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

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
1983~843 0 0 32
1984~85 5 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
1984~85 1004
1986~870001
1987~880001
1988~890002
TOTALS:1008

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
9th Oct 1983
W
10 Fulham L 1983~84 H 18 14 VIEW
23rd Oct 1983
W
10 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 H 29 14 VIEW
30th Oct 1983
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 H 19 13 VIEW
6th Nov 1983
W
10 Kent Invicta JP1 1983~84 A 40 7 VIEW
13th Nov 1983
L
10 Leigh L 1983~84 A 12 20 VIEW
19th Nov 1983
W
10 Warrington JP2 1983~84 A 18 10 VIEW
27th Nov 1983
W
10 Featherstone Rovers JP3 1983~84 H 16 12 VIEW
17th Dec 1983
L
10 Widnes JPSF 1983~84 N 4 18 VIEW
20th Dec 1983
W
8 Salford L 1983~84 A 18 16 VIEW
26th Dec 1983
L
10 Wigan L 1983~84 A 8 12 VIEW
1st Jan 1984
L
10 Widnes L 1983~84 H 12 20 VIEW
8th Jan 1984
L
10 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 A 22 31 VIEW
11th Jan 1984
L
10 Hull L 1983~84 A 24 30 1 VIEW
15th Jan 1984
W
10 Whitehaven L 1983~84 H 40 10 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1984
W
10 Fulham L 1983~84 A 30 0 VIEW
5th Feb 1984
W
8 Salford L 1983~84 H 20 0 VIEW
12th Feb 1984
W
8 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 VIEW
19th Feb 1984
L
8 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 VIEW
25th Feb 1984
W
8 Hull CC2 1983~84 H 24 14 VIEW
4th Mar 1984
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 A 21 13 VIEW
11th Mar 1984
L
8 Wigan CC3 1983~84 H 7 16 VIEW
16th Mar 1984
W
8 Hull L 1983~84 H 22 10 VIEW
20th Mar 1984
W
8 Warrington L 1983~84 H 37 25 VIEW
25th Mar 1984
L
8 Castleford L 1983~84 A 22 26 VIEW
1st Apr 1984
W
8 Oldham L 1983~84 H 31 20 VIEW
6th Apr 1984
W
8 Leigh L 1983~84 H 37 12 VIEW
10th Apr 1984
W
8 Leeds L 1983~84 H 20 10 VIEW
15th Apr 1984
W
8 Whitehaven L 1983~84 A 27 21 VIEW
20th Apr 1984
W
8 Wigan L 1983~84 H 20 13 VIEW
23rd Apr 1984
D
8 Widnes L 1983~84 A 28 28 1 VIEW
29th Apr 1984
W
8 Warrington PT1 1983~84 A 19 13 VIEW
7th May 1984
L
8 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 VIEW
19th Aug 1984
W
11 Mansfield Marksmen * Fr Testimonial 1984~85 H 84 12 1 VIEW
26th Aug 1984
W
10 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1984~85 H 38 4 VIEW
2nd Sep 1984
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 H 25 10 VIEW
9th Sep 1984
W
8 Leeds L 1984~85 A 21 2 VIEW
14th Sep 1984
W
8 Runcorn Highfield LC1 1984~85 H 58 14 VIEW
23rd Sep 1984
L
8 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 A 6 32 VIEW
26th Sep 1984
W
8 Barrow LC2 1984~85 A 26 10 1 VIEW
30th Sep 1984
