Player Profile - Brendan Burke (10th Dec 1994 - 1st Jun 1999)
Brendan Burke started his footballing career as a junior at Manchester United. In 1986 a change of management saw a clear-out and Brendan was released after four years at Old Trafford, a severe blow to his boyhood dreams.

He had a trial at Rochdale, who offered YTS terms, and then Crewe where he suffered a knee ligament injury after just 20 minutes of an A team game and that was the end of that.

Burke took a job in banking and played Oldham Sunday League soccer with Freehold before joining Oldham Town in 1989. His semi-pro career started at Mossley (99 games, 32 goals) before transferring to Witton Albion in 1992. 38 goals in 109 appearances at Wincham Park prompted trails at Port Vale, Burnley, Preston and Bury. Kenny Dalglish, then manager of Blackburn Rovers was even rumoured to be watching the striker?s progress.

In December 1994, Stalybridge paid a then record ?12,000 for his services. He became a firm favourite with the Bower Fold fans during the next four and a half years, emerging as one of the best semi-professional players around.

He left Celtic in the summer of 1999 on a Bosman style transfer to Altrincham. Injury prevented the Moss Lane fans seeing the Brendan Burke that they had seen star against them in the past.

In June 2000, at the age of 29, the Middleton-based player reluctantly called it a day after taking a second opinion on a serious problem in his lower spine which could have affected his future well-being if he had carried on playing.

Burke had problems with bones between his vertebrae which were rubbing together, with the canals at the bottom of the spine which guide nerves into his legs and he also had three prolapsed discs.

The former Celtic skipper, who now works in the mortgage department of a major Manchester city centre bank, will be long remembered as one of the best semi-pro players of the last decade.

Career
Position
Midfielder
Born
13th Oct 1970
Joined
10th Dec 1994
Left
1st Jun 1999
Last App
27th Apr 1999
Last Goal
24th Apr 1999
 
