Tom Burke (footballer)

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Tom Burke
Personal information
Full name Thomas Burke
Date of birth 1863
Place of birth Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Date of death February 1914 (aged 50–51)
Place of death Prestwich, Lancashire, England
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1882 Wrexham Grosvenor
1882–1884 Wrexham February
1884–? Wrexham Olympic
?–1886 Liverpool Cambrian
1886–1890 Newton Heath LYR 0 (0)
1890–1891 Wrexham Victoria
National team
1883–1888 Wales 8 (1)

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

Thomas "Tom" Burke (1863 – 1914) was a Welsh international footballer who played for Wrexham Olympic and Newton Heath LYR. Burke won a total of eight caps for Wales, playing at half-back.

Burke began his career with Wrexham Grosvenor, but moved on to Wrexham February and Wrexham Olympic before making a transfer to Liverpool Cambrians. From there, he was signed by Newton Heath in 1886. The club's parent company, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, was able to employ Burke as a painter – as was his trade – at the nearby Carriage and Wagon Works, from which the club had been born. In his first season at Newton Heath, Burke played mostly at left-half, but switched to right-half by the following season, and even played at centre-half or inside-right on occasion.

When Burke's time at Newton Heath came to an end, after making 29 appearances for the Heathens, he moved back to Wrexham to play for Wrexham Victoria.

He died in 1914 at the age of 50 as a result of lead poisoning.[1]


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  • Shury, Alan; Landamore, Brian (2005). The Definitive Newton Heath F.C. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-16-1. 
  1. ^ Dykes (1994), p. 62.

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