John Burton (footballer, born 1885)

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John Burton
Personal information
Full name John Henry Burton
Date of birth (1885-07-31)31 July 1885
Place of birth South Bank, England
Date of death 13 May 1949(1949-05-13) (aged 63)
Place of death Derby, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1906–1908 Blackburn Rovers 3 (0)
1908–1909 West Ham United 15 (3)
1909–1910 Birmingham 4 (3)
1910–1911 Nelson
1911–1914 Cardiff City 68 (25)
1914–1915 Southend United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Henry Burton (31 July 1885[1] – 13 May 1949[2]) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham.[3]

Burton was born in South Bank, North Yorkshire. A forward, he signed for Blackburn Rovers, and made his debut in the Football League with the club.[2] He joined West Ham United for the 1908–09 season, in which he scored 3 goals in 19 games in all competitions, of which 15 were in the Southern League.[1] He then moved back to the Football League with Birmingham, but despite a return of three goals in the four Second Division games he played,[4] he was unable to establish himself as a first-team player. In October 1910, Burton dropped back into non-league football with Nelson. He joined Cardiff City in 1911, alongside his brother George,[5][6] top scoring for the club in the 1912–13 season as they finished in first place in the Second Division of the Southern Football League.[5] He later played for Southend United.[2] During the First World War he made guest appearances for West Ham United.[1]

Burton died in Derby in 1949 at the age of 63.[1][2]


Cardiff City


  1. ^ a b c d "John Burton". West Ham United Statistics. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 44. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 156.
  5. ^ a b c d Shepherd, Richard (2002). The Definitive: Cardiff City F.C. Nottingham: SoccerData Publications. p. 15–18. ISBN 1-899-46817-X. 
  6. ^ Matthews, Tony (2014). Middlesbrough FC Miscellany. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1445641546.