Career
Appearances
203
As Sub
8
Subbed off
22
Goals
70
Hattricks
3
Assists
0
Red Cards
0
Yellow Cards
0
Points
248 / 609
Average Points
1.22
Wins
67
Draws
47
Losses
89
Total Pitch Time
17130 mins
Appearances
Date Opposition Competition Season H/A Score Lineups Goals Assists R Y Sub
Tue 27 April 1999GuiseleyLeague Cup1998/1999H2-1      
Sat 24 April 1999Winsford UnitedBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A1-2    Off @60mins
Tue 20 April 1999Colwyn BayBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H1-0     On @60mins
Sat 17 April 1999Accrington StanleyBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A2-0      
Thu 15 April 1999Hucknall TownLeague Cup1998/1999A1-2     
Tue 13 April 1999Hucknall TownLeague Cup1998/1999H1-1      
Sat 10 April 1999Blyth SpartansBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H4-0     
Wed 07 April 1999Bishop AucklandBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A3-3     
Sat 03 April 1999Whitby TownBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H2-0      
Thu 01 April 1999DroylsdenPresidents Cup1998/1999H2-3      
Tue 30 March 1999AltrinchamBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H3-1      
Sat 27 March 1999Whitby TownBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A4-1      
Tue 23 March 1999DroylsdenPresidents Cup1998/1999A1-1     
Sat 20 March 1999Wakefield EmleyBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H2-0     
Tue 16 March 1999BurscoughLeague Cup1998/1999H5-2     
Sat 13 March 1999MarineBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H2-1     
Sat 06 March 1999GatesheadBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A2-1      
Sat 27 February 1999Gainsborough TrinityBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H2-0      
Sat 20 February 1999GuiseleyBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A1-1     Off @60mins
Sat 13 February 1999Runcorn FC HaltonBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A1-0     Off @60mins
Sat 06 February 1999Leigh GenesisBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H4-4     
Tue 02 February 1999Witton AlbionLeague Cup1998/1999H4-1     
Sat 30 January 1999Frickley AthleticBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A3-2      
Sat 23 January 1999Spennymoor UnitedBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H3-0      
Tue 19 January 1999Witton AlbionLeague Cup1998/1999A1-1      
Sat 16 January 1999Hinckley UnitedFA Trophy1998/1999H0-3      
Fri 01 January 1999Hyde UnitedBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H2-1      
Mon 28 December 1998Frickley AthleticBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H2-2      
Sat 26 December 1998Hyde UnitedBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A1-1      
Tue 22 December 1998Gainsborough TrinityPresidents Cup1998/1999H2-1     On @60mins
Sat 19 December 1998Lancaster CityBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H3-1      
Sat 12 December 1998AltrinchamBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A2-1     
Wed 09 December 1998Gainsborough TrinityPresidents Cup1998/1999A2-2     On @60mins
Sat 28 November 1998Gainsborough TrinityBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A1-4     On @60mins
Sat 21 November 1998TamworthFA Trophy1998/1999A1-3     On @60mins
Sat 19 September 1998Accrington StanleyBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H1-3     Off @60mins
Mon 14 September 1998Wakefield EmleyBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A2-2     
Sat 12 September 1998GatesheadBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H0-3     On @60mins
Mon 31 August 1998Winsford UnitedBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H1-0     Off @60mins
Sat 29 August 1998Colwyn BayBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A1-2     
Tue 25 August 1998Leigh GenesisBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999A3-0      
Sat 22 August 1998GuiseleyBetVictor Northern Premier1998/1999H2-2      
Tue 28 April 1998MorecambeConference Premier1997/1998A3-1    Off @60mins
Thu 23 April 1998Cheltenham TownConference Premier1997/1998A2-0      
Sat 18 April 1998Farnborough TownConference Premier1997/1998H1-1     
Mon 13 April 1998Rushden and DiamondsConference Premier1997/1998H2-4     
Sat 11 April 1998Kettering TownConference Premier1997/1998A3-1      
Sat 04 April 1998Hereford UnitedConference Premier1997/1998H2-3      
Wed 25 March 1998GatesheadConference Premier1997/1998A3-3     
Sat 21 March 1998Welling UnitedConference Premier1997/1998H2-1      
Sat 14 March 1998Yeovil TownConference Premier1997/1998A2-0      
Sat 07 March 1998Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1997/1998A1-1     
Sat 28 February 1998Rushden and DiamondsConference Premier1997/1998A3-0     Off @60mins
Mon 23 February 1998Kidderminster HarriersConference Premier1997/1998A5-0      
Sat 21 February 1998MorecambeConference Premier1997/1998H3-1      
Tue 17 February 1998GatesheadConference Premier1997/1998H2-2      
Sat 07 February 1998Dover AthleticConference Premier1997/1998H1-0      
Sat 24 January 1998Leek TownConference Premier1997/1998A2-2      