L
8 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 VIEW
7th Oct 1984
W
8 Castleford L 1984~85 H 30 16 VIEW
10th Oct 1984
W
8 Leigh LCSF 1984~85 H 31 10 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1984
W
8 Hunslet L 1984~85 A 32 14 VIEW
17th Oct 1984
W
8 Halifax L 1984~85 H 42 14 1 VIEW
21st Oct 1984
W
8 Oldham L 1984~85 H 32 5 VIEW
28th Oct 1984
W
8 Wigan LCF 1984~85 A 26 18 VIEW
4th Nov 1984
W
8 Warrington L 1984~85 A 20 14 VIEW
11th Nov 1984
W
8 Barrow L 1984~85 H 59 2 1 VIEW
18th Nov 1984
W
8 Keighley JP1 1984~85 H 60 8 VIEW
25th Nov 1984
W
8 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 H 28 6 VIEW
2nd Dec 1984
D
8 Bradford Northern JP2 1984~85 A 12 12 VIEW
5th Dec 1984
W
8 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) 1984~85 H 24 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1984
W
8 Leeds L 1984~85 H 48 16 VIEW
22nd Dec 1984
L
8 Halifax JP3 1984~85 H 8 14 VIEW
26th Dec 1984
L
8 Wigan L 1984~85 H 22 30 VIEW
1st Jan 1985
W
8 Widnes L 1984~85 A 8 6 VIEW
30th Jan 1985
L
8 Castleford L 1984~85 A 12 30 VIEW
3rd Feb 1985
W
8 Leigh L 1984~85 H 56 16 VIEW
21st Feb 1985
L
8 Hull K.R. CC1 1984~85 H 3 8 VIEW
24th Feb 1985
W
8 Barrow L 1984~85 A 31 16 VIEW
27th Feb 1985
L
8 Hull L 1984~85 A 24 46 VIEW
3rd Mar 1985
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 A 14 13 VIEW
8th Mar 1985
L
8 Oldham L 1984~85 A 18 20 VIEW
10th Mar 1985
W
8 Workington Town L 1984~85 H 62 0 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1985
D
8 Halifax L 1984~85 A 19 19 VIEW
22nd Mar 1985
W
8 Hull L 1984~85 H 47 18 VIEW
31st Mar 1985
W
8 Warrington L 1984~85 H 30 28 VIEW
5th Apr 1985
W
8 Wigan L 1984~85 A 30 19 VIEW
8th Apr 1985
W
8 Widnes L 1984~85 H 28 22 VIEW
14th Apr 1985
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 H 30 14 VIEW
17th Apr 1985
W
8 Hunslet L 1984~85 H 68 7 VIEW
19th Apr 1985
W
8 Workington Town L 1984~85 A 42 13 VIEW
21st Apr 1985
L
8 Leigh L 1984~85 A 26 30 VIEW
27th Apr 1985
W
8 Widnes PT1 1984~85 H 26 2 VIEW
7th May 1985
W
8 Wigan PTSF 1984~85 H 37 14 VIEW
11th May 1985
W
8 Hull K.R. PTF 1984~85 N 36 16 VIEW
26th May 1985
L
8 Canterbury* Fr Tour 1984~85 C 24 30 VIEW
29th May 1985
L
8 Waikato* Fr Tour 1984~85 H 24 34 VIEW
30th Aug 1985
W
8 Swinton L 1985~86 A 32 14 VIEW
4th Sep 1985
W
8 Warrington L 1985~86 H 12 6 VIEW
8th Sep 1985
W
8 York L 1985~86 H 30 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1985
W
8 Carlisle LC1 1985~86 H 72 8 1 VIEW
22nd Sep 1985
L
8 Leeds L 1985~86 A 8 21 VIEW
25th Sep 1985
W
8 Whitehaven LC2 1985~86 H 26 8 VIEW
29th Sep 1985
L
8 Hull L 1985~86 H 22 35 VIEW
2nd Oct 1985
L
8 Wigan LCSF 1985~86 A 2 30 VIEW
10th Nov 1985
