The Clarets Trust appoints youngest Chairperson in history


The Clarets Trust are delighted to announce the election of George Poole as the new Chairperson of the Trust, subject to ratification at next month’s AGM. The appointment will see George fill the role previously filled by the late, Peter Pike, following his sad passing at the end of last year. 

George becomes the youngest Chairperson in Clarets Trust history, which dates back to September 2004. At 21 years of age, he brings fresh enthusiasm and vigour to the Clarets Trust, and we look forward to what the future brings. 

An alumnus of Clitheroe Royal Grammar Sixth Form – just like Barry Kilby – George now studies at the University of Bath, but has retained his season ticket and gets up North to all the games he can do. Rather than us write on and on about him though, why don’t we let George introduce himself? 

Please welcome the new Chairperson of the Clarets Trust. 

Introducing George Poole

The first words that my Dad ever said to me were “up the Clarets,” just seconds after I had been born – I didn’t have much choice but to follow Burnley for the rest of my life after that! With a Bertie Bee teddy in my arms, I would hightail out of Blackburn Hospital and not look back. After a childhood spent attending school with dozens of Blackburn fans, the 9th  March 2014 would be a special day indeed (thank you Danny Ings). My little legs first walked – well, got carried – into Turf Moor when I was just six months old, and they’re still quite little to this day.

Brought up claret and blue.

Over the years, I have scored at cricket games, waited on at wedding venues and served chicken at KFC, all in a bid to fund my ventures up and down the country following our beloved Clarets. Those KFC hours would pick up drastically in 2018 as I scraped enough money together to fly across Europe following our heroes. From a tortuous drive up to Aberdeen to guiding Rocky around Istanbul on the metro, to sleeping overnight on a bench in Corfu on my way to Athens (tight budget…) – it was the adventure of a lifetime. 

More recently, getting to home games has been as much of a challenge, having studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath since 2019. It is safe to say I have become acquainted with the Megabus route from Bristol to Manchester, as I try and make my way up North for every home game. 

In my spare time I am a panellist on the No Nay Never Podcast, which is your audio home for all things claret and blue, and I try to get to as many festivals and gigs as I feasibly can! Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, DMAs and Blossoms are three of my favourite artists. 

It is a true honour to become Chairperson of the Clarets Trust and I can’t wait to see how far we can take the Trust in the future. We are Fans Representing Fans at Burnley FC, and I am looking forward to ushering in a new generation of Burnley fans with the Clarets Trust. The legacy that Peter [Pike] has left on our local community is immeasurable and it is up to us to continue what he started!

It is the young generations who will drive the Trust into the coming decades and ensure that our great football club goes from strength to strength as the years go by. Feel free to contact me anytime on Twitter @GeorgePuddle, or via email on


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