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Steve Burtenshaw
Personal information
Date of birth 23 November 1935 (1935-11-23) (age 74)[1]
Place of birth Portslade[1], England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1966 Brighton & Hove Albion 237 (3)
Teams managed
1973–1975 Sheffield Wednesday
1977 Everton (caretaker)
1978–1979 Queens Park Rangers
1986 Arsenal (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steve Burtenshaw (born 23 November 1935 in Portslade) is an English former football player and manager. As a player, he made more than 200 appearances in the Football League as a wing half for Brighton & Hove Albion. As a manager, he took charge of several Football League clubs.


Burtenshaw was a one club man as a player, playing 237 matches in the Football League as a wing half for Brighton & Hove Albion between 1952 and 1966.[2]

After retiring, Burtenshaw became a coach at Brighton; amongst the players he took under his wing was Howard Wilkinson, the future Premier League-winning Leeds United manager.[3]

Burtenshaw joined Arsenal as a coach in 1971, succeeding Don Howe after his departure to West Bromwich Albion. Burtenshaw stayed for two years before resigning, despite the club reaching an FA Cup final and coming second in the First Division.

Soon after, he moved to Sheffield Wednesday and spent two years there as manager.[4] He later became a coach at Everton, managing the side in a caretaker capacity for three games in January 1977 after the club sacked Billy Bingham.[5] He went on to manage Queens Park Rangers from 1978 to 1979.[6]

Burtenshaw later returned to Arsenal as a coach and scout, and was caretaker manager of the club between March and May 1986, after the resignation of Don Howe as manager; Arsenal finished seventh in the First Division that season. He returned to his coaching role after the club appointed George Graham that summer. Burtenshaw's time at the club was overshadowed when he admitted taking "bungs" for signing John Jensen, in the scandal that led to Graham's sacking as Arsenal manager. He was fined £7,500 with £2,500 costs by the Football Association.[7][8]

After leaving Arsenal along with Bruce Rioch in 1996, Burtenshaw became chief scout under Stewart Houston at Queens Park Rangers.[7] Despite suffering a stroke in 2001[7] he later joined Kevin Keegan as scout at Manchester City, before retiring from football.


  1. ^ a b c "Steve Burtenshaw". The Sheffield Wednesday Archive. Adrian Bullock. Retrieved 28 November 2009.  
  2. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion : 1946/47 – 2008/09". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 24 November 2009.  
  3. ^ Murphy, Patrick (1999). "Young Blood: An interview with Howard Wilkinson, The FA's Technical Director of Football, on the Development of Youth Football". in Murphy, Patrick. Singer & Friedlander Football Review 1998-99 Season. London: Singer & Friedlander. ISBN 0 953 3427 1 9. Retrieved 28 November 2009.  
  4. ^ "The Dark Ages". Sheffield Wednesday F.C.,,10304~65730,00.html. Retrieved 28 November 2009.  
  5. ^ "Steve Burtenshaw". Everton F.C. Retrieved 28 November 2009.  
  6. ^ "A Potted History Of QPR (1882–2009)". Queens Park Rangers F.C.,,10373,00.html. Retrieved 28 November 2009.  
  7. ^ a b c Culley, Jon (23 January 1998). "Forest plan vigorous defence to FA 'bungs' charges". The Independent. Retrieved 28 November 2009.  
  8. ^ Tallentire, Mark (25 September 1998). "Burtenshaw fined". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2009.  

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