MANY Burnley fans must be wondering when the dream will end and they wake up to the harsh reality of breakfast.
A wonderful odyssey through the Championship play-offs ended with the Clarets claiming a place in the Premiership.
But with the new season in English’s football’s highest echelon now under way the good times just keep coming…
An historic first Premiership home game brought a 1-0 victory over reigning champions Manchester United.
And that was followed by another 1-0 win at Turf Moor over Everton on Sunday.
The victory over United was achieved on an ear-splitting night in the famous old stadium.
The "Turf" has seen many big nights but mainly when TV coverage was black and white. Last season’s Carling Cup run being the exception rather than the rule.
And a victory over United on Burnley’s home Premier League debut - after more than a generation in English football’s hinterland - ranks with the best of the big nights.
For this particularly passionate pack of Claret football fanatics beating Manchester United is as good as it gets.
Just ask Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher.
He explained: "I have had Clarets fans come up to me and say that after winning that game they do not care if we win another one this season.
"We have beaten them at Turf Moor and nobody thought that we were going to do it. It has been an inspiration to everyone who has been made redundant, everyone who has not got to the university they wanted and everyone who has lost their business. It shows that magical things can happen if you give it your best shot and I hope that the team can continue to inspire the town.
"We prepared well but what happens sometimes is that it is just not your night and it was not their night. But if anyone comes to Turf Moor and is not on full throttle then they will struggle. The win was wonderful for everyone."
Everton can vouch for that.
He added: "Something happens sometimes where you think it is a once in a lifetime but I have now had about six of those since I came back to Turf Moor with the play-offs and Wembley.
"I cannot say that we are a better side than Manchester United because they have multi-million pound players but on the night we were the better team."
The victory was a source of great pride and much enjoyment to thousands and will have been particularly special for Fletcher and manager Owen Coyle.
Fletcher was born in Bolton and has had Claret blood cursing through his veins since he was signed by the legendary chairman Bob Lord. A bustling centre forward for the club from 1969-79 – his love of the club has never wavered.
He has always lived just over the hill in Rossendale and has never had any desire to be anywhere else, even when his work in innovative stadium design and his spell as managing director at Coventry took him away from the Valley for most of the week. Rossendale is his home and Burnley is his club.
Coyle is cut from different cloth and grew up in the Glasgow Gorbals where an ability to stand your corner was as essential to existing as drawing breath.
He will be in a small minority from that particular parish who does not drink or smoke.
Coyle also grew up a Celtic fan and few should underestimate the pull that club has on former supporters now plying their trade elsewhere in the professional game.
It says a lot about Coyle’s commitment to the Claret cause that when the Bhoys came calling in the summer he was happy to refuse their approach.
But Fletcher was sure that would be his reply and is equally happy Coyle’s answer was thanks but no thanks.
The chief executive said: "It was not just a decision that was made overnight. Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood have supported the manager through thick and thin. From Sheffield Wednesday beating us 4-1 on the first match last season and then getting the money together for Chris Eagles. The manager has had people backing him and trying to look after his family and his children and he started to buy into the family values that are his own principles and a bit like mine. That is the reason that I turned down moves when I was playing. If the family are happy why go to the other side of the country where you can earn twice as much but the family are unhappy? Owen is a family man and non-drinker and non-smoker. We knew in our heart of hearts that he was going to see this project through and knew that he was not going to go to Celtic. We would love him to be here for a number of years and maybe some day he will go to Celtic and Burnley Football Club will help him to do that."
Fletcher would be one of the first to recognise that a win over Manchester United does not make a season.
But after the win over Everton no one should doubt that Burnley intend to hold unto their new status in the top tier that started badly with defeat at Stoke City.
Fletcher explained: "Stoke was a big disappointment for everyone but the good thing that we took away from that was that they were not a great side. We thought that if this team can finish in twelfth pace… as Owen described it there were a couple of mistakes and if we had not made those and Chris McCann had scored then it would have been different. We did not go into panic mode and we got Andre Bikey in."
Bikey made an impressive debut in the Manchester United game and looks like he will be a vital cog in Burnley’s bid to survive in the top flight.
The chief executive said: "Our game plan is to try to be in the top half of the bottom half of the table. We are sensible enough to know that there are three divisions in the Premier League. There are the teams who can play on a world stage such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. Then there is the mid-table guys like Aston Villa and Fulham and then there is the battle at the bottom of the table and the teams battling to stay up and stay out of those bottom three positions. Wolves and those guys. We hope to finish in the top half of the bottom and if we finish outside the bottom three then we will be happy."
And they will certainly be helped by Turf Moor faithful, who put down an impressive marker on the decibel scale in their first two games.
And Burnley fans no longer out to boos from a bank of away supporters in the David Fishwick stand.
Fletcher explained: "If we are to stay in this league it will be a combination of the players playing better than they believe themselves to be and the crowd making a lot of noise.
"We made a conscious decision that there will only be 2,500 away supporters at our home games and we banked on Burnley supporters filling the rest of the David Fishwick stand (cricket field end). Originally we were going to allocate that all to away supporters but we thought they might make enough noise to out-shut our fans. There is now 300 seats between the two sets of fans and it is costing us about £100,000 a match to do that but that little decibel of noise will be one of the edges that help us this season."
Perhaps the somewhat cramped facilities behind the scenes will also add a little edge and unsettle some of the Premier League’s prima donnas.
Fletcher explained: "The changing rooms are small but they are very clean and have been there for about 30 years and we are not going to turn them into a palace. Turf Moor is not one the finest stadiums in the country but we love it. It is our home and we do not give a monkeys."
However one thing that the Turf Moor hierarchy do give a "monkeys" about is the hospitality food and there will be a rapid return to the old ways.
The chief executive said: "We accept that we did not get everything right and there was complaints about the food. The usual fare was pie and chips and we started putting on curry this season but we are scrapping that and going back to what we were doing previously."
The food will be one of the old things at Turf Moor to remain in a Premiership season that is sure to bring many changes.
One change that has already happened is the belief that teams are in for an easy ride when they go to Turf Moor.
Six points from two games have seen to that.
Never mind Hartlepool now for Chelsea and Liverpool.