Sat 17 January 1998WokingConference Premier1997/1998H0-3      
Sat 10 January 1998GatesheadFA Trophy1997/1998H2-4     
Thu 01 January 1998Northwich VictoriaConference Premier1997/1998H0-1      
Mon 29 December 1997SouthportConference Premier1997/1998H1-3     
Fri 26 December 1997Northwich VictoriaConference Premier1997/1998A1-0      
Sat 20 December 1997Farnborough TownConference Premier1997/1998A6-0      
Sat 13 December 1997AFC TelfordConference Premier1997/1998H1-2      
Fri 05 December 1997FC Halifax TownConference Premier1997/1998A3-1      
Sat 29 November 1997Hednesford TownConference Premier1997/1998H1-1      
Tue 25 November 1997GatesheadLeague Cup1997/1998H3-4     
Sat 22 November 1997SouthportConference Premier1997/1998A4-2     
Tue 18 November 1997Runcorn FC HaltonCheshire Senior Cup1997/1998A3-0      
Sat 15 November 1997FC Halifax TownConference Premier1997/1998H0-1      
Sat 01 November 1997Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1997/1998H1-1      
Sat 18 October 1997Dover AthleticConference Premier1997/1998A3-1      
Sat 11 October 1997Hayes and YeadingConference Premier1997/1998A1-2      
Tue 07 October 1997FC Halifax TownLeague Cup1997/1998H3-1     Off @60mins
Sat 04 October 1997Yeovil TownConference Premier1997/1998H3-2     
Sat 27 September 1997Hereford UnitedConference Premier1997/1998A3-0      
Tue 23 September 1997AltrinchamCheshire Senior Cup1997/1998H2-0      
Sat 20 September 1997Cheltenham TownConference Premier1997/1998H1-4     On @60mins
Sun 07 September 1997Welling UnitedConference Premier1997/1998A1-0     Off @60mins
Sat 30 August 1997Slough TownConference Premier1997/1998H0-1      
Mon 25 August 1997Leek TownConference Premier1997/1998H6-1     
Sat 23 August 1997Hednesford TownConference Premier1997/1998A1-0      
Tue 19 August 1997AFC TelfordConference Premier1997/1998A1-0      
Sat 16 August 1997Kidderminster HarriersConference Premier1997/1998H2-1     
Sat 03 May 1997Slough TownConference Premier1996/1997H2-2     
Tue 29 April 1997Welling UnitedConference Premier1996/1997A2-0      
Sat 26 April 1997Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1996/1997A1-1      
Tue 22 April 1997MorecambeConference Premier1996/1997A0-0      
Sat 05 April 1997Bath CityConference Premier1996/1997H2-2      
Mon 31 March 1997Northwich VictoriaConference Premier1996/1997A0-1      
Sat 29 March 1997Welling UnitedConference Premier1996/1997H0-0      
Sat 22 March 1997Kidderminster HarriersConference Premier1996/1997H4-1     
Sat 15 March 1997WokingConference Premier1996/1997A3-2      
Sat 08 March 1997AltrinchamConference Premier1996/1997H1-0     
Tue 04 March 1997GatesheadConference Premier1996/1997H2-5     Off @60mins
Sat 01 March 1997Kettering TownConference Premier1996/1997A1-0     Off @60mins
Sat 22 February 1997Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1996/1997H0-3     Off @60mins
Sat 15 February 1997Farnborough TownConference Premier1996/1997A1-0      
Tue 11 February 1997SouthportConference Premier1996/1997H2-2      
Sat 01 February 1997Farnborough TownConference Premier1996/1997H2-0     
Sat 25 January 1997Dover AthleticConference Premier1996/1997H4-2      
Sat 18 January 1997FC Halifax TownFA Trophy1996/1997H0-1      
Tue 14 January 1997AFC TelfordConference Premier1996/1997A1-1      
Wed 18 December 1996MorecambeLeague Cup1996/1997A3-3     Off @60mins
Sat 14 December 1996Macclesfield TownConference Premier1996/1997H0-1      
Sat 07 December 1996FC Halifax TownConference Premier1996/1997H2-3     
Sat 30 November 1996Hednesford TownConference Premier1996/1997A2-1      
Tue 26 November 1996MorecambeConference Premier1996/1997H2-1      
Sat 16 November 1996Chester FCFA Cup1996/1997A3-0      
Sat 09 November 1996Hayes and YeadingConference Premier1996/1997A0-2      
Tue 05 November 1996Nantwich TownCheshire Senior Cup1996/1997A3-1     
Sat 02 November 1996Bromsgrove RoversConference Premier1996/1997H3-0     
Sat 26 October 1996Leek TownFA Cup1996/1997H1-0      
Tue 22 October 1996SouthportLeague Cup1996/1997H2-1     
Sat 19 October 1996Bath CityConference Premier1996/1997A0-2     
Tue 15 October 1996Macclesfield TownConference Premier1996/1997A2-0      
Sat 12 October 1996Ashton UnitedFA Cup1996/1997H2-1     
Tue 08 October 1996AFC TelfordLeague Cup1996/1997H3-1     
Sat 05 October 1996Kettering TownConference Premier1996/1997H3-1     
Tue 01 October 1996AltrinchamConference Premier1996/1997A1-0      
Sat 28 September 1996Ossett AlbionFA Cup1996/1997H4-1      
Tue 24 September 1996Winsford UnitedCheshire Senior Cup1996/1997H3-2      
Sat 21 September 1996Northwich VictoriaConference Premier1996/1997H0-1      
Tue 17 September 1996FC Halifax TownConference Premier1996/1997A4-1      
Mon 26 August 1996Hednesford TownConference Premier1996/1997H1-2      
Sat 24 August 1996Hayes and YeadingConference Premier1996/1997H3-1     
Tue 20 August 1996SouthportConference Premier1996/1997A3-0      
Sat 17 August 1996Slough TownConference Premier1996/1997A4-1     Off @60mins
Sat 04 May 1996Kettering TownConference Premier1995/1996A1-6     
Thu 25 April 1996Northwich VictoriaConference Premier1995/1996H1-5      
