace David Lloyd said the commentary box banter got him through Burnley’s charge to the Premiership on Monday.
Wade Elliott’s wonder goal sealed the Clarets a return to the top flight against Sheffield United at Wembley in the clash billed the "£60m match" with thousands of Clarets fans travelling from Accrington on 21 coaches organised by Accrington Clarets.
And Sky commentator Lloyd, although first and foremost an Accrington Stanley fan, said it had been tense in the box as he commentated on England’s One-Day Series against the West Indies during the play-off weekend.
"The banter has been flying round. Beefy (Ian Botham), obviously a Scunthorpe fan after playing for them, just started screaming in the middle of Scunthorpe’s League One play-off game against Millwall even though there was cricket going on in front of him. Everyone wondered what was going on!
"And we had a feed to the Burnley game in the studio on Monday so I was glued to that and jumped up and down when Burnley scored. I am an Accrington fan first and then Burnley and it’s superb for them.
"I played for the Burnley A and B team in the early 1960s when Jimmy McIlroy was there but my heart was never in it even though I love watching football.
"The Premiership, though, is where Burnley belong and there are some great derbies for them - not just Blackburn but Bolton, Manchester United and City and Wigan as well.
"And that means the banter will continue into the new season.
"Dominic Cork is a massive Stoke City fan. He texts you every time they get a corner, never mind a goal, and you think "go away" but he is mad about them.
"And Nasser Hussain is a Leeds fan when they are doing well and then an Arsenal fan on another day!
"But the romance for Burnley is that they do as well as Stoke - and stay up.
"It means such a lot to the town and the football club - imagine those players who are now going to play at Turf Moor.
"I bet Burnley was rocking on Monday and Tuesday night - I just wish I could have been there!"
Meanwhile Lloyd confirmed he is still in talks with multi millionaire Accrington-born businessman Ilyas Khan about the future of Accrington Stanley, with any takeover still to go through.