Ted Burgin Bio
Edward Burgin ( Born on April 29, 1927 ) was a former professional footballer who played 551 times in the Football League as a goalkeeper for Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United, and Rochdale. He played twice for England B and was a non-playing member of England’s squad for the 1954 World Cup.
Born: April 29, 1927, in Bradfield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Died: March 26, 2019
Height: 1.7 m
The Stannington-born shot-stopper made 314 appearances for the Blades after joining in 1949. He died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Burgin played a key role in the Blades’ run to the Division Two title during the 1952/53 and it is with that achievement in mind that the club has chosen how they will pay tribute to the Bramall Lane legend.
United have asked supporters to join in a minute’s applause in the 53rd minute of Saturday’s game against Bristol City. His career with the Blades began after he wrote to the club, asking for a trial.
Ted Burgin Goalkeeper
In his letter he did not mention he was a goalkeeper or that he was only 5ft9. But his agility ensured he stood out and made up for a lack of height typically required for the position. Burgin was renowned for his fitness, quick feet off his line and ability to punch the ball.
But he was perhaps best known for his bravery which led to more than 20 fractures throughout his career. It is said that he was particularly outspoken, leading to disputes with managers and club officials but he remained a favourite with Unitedites.
Succeeded at United by Alan Hodgkinson, Burgin moved to Doncaster Rovers for £3,000 to replace Harry Gregg, who had joined Manchester United. He broke his collarbone and was restricted to only five appearances for Rovers before he switched to Leeds United and then Rochdale, for whom he made 207 appearances and featured in the 1962 League Cup final.
He was also capped twice by England B and was part of the senior squad for the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland but did not feature.
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