Tue 23 April 1996AltrinchamConference Premier1995/1996A1-0      
Sat 20 April 1996Dover AthleticConference Premier1995/1996H2-0     Off @60mins
Tue 16 April 1996Runcorn FC HaltonConference Premier1995/1996A0-1     
Sat 13 April 1996Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1995/1996A2-2     
Mon 08 April 1996Bromsgrove RoversConference Premier1995/1996H2-1     
Sat 06 April 1996Bath CityConference Premier1995/1996H1-0      
Sat 30 March 1996SouthportConference Premier1995/1996A5-3      
Sat 23 March 1996Slough TownConference Premier1995/1996A2-1      
Tue 19 March 1996Runcorn FC HaltonConference Premier1995/1996H2-0     
Sat 09 March 1996Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1995/1996H2-5    Off @60mins
Tue 05 March 1996FC Halifax TownConference Premier1995/1996A2-3      
Sat 02 March 1996AFC TelfordConference Premier1995/1996A0-1      
Sat 24 February 1996MorecambeConference Premier1995/1996H0-2      
Sat 17 February 1996Dagenham RedbridgeConference Premier1995/1996A4-1      
Sat 10 February 1996Farnborough TownConference Premier1995/1996H2-2     
Tue 23 January 1996Gresley RoversFA Trophy1995/1996A1-0      
Sat 20 January 1996Gresley RoversFA Trophy1995/1996H1-1      
Sat 13 January 1996Welling UnitedConference Premier1995/1996A1-1      
Sat 06 January 1996Kidderminster HarriersConference Premier1995/1996H2-2      
Sat 16 December 1995MorecambeConference Premier1995/1996A2-0      
Sat 09 December 1995AltrinchamConference Premier1995/1996H1-0      
Mon 27 November 1995Hednesford TownConference Premier1995/1996A0-1     
Sat 25 November 1995Dover AthleticConference Premier1995/1996A1-3      
Tue 21 November 1995Hyde UnitedCheshire Senior Cup1995/1996H0-3      
Sat 18 November 1995Hednesford TownConference Premier1995/1996H0-1      
Sat 11 November 1995Macclesfield TownConference Premier1995/1996A1-0     Off @60mins
Tue 07 November 1995MorecambeLeague Cup1995/1996H5-2     
Sat 04 November 1995Bromsgrove RoversConference Premier1995/1996A1-1      
Tue 31 October 1995Macclesfield TownConference Premier1995/1996H1-2     
Sat 28 October 1995WokingConference Premier1995/1996H2-4      
Tue 24 October 1995Colwyn BayFA Cup1995/1996A3-0      
Sat 21 October 1995Colwyn BayFA Cup1995/1996H2-2     
Sat 14 October 1995Welling UnitedConference Premier1995/1996H2-1      
Tue 10 October 1995GatesheadConference Premier1995/1996H0-2      
Tue 03 October 1995Congleton TownCheshire Senior Cup1995/1996A2-6    Off @60mins
Sat 30 September 1995Bath CityConference Premier1995/1996A0-4      
Sat 23 September 1995Kettering TownConference Premier1995/1996H3-2     
Tue 19 September 1995MorecambeLeague Cup1995/1996A4-1     On @60mins
Sat 16 September 1995Farnborough TownConference Premier1995/1996A1-1     Off @60mins
Tue 12 September 1995SouthportConference Premier1995/1996H1-4     Off @60mins
Sat 09 September 1995Kidderminster HarriersConference Premier1995/1996A3-0      
Tue 05 September 1995Northwich VictoriaConference Premier1995/1996A1-0      
Sat 02 September 1995AFC TelfordConference Premier1995/1996H2-2     
Mon 28 August 1995FC Halifax TownConference Premier1995/1996H1-0      
Sat 26 August 1995WokingConference Premier1995/1996A2-1      
Wed 23 August 1995GatesheadConference Premier1995/1996A1-0      
Sat 19 August 1995Dagenham RedbridgeConference Premier1995/1996H2-1     
Sat 06 May 1995Bath CityConference Premier1994/1995H0-1      
Tue 02 May 1995Macclesfield TownConference Premier1994/1995H2-2      
Sat 29 April 1995WokingConference Premier1994/1995A4-1      
Sat 22 April 1995Merthyr TydfilConference Premier1994/1995H1-1      
Sat 15 April 1995SouthportConference Premier1994/1995H1-1      
Sat 08 April 1995FC Halifax TownConference Premier1994/1995A1-1      
Sat 01 April 1995Runcorn FC HaltonConference Premier1994/1995H0-0     Off @60mins
Sat 18 March 1995Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1994/1995A5-1     
Wed 15 March 1995GatesheadConference Premier1994/1995A0-0      
Sat 11 March 1995AltrinchamConference Premier1994/1995H2-1      
Sat 04 March 1995Bromsgrove RoversConference Premier1994/1995H1-1      
Sat 25 February 1995Farnborough TownConference Premier1994/1995A0-0      
Sat 18 February 1995Yeovil TownConference Premier1994/1995H3-1     
Sat 04 February 1995Merthyr TydfilConference Premier1994/1995A4-2      
Tue 31 January 1995Bromsgrove RoversLeague Cup1994/1995A2-0      
Sat 28 January 1995Dagenham RedbridgeConference Premier1994/1995A2-2     
Mon 23 January 1995Hyde UnitedFA Trophy1994/1995A3-1      
Sat 21 January 1995Hyde UnitedFA Trophy1994/1995H3-3      
Sat 14 January 1995Welling UnitedConference Premier1994/1995H1-3      
Sat 31 December 1994Kidderminster HarriersConference Premier1994/1995H1-3     Off @60mins
Mon 26 December 1994Macclesfield TownConference Premier1994/1995A3-0      
Tue 20 December 1994GatesheadConference Premier1994/1995H0-1      
Sat 17 December 1994Dover AthleticConference Premier1994/1995A0-0      
Tue 13 December 1994Bromsgrove RoversLeague Cup1994/1995H3-3      
Sat 10 December 1994Stevenage BoroughConference Premier1994/1995H1-0      
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