Tony Burns

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Tony Burns
Personal information
Full name Anthony John Burns
Date of birth (1944-03-27) 27 March 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth Edenbridge, Kent, England
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
?–1963 Tonbridge Angels
1963–1964 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1966 Arsenal 31 (0)
1966–1968 Brighton & Hove Albion 54 (0)
1968–1970 Charlton Athletic 10 (0)
1971–1972 Durban United ? (?)
1973 Maritzburg ? (?)
1973–1978[1] Crystal Palace 90 (0)
1977 Brentford (loan) 6 (?)
1978 Memphis Rogues[2] 12 (0)
1978–1979 Plymouth Argyle 8 (0)
Teams managed
2006 Millwall (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anthony John "Tony" Burns (born 27 March 1944 in Edenbridge, Kent, England)[1] is an English goalkeeping coach and former football goalkeeper and manager.



Burns played for non-league Tonbridge Angels before being signed by Arsenal in March 1963. He progressed through the Arsenal youth ranks, before making his league debut against Burnley on 17 October 1964. He went on to be a regular in the side, playing for 24 consecutive league games between October 1964 and March 1965, but conceded 47 goals in his time there and he was eventually dropped in favour of Jim Furnell. He had sporadic appearances in the side from then on, before eventually leaving Arsenal in July 1966.

He was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion and later on played for Charlton Athletic, Durban United, Crystal Palace, Brentford (loan), Memphis Rogues and Plymouth Argyle.[3]


Burns managed Tonbridge in three separate spells, from August 1980 to December 1982, August 1989 to May 1990, and in a caretaker role from November 2001 to May 2002. Between 1982 and 1985 he managed Gravesend & Northfleet.[citation needed]

Burns was Millwall's goalkeeping coach for 14 years, between 1992 and 2006. He was appointed joint caretaker manager of Millwall with Alan McLeary in April 2006.[4] The following month the duo stepped down to make way for a new permanent manager, Nigel Spackman. He moved to Crystal Palace in July 2006 to become their goalkeeping coach, but left the post in November 2007. In July 2014 he joined Gillingham Football Club as Senior Goalkeeping Coach.[5]


  1. ^ a b Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 320. ISBN 0907969542. 
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  3. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 95. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  4. ^ "Tuttle and Millwall part company". BBC Sport. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Tony Burns starts work as Senior Goalkeeping Coach". Gillingham F.C. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 

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