W
8 Dewsbury L 1985~86 H 24 6 VIEW
17th Nov 1985
W
8 Bradford Northern L 1985~86 A 18 9 VIEW
24th Nov 1985
W
8 Dewsbury JP1 1985~86 H 42 6 VIEW
1st Dec 1985
W
8 Doncaster JP2 1985~86 H 36 20 VIEW
8th Dec 1985
D
8 Leeds L 1985~86 H 12 12 VIEW
11th Dec 1985
W
8 Hull JP3 1985~86 H 57 14 VIEW
15th Dec 1985
D
8 Hull L 1985~86 A 20 20 VIEW
21st Dec 1985
L
8 Hull K.R. JPSF 1985~86 N 4 22 VIEW
1st Jan 1986
L
8 Widnes L 1985~86 H 16 30 VIEW
2nd Feb 1986
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1985~86 H 44 14 VIEW
24th Feb 1986
W
8 Dewsbury CC1 1985~86 A 22 19 VIEW
2nd Mar 1986
W
8 Halifax L 1985~86 H 22 10 VIEW
8th Mar 1986
L
8 Wigan CC2 1985~86 A 14 24 VIEW
16th Mar 1986
W
8 York L 1985~86 A 18 11 VIEW
19th Mar 1986
W
8 Salford L 1985~86 H 28 10 2 VIEW
23rd Mar 1986
W
8 Dewsbury L 1985~86 A 18 12 VIEW
28th Mar 1986
W
8 Wigan L 1985~86 H 18 13 VIEW
9th Apr 1986
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 A 22 13 VIEW
13th Apr 1986
W
8 Salford L 1985~86 A 30 28 VIEW
16th Apr 1986
W
8 Castleford L 1985~86 H 62 12 VIEW
27th Apr 1986
L
8 Leeds PT1 1985~86 H 22 38 VIEW
20th Aug 1986
W
8 Sheffield Eagles* Fr 1986~87 A 26 25 VIEW
31st Aug 1986
W
8 Leigh L 1986~87 H 50 18 VIEW
14th Sep 1986
W
15 Carlisle LC1 1986~87 H 112 0 1 VIEW
21st Sep 1986
W
15 Halifax L 1986~87 H 38 16 VIEW
24th Sep 1986
W
15 Warrington LC2 1986~87 H 19 15 VIEW
28th Sep 1986
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1986~87 A 36 4 VIEW
5th Oct 1986
W
15 Wakefield Trinity L 1986~87 H 32 11 VIEW
12th Oct 1986
W
10 Barrow L 1986~87 A 34 12 VIEW
17th Oct 1986
W
10 Salford L 1986~87 H 32 14 VIEW
2nd Nov 1986
L
8 Australia Tour 1986~87 H 8 32 VIEW
9th Nov 1986
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 A 44 8 VIEW
16th Nov 1986
W
8 Oldham L 1986~87 A 18 17 VIEW
23rd Nov 1986
W
8 Hull L 1986~87 H 50 10 2 VIEW
30th Nov 1986
W
8 Whitehaven JP1 1986~87 A 10 8 VIEW
6th Dec 1986
W
8 Castleford JP2 1986~87 A 26 22 VIEW
14th Dec 1986
L
8 Warrington JP3 1986~87 H 20 22 VIEW
21st Dec 1986
W
8 Oldham L 1986~87 H 28 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1986
L
8 Wigan L 1986~87 H 4 12 VIEW
1st Jan 1987
L
8 Widnes L 1986~87 A 10 16 VIEW
4th Jan 1987
L
8 Halifax L 1986~87 A 19 20 VIEW
21st Jan 1987
W
8 Swinton CCP 1986~87 H 18 16 1 VIEW
25th Jan 1987
W
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 H 43 14 VIEW
5th Feb 1987
W
8 Dewsbury CC1 1986~87 A 48 12 VIEW
8th Feb 1987
W
15 Wakefield Trinity L 1986~87 A 30 6 Y VIEW
14th Feb 1987
W
8 Oldham CC2 1986~87 A 24 14 VIEW
18th Feb 1987
W
8 Warrington L 1986~87 H 42 22 VIEW
22nd Feb 1987
W
8 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 H 40 14 VIEW
