Chris Burke (footballer)

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Chris Burke
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With Birmingham City in 2011 pre-season
Personal information
Full name Christopher Robert Burke
Date of birth (1983-12-02) 2 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 27
Youth career
1999–2000 Celtic Boys Club
2000–2002 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Rangers 96 (11)
2009–2011 Cardiff City 102 (15)
2011–2014 Birmingham City 131 (25)
2014– Nottingham Forest 8 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Scotland U21[1] 2 (0)
2009 Scotland B[2] 1 (0)
2006– Scotland 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:07, 23 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:07, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Christopher Robert "Chris" Burke (born 2 December 1983) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Nottingham Forest. He primarily plays as a right winger, but has also played on the left wing.

Burke began his career with Scottish Premier League club Rangers, playing in 131 games, but without establishing himself as a regular first team player. He then played 118 matches over two-and-a-half seasons at Championship club Cardiff City, followed by 155 matches over three seasons at the same level for Birmingham City. He has been capped by Scotland at full international level, and scored two goals on his Scotland debut, against Bulgaria in 2006. In addition to this, he has also appeared once for the Scotland B team, and twice for the Scotland under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Born in Glasgow, Burke is a product of Rangers' youth system but he had previously played for Celtic Boys Club; he joined Rangers on 5 July 2000.[3] He first broke into the Rangers first team in the 2001–02 season and scored on his début against Kilmarnock on 20 March 2002.[4] He became a regular player in the Rangers squad and was involved in the club's 2003–04 Champions League campaign. In the opening game of the 2004–05 season at Aberdeen, Burke fainted on the pitch[5] and was out of action for almost the whole season with a mysterious virus.[6]

However, he came back strongly and played in most Rangers games in 2005–06, including vital Champions League games against Internazionale, Porto, and Villarreal. Burke was injured against Celtic on 23 September 2006, damaging ligaments in his left shoulder in a challenge with Aiden McGeady. The injury required an operation and Burke was ruled out of action for an estimated three months.[7]

On 25 January 2007, Burke signed a new contract with Rangers keeping him at the club until 2009.[8] After being frozen out of the first team squad for the first half of the 2007–08 season, Burke returned to replace the then injured Nacho Novo and DaMarcus Beasley, keeping his place in the side until April 2008, when he was injured in a Scottish Cup match against St Johnstone.[9]

Cardiff City[edit]

Playing for Cardiff City, 2010

After making just two appearances for Rangers during the first half of the 2008–09 season, Burke left the club on 9 January to sign for Football League Championship side Cardiff City on a free transfer, linking up with former Rangers teammates Gavin Rae and Ross McCormack.[10][11] He made his debut on 17 January when he replaced Peter Whittingham after 45 minutes in a 1–1 draw with Birmingham City, and scored his first goal for the club on 21 April during a 2–2 draw with Charlton Athletic.[12]

On 16 September, Burke scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.[13] On 29 September he scored his second of the season in a 6–1 thrashing of Derby County at the Cardiff City Stadium. His goalscoring form continued, including winning goals in matches against Preston North End and Middlesbrough, and on 8 December he scored his fourth goal of the season in a 2–0 win over West Bromwich Albion,[14] making the 2009–10 season the highest goalscoring year of his career.

On 27 March 2010, Burke reached ten goals in all competitions with a goal against Crystal Palace, leading manager Dave Jones to describe him as being "an integral part of what we do".[15] On 23 May 2011, Burke left Cardiff City after failing to agree a new contract.

Birmingham City[edit]

Training with Birmingham City, 2011

On 8 June 2011, Burke signed a pre-contract agreement with fellow Championship club Birmingham City. He joined the club formally on a two-year deal on 1 July, having left Cardiff on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling.[16] He made his Birmingham debut on the opening day of the season in a 2–1 defeat to Derby County, and came close to equalising in the second half when his shot after a fine solo run beat the goalkeeper but rebounded back into play off the post.[17] Burke was part of the starting eleven in Birmingham's first match in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, which finished goalless.[18] He featured in 61 of the club's 62 competitive games as they reached the play-offs, scoring 14 goals and making 19 assists,[19] and won the club's Player of the Year award, as well as the Players' and Junior Blues' Player of the Year awards.[20]

