Farrell is back at the Turf

Last updated : 23 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

We already have Big Vince Overson and Gerry Harrison working as Regional Managers and now Andy Farrell is set to join in a similar capacity. Andy, who is an A licence coach, will be involved in coaching at schools and at the leisure centre.

Andy, despite the southern accent, is a Claret though and through and has been since he joined the club fifteen years ago. He was one of the players brought in by Brian Miller in the aftermath of the Orient game and was signed from his home town club Colchester United for the sum of £5,000.

I think it is fair to say that he repaid that fee time and time again in a career that in effect lasted seven years. His last first team appearance was as a substitute in the 1993/94 Play Off Final against Stockport when he replaced the injured John Francis. This was a far cry from his debut, against his previous club Colchester, that ended in a 3-0 home defeat.

He played in virtually every position for the Clarets, including goal on one occasion, and holds two Burnley records. He was the first Burnley player to score twice in a game having come on as a sub, against Carlisle in March 1991, and in that last appearance became the first and only Burnley player to twice represent the club as a player at Wembley.

He played 257 league games for Burnley and only twenty players have bettered that in post war football for Burnley, including current captain Steve Davis.

After Wembley though he was never given the opportunity to play in the First Division for us and in September 1994 was sold to Wigan Athletic for £20,000 and he captained Wigan at the same time as his namesake captained the town's rugby league side.

From there it was Rochdale before moving into non-league in 1999 with Morecambe and then Leigh RMI where he plays alongside current community staff Gerry Harrison and Dino Maamria.