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Burnley and Rovers are separated by similarities

Thomas Pickles gives some background on We Are These People.

It was only when I left home that I really appreciated where I was from.

I wouldn’t call it homesickness but London’s big buildings, fast pace and sardine-tin public transport can get pretty tiring. And from a football perspective, the amount of Manchester United shirts in the south… Heck, I thought it was a cliche that there’re a lot of United fans in London. It’s not. There really is a lot. (‘Fans’ not ‘supporters’, they don’t actually do any real supporting.)

And so, being away from home only strengthened my love for it. And for Burnley FC.

I was raised a Claret and had a season ticket for ten years but it’s only since I’ve left that I’ve felt a fierce passion for my club. In a world of swelling football finance and a Premier League packed with prima-donnas, I’m drawn to my club like a moth to a lamp.

Perhaps it’s simply because Burnley Football Club is in our veins. We aren’t the kind of people to nip down to JD Sports and pick up the red or the blue of whichever team is top of the Premier League.

Being from Burnley and being a Burnley FC fan isn’t about that. It’s about the thick and the thin. It’s about riding the wave of the good times and swimming against the tide when needs be.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have that kind of commitment to a football club.

But we do.

And at no time is that loyalty and passion displayed more than during a derby game.

Especially our derby game. To the hustle and bustle of London, it might seem another planet but the East Lancashire derby is massive and there’re more than enough people nation and worldwide who recognise that.

It earns its magnitude through the simple fact that we’re so similar. Two towns of a similar population, with a similar history and with similar people of similar stock.

We’re separated by similarities.

That makes the derby fiercer. There’s more at stake because we can empathise with the loser.

So perhaps this film did stem from homesickness. It’s an ode to my football club and my home town.

I wanted to create a short film which celebrated the East Lancashire derby. Furthermore, I wanted to showcase our beautiful corner of the world and the people who’re born and bred here.

This is our home.

And we are these people.

No Nay Never’s derby day short film We Are These People launches here tomorrow at 9am. It will be shown on the big screen at the Turf at half time.

What does the derby mean to you? Comment below.

  1. Can’t wait to see the video.

    Thomas, you’re spot on here. I moved to Liverpool, and then London, and it’s one of those things that you don’t realise how big a part of your life it is until it’s taken away.

    Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Robinson
  2. ITS BRAGGING RIGHTS ,,,,, LOCAL PRIDE ,,, THAY GO ON ABOUT 34 YRS ,,,AS THAY ALLSO KNOW WE V ONLY PLAYED EACH OTHER 10 TIMES OR WAT EVER AN THAY V ONLY WON 3/4 WHILE THAY WERE SPENDING BIG THANKS TO ,,, BURNLEY HAVE WON AGAINST BLACKBURN ,,,,, END OF

    Posted 5 months ago by CLARETDOG
  3. WILL THAY GET IN THE PLAY OFFS ? IM FAIRLY SURE WE WILL ,,,,, OR BETTER ,,,,, IF WE WIN AN GET PROMOTION THAT WOULD KILL EM

    Posted 5 months ago by CLARETDOG
  4. After spending the last 7 month on the other side of the world I can easy say Burnley was the biggest thing I missed ! So much so I gained the name burnley cause of the love of the club an myngreat accent

    Posted 5 months ago by jonn
  5. Well said…spot on. Done all that! Can’t wait to see the film!

    Posted 5 months ago by Peter Lister
  6. Look forward to the film Thomas. What I miss as much as anything is the faces of the away fans on the old Longside when we scored and went mental. To put one over on Rovers would be the 2014 equivalent-still remember celebrating Micah Hyde’s equalizer in the Darwen End.

    Posted 5 months ago by Tim in Toronto
  7. The Claret of Burnley and the draw of the Turf. It’s why I’m writing this at 4.15am, it’s why I can’t sleep, it’s why I’m getting on a train in just over 4 hours time to complete a 600 mile round trip so that I can be at Burnley v Derby at 3pm today. I now live in West Sussex but Burnley is my home and Burnley is my club. UTC!

    Posted 5 months ago by RichG79
  8. great passion

    Posted 5 months ago by Graham Catlow
  9. Some similarities? Yes. Towns of similar population? No. That’s what makes us different. That’s what makes us burnley. That’s what makes us superior. Ps RIP tom finney. A great player and a great man.

    Posted 5 months ago by Tom finney
  10. i was a claret before i knew what it meant, what i remember is sat on my dad’s shoulders looking at a sea of flat caps a cloud of smoke and everybody knowing everybody. I also remember sat with a footballer on the bus with his shoes tied over his shoulder telling us what he thought about the upcoming match.can’t wait to see the video.

    Posted 5 months ago by Kathleen Butterworth
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