Thomas Burke - Player Profile


Full Name:Thomas Burke
Born:July 22nd, 1990 (Londonderry)
Died:April 23rd, 2020 (Londonderry)
Position:Defender
Signed:October 7th, 2008
First Manager:Roy Walker
Left Club:May 13th, 2009
Career Stats: 3 appearances
Debut: October 18th, 2008 - Ballymena United 1 - 1 Glentoran (League - IFA Premiership)
Also Played For:Derry City, Institute, Limavady United, Trojans

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2008-2009  IFA Premiership 3 0 0 - 0 0 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
3 (0) 0 0 -

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Nov 10th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. Newry Town (City) 2 - 3
 Nov 4th, 2008 League Cup  (A)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 1
 Oct 18th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. Glentoran 1 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 None

Teenage full-back who was brought in by Roy Walker in October 2008 from his native Derry City, but only managed a brief stay at Warden Street.

Born in the Creggan area of the Maiden City, Burke began his career at the nearby Brandywell and was part of the Under-21 squad having signed an apprenticeship with the Candystripes as a youth team player and had previously been part of the County Londonderry Milk Cup squad. He was released at the end of the 2008 season by manager Stephen Kenny, having not managed to make a senior appearance for the first team who claimed the League of Ireland Cup that year.

The 18-year-old free agent moved to the Irish League with Ballymena United and was drafted straight into Walker's first team as United struggled in the newly re-branded IFA Premiership, languishing at the bottom of the table. Burke replaced his fellow Derry native Thomas Wray at full-back for the visit of Glentoran in October and held his place in the team for a couple of weeks.

Despite a reasonable introduction to top-flight football, he made the final of three appearances in the live Sky Sports TV defeat to Newry City in November 2008 (United's first live televised fixture). From there, he was frozen out of first-team activity for the remainder of the 2008/2009 campaign and was subsequently released without much fanfare in May 2009.

This ended Burke's very brief spell in the top flight of local football, he went onto play with Derry side Trojans, winning the NI intermediate League under Kevin Deery in 2014/2015 whilst coaching at underage level at the club.

Burke sadly passed away suddenly on 23 April 2020 aged just 31.

Last updated: 25 April 2020

 Goals Scored
None.