Burnley’s answer to Banksy pays tribute to their top gravelly-voiced gaffer – by spraying him on a pub wall
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola may be the most high-profile managers in the Premier League this season, but do they have their faces on the side of a pub? No, they do not. It’s advantage to Burnley boss Sean Dyche then, after the 45-year-old’s feats at Turf Moor were honoured by a huge mural of the manager’s noggin. Dyche has guided the club into the Premier League for a second time, and Burnley’s answer to Banksy knew how to mark it. Influenced by Barack Obama’s famous 2008 ‘Hope’ campaign poster, graffiti artist Paul Jones grabbed his spray paint and took to the streets. “I’d been looking around town for not only a large wall, but one where a lot of people would see it,” Jones tells FFT. “Luckily I found a derelict pub at the side of a dual carriageway that is on a primary route towards Turf Moor.” Jones runs the Graffia graphic design firm and, despite the size of the job, he completed the work alone in under 24 hours – although his trusty mate, Dan, was present to hold the ladder. “I started at midnight by priming the wall in preparation for the next day,” Jones explains. “Then, early on a fine Burnley Sunday morning, I drew the outline, before spraying the wall in one session. All that, and I was still done in time for a barbecue at home at 5pm! “The reaction has been out of this world. While I was doing it, onlookers beeped their horns, sang Burnley songs – some brought me tea and snacks!” Dyche himself is said to be impressed by the mural, and even the local council have made an exception to their zero-tolerance policy on graffiti for this one. “Luckily they love it and they’re looking to get more artwork around the town,” Jones says. “If Burnley ‘do a Leicester’, I’ll be back in action!” FFT waits to see who will become the Clarets’ Jamie Vardy. The flowing locks of George Boyd lend themselves to a good Che Guevara motif, we reckon.
"WHILE I WAS DOING IT, ONLOOKERS BEEPED HORNS, SUNG SONGS – SOME EVEN BROUGHT ME TEA AND SNACKS"