Tony Burke

OVERALL STATISTICS

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

Biography of Tony Burke



HERITAGE NO : 966
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

DateMatchPosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
9th Oct 1983 1
W
10 Fulham L H 18 14 VIEW
23rd Oct 1983 2
W
10 Bradford Northern L H 29 14 VIEW
30th Oct 1983 3
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L H 19 13 VIEW
6th Nov 1983 4
W
10 Kent Invicta JP1 A 40 7 VIEW
13th Nov 1983 5
L
10 Leigh L A 12 20 VIEW
19th Nov 1983 6
W
10 Warrington JP2 A 18 10 VIEW
27th Nov 1983 7
W
10 Featherstone Rovers JP3 H 16 12 VIEW
17th Dec 1983 8
L
10 Widnes JPSF N 4 18 VIEW
20th Dec 1983 9
W
8 Salford L A 18 16 VIEW
26th Dec 1983 10
L
10 Wigan L A 8 12 VIEW
1st Jan 1984 11
L
10 Widnes L H 12 20 VIEW
8th Jan 1984 12
L
10 Wakefield Trinity L A 22 31 VIEW
11th Jan 1984 13
L
10 Hull L A 24 30 1 VIEW
15th Jan 1984 14
W
10 Whitehaven L H 40 10 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1984 15
W
10 Fulham L A 30 0 VIEW
5th Feb 1984 16
W
8 Salford L H 20 0 VIEW
12th Feb 1984 17
W
8 Leigh CC1 H 16 10 VIEW
19th Feb 1984 18
L
8 Leeds L A 7 18 VIEW
25th Feb 1984 19
W
8 Hull CC2 H 24 14 VIEW
4th Mar 1984 20
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L A 21 13 VIEW
11th Mar 1984 21
L
8 Wigan CC3 H 7 16 VIEW
16th Mar 1984 22
W
8 Hull L H 22 10 VIEW
20th Mar 1984 23
W
8 Warrington L H 37 25 VIEW
25th Mar 1984 24
L
8 Castleford L A 22 26 VIEW
1st Apr 1984 25
W
8 Oldham L H 31 20 VIEW
6th Apr 1984 26
W
8 Leigh L H 37 12 VIEW
10th Apr 1984 27
W
8 Leeds L H 20 10 VIEW
15th Apr 1984 28
W
8 Whitehaven L A 27 21 VIEW
20th Apr 1984 29
W
8 Wigan L H 20 13 VIEW
23rd Apr 1984 30
D
8 Widnes L A 28 28 1 VIEW
29th Apr 1984 31
W
8 Warrington PT1 A 19 13 VIEW
7th May 1984 32
L
8 Hull Kingston Rovers PTSF A 16 21 VIEW
19th Aug 1984 --
W
11 Mansfield Marksmen * Fr Testimonial H 84 12 1 VIEW
26th Aug 1984 --
W
10 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup H 38 4 VIEW
2nd Sep 1984 33
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L H 25 10 VIEW
9th Sep 1984 34
W
8 Leeds L A 21 2 VIEW
14th Sep 1984 35
W
8 Runcorn Highfield LC1 H 58 14 VIEW
23rd Sep 1984 36
L
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 6 32 VIEW
26th Sep 1984 37
W
8 Barrow LC2 A 26 10 1 VIEW
30th Sep 1984 38
L
8 Bradford Northern L A 10 30 VIEW
7th Oct 1984 39
W
8 Castleford L H 30 16 VIEW
10th Oct 1984 40
W
8 Leigh LCSF H 31 10 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1984 41
W
8 Hunslet L A 32 14 VIEW
17th Oct 1984 42
W
8 Halifax L H 42 14 1 VIEW
21st Oct 1984 43
W
8 Oldham L H 32 5 VIEW
28th Oct 1984 44
W
8 Wigan LCF A 26 18 VIEW
4th Nov 1984 45
W
8 Warrington L A 20 14 VIEW
11th Nov 1984 46
W
8 Barrow L H 59 2 1 VIEW
18th Nov 1984 47
W
8 Keighley JP1 H 60 8 VIEW
25th Nov 1984 48
W
8 Bradford Northern L H 28 6 VIEW
2nd Dec 1984 49
D
8 Bradford Northern JP2 A 12 12 VIEW
5th Dec 1984 50
W