1st Mar 1987
W
8 Whitehaven CC3 1986~87 H 41 10 VIEW
4th Mar 1987
L
8 Castleford L 1986~87 A 10 12 VIEW
14th Mar 1987
W
8 Leigh CCSF 1986~87 N 14 8 VIEW
17th Mar 1987
L
8 Hull L 1986~87 A 22 36 VIEW
22nd Mar 1987
D
8 Warrington L 1986~87 A 17 17 VIEW
25th Mar 1987
W
8 Leigh L 1986~87 A 16 8 VIEW
29th Mar 1987
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1986~87 H 44 22 VIEW
1st Apr 1987
L
8 Castleford L 1986~87 H 8 10 VIEW
5th Apr 1987
W
8 Leeds L 1986~87 H 24 22 VIEW
8th Apr 1987
W
8 Barrow L 1986~87 H 26 4 VIEW
12th Apr 1987
L
15 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 A 4 18 VIEW
20th Apr 1987
L
8 Widnes L 1986~87 H 24 30 1 VIEW
26th Apr 1987
W
8 Bradford Northern PT1 1986~87 H 46 14 VIEW
2nd May 1987
L
8 Halifax CCF 1986~87 N 18 19 VIEW
10th May 1987
L
8 Warrington PTSF 1986~87 H 8 18 VIEW
14th Aug 1987
W
8 Sheffield Eagles* Fr 1987~88 H 40 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1987
L
8 Castleford L 1987~88 A 10 20 VIEW
6th Sep 1987
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 H 31 16 VIEW
20th Sep 1987
L
8 Warrington L 1987~88 A 20 24 VIEW
27th Sep 1987
W
8 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 H 38 10 VIEW
4th Oct 1987
L
8 Halifax L 1987~88 A 12 14 VIEW
18th Oct 1987
W
8 Leigh L 1987~88 H 23 14 2 VIEW
25th Oct 1987
W
8 Salford L 1987~88 A 18 8 VIEW
1st Nov 1987
W
8 Auckland Tour 1987~88 H 52 26 VIEW
8th Nov 1987
L
8 Leeds L 1987~88 A 21 24 VIEW
14th Nov 1987
W
8 Widnes JP1 1987~88 H 12 10 VIEW
22nd Nov 1987
W
8 Mansfield Marksmen JP2 1987~88 H 40 0 1 VIEW
29th Nov 1987
W
8 Hull JP3 1987~88 H 20 16 VIEW
6th Dec 1987
L
8 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 A 16 25 VIEW
13th Dec 1987
W
8 Warrington L 1987~88 H 17 14 VIEW
19th Dec 1987
W
8 Oldham JPSF 1987~88 N 18 8 VIEW
27th Dec 1987
W
8 Wigan L 1987~88 A 32 22 VIEW
3rd Jan 1988
W
8 Widnes L 1987~88 H 25 0 VIEW
9th Jan 1988
W
8 Leeds JPF 1987~88 N 15 14 VIEW
17th Jan 1988
W
8 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 A 13 12 VIEW
31st Jan 1988
W
8 Leigh CC1 1987~88 A 22 12 VIEW
7th Feb 1988
W
8 Halifax L 1987~88 H 16 4 VIEW
13th Feb 1988
W
8 Warrington CC2 1987~88 A 24 20 VIEW
17th Feb 1988
W
8 Hull L 1987~88 H 64 2 VIEW
21st Feb 1988
W
8 Leigh L 1987~88 A 50 12 1 VIEW
28th Feb 1988
L
8 Salford CC3 1987~88 A 18 22 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1988
W
8 Hunslet L 1987~88 H 70 6 VIEW
6th Mar 1988
W
8 Hunslet L 1987~88 A 14 10 VIEW
13th Mar 1988
W
8 Castleford L 1987~88 H 14 6 VIEW
16th Mar 1988
W
8 Salford L 1987~88 H 24 10 VIEW
20th Mar 1988
W
8 Swinton L 1987~88 A 34 18 VIEW
1st Apr 1988
L
8 Wigan L 1987~88 H 9 10 VIEW
4th Apr 1988
L
