Tony Burke

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
25-08-1961
N/A
07-10-1983
Leeds
09-10-1983 v Fulham
Widnes
1989- Warrington
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1983-1988
216 (5)
23
0
0
92

BIOGRAPHY

Tony Burke by Dave Dooley:

Tony Burke was an uncompromising prop forward signed from Leeds on the 7th of October 1983. He was one of only nine props to make over 200 appearances for the Saints. Tony always gave 100% effort using his great strength to good effect in attack and defence.

He made his debut against Fulham in the home match on the 9th of October, 1983 when Saints prevailed by 18 points to 14. Billy Benyon made an astute signing with Tony as he added strength and size to a young pack on the verge of regaining honours in the game. Tony scored his first try for the club in the away match at Hull on the 11th of January 1984 as the Saints dipped by 30 points to 24. Tony went on to score two more tries in his first season.

The signing of Mal Meninga and Phil Veivers sent a tsunami of optimism through the town and filled the team with confidence for the 1984/5 campaign. Under the astute direction of coach Billy Benyon, Tony and the Saints mounted their assault on the game`s prizes. Meninga`s presence inspired great confidence in the team and Tony enjoyed his best ever season with the Saints. His first honour with the first team came in the momentous Lancashire Cup Final when a sparkling team performance defeated the old foe in their own backyard. Throughout the campaign Tony never missed a game scoring five tries in 42 appearances. In the last match of the campaign Tony returned to his hometown as Saints dominated Hull KR in the Premiership Final by 36 points to 16 at Elland Road.

Tony was virtually an ever-present player in his next four seasons with the Saints demonstrating his cornerstone value to the pack. Tony romped in for braces in successive seasons against Salford (1985/6) and Hull (1986/7). In the last match of 1986/7 season Tony lined up for the Saints in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. Saints were on the crest of a wave which crashed on the shore with the one point defeat by Halifax. The following season however a one point margin was to be in Saints favour as Saints defeated Leeds by 15 points to 14 in the 1988 John Player Cup Final. Tony played in both matches. Burke was joint top in the club`s appearances chart in the 1987/88 season when he again notched a brace of tries, this time in the home victory over Leigh.

In his last season with the Saints Tony endured the Saints roller coaster as we were brilliant one week and ordinary the following weekend. It was a pity that Tony`s last two matches for the Saints were in the Wigan whitewash at Wembley in 1989 and the wrong end of a drubbing in the Premiership semi-final at Widnes the following week. At the end of that season Tony moved to Warrington after a Saints` career virtually unbroken over 216 appearances in which he scored 23 tries.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1983~84 3 0 0 32
1984~855 0 0 42
1985~863 0 0 29
1986~875 0 0 41
1987~88 5 0 0 38
1988~89 2 0 0 35
TOTALS:23 0 0 217
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1984~851004
1986~870001
1987~880001
1988~890002
TOTALS:1008