8 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) H 24 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1984 51
W
8 Leeds L H 48 16 VIEW
22nd Dec 1984 52
L
8 Halifax JP3 H 8 14 VIEW
26th Dec 1984 53
L
8 Wigan L H 22 30 VIEW
1st Jan 1985 54
W
8 Widnes L A 8 6 VIEW
30th Jan 1985 55
L
8 Castleford L A 12 30 VIEW
3rd Feb 1985 56
W
8 Leigh L H 56 16 VIEW
21st Feb 1985 57
L
8 Hull Kingston Rovers CC1 H 3 8 VIEW
24th Feb 1985 58
W
8 Barrow L A 31 16 VIEW
27th Feb 1985 59
L
8 Hull L A 24 46 VIEW
3rd Mar 1985 60
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L A 14 13 VIEW
8th Mar 1985 61
L
8 Oldham L A 18 20 VIEW
10th Mar 1985 62
W
8 Workington Town L H 62 0 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1985 63
D
8 Halifax L A 19 19 VIEW
22nd Mar 1985 64
W
8 Hull L H 47 18 VIEW
31st Mar 1985 65
W
8 Warrington L H 30 28 VIEW
5th Apr 1985 66
W
8 Wigan L A 30 19 VIEW
8th Apr 1985 67
W
8 Widnes L H 28 22 VIEW
14th Apr 1985 68
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 30 14 VIEW
17th Apr 1985 69
W
8 Hunslet L H 68 7 VIEW
19th Apr 1985 70
W
8 Workington Town L A 42 13 VIEW
21st Apr 1985 71
L
8 Leigh L A 26 30 VIEW
27th Apr 1985 72
W
8 Widnes PT1 H 26 2 VIEW
7th May 1985 73
W
8 Wigan PTSF H 37 14 VIEW
11th May 1985 74
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers PTF N 36 16 VIEW
26th May 1985 --
L
8 Canterbury* Fr Tour C 24 30 VIEW
29th May 1985 --
L
8 Waikato* Fr Tour H 24 34 VIEW
30th Aug 1985 75
W
8 Swinton L A 32 14 VIEW
4th Sep 1985 76
W
8 Warrington L H 12 6 VIEW
8th Sep 1985 77
W
8 York L H 30 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1985 78
W
8 Carlisle LC1 H 72 8 1 VIEW
22nd Sep 1985 79
L
8 Leeds L A 8 21 VIEW
25th Sep 1985 80
W
8 Whitehaven LC2 H 26 8 VIEW
29th Sep 1985 81
L
8 Hull L H 22 35 VIEW
2nd Oct 1985 82
L
8 Wigan LCSF A 2 30 VIEW
10th Nov 1985 83
W
8 Dewsbury L H 24 6 VIEW
17th Nov 1985 84
W
8 Bradford Northern L A 18 9 VIEW
24th Nov 1985 85
W
8 Dewsbury JP1 H 42 6 VIEW
1st Dec 1985 86
W
8 Doncaster JP2 H 36 20 VIEW
8th Dec 1985 87
D
8 Leeds L H 12 12 VIEW
11th Dec 1985 88
W
8 Hull JP3 H 57 14 VIEW
15th Dec 1985 89
D
8 Hull L A 20 20 VIEW
21st Dec 1985 90
L
8 Hull Kingston Rovers JPSF N 4 22 VIEW
1st Jan 1986 91
L
8 Widnes L H 16 30 VIEW
2nd Feb 1986 92
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L H 44 14 VIEW
24th Feb 1986 93
W
8 Dewsbury CC1 A 22 19 VIEW
2nd Mar 1986 94
W
8 Halifax L H 22 10 VIEW
8th Mar 1986 95
L
8 Wigan CC2 A 14 24 VIEW
16th Mar 1986 96
W
8 York L A 18 11 VIEW
19th Mar 1986 97
W
8 Salford L H 28 10 2 VIEW
23rd Mar 1986 98
W
8 Dewsbury L A 18 12 VIEW
28th Mar 1986 99
W
8 Wigan L H 18 13 VIEW
9th Apr 1986 100
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 22 13 VIEW
13th Apr 1986 101
W
8 Salford L A 30 28 VIEW
16th Apr 1986 102
W
8 Castleford L H 62 12 VIEW
27th Apr 1986 103
L
8 Leeds PT1 H 22 38 VIEW
20th Aug 1986 --
W
8 Sheffield Eagles* Fr A 26 25 VIEW
31st Aug 1986 104
W
8 Leigh L H 50 18 VIEW
14th Sep 1986 105
W
15 Carlisle LC1 H 112 0 1 VIEW
21st Sep 1986 106
W
15 Halifax L H 38 16 VIEW
