Deon Burton

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Deon Burton
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Personal information
Full name Deon John Burton
Date of birth (1976-10-25) 25 October 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Reading, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Portsmouth 62 (10)
1996–1997 Cardiff City (loan) 5 (2)
1997–2002 Derby County 125 (25)
1998 Barnsley (loan) 3 (0)
2002 Stoke City (loan) 12 (2)
2002 Portsmouth (loan) 6 (3)
2002–2004 Portsmouth 10 (1)
2003 Walsall (loan) 3 (0)
2003 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (1)
2004–2005 Brentford 40 (10)
2005–2006 Rotherham United 24 (12)
2006–2009 Sheffield Wednesday 124 (27)
2008–2009 Charlton Athletic (loan) 7 (1)
2009–2010 Charlton Athletic 51 (17)
2010–2012 Gabala 50 (15)
2012–2013 Gillingham 40 (12)
2013– Scunthorpe United 29 (6)
National team
1997–2009 Jamaica 59 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:36, 6 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Deon John Burton (born 25 October 1976) is an English-born Jamaican footballer who plays for Scunthorpe United as a striker in the 2013–14 season.

Football career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Reading, England, Burton began his professional career with Portsmouth, with whom he made his debut in the 1993–94 league season, playing in two games. Burton would play intermittently for Portsmouth over the next three seasons and scored the goal that kept the club in the First Division in a 1–0 final day win against Huddersfield Town in May 1996.[1]

In 1997, former Portsmouth manager Jim Smith signed Burton for Premier League club Derby County in a £1m move.[2]

Derby County, return to Portsmouth and loans[edit]

Burton would again struggle to establish a starting role at Derby, playing intermittently there with loans at other clubs including Stoke in February 2002,[3] and a second spell at Portsmouth, which began in August 2002.[4] He returned to Derby in September having broken a bone in his foot,[5] but later signed for Portsmouth in December 2002 for a fee rising to £250k and Portsmouth were promoted at the end of the season.[2] Burton stayed shortly at Portsmouth, but, unable to establish a starting role, was loaned to Walsall and Swindon Town, where he scored once against Wycombe Wanderers.[6] In July 2004 he signed for Brentford,[7] playing for them in the 2004–05 campaign and helping the club to the League One play-off semi-finals against Sheffield Wednesday as their top scorer.

Rotherham United[edit]

In July 2005 he joined Rotherham United on a free transfer, signing a contract for two years.[8] After scoring 14 goals in the first half of the season, including a hat trick in a 4–0 victory against Blackpool,[9] Burton put in a transfer request in December 2005.[10]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday bought Deon Burton from Rotherham United in January 2006 for a fee of £110k.[11] This caused much controversy amongst the Rotherham public, as Burton was alleged to have trained with Sheffield Wednesday before the transfer window opened.[citation needed] He had also failed to turn up at the Yorkshire derby between Rotherham and Doncaster Rovers on New Year's Eve.[12] He then told local radio his young children were suffering from a virus which he caught, leading to him missing games and training for the Millers.[citation needed] He scored his first goal for the Owls in March 2006 against QPR.[13]

He went on to play a crucial part in Sheffield Wednesday's Championship survival and returned to play against his old club Derby County on the final day of the 2005–06 season, captaining the Wednesday side to a 2–0 victory with another former Ram, Marcus Tudgay, scoring the first goal.

His good form for Wednesday led to a recall to the international stage. Named as a standby for the friendlies against Ghana and England, he was eventually called up as a replacement for Watford striker Marlon King who was sent home for a breach of discipline.[14] Burton made a second-half appearance as substitute in the 6–0 defeat to England.

Despite only scoring one goal with four months of the 2006–07 campaign gone, Burton's second half of season form was excellent. He scored twelve more goals, making him the club's joint top scorer for the season, alongside Steve MacLean.

Deon reached a milestone 100 career goals at club level on Boxing day 2007, scoring a penalty against Burnley at Turf Moor. On the last day of the season against Norwich, with Wednesday needing a win to guarantee survival, Burton cancelled out Darren Huckerby's opening goal with a penalty, before scoring his second, and Wednesday's third, later in the game, which was won 4–1 by Wednesday.[15] These two goals brought Deon's tally for the season to nine goals in all competitions, again making him the club's top scorer for the 2007–08 season. Burton scored his first goal of the 2008–09 season on 25 November 2008, in Wednesday's 0–2 away win at Blackpool.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Burton joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on loan on 27 November 2008 with a view to a permanent move, Wednesday manager Brian Laws citing Burton's poor start to the 2008–09 season for the move as well as not being able to give the player assurances over his long term future at Hillsborough.[16] On 2 January 2009, Burton was named as a permanent Charlton player, joining the club on a free transfer.[17]

Gabala[edit]

In 2010, Burton joined Azerbaijan Premier League outfit Gabala under the management of Tony Adams.[18] After 2 years and 15 goals in the 50 league games, Burton left Gabala at the end of the 2011–12 season.[19]

Gillingham[edit]

On 7 August 2012, Burton signed a one-year deal at League Two Gillingham, turning down the offer of a deal at an unnamed League One side.[20] He made his debut for Gillingham on 18 August 2012 in 3–1 win over Bradford City.[21] He scored his first goal for the club on 25 August in a 2–1 win away to Dagenham & Redbridge.[22] Burton was not offered an extension to his contract and left the club.[23]

International[edit]

