David Burke (footballer)

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David Burke
Personal information
Full name David Ian Burke
Date of birth (1960-08-06) 6 August 1960 (age 55)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977-1981 Bolton Wanderers 69 (1)
1981-1987 Huddersfield Town 189 (3)
1987-1990 Crystal Palace 81 (0)
1990-1994 Bolton Wanderers 106 (0)
1994-1996 Blackpool 23 (0)
Total 468 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

David Ian Burke (born August 6, 1960 in Liverpool) is an English former professional footballer. He played as a left-back.

Burke began his career at Bolton Wanderers in 1977, making his league debut as an 18-year-old on September 2, 1978, in a 2-2 draw at Birmingham.[1] He remained at Burnden Park for four years, making 69 league appearances and scoring one goal.

In 1981 he moved across the Pennines to join Huddersfield Town. He went on to make almost 200 appearances for the West Yorkshire club.

He signed for Steve Coppell's Crystal Palace in 1987. He won promotion via the play-offs to the top flight with Palace in 1988-89 but did not make the squad for the 1990 FA Cup Final, which Palace lost to Manchester United after a replay.

Burke returned to his first club, Bolton, later in 1990 and made over 100 further appearances for the club, including winning promotion to Division One (formerly the Second Division) in 1993.

In 1994 he joined Blackpool, who had just appointed Sam Allardyce as their manager. Allardyce was a former teammate of Burke's in his first spell at Bolton in the late 1970s.

After two years with the Seasiders, Burke retired as a player.


Crystal Palace