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
9th Oct 1983 W 10 Fulham L 1983~84 H 18 14 V
23rd Oct 1983 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 H 29 14 V
30th Oct 1983 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 H 19 13 V
6th Nov 1983 W 10 Kent Invicta JP1 1983~84 A 40 7 V
13th Nov 1983 L 10 Leigh L 1983~84 A 12 20 V
19th Nov 1983 W 10 Warrington JP2 1983~84 A 18 10 V
27th Nov 1983 W 10 Featherstone Rovers JP3 1983~84 H 16 12 V
17th Dec 1983 L 10 Widnes JPSF 1983~84 N 4 18 V
20th Dec 1983 W 8 Salford L 1983~84 A 18 16 V
26th Dec 1983 L 10 Wigan L 1983~84 A 8 12 V
1st Jan 1984 L 10 Widnes L 1983~84 H 12 20 V
8th Jan 1984 L 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 A 22 31 V
11th Jan 1984 L 10 Hull L 1983~84 A 24 30 1 V
15th Jan 1984 W 10 Whitehaven L 1983~84 H 40 10 1 V
22nd Jan 1984 W 10 Fulham L 1983~84 A 30 0 V
5th Feb 1984 W 8 Salford L 1983~84 H 20 0 V
12th Feb 1984 W 8 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 V
19th Feb 1984 L 8 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 V
25th Feb 1984 W 8 Hull CC2 1983~84 H 24 14 V
4th Mar 1984 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 A 21 13 V
11th Mar 1984 L 8 Wigan CC3 1983~84 H 7 16 V
16th Mar 1984 W 8 Hull L 1983~84 H 22 10 V
20th Mar 1984 W 8 Warrington L 1983~84 H 37 25 V
25th Mar 1984 L 8 Castleford L 1983~84 A 22 26 V
1st Apr 1984 W 8 Oldham L 1983~84 H 31 20 V
6th Apr 1984 W 8 Leigh L 1983~84 H 37 12 V
10th Apr 1984 W 8 Leeds L 1983~84 H 20 10 V
15th Apr 1984 W 8 Whitehaven L 1983~84 A 27 21 V
20th Apr 1984 W 8 Wigan L 1983~84 H 20 13 V
23rd Apr 1984 D 8 Widnes L 1983~84 A 28 28 1 V
29th Apr 1984 W 8 Warrington PT1 1983~84 A 19 13 V
7th May 1984 L 8 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 V
19th Aug 1984 W 11 Mansfield Marksmen * Fr Testimonial 1984~85 H 84 12 1 V
26th Aug 1984 W 10 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1984~85 H 38 4 V
2nd Sep 1984 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 H 25 10 V
9th Sep 1984 W 8 Leeds L 1984~85 A 21 2 V
14th Sep 1984 W 8 Runcorn Highfield LC1 1984~85 H 58 14 V
23rd Sep 1984 L 8 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 A 6 32 V
26th Sep 1984 W 8 Barrow LC2 1984~85 A 26 10 1 V
30th Sep 1984 L 8 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 V
7th Oct 1984 W 8 Castleford L 1984~85 H 30 16 V
10th Oct 1984 W 8 Leigh LCSF 1984~85 H 31 10 1 V
14th Oct 1984 W 8 Hunslet L 1984~85 A 32 14 V
17th Oct 1984 W 8 Halifax L 1984~85 H 42 14 1 V
21st Oct 1984 W 8 Oldham L 1984~85 H 32 5 V
28th Oct 1984 W 8 Wigan LCF 1984~85 A 26 18 V
4th Nov 1984 W 8 Warrington L 1984~85 A 20 14 V
11th Nov 1984 W 8 Barrow L 1984~85 H 59 2 1 V
18th Nov 1984 W 8 Keighley JP1 1984~85 H 60 8 V
25th Nov 1984 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 H 28 6 V
2nd Dec 1984 D 8 Bradford Northern JP2 1984~85 A 12 12 V
5th Dec 1984 W 8 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) 1984~85 H 24 10 V
9th Dec 1984 W 8 Leeds L 1984~85 H 48 16 V
22nd Dec 1984 L 8 Halifax JP3 1984~85 H 8 14 V
