Marc Burrows

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Marc Burrows
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Personal information
Full name Marc Burrows
Date of birth (1978-10-15)15 October 1978
Place of birth Sandown, Isle of Wight, England
Date of death 9 February 2009(2009-02-09) (aged 30)
Place of death Bournemouth, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Cowes Sports
Brading Town
West Moors
2007–2009 Christchurch 58 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marc Burrows (15 October 1978 – 9 February 2009) was an English footballer, who played as a forward. He grew up in Sandown on the Isle of Wight and attended Sandham Middle School before heading to Sandown High School.

Playing career[edit]

After beginning his career on a two-year apprenticeship at Portsmouth, Burrows played for non-league clubs Cowes Sports, Christchurch, Brading Town, Eastleigh and West Moors. His playing career included appearances in the FA Cup, FA Vase and was part of the Eastleigh Social Club squad that played in the Carlsberg Pub Cup Final, held on 6 May 2000 at the old Wembley Stadium.

Burrows is recognised as scoring the sport's fastest ever goal, beating both the former English record of Colin Cowperthwaite (3.5 seconds) and the world record held by Ricardo Oliveira (2.8 seconds). The record was set in a reserve team match against Eastleigh in 2004, when Burrows spotted the goalkeeper off his line and shot straight from kick-off. With the wind behind it the ball landed in the goal, and was recorded by the match referee at 2.5 seconds. The Football Association later confirmed this goal was a world record for the sport.[1]


Burrows died on 9 February 2009, aged 30,[2] after being diagnosed with cancer.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Burrows makes his Marc". BBC Sport. 20 April 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Gee, Wendy (10 February 2009). "Tragic death of non-league striker". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fastest football goal scorer dies". BBC News. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009.