24th Sep 1986 107
W
15 Warrington LC2 H 19 15 VIEW
28th Sep 1986 108
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 36 4 VIEW
5th Oct 1986 109
W
15 Wakefield Trinity L H 32 11 VIEW
12th Oct 1986 110
W
10 Barrow L A 34 12 VIEW
17th Oct 1986 111
W
10 Salford L H 32 14 VIEW
2nd Nov 1986 112
L
8 Australia Tour H 8 32 VIEW
9th Nov 1986 113
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L A 44 8 VIEW
16th Nov 1986 114
W
8 Oldham L A 18 17 VIEW
23rd Nov 1986 115
W
8 Hull L H 50 10 2 VIEW
30th Nov 1986 116
W
8 Whitehaven JP1 A 10 8 VIEW
6th Dec 1986 117
W
8 Castleford JP2 A 26 22 VIEW
14th Dec 1986 118
L
8 Warrington JP3 H 20 22 VIEW
21st Dec 1986 119
W
8 Oldham L H 28 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1986 120
L
8 Wigan L H 4 12 VIEW
1st Jan 1987 121
L
8 Widnes L A 10 16 VIEW
4th Jan 1987 122
L
8 Halifax L A 19 20 VIEW
21st Jan 1987 123
W
8 Swinton CCP H 18 16 1 VIEW
25th Jan 1987 124
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L H 43 14 VIEW
5th Feb 1987 125
W
8 Dewsbury CC1 A 48 12 VIEW
8th Feb 1987 126
W
15 Wakefield Trinity L A 30 6 VIEW
14th Feb 1987 127
W
8 Oldham CC2 A 24 14 VIEW
18th Feb 1987 128
W
8 Warrington L H 42 22 VIEW
22nd Feb 1987 129
W
8 Bradford Northern L H 40 14 VIEW
1st Mar 1987 130
W
8 Whitehaven CC3 H 41 10 VIEW
4th Mar 1987 131
L
8 Castleford L A 10 12 VIEW
14th Mar 1987 132
W
8 Leigh CCSF N 14 8 VIEW
17th Mar 1987 133
L
8 Hull L A 22 36 VIEW
22nd Mar 1987 134
D
8 Warrington L A 17 17 VIEW
25th Mar 1987 135
W
8 Leigh L A 16 8 VIEW
29th Mar 1987 136
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 44 22 VIEW
1st Apr 1987 137
L
8 Castleford L H 8 10 VIEW
5th Apr 1987 138
W
8 Leeds L H 24 22 VIEW
8th Apr 1987 139
W
8 Barrow L H 26 4 VIEW
12th Apr 1987 140
L
15 Bradford Northern L A 4 18 VIEW
20th Apr 1987 141
L
8 Widnes L H 24 30 1 VIEW
26th Apr 1987 142
W
8 Bradford Northern PT1 H 46 14 VIEW
2nd May 1987 143
L
8 Halifax CCF N 18 19 VIEW
10th May 1987 144
L
8 Warrington PTSF H 8 18 VIEW
14th Aug 1987 --
W
8 Sheffield Eagles* Fr H 40 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1987 145
L
8 Castleford L A 10 20 VIEW
6th Sep 1987 146
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 31 16 VIEW
20th Sep 1987 147
L
8 Warrington L A 20 24 VIEW
27th Sep 1987 148
W
8 Bradford Northern L H 38 10 VIEW
4th Oct 1987 149
L
8 Halifax L A 12 14 VIEW
18th Oct 1987 150
W
8 Leigh L H 23 14 2 VIEW
25th Oct 1987 151
W
8 Salford L A 18 8 VIEW
1st Nov 1987 152
W
8 Auckland Tour H 52 26 VIEW
8th Nov 1987 153
L
8 Leeds L A 21 24 VIEW
14th Nov 1987 154
W
8 Widnes JP1 H 12 10 VIEW
22nd Nov 1987 155
W
8 Mansfield Marksmen JP2 H 40 0 1 VIEW
29th Nov 1987 156
W
8 Hull JP3 H 20 16 VIEW
6th Dec 1987 157
L
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 16 25 VIEW
13th Dec 1987 158
W
8 Warrington L H 17 14 VIEW
19th Dec 1987 159
W
8 Oldham JPSF N 18 8 VIEW
27th Dec 1987 160
W
8 Wigan L A 32 22 VIEW
3rd Jan 1988 161
W
8 Widnes L H 25 0 VIEW
9th Jan 1988 162
W
8 Leeds JPF N 15 14 VIEW
