Burnley Football Club was founded as Burnley Rovers in 1882, emerging from the ashes of the town's rugby union team. At the beginning of the 20th century, Burnley adopted their current claret and blue colours, inspired by Aston Villa, who were one of the most successful clubs from that era.
Throughout its history, the club has travelled up and down the various tiers of the Football League. Starting in 1976 they spent 33 successive seasons outside of English football's top flight, returning in 2009 after winning the Playoff Final. In 1961 Burnley had a relatively successful season of European football, reaching the quarter final stage of the European Cup and in 1967 they reached the same stage of the Inter-City Fairs Cup. At the end of the 1984-85 season the club was relegated to the fourth tier and two seasons later, the club was on the brink of relegation to semi-professional level, avoiding that fate on the last day of the season with a 2-1 win over Leyton Orient.
Burnley have twice been crowned the champions of English football, first in 1920-21 and then again in 1959-60. In addition, the club won the FA Cup in 1914, defeating Liverpool 1-0 in what was the last ever FA Cup final to be played at Crystal Palace.
Noteable former players include Jimmy McIlroy, widely considered the club's greatest ever player, Jerry Dawson, Robbie Blake, Ade Akinbiyi, Jay Rodriguez and Steven Fletcher. The team's record goal scorer is George Beel, who contributed 178 league goals.
The club have been played at Turf Moor since 1883, making it one of the oldest continuously used home grounds in England. The capacity of the ground is 22,546, although plans were recently announced to expand Turf Moor to a 28,000 capacity at some stage in the near future. Their record crowd came 90 years ago as 54775 supporters crammed into Turf Moor for the visit of Huddersfield Town Football Club in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.