26th Dec 1984 L 8 Wigan L 1984~85 H 22 30 V
1st Jan 1985 W 8 Widnes L 1984~85 A 8 6 V
30th Jan 1985 L 8 Castleford L 1984~85 A 12 30 V
3rd Feb 1985 W 8 Leigh L 1984~85 H 56 16 V
21st Feb 1985 L 8 Hull K.R. CC1 1984~85 H 3 8 V
24th Feb 1985 W 8 Barrow L 1984~85 A 31 16 V
27th Feb 1985 L 8 Hull L 1984~85 A 24 46 V
3rd Mar 1985 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 A 14 13 V
8th Mar 1985 L 8 Oldham L 1984~85 A 18 20 V
10th Mar 1985 W 8 Workington Town L 1984~85 H 62 0 1 V
17th Mar 1985 D 8 Halifax L 1984~85 A 19 19 V
22nd Mar 1985 W 8 Hull L 1984~85 H 47 18 V
31st Mar 1985 W 8 Warrington L 1984~85 H 30 28 V
5th Apr 1985 W 8 Wigan L 1984~85 A 30 19 V
8th Apr 1985 W 8 Widnes L 1984~85 H 28 22 V
14th Apr 1985 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 H 30 14 V
17th Apr 1985 W 8 Hunslet L 1984~85 H 68 7 V
19th Apr 1985 W 8 Workington Town L 1984~85 A 42 13 V
21st Apr 1985 L 8 Leigh L 1984~85 A 26 30 V
27th Apr 1985 W 8 Widnes PT1 1984~85 H 26 2 V
7th May 1985 W 8 Wigan PTSF 1984~85 H 37 14 V
11th May 1985 W 8 Hull K.R. PTF 1984~85 N 36 16 V
26th May 1985 L 8 Canterbury* Fr Tour 1984~85 C 24 30 V
29th May 1985 L 8 Waikato* Fr Tour 1984~85 H 24 34 V
30th Aug 1985 W 8 Swinton L 1985~86 A 32 14 V
4th Sep 1985 W 8 Warrington L 1985~86 H 12 6 V
8th Sep 1985 W 8 York L 1985~86 H 30 8 V
15th Sep 1985 W 8 Carlisle LC1 1985~86 H 72 8 1 V
22nd Sep 1985 L 8 Leeds L 1985~86 A 8 21 V
25th Sep 1985 W 8 Whitehaven LC2 1985~86 H 26 8 V
29th Sep 1985 L 8 Hull L 1985~86 H 22 35 V
2nd Oct 1985 L 8 Wigan LCSF 1985~86 A 2 30 V
10th Nov 1985 W 8 Dewsbury L 1985~86 H 24 6 V
17th Nov 1985 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1985~86 A 18 9 V
24th Nov 1985 W 8 Dewsbury JP1 1985~86 H 42 6 V
1st Dec 1985 W 8 Doncaster JP2 1985~86 H 36 20 V
8th Dec 1985 D 8 Leeds L 1985~86 H 12 12 V
11th Dec 1985 W 8 Hull JP3 1985~86 H 57 14 V
15th Dec 1985 D 8 Hull L 1985~86 A 20 20 V
21st Dec 1985 L 8 Hull K.R. JPSF 1985~86 N 4 22 V
1st Jan 1986 L 8 Widnes L 1985~86 H 16 30 V
2nd Feb 1986 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1985~86 H 44 14 V
24th Feb 1986 W 8 Dewsbury CC1 1985~86 A 22 19 V
2nd Mar 1986 W 8 Halifax L 1985~86 H 22 10 V
8th Mar 1986 L 8 Wigan CC2 1985~86 A 14 24 V
16th Mar 1986 W 8 York L 1985~86 A 18 11 V
19th Mar 1986 W 8 Salford L 1985~86 H 28 10 2 V
23rd Mar 1986 W 8 Dewsbury L 1985~86 A 18 12 V
28th Mar 1986 W 8 Wigan L 1985~86 H 18 13 V
9th Apr 1986 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 A 22 13 V
13th Apr 1986 W 8 Salford L 1985~86 A 30 28 V
16th Apr 1986 W 8 Castleford L 1985~86 H 62 12 V
27th Apr 1986 L 8 Leeds PT1 1985~86 H 22 38 V
20th Aug 1986 W 8 Sheffield Eagles* Fr 1986~87 A 26 25 V
31st Aug 1986 W 8 Leigh L 1986~87 H 50 18 V
14th Sep 1986 W 15 Carlisle LC1 1986~87 H 112 0 1 V
21st Sep 1986 W 15 Halifax L 1986~87 H 38 16 V
24th Sep 1986 W 15 Warrington LC2 1986~87 H 19 15 V
28th Sep 1986 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1986~87 A 36 4 V
5th Oct 1986 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1986~87 H 32 11 V
