|Full name||John Burridge|
|Date of birth||3 December 1951|
|Place of birth||Workington, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|1971||→ Blackpool (loan)||3||(0)|
|1978||→ Southend United (loan)||6||(0)|
|1980–1982||Queens Park Rangers||39||(0)|
|1984||→ Derby County (loan)||6||(0)|
|1996||Queen of the South||6||(0)|
|1997||Blyth Spartans (player-manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
John Burridge (born 3 December 1951 in Workington, Cumberland) is an English former football goalkeeper who played for 29 different clubs in a career that lasted nearly 30 years. Overall, Burridge played 771 league games in the English and Scottish leagues, and several more at non-league level. Burridge (nicknamed Budgie), played for fifteen Football League teams, which is a still-existing record.
Burridge grew up in the Cumbrian mining village of Great Clifton. He began his professional career at his local club, Workington, signing-up at the age of 15. He played his first league game in 1969.
In 1971, he was transferred to Blackpool, initially on loan at the end of the 1970–71 season, then permanently for the start of 1971–72. It was with the Seasiders that he won his first honour: the Anglo-Italian Cup. Blackpool beat Bologna 2-1, after extra time, at the latter's Stadio Comunale on 12 June 1971. Burridge's performance earned him the praise of the normally highly-critical Italian fans.
In 1975 Burridge joined Aston Villa for £75,000. He was signed by Ron Saunders and spent two seasons at Villa Park, winning the League Cup Final with them, but eventually lost his place to Jimmy Rimmer. He had a short but successful loan spell at Southend United before joining Crystal Palace in 1977 signed by Terry Venables. After two and a half seasons at Palace, he joined London rivals Queens Park Rangers, again signed by Terry Venables. He was dropped in favour of Peter Hucker for the 1982 FA Cup Final.
In the summer of 1982, Burridge joined his seventh club, Wolverhampton, whom he helped gain promotion to the top flight as runners-up, only to be relegated the following season. He left Wolves in October 1984 to join Sheffield United signed by Ian Porterfield. He also had a loan spell at Derby signed by Arthur Cox, shortly before joining the Blades.
Burridge spent three seasons at Sheffield United before joining Southampton in 1987 signed by Chris Nicholl. Two years later, he moved to Newcastle United. After two years at Newcastle United, he moved north of the border to join Hibernian, where he won a Scottish League Cup winners' medal. After two years in Edinburgh, Burridge returned to Newcastle for a second spell at the club in 1993 signed by Kevin Keegan.
Despite being past 40, Burridge refused to hang up his gloves, and continued moving across the country for short spells at any club that requested his services. Between 1993 and 1997, Burridge played for no fewer than fourteen clubs. They were, in chronological order: Scarborough, Lincoln, Aberdeen, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Manchester City (with whom he became, at 43 years, 4 months and 26 days, the oldest player to appear in the Premier League. He also started three more games after this - his last appearance was for Manchester City v QPR on 14 May 1995), Notts County, Witton Albion, Darlington, Grimsby, Gateshead, Northampton, Queen of the South, Blyth Spartans, Scarborough once more. These spells usually lasted no more than one or two games as an emergency goalkeeper. He finished his playing career with a brief spell as player-manager at Blyth Spartans in 1997, following a similarly brief spell back at Newcastle United as goalkeeping coach.
Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame
Burridge was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006. Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Burridge is in the 1970s.
Managerial and coaching career
In his second spell with Blyth Spartans, Burridge was the club's player-manager. On 15 November 1997, he took Spartans to his first club, Blackpool, in the first round of the FA Cup. The hosts won 4-3.
Burridge 'discovered' Oman international goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi aged 16 in his first spell on the coaching staff of the Oman national football team and was instrumental in the player's transfer to Bolton Wanderers in January 2006. He has also coached English national goalkeepers Tim Flowers, Nigel Martyn and Paul Robinson.
Burridge worked as a goalkeeping coach for Al Ain Football Club in the United Arab Emirates. He was a regular guest for the launch of English Premier League show on the regional sports channel ART Prime Sports and a regular pundit on Starhub, Singapore's Football Channel. He is also a writer in the football column of Singapore newspaper, The New Paper. Burridge had a spell as a backup commentator along with Rob Lee for Ten Sports UEFA Champions League fixtures and resident pundit on The Football Channel in Singapore, before returning to work for the Oman national team as goalkeeper coach. He was dismissed by Oman in January 2011.
As of January 2012, Burridge is working as a television pundit for Ten Sports on their football show C2K on TEN Action along with Joe Morrison and Carlton Palmer. Together they cover UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football from Dubai.
Burridge is married to Janet, whom he met while with Blackpool. His son, Tom, played ice hockey for Blackburn Hawks. John Burridge's autobiography, entitled "Budgie" was released on 4 April 2011.
- Football League Second Division champions: 1978–79
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- "The Hall Of Fame - 1970's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
- Walker, Michael (1 April 2011). "Inside the crazy world of John Burridge". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
- Hockey, Ice (31 December 1996). "Panthers help Devils". London: The Independent. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
- Burridge, John (2011). Budgie. John Blake Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84358-289-2.
- John Burridge career stats at Soccerbase
- Profile at Neil Brown's statistics site
- Burridge in the Blackpool Supporters Association Hall of Fame