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Graham White was Colne Dynamoes’ millionaire chairman-manager in the 1980sFA Cup fourth qualifying roundGateshead v Colne Date: Saturday, 19 October Coverage: Potters Bar Town v Barnet live on the Red Button, BBC Sport website and iPlayer from 12:30 BST on 19 October.”If things had gone differently, it could be the Dynamoes where Burnley are now,” says Colne FC chairman Ryan Haigh.In the east Lancashire town of Colne, just eight miles from Burnley, they still remember the extraordinary adventures of a non-league club with huge ambitions and – for a while – the finance to match. They won the FA Vase at Wembley, they signed a European Cup winner to play at left-back, and at one stage, threatened to match their illustrious neighbours from Turf Moor.And then, in 1990, Colne Dynamoes suddenly folded.This is the story of a club who tried to redraw east Lancashire’s football map, who caused a town with a population of just 20,000 to dream of hosting a Football League club.But it is also a tale of the new team that grew in their place. On Saturday, Colne FC travel to Gateshead attempting to achieve for the first time something the Dynamoes never managed, by reaching the FA Cup first round. ‘I didn’t know where Colne was’
Alan Kennedy scored the winner in the European Cup final for Liverpool in 1981 – how did he end up playing in Colne?Colne FC currently sit 16th in the Northern Premier League North West Division, the eighth tier of the English football pyramid. Neighbours Burnley are seventh in the Premier League.In 1990, the gap between the two towns’ football clubs was much smaller. Colne Dynamoes had just won the Northern Premier League – then the sixth tier – by 26 points. Burnley had finished 16th in the old Fourth Division, now League Two.Graham White, Colne’s ambitious millionaire chairman-manager, had even tried to buy Burnley in 1989. White, nicknamed ‘Chalky’, had founded the Dynamoes in 1963 as a team for
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