Glen Little's time at Burnley was
filled with highs and lows, a player
with immense ability could turn in
match winning performances or
not turn up at all, but most Clarets
supports would agree that he was
the best of his era
at Turf Moor.
A young Glen Little started off life at
Crystal Palace but he failed to break
into the first team. He then moved on
to Irish Premier League team Glentoran
on loan, which was the made perminant
by the then manager and ex Claret
Tommy Cassidy, when he was released by Palace.
While at Glentoran, Little gained the status of cult hero, winning the
Player of the Year a the club in his first season. He even managed to
score a memorable goal to win the 1996 Irish Cup.
In 1996 he moved from Glentoran to Burnley with a number of clubs
watching on enviously, with a little help from Tommy Cassidy.
'Glenda' as he became known was a key player in the Burnley side
for many years, despite being frozen out during Chris Waddle's spell
as the Clarets' manager. Waddle's assistant, Glenn Roeder
famously commented that Little 'wasn't fit to lace Waddle's boots'.
After Stan Ternent's arrival at Turf Moor, Little became a fixture in
the right-wing slot, linking up especially well with full-back Dean
West. In Burnley's 1999-2000 Division Two promotion season, Little
scored a memorable goal at home to Bristol Rovers. He also
famously helped Burnley beat Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in
2002 after a magnificent, game turning performance when brought
on as a substitute.
In September 2003 he moved to Bolton Wanderers on loan in a deal
which involved Delroy Facey and Gareth Farrelly moving to Burnley.
Little made his Premiership debut for the Trotters against
Wolverhampton Wanderers and set up the equalising goal for Kevin
Davies but his time with Sam Allardyce team was brief.
Little moved to Reading in the summer of 2004 on a Bosman free
transfer, having previously had a loan spell at the club in 2003.
Unusually for a player of his height, he is known for his running at
defenders and crossing ability. Little's talents were widely regarded
as one of the main reasons behind Reading's promotion to the
Premier League at the end of the 2005-06 season.
Glen Little currently plays for FA Cup Winner's Portsmouth.
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