Bernard Purdie (footballer)

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Bernard Purdie
Personal information
Full name Bernard Charles Purdie
Date of birth (1949-04-20) 20 April 1949 (age 68)
Place of birth Wrexham, Wales
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1970 Wrexham 10 (3)
1971–1973 Chester 63 (14)
1973–1980 Crewe Alexandra 213 (44)
1980–1982 Huddersfield Town 46 (1)
1982–1983 Crewe Alexandra 16 (0)
1983–? Bangor City ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2007.

Bernard Charles Purdie (born 20 April 1949 in Wrexham, Wales) is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for his hometown club Wrexham before making the short journey across the border to join English neighbours Chester in 1971.

He made an explosive start to his Chester career by scoring four times on his full home debut against Gillingham but was to struggle for goals after this.[1] At the end of 1972–73 he was released by Chester along with Graham Clapham and Mike Hollis.[1]

Purdie remained in professional football by joining Chester's Cheshire rivals Crewe Alexandra, for the first of two spells with the club. In between he helped Huddersfield Town win the Football League Division Four championship in 1979-80 after a £22,000 transfer.[1]

After finishing his league career with Crewe in 1983, Purdie joined non-league side Bangor City and worked as a postman.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Player Memories - Bernard Purdie, Chester City v York City matchday programme 7/1/95, p 15