12th Oct 1986 W 10 Barrow L 1986~87 A 34 12 V
17th Oct 1986 W 10 Salford L 1986~87 H 32 14 V
2nd Nov 1986 L 8 Australia Tour 1986~87 H 8 32 V
9th Nov 1986 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 A 44 8 V
16th Nov 1986 W 8 Oldham L 1986~87 A 18 17 V
23rd Nov 1986 W 8 Hull L 1986~87 H 50 10 2 V
30th Nov 1986 W 8 Whitehaven JP1 1986~87 A 10 8 V
6th Dec 1986 W 8 Castleford JP2 1986~87 A 26 22 V
14th Dec 1986 L 8 Warrington JP3 1986~87 H 20 22 V
21st Dec 1986 W 8 Oldham L 1986~87 H 28 6 V
26th Dec 1986 L 8 Wigan L 1986~87 H 4 12 V
1st Jan 1987 L 8 Widnes L 1986~87 A 10 16 V
4th Jan 1987 L 8 Halifax L 1986~87 A 19 20 V
21st Jan 1987 W 8 Swinton CCP 1986~87 H 18 16 1 V
25th Jan 1987 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 H 43 14 V
5th Feb 1987 W 8 Dewsbury CC1 1986~87 A 48 12 V
8th Feb 1987 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1986~87 A 30 6 Y V
14th Feb 1987 W 8 Oldham CC2 1986~87 A 24 14 V
18th Feb 1987 W 8 Warrington L 1986~87 H 42 22 V
22nd Feb 1987 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 H 40 14 V
1st Mar 1987 W 8 Whitehaven CC3 1986~87 H 41 10 V
4th Mar 1987 L 8 Castleford L 1986~87 A 10 12 V
14th Mar 1987 W 8 Leigh CCSF 1986~87 N 14 8 V
17th Mar 1987 L 8 Hull L 1986~87 A 22 36 V
22nd Mar 1987 D 8 Warrington L 1986~87 A 17 17 V
25th Mar 1987 W 8 Leigh L 1986~87 A 16 8 V
29th Mar 1987 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1986~87 H 44 22 V
1st Apr 1987 L 8 Castleford L 1986~87 H 8 10 V
5th Apr 1987 W 8 Leeds L 1986~87 H 24 22 V
8th Apr 1987 W 8 Barrow L 1986~87 H 26 4 V
12th Apr 1987 L 15 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 A 4 18 V
20th Apr 1987 L 8 Widnes L 1986~87 H 24 30 1 V
26th Apr 1987 W 8 Bradford Northern PT1 1986~87 H 46 14 V
2nd May 1987 L 8 Halifax CCF 1986~87 N 18 19 V
10th May 1987 L 8 Warrington PTSF 1986~87 H 8 18 V
14th Aug 1987 W 8 Sheffield Eagles* Fr 1987~88 H 40 2 V
30th Aug 1987 L 8 Castleford L 1987~88 A 10 20 V
6th Sep 1987 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 H 31 16 V
20th Sep 1987 L 8 Warrington L 1987~88 A 20 24 V
27th Sep 1987 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 H 38 10 V
4th Oct 1987 L 8 Halifax L 1987~88 A 12 14 V
18th Oct 1987 W 8 Leigh L 1987~88 H 23 14 2 V
25th Oct 1987 W 8 Salford L 1987~88 A 18 8 V
1st Nov 1987 W 8 Auckland Tour 1987~88 H 52 26 V
8th Nov 1987 L 8 Leeds L 1987~88 A 21 24 V
14th Nov 1987 W 8 Widnes JP1 1987~88 H 12 10 V
22nd Nov 1987 W 8 Mansfield Marksmen JP2 1987~88 H 40 0 1 V
29th Nov 1987 W 8 Hull JP3 1987~88 H 20 16 V
6th Dec 1987 L 8 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 A 16 25 V
13th Dec 1987 W 8 Warrington L 1987~88 H 17 14 V
19th Dec 1987 W 8 Oldham JPSF 1987~88 N 18 8 V
27th Dec 1987 W 8 Wigan L 1987~88 A 32 22 V
3rd Jan 1988 W 8 Widnes L 1987~88 H 25 0 V
9th Jan 1988 W 8 Leeds JPF 1987~88 N 15 14 V
17th Jan 1988 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 A 13 12 V
31st Jan 1988 W 8 Leigh CC1 1987~88 A 22 12 V
7th Feb 1988 W 8 Halifax L 1987~88 H 16 4 V
