Harry Burton

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Historian's note: “We've taken a curator's punt that this is Harry Burton, in fact the only candidate that we've been able to identify. The former Sheffield Wednesday full back was active with West Brom in season 1909-10 with 27 League appearances, so he was certainly in the first team frame for a large portion of that campaign. 0 appearances in 1910-11 suggests a dramatic change of circumstances, probably an 'Open to Transfer' situation. An interesting snip in Wikipedia reads: “Burton never quite replicated his form whilst at West Brom and by May 1911 had taken to placing advertisements in Athletic News seeking employment as a player or player manager.” We speculate therefore that he was out of favour by season's end in 1909-10 and was actively looking for a move then. Perhaps he looked to the North for a fresh start? “Partick Thistle took the opportunity this friendly presented to try a new right back from the South of England named Burton, and for a first game he did well” ~ Scottish Referee, Monday, 25th April, 1910. In the Daily Record of Thursday, 5th May, 1910, the Thistle team lists (at #3) “Barton (Bolton)” which throws a bit of a spanner in the works. Was the Bolton reference a deliberate red herring to help disguise his ID for some reason? Or did he try for Bolton recently? The British Newspaper Archive throws nothing up and we've spoken to a couple of Bolton's historians who have no record of a Barton or Burton at that time, so it's a bit of a dead end. We've often seen these educated guesses play out favourably, but remain on the lookout for more conclusive proof…

Harry Burton
● Harry Burton, 1905 (VIF)

born in England

Henry Arthur Burton was born sometime between 1st January, 1881 and 28th August, 1881, in West Bromwich, West Midlands. *

The 5' 10 (12st 6lbs) defender appeared for George Easton's Thistle in the springtime of 1910, as a trialist.

Aged 28 or 29, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 23rd April, 1910, in a 3-0 friendly win at home to Raith Rovers.

There were no goals for Harry during his short period with Thistle.

He played his second and last game on Wednesday, 4th May, 1910, in a 1-0 defeat at home to Clyde in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

His club-list included Chippingham, Baldwin, Attercliffe, The Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion, Partick Thistle and Scunthorpe and Lindsey United.

Harry died on Tuesday, 28th August, 1923, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, aged 42.

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