Mickey Burns

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Mickey Burns
Personal information
Full name Michael Edward Burns
Date of birth (1946-12-21) 21 December 1946 (age 70)
Place of birth Preston, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Preston North End 0 (0)
1965–1969 Skelmersdale United ? (?)
1969–1974 Blackpool 179 (53)
1974–1978 Newcastle United 145 (39)
1978–1979 Cardiff City 6 (0)
1979–1981 Middlesbrough 61 (24)
Total 391 (116)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Edward "Mickey" Burns (born 21 December 1946) is an English former professional footballer.


A former England amateur international, Burns was signed to Blackpool from the very successful amateur side Skelmersdale United in 1969 by Les Shannon. Burns gained a teaching degree from the De La Salle College of Education at Hopwood Hall in Middleton, Greater Manchester. He was a striker with pace and could score goals. Indeed, he was the Seasiders' top scorer in three of his five seasons at Bloomfield Road.

He scored on his league debut, on 9 August 1969, in a 2–1 home win over Portsmouth, and helped the Tangerines to win promotion back to Division One.

On 10 June 1972, Burns scored four goals in a Blackpool's 10–0 win over Lanerossi Vicenza in the Anglo-Italian Cup, en route to an unsuccessful defence of their title in the final against Roma.[1] He had scored the extra-time winner in the previous year's final that brought the cup to his home county of Lancashire.

He was unpopular with a section of the home fans, who regarded his playing style as too individualistic,[2] and in the summer of 1974, he asked for a transfer. Newcastle United came in for his services for a £166,000 fee.[2]

It was with the Magpies that he played in the 1976 League Cup Final in which they lost to Manchester City.

After four years at St James' Park, Burns had a short spell at Cardiff City as a player-coach but he never settled at the club and was allowed to return to the North East to close out his career with Middlesbrough.

Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame[edit]

Burns was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.[3] Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Burns is in the 1970s.[4]


Upon retiring, Burns joined Middlesbrough's coaching staff. He later became the PFA's education officer, a post he left in 2003.[5]




  1. ^ 1972 Anglo-Italian Cup Final – RSSSF.com
  2. ^ a b Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC On This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  3. ^ Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 78–81. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8. 
  4. ^ "The Hall of Fame – 1970's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Caught in Time: Blackpool win promotion to the First Division, 1970" – TimesOnline

Further reading[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (20 October 1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 1-873626-07-X. 
  • Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8. 
  • Joannou, Paul (1983). A Complete Who's Who of Newcastle United. Newcastle United Supporters Club. ISBN 0-9508876-0-9. 
  • Canning, Tommy; Paul Joannou (23 October 1989). Ha'way the Lads!: Illustrated Story of Newcastle United. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 1-85158-257-6. 
  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 

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