13th Feb 1988 W 8 Warrington CC2 1987~88 A 24 20 V
17th Feb 1988 W 8 Hull L 1987~88 H 64 2 V
21st Feb 1988 W 8 Leigh L 1987~88 A 50 12 1 V
28th Feb 1988 L 8 Salford CC3 1987~88 A 18 22 1 V
1st Mar 1988 W 8 Hunslet L 1987~88 H 70 6 V
6th Mar 1988 W 8 Hunslet L 1987~88 A 14 10 V
13th Mar 1988 W 8 Castleford L 1987~88 H 14 6 V
16th Mar 1988 W 8 Salford L 1987~88 H 24 10 V
20th Mar 1988 W 8 Swinton L 1987~88 A 34 18 V
1st Apr 1988 L 8 Wigan L 1987~88 H 9 10 V
4th Apr 1988 L 8 Widnes L 1987~88 A 6 16 V
10th Apr 1988 L 8 Leeds L 1987~88 H 23 28 V
13th Apr 1988 W 8 Hull L 1987~88 A 20 8 V
17th Apr 1988 W 8 Swinton L 1987~88 H 52 4 V
24th Apr 1988 W 8 Castleford PT1 1987~88 H 40 8 V
8th May 1988 W 8 Bradford Northern PTSF 1987~88 H 24 10 V
15th May 1988 L 8 Widnes PTF 1987~88 N 14 38 V
14th Aug 1988 W 8 Widnes* Fr Charity 1988~89 H 28 16 V
21st Aug 1988 D 8 Past Players XIII* Fr Testimonial 1988~89 H 52 52 V
28th Aug 1988 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 H 23 16 V
4th Sep 1988 W 8 Warrington L 1988~89 A 25 14 V
11th Sep 1988 D 8 Castleford L 1988~89 H 14 14 V
18th Sep 1988 L 8 Widnes LC1 1988~89 A 24 32 1 V
25th Sep 1988 L 8 Leeds L 1988~89 A 0 32 V
2nd Oct 1988 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 H 30 14 V
9th Oct 1988 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 A 30 22 V
23rd Oct 1988 W 8 Oldham L 1988~89 A 26 22 1 V
6th Nov 1988 W 8 Salford L 1988~89 H 30 14 V
13th Nov 1988 W 8 York JP1 1988~89 A 14 6 V
20th Nov 1988 L 8 Castleford L 1988~89 A 12 46 V
27th Nov 1988 W 8 Hull JP2 1988~89 H 16 13 V
4th Dec 1988 W 8 Wakefield Trinity JP3 1988~89 H 34 18 V
10th Dec 1988 L 8 Widnes JPSF 1988~89 N 18 20 V
13th Dec 1988 L 8 Hull L 1988~89 A 12 21 V
18th Dec 1988 W 8 Halifax L 1988~89 H 50 16 V
26th Dec 1988 L 8 Wigan L 1988~89 H 11 18 V
1st Jan 1989 L 8 Widnes L 1988~89 A 22 29 V
8th Jan 1989 W 8 Leeds L 1988~89 H 15 6 V
15th Jan 1989 L 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 A 12 13 V
22nd Jan 1989 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 H 29 0 V
29th Jan 1989 W 8 Swinton CC1 1988~89 A 16 5 V
12th Feb 1989 W 8 Barrow CC2 1988~89 H 28 6 V
19th Feb 1989 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 A 16 12 V
26th Feb 1989 W 8 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1988~89 H 32 3 V
11th Mar 1989 W 8 Widnes CCSF 1988~89 N 16 14 V
14th Mar 1989 L 8 Salford L 1988~89 A 4 22 V
19th Mar 1989 L 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 H 10 31 V
27th Mar 1989 L 8 Widnes L 1988~89 H 16 44 V
2nd Apr 1989 L 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 A 14 21 V
9th Apr 1989 W 8 Warrington L 1988~89 H 30 16 V
12th Apr 1989 L 8 Wigan L 1988~89 A 7 14 V
16th Apr 1989 L 8 Halifax L 1988~89 A 8 40 V
29th Apr 1989 L 8 Wigan CCF 1988~89 N 0 27 V
7th May 1989 L 8 Widnes PTSF 1988~89 A 14 38 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 208 OTHER 8 = 217
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 5 Subs) = 216

GALLERY


THIS PAGE LINK : http://saints.org.uk/home/player.php?num=14998