At the end of the 2012–13 season, the club took up their option to extend Burke's contract for a further year.[21] He left the club when that contract expired.[22]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Burke signed a two-year deal with Championship club Nottingham Forest on 29 July 2014.[23] Burke scored on his debut, curling the second goal in from the edge of the box in the 30th minute of a 2-0 win over Blackpool in Forest's first game of the season,[24] and started Forest's first eight league games of the new season.[25]

International career[edit]

Burke won his first Scotland cap on 11 May 2006 as a substitute against Bulgaria in the Kirin Cup and scored twice in a 5–1 victory.[26]

After six years without international recognition, Burke was named in Gordon Strachan's first squad in January 2013. According to Strachan, "Chris was fantastic in the Europa League at a good level, he has a maturity about his play now. In the international set-up you need to be able to beat people by passing or eliminating people by going past them. He can certainly do the second part and is getting better at the first. International defences are so good, you need people like that."[27]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 May 2006 Kobe, Japan  Bulgaria 4–1 5–1 Kirin Cup
2. 11 May 2006 Kobe, Japan  Bulgaria 5–1 5–1 Kirin Cup

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 September 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2001–02[28] Scottish Premier League 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2002–03[29] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04[30] Scottish Premier League 20 3 1 0 2 1 3[a] 0 26 4
2004–05[31] Scottish Premier League 12 0 0 0 1 0 3[b] 0 16 0
2005–06[32] Scottish Premier League 27 3 2 0 0 0 6[a] 0 35 3
2006–07[33] Scottish Premier League 22 2 1 0 1 0 5[b] 0 29 2
2007–08[34] Scottish Premier League 11 2 5 2 3 0 2[b] 0 21 4
2008–09[35] Scottish Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 96 11 9 2 7 1 19 0 0 0 131 14
Cardiff City 2008–09[35] Championship 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
2009–10[36] Championship 44 9 3 1 2 0 3[c] 0 52 10
2010–11[37] Championship 44 5 2 0 2 0 2[c] 0 50 5
Total 102 15 7 1 4 0 0 0 5 0 118 16
Birmingham City 2011–12[38] Championship 46 13 4 0 1 0 8[d] 1 2[c] 0 61 14
2012–13[39] Championship 41 8 2 0 2 0 45 8
2013–14[40] Championship 44 4 2 2 3 0 49 6
Total 131 25 8 2 6 0 8 1 2 0 155 28
Nottingham Forest 2014–15[41] Championship 8 1 0 0 2 0 10 1
Career total 337 52 24 5 19 1 27 1 7 0 414 59
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Rangers

Scotland

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profiles: Christopher Burke: U21 Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Profiles: Christopher Burke: B Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Thomson, David (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  4. ^ "Rangers trounce Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 20 March 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Aberdeen 0–0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Virus rules out Burke". BBC Sport. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rangers reeling over Burke injury". BBC Sport. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Pearson, James (25 January 2007). "Burke pens Gers extension". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Future Looks Bright For Burke". Sportinglife.com (365 Media Group). 1 January 2008. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Phillips, Terry (9 January 2009). "Chris Burke signs for Cardiff City". Western Mail. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Burke sees Cardiff as fresh start". BBC Sport. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Charlton 2–2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Reading 0–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  14. ^ Shuttleworth, Peter (8 December 2009). "West Brom 0–2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Dave hails 'livewire' Burke". Cardiff City F.C. 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Blues bag Burke". Birmingham City F.C. 8 June 2011. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. 
  17. ^ Jolly, Richard (7 August 2011). "Derby 2 Birmingham 2: Rocket shot piles on misery for trouble-hit Birmingham". Daily Express. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  18. ^ Tattum, Colin (19 August 2011). "Nacional 0, Birmingham City 0". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "Birmingham Squad Stats – 2011/12". Soccernet. ESPN. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  20. ^ Tattum, Colin (1 May 2012). "Chris Burke cleans up at annual awards dinner at the ICC in Birmingham". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Championship: Birmingham extend Chris Burke's contract by 12 months". Sky Sports. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Farewell to Ziggy and Burke". Birmingham City F.C. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Chris Burke: Nottingham Forest sign ex-Birmingham winger". BBC Sport. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  24. ^ Phillips, Owen (9 August 2014). "Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Season statistics". Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "Scotland 5–1 Bulgaria". BBC Sport. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "Strachan names Wallace, Burke, McCormack in first Scotland squad". The Herald (Glasgow). 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Chris Burke in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Chris Burke in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 

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