The Burnley Football Club started as a rugby club. In 1882, the Burnley Rovers changed codes and became Burnley Football Club. They moved in Turf Moor afterward, at the invitation of the town’s cricket club which is currently situated right next to the stadium.
The FA Cup campaigns opened new ways to organized football in 1888 with the foundation of the football League. The Burnley Football Club gained first honour in the Second Division title in 1897-98 since then the club improved their performance and was reflected in an FA Cup in 1914. This happened months after the outbreak of the Great War. Even with the war, the Clarets continued to excel and made their mark on the domestic game in the 1920-21 season. The team enjoyed a remarkable 30 league matches as they let the whole football club to an inaugural First Division title as they come runners-up the in the previous season.
The first post-war league season saw Burnley with the claret and blue, firing on all cylinders. The team achieved promotions back to Division One and has reached the FA Cup finally with a score 0-1 to the Charlton Athletic. In the 1950’s the team was established as a leading Division One side.
The club came close to the double in 1962, they finished the game as runners-up to Ipswich Town in the league and lost 1-3 to Spurs in the FA Cup. Burnley continued to exude fear in all other teams for the rest of the decade, they enjoyed two European campaigns. However, it was cut-off after the team was relegated to Division Two. Burnley won the Second Division championship, the following year they finished 6th in the Division One and reached the FA Cup semi-final.
In 1975, the team had high hopes that were encouraged by the introduction of a smart new strip. This was represented with a bold V with gold lettering, however, this were all shattered when Burnley was relegated in 1976, by this time they reach almost terminal decline.
After the team went down they still managed to rebuilt and they climbed back up the ladder after the new millennium arrived, Burnley was then back in the second tier. In the years 2008-2009 Burnley won over Chelsea and Arsenal in the Carling Cup right before Spurs stripped them out in the semi-final.
Burnley also reached the 5th round of the FA Cup and gained the 5th place that qualified them for the playoffs.
Currently, in 2014, the team was promoted back into the Premier League but found the competition to be too hard and stiff and that’s the reason they went back down right away. In the 2015-2016 the team went back up and this time they made sure they stood up as winners of the Championship.