Joe Burnell

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Joe Burnell
Personal information
Full name Joseph Michael Burnell[1]
Date of birth (1980-10-10) 10 October 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Bristol, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–1999 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Bristol City 131 (4)
2004–2006 Wycombe Wanderers 57 (0)
2006–2008 Northampton Town 57 (1)
2008–2009 Oxford United 21 (1)
2009–2010 Exeter City 8 (0)
2010–2014 Bath City 110 (3)
2014 Shepton Mallet 5 (0)
2014 Bath City 0 (0)
Total 389 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph Michael Burnell (born 10 October 1980) is an English former professional footballer. Having represented several clubs in the Football League and Football Conference, most notably Bristol City and Bath City, he moved away from football after his retirement in 2014 to work in property management.[2]

Burnell started his career with Bristol City and he became part of the first team squad at Ashton Gate. His displays were enough to earn him a long-term contract and a short spell as the club's captain.

Burnell joined Wycombe Wanderers in July 2004 after Tony Adams' summer clearout which saw the departure of Michael Simpson, Dannie Bulman, Steve Brown and Darren Currie. Burnell was hoping to gain a regular first team place and after a season blighted by injury and illness he formed a midfield trio with Matt Bloomfield and Keith Ryan.

Burnell was also a regular under John Gorman and consequently followed his manager when he left Wycombe to join Northampton Town in July 2006. During his time at Northampton was constantly a good performer being named captain on occasions in the absence of Chris Doig and Mark Hughes.

On 21 April 2008, it was announced that he would be released at the end of the 2007/8 season, which was a surprise to most fans.

Burnell signed for Oxford on 1 July 2008, but in April 2009 it was announced that he no longer had a future at the club. After a successful trial at Exeter he joined them on 9 July 2009 on a free transfer.[3]

It was announced on 14 May 2010 that he had been released by Exeter, along with 8 other players [4] On 13 July 2010, Burnell joined Conference National side Bath City.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 68. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
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  3. ^ Official Exeter City FC Website
  4. ^ "Exeter City release nine players". BBC Sport. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Joe Burnell signs for Bath City". BBC Sport. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-13.