Burton made his debut for the Jamaica national football team on 7 September 1997 in the latter stages of their World Cup qualifying campaign. He finished with four goals from five games, an exploit which won him Jamaica's Sportsman of the Year Award for almost single-handedly getting the country to the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals. However he failed to score in France.[24] He also appeared in each of Jamaica's games as they finished fourth in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup but he failed to score.[25] He was also in the squad that failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup and was again included on the roster for the 2000 Gold Cup.[26]

He was included in the qualifying squad for the 2003 Gold Cup, making substitute appearances[27] but was dropped from the squad after qualification.[28]

Burton had to wait three years for his next international involvement – coming against the country of his birth England. Good form for Sheffield Wednesday meant that he was recalled for a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago on 27 March 2008.[29] He came on as a second half substitute for Marlon King in a 2–2 draw, earning his 50th cap.[30] He kept his place in the squad for the next friendly game against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 3 June, again coming off the bench for King in the second half, to score his side's fourth goal a minute later and also to cross for Ricardo Gardner to score the fifth and final goal in the 87th minute of a 5–1 victory.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[32]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 1993–94 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1994–95 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
1995–96 32 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 7
1996–97 21 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 24 4
Total 62 10 2 1 3 2 0 0 67 13
Cardiff City (loan) 1996–97 Third Division 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Total 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Derby County 1997–98 Premier League 29 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 3
1998–99 21 9 5 3 1 0 0 0 27 12
1999–2000 19 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 4
2000–01 32 5 2 0 3 1 0 0 37 6
2001–02 17 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 19 3
2002–03 First Division 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Total 125 25 10 3 8 3 0 0 143 31
Barnsley (loan) 1998–99 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stoke City (loan) 2001–02 Second Division 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 15 4
Total 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 15 4
Portsmouth 2002–03 First Division 15 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 4
2003–04 Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 16 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 4
Walsall (loan) 2003–04 First Division 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2003–04 First Division 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Brentford 2004–05 League One 42 10 7 0 1 0 0 0 50 10
Total 42 10 7 0 1 0 0 0 50 10
Rotherham United 2005–06 League One 24 12 1 1 2 1 0 0 27 14
Total 24 12 1 1 2 1 0 0 27 14
Sheffield Wednesday 2005–06 Championship 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 4
2006–07 42 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 44 13
2007–08 40 7 2 0 3 2 0 0 45 9
2008–09 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 1
Total 116 25 4 0 4 2 0 0 124 27
Charlton Athletic 2008–09 Championship 20 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 23 5
2009–10 League One 35 13 1 0 1 0 1 0 38 13
Total 55 18 4 0 1 0 1 0 61 18
Gabala 2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League 28 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 9
2011–12 22 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 6
Total 50 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 55 15
Gillingham 2012–13 League Two 40 12 0 0 2 1 0 0 42 13
Total 40 12 0 0 2 1 0 0 42 13
Scunthorpe United 2013–14 League Two 29 6 2 0 1 0 1 0 33 6
Total 29 6 2 0 1 0 1 0 33 6
Career total 586 142 37 6 22 9 2 0 647 157
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ten Best Final Day Dramas". The Independent. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Pompey snap up Burton". BBC Sport. 11 December 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stoke in double swoop". BBC Sport. 22 February 2002. Archived from the original on 23 February 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Burton re-joins Pompey". BBC Sport. 9 August 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Burton back at Derby". BBC Sport. 9 September 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swindon 2–0 Wycombe". BBC. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Brentford sign Burton". BBC Sport. 16 July 2004. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Burton makes switch to Rotherham". BBC Sport. 11 July 2005. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rotherham 4–0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rotherham agree to Burton request". BBC Sport. 30 December 2005. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Owls in double swoop for strikers". BBC Sport. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "BURTON BLASTED; Rotherham 1 Doncaster 0". The Mirror. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Smith, Gary (13 March 2006). "Jamaica’s Burton scores first goal for Sheffield Wednesday". Caribbean Net News. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Scott, Matt (2 June 2006). "King quits Jamaica in dispute over towels, payments and curfews". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sheff Wed 4–1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Slusarski in, Burton out at Owls". BBC Sport. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Burton completes Charlton move". Sheffield Wednesday. Retrieved 2 January 2009. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Former Derby and Charlton striker Deon Burton joins Tony Adams in Azerbaijan". Daily Mail. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Five more players leave Gabala". Gabala FC. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Gills sign Deon Burton". Gillingham F.C. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Gillingham 3–1 Bradford" BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  22. ^ "Dag and Red 1–2 Gillingham" BBC Sport. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ "Deon Burton". Retrieved 6 May 2007. 
  25. ^ "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 – Full Details". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  26. ^ "Gold Cup 2000 to feature a constellation of world class players". CONCACAF. 11 January 2001. Archived from the original on 21 February 2005. 
  27. ^ "Caribbean Qualifying for Gold Cup 2003". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  28. ^ "Depleted Jamaica off to Venezuela". 1 April 2003. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  29. ^ "Burton gets Boyz recall". JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM. Retrieved 27 March 2008. 
  30. ^ Owls' Burton gets a rest cure – Sheffield Wednesday[dead link][unreliable source?]
  31. ^ "Reggae Boyz Whips St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5–1". 3 June 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  32. ^ "Deon Burton Career Stats" Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 September 2012.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
James Beckford
Jamaica Sportsman of the year
1997
Succeeded by
Courtney Walsh