8 Widnes L 1987~88 A 6 16 VIEW
10th Apr 1988
L
8 Leeds L 1987~88 H 23 28 VIEW
13th Apr 1988
W
8 Hull L 1987~88 A 20 8 VIEW
17th Apr 1988
W
8 Swinton L 1987~88 H 52 4 VIEW
24th Apr 1988
W
8 Castleford PT1 1987~88 H 40 8 VIEW
8th May 1988
W
8 Bradford Northern PTSF 1987~88 H 24 10 VIEW
15th May 1988
L
8 Widnes PTF 1987~88 N 14 38 VIEW
14th Aug 1988
W
8 Widnes* Fr Charity 1988~89 H 28 16 VIEW
21st Aug 1988
D
8 Past Players XIII* Fr Testimonial 1988~89 H 52 52 VIEW
28th Aug 1988
W
8 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 H 23 16 VIEW
4th Sep 1988
W
8 Warrington L 1988~89 A 25 14 VIEW
11th Sep 1988
D
8 Castleford L 1988~89 H 14 14 VIEW
18th Sep 1988
L
8 Widnes LC1 1988~89 A 24 32 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1988
L
8 Leeds L 1988~89 A 0 32 VIEW
2nd Oct 1988
W
8 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 H 30 14 VIEW
9th Oct 1988
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 A 30 22 VIEW
23rd Oct 1988
W
8 Oldham L 1988~89 A 26 22 1 VIEW
6th Nov 1988
W
8 Salford L 1988~89 H 30 14 VIEW
13th Nov 1988
W
8 York JP1 1988~89 A 14 6 VIEW
20th Nov 1988
L
8 Castleford L 1988~89 A 12 46 VIEW
27th Nov 1988
W
8 Hull JP2 1988~89 H 16 13 VIEW
4th Dec 1988
W
8 Wakefield Trinity JP3 1988~89 H 34 18 VIEW
10th Dec 1988
L
8 Widnes JPSF 1988~89 N 18 20 VIEW
13th Dec 1988
L
8 Hull L 1988~89 A 12 21 VIEW
18th Dec 1988
W
8 Halifax L 1988~89 H 50 16 VIEW
26th Dec 1988
L
8 Wigan L 1988~89 H 11 18 VIEW
1st Jan 1989
L
8 Widnes L 1988~89 A 22 29 VIEW
8th Jan 1989
W
8 Leeds L 1988~89 H 15 6 VIEW
15th Jan 1989
L
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 A 12 13 VIEW
22nd Jan 1989
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 H 29 0 VIEW
29th Jan 1989
W
8 Swinton CC1 1988~89 A 16 5 VIEW
12th Feb 1989
W
8 Barrow CC2 1988~89 H 28 6 VIEW
19th Feb 1989
W
8 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 A 16 12 VIEW
26th Feb 1989
W
8 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1988~89 H 32 3 VIEW
11th Mar 1989
W
8 Widnes CCSF 1988~89 N 16 14 VIEW
14th Mar 1989
L
8 Salford L 1988~89 A 4 22 VIEW
19th Mar 1989
L
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 H 10 31 VIEW
27th Mar 1989
L
8 Widnes L 1988~89 H 16 44 VIEW
2nd Apr 1989
L
8 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 A 14 21 VIEW
9th Apr 1989
W
8 Warrington L 1988~89 H 30 16 VIEW
12th Apr 1989
L
8 Wigan L 1988~89 A 7 14 VIEW
16th Apr 1989
L
8 Halifax L 1988~89 A 8 40 VIEW
29th Apr 1989
L
8 Wigan CCF 1988~89 N 0 27 VIEW
7th May 1989
L
8 Widnes PTSF 1988~89 A 14 38 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 151 | LOSSES : 66 | DRAWS : 8

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