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Keith Burkinshaw
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Personal information
Full name Harry Keith Burkinshaw
Date of birth 23 June 1935 (1935-06-23) (age 74)
Place of birth    Higham, Barnsley, England
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Denaby United
Scunthorpe United

001 (0)
293 (9)
108 (3)   
Teams managed
Scunthorpe United (caretaker)
Tottenham Hotspur
Sporting Clube de Portugal
West Bromwich Albion
Aberdeen (caretaker)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Harry Keith Burkinshaw (born 23 June 1935 in Higham, near Barnsley, Yorkshire) is an English former professional footballer and football manager.


Playing career

Burkinshaw began his footballing career with Midland League side Denaby United while working at Dodworth Colliery. He had a brief spell as an amateur with Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Liverpool in November 1953. He played just once for Liverpool, against Port Vale in April 1955, moving to Workington in December 1957 for a fee of £3,000. He was player-manager of Workington between November 1964 and March 1965, leaving to join Scunthorpe United in May 1965, having played 293 league games for Workington. He played a further 108 league games for Scunthorpe, and had a short spell as caretaker manager before retiring from playing in May 1968.

Coaching and managerial career

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Burkinshaw moved to Zambia where he coached for a few months before returning to England as coach of Newcastle United. He was sacked by Newcastle in May 1975 and joined Tottenham Hotspur as coach the same month.

He acted as manager of Tottenham Hotspur Football club from 14 July 1976 to 31 May 1984. He was their second most successful manager (after Bill Nicholson). Spurs were relegated in Burkinshaw's first year in charge but bounced straight back for promotion the following year. He signed two Argentine World Cup stars, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, in 1978. It was considered a brave move but Ossie would become one of the Spurs greats and Villa would score one of the greatest goals ever seen at Wembley in the 1981 FA Cup Final replay. Burkinshaw's Spurs, with Ardiles, Villa and Glenn Hoddle, won two successive FA Cups (81 & 82).

In his final game in charge, Spurs won the UEFA Cup (1984) for a second time after a penalty shoot-out after the second leg at White Hart Lane. In doing so, they beat an R.S.C. Anderlecht team that included the future Spurs Sporting Director Frank Arnesen. On leaving White Hart Lane for the last time, brought about by a disagreement with the board, he remarked "There used to be a football club there".

In June 1984 he was appointed as coach to the Bahrain national side and later managed Sporting Clube de Portugal. In October 1988 he returned to England as manager of Gillingham, but resigned in April 1989 with the team on the verge of relegation to Division Four.

Burkinshaw was later Chief Scout for Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles at Swindon Town and in May 1992 became assistant to Ardiles at West Bromwich Albion. When Ardiles moved to managed Tottenham in the summer of 1993, Burkinshaw was promoted to Albion manager. However, his career as Albion manager lasted just one season (1993–94) and he was sacked after they narrowly avoided relegation back to Division Two.

He was later Director of Football at Aberdeen before briefly taking charge as caretaker-manager at Pittodrie when Roy Aitken was sacked in 1997, he left when Alex Miller was appointed as the club's new manager.

In March 2005 Burkinshaw was appointed assistant manager at Watford. He left this position in December 2007 due to a serious family illness, having helped the club reach promotion to the Premier League in 2006.



As a manager

Tottenham Hotspur

Sporting Lisbon

See also

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul Van Himst
UEFA Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Luis Molowny
Preceded by
Portugal Artur Jorge
Portuguese SuperCup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Brazil Geninho


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