17th Jan 1988 163
W
8 Bradford Northern L A 13 12 VIEW
31st Jan 1988 164
W
8 Leigh CC1 A 22 12 VIEW
7th Feb 1988 165
W
8 Halifax L H 16 4 VIEW
13th Feb 1988 166
W
8 Warrington CC2 A 24 20 VIEW
17th Feb 1988 167
W
8 Hull L H 64 2 VIEW
21st Feb 1988 168
W
8 Leigh L A 50 12 1 VIEW
28th Feb 1988 169
L
8 Salford CC3 A 18 22 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1988 170
W
8 Hunslet L H 70 6 VIEW
6th Mar 1988 171
W
8 Hunslet L A 14 10 VIEW
13th Mar 1988 172
W
8 Castleford L H 14 6 VIEW
16th Mar 1988 173
W
8 Salford L H 24 10 VIEW
20th Mar 1988 174
W
8 Swinton L A 34 18 VIEW
1st Apr 1988 175
L
8 Wigan L H 9 10 VIEW
4th Apr 1988 176
L
8 Widnes L A 6 16 VIEW
10th Apr 1988 177
L
8 Leeds L H 23 28 VIEW
13th Apr 1988 178
W
8 Hull L A 20 8 VIEW
17th Apr 1988 179
W
8 Swinton L H 52 4 VIEW
24th Apr 1988 180
W
8 Castleford PT1 H 40 8 VIEW
8th May 1988 181
W
8 Bradford Northern PTSF H 24 10 VIEW
15th May 1988 182
L
8 Widnes PTF N 14 38 VIEW
14th Aug 1988 --
W
8 Widnes* Fr Charity H 28 16 VIEW
21st Aug 1988 --
D
8 Past Players XIII* Fr Testimonial H 52 52 VIEW
28th Aug 1988 183
W
8 Bradford Northern L H 23 16 VIEW
4th Sep 1988 184
W
8 Warrington L A 25 14 VIEW
11th Sep 1988 185
D
8 Castleford L H 14 14 VIEW
18th Sep 1988 186
L
8 Widnes LC1 A 24 32 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1988 187
L
8 Leeds L A 0 32 VIEW
2nd Oct 1988 188
W
8 Wakefield Trinity L H 30 14 VIEW
9th Oct 1988 189
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 30 22 VIEW
23rd Oct 1988 190
W
8 Oldham L A 26 22 1 VIEW
6th Nov 1988 191
W
8 Salford L H 30 14 VIEW
13th Nov 1988 192
W
8 York JP1 A 14 6 VIEW
20th Nov 1988 193
L
8 Castleford L A 12 46 VIEW
27th Nov 1988 194
W
8 Hull JP2 H 16 13 VIEW
4th Dec 1988 195
W
8 Wakefield Trinity JP3 H 34 18 VIEW
10th Dec 1988 196
L
8 Widnes JPSF N 18 20 VIEW
13th Dec 1988 197
L
8 Hull L A 12 21 VIEW
18th Dec 1988 198
W
8 Halifax L H 50 16 VIEW
26th Dec 1988 199
L
8 Wigan L H 11 18 VIEW
1st Jan 1989 200
L
8 Widnes L A 22 29 VIEW
8th Jan 1989 201
W
8 Leeds L H 15 6 VIEW
15th Jan 1989 202
L
8 Featherstone Rovers L A 12 13 VIEW
22nd Jan 1989 203
W
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 29 0 VIEW
29th Jan 1989 204
W
8 Swinton CC1 A 16 5 VIEW
12th Feb 1989 205
W
8 Barrow CC2 H 28 6 VIEW
19th Feb 1989 206
W
8 Bradford Northern L A 16 12 VIEW
26th Feb 1989 207
W
8 Featherstone Rovers CC3 H 32 3 VIEW
11th Mar 1989 208
W
8 Widnes CCSF N 16 14 VIEW
14th Mar 1989 209
L
8 Salford L A 4 22 VIEW
19th Mar 1989 210
L
8 Featherstone Rovers L H 10 31 VIEW
27th Mar 1989 211
L
8 Widnes L H 16 44 VIEW
2nd Apr 1989 212
L
8 Wakefield Trinity L A 14 21 VIEW
9th Apr 1989 213
W
8 Warrington L H 30 16 VIEW
12th Apr 1989 214
L
8 Wigan L A 7 14 VIEW
16th Apr 1989 215
L
8 Halifax L A 8 40 VIEW
29th Apr 1989 216
L
8 Wigan CCF N 0 27 VIEW
7th May 1989 217
L
8 Widnes PTSF A 14 38 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 151 | LOSSES : 66 | DRAWS : 8

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