Francis BURNS

Manchester United

Francis Burns - Manchester United - Biography of his football career at Man Utd.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 03 August 1972

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    • POSITION
      Left Back
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Sunday, 17 October 1948
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Glenboig, Scotland.
  • CLUBS
  • Manchester United
    • Club Career Dates
      1965-1972
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 2nd September 1967 in a 3-1 win at West Ham United (Aged: 18)
    • Club Career
      111 League apps (+10 as sub), 6 goals
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Francis BURNS - Manchester United - Biography of his football career at Man Utd.

 

 

Francis Burns joined Manchester United as a 15-year old in 1964. The side won the 1967/68 League Championship whilst Francis was carving a reputation in the reserves. He broke into the first team at 18 making his debut on 2nd September 1967 in a 3-1 win against West Ham United at Upton Park. His first goal came a week later on his home debut in a 2-2 draw with Burnley. He featured regularly throughout the season as the team's left-back and appeared in the opening seven games of the European Cup campaign up to and including the first leg of the semi-final when United beat Real Madrid 1-0 at Old Trafford.

 

However, Francis missed out on the final success against Benfica as Sir Matt Busby elected to play the more experienced Shay Brennan. By the following season Busby had seen enough to start with Francis as the European champions attempted to defend their crown. They began impressively with a 10-2 aggregate win against Waterford with Burns scoring in the second leg. He also played in the first leg of the fiercely fought World Club Championship against Estudiantes de la Plata.

 

Iinjury kept him out of the majority of the remainder of the season, though he did return to feature in both legs of the ultimately unsuccessful European Cup Semi-Final with AC Milan. Wilf McGuinness took over the reins at Old Trafford for the 1969/70 season and he saw the talent in Francis, as Burns was virtually a permanent fixture for the first three quarters of the campaign. Francis' United career was curtailed thereafter by a series of cartilage injuries and he left in June 1972, whilst Frank O'Farrell was in charge, for a fee of £50,000 to Southampton. He made his final appearance in a 0-0 home draw with Everton on 8th March 1972. (Steve Drabble)

 

 

Senior  Club career.

 

Years            Team                               Apps†    Goals
1965–1972    Manchester United          121           6
1972–1973    Southampton                     21        
1973–1981    Preston North End          273           9
1981–1982    Shamrock Rovers            16.

 

In February 1987, he emigrated to Perth, Western Australia where he set up an

industrial cleaning business as well as coaching in local football.