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John Burridge: The Oldest Goalkeeper to Play in the Premier League


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When it comes to the oldest goalkeeper to play in the Premier League, the accolade goes to John Burridge. In 1995, at the age of 43 years and 162 days, Burridge donned the gloves for Manchester City and made history.

Oldest goalkeeper to play in the Premier League

Born on December 3, 1951, Burridge, affectionately known as Budgie, had an illustrious career that spanned almost 30 years. He played for a remarkable 29 clubs, with 18 of them in the Football League.

Throughout his career, he amassed an impressive 768 league games in the English and Scottish leagues, as well as several more at non-league level.

Workington, Burridge’s local club, was where it all began for him. He signed up at the age of 15 and made his first league appearance in 1969. He then moved to Blackpool in 1971, initially on loan before making the move permanent.

It was with Blackpool that Burridge won his first honor, the Anglo-Italian Cup, with a memorable performance that earned him praise from the Italian fans.

In 1975, Burridge joined Aston Villa, where he spent two seasons and won the League Cup. However, he eventually lost his place to Jimmy Rimmer and had a short but successful loan spell at Southend United.

He then joined Crystal Palace in 1978 and had a memorable moment when he sat on the crossbar during a 4-1 victory over Ipswich Town to entertain the fans.

After two and a half seasons at Palace, Burridge moved to Queens Park Rangers, where he was signed by Terry Venables. He later joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1982 and made a bet with Kevin Keegan that he would play a game in a Superman outfit.

True to his word, Burridge played the match in front of the biggest crowd of the season, wearing a Superman costume.

Throughout his career, Burridge continued to move clubs, making short spells at various teams.

He played for fourteen different clubs between 1993 and 1997, including Manchester City, where he became the oldest player to appear in the Premier League at the age of 43 years, four months, and 26 days.

After retiring as a player, Burridge had a brief spell as a player-manager at Blyth Spartans in 1997, following a short stint as goalkeeping coach at Newcastle United.

Today, Burridge is still involved in the world of football. He is currently working with Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters as their goalkeeping consultant and senior goalkeeping coach for their goalkeeping academy.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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