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Who is the oldest player in premier league in history and how many years did he play under English Premier League? John Burridge is the oldest player in premier league. Learn more about John Burridge’s biography, early life, career and early of John Burridge.

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John Burridge, who was born in England on December 3, 1951, and goes by the nickname “Budgie,” used to be a goalkeeper. He now works as a goalkeeping consultant and senior goalkeeping coach for the goalkeeping academy of the Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters. In his senior career, which lasted nearly 30 years, he played for 29 clubs, 18 of which were in the Football League. Burridge played a total of 768 league games in the English and Scottish leagues, as well as a few more games outside of the leagues.

Burridge was born in Workington, but he grew up in the mining village of Great Clifton in the county of Cumbria. When he was 15, he signed up to play professionally for Workington, which was close to his home. In 1969, he played his first game in a league.

He moved to Blackpool in 1971, first on loan at the end of the 1970–71 season and then for good at the start of the 1971–72 season. His first honor was the Anglo-Italian Cup, which he won with the Seasiders. On June 12, 1971, Blackpool beat Bologna 2-1 in extra time at the Stadio Comunale in Bologna. Italian fans, who are usually very critical, gave Burridge high marks for his performance.

Burridge was paid £75,000 to join Aston Villa in 1975. Ron Saunders brought him to Villa Park, where he played for two years and won the League Cup. Jimmy Rimmer eventually took his place. Before Terry Venables signed him for Crystal Palace in 1978, he played for Southend United on loan for a short time and did well. After Palace went up 4–0 against Ipswich Town and won 4–1, Burridge sat on the crossbar to entertain the crowd. After two and a half seasons with Palace, he moved to a rival team in London, Queens Park Rangers. Venables again got him to join the team. He was taken out of the 1982 FA Cup Final and replaced by Peter Hucker.

In July of 1982, Burridge joined Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was his seventh team. During the 1982–83 season, Wolves played a game at Molineux against Newcastle United. Kevin Keegan and Burridge made a £100 bet before the game that Burridge would play the game in a Superman costume. Because of the bet, Burridge played the match in a Superman costume in front of the biggest Wolves crowd of the season, which was 22,500 people. Burridge helped Wolves get promoted to the Premier League as runners-up, but they were sent down the next year. In October 1984, he left Wolves to join Sheffield United, where he was signed by Ian Porterfield. Arthur Cox also put him on loan at Derby County for a short time before he joined the Blades.

Burridge played for Sheffield United for three years before Chris Nicholl signed him for Southampton in 1987. He moved to Newcastle United two years after that. After two years at Newcastle United, he went to Scotland to play for Hibernian, where he won a medal for winning the Scottish League Cup. After two years in Edinburgh, Kevin Keegan brought Burridge back to Newcastle for a second time in 1993.

Even though Burridge was over 40, he refused to hang up his gloves. Instead, he kept moving around the country for short stints at any club that needed him. Burridge played for no less than fourteen clubs between 1993 and 1997. In order, they were Scarborough, Lincoln, Aberdeen, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Manchester City (where he became the oldest player to play in the Premier League at 43 years, 4 months, and 26 days), Notts County, Witton Albion, Darlington, Grimsby, Gateshead, Northampton Town, Queen of the South, Blyth Spartans, and Scarborough again. Most of the time, these stints as an emergency goalkeeper didn’t last more than one or two games. He ended his playing career with a short time as player-manager at Blyth Spartans in 1997. This was after a short time as goalkeeper coach at Newcastle United.

Burridge was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road in April 2006, when former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield opened it for the first time. Blackpool fans from all over the world voted on their all-time heroes at an event put on by the Blackpool Supporters Association. There are five players inducted from each decade. Burridge is from the 1970s.

Burridge was the club’s player-manager during his second time with Blyth Spartans. In the first round of the FA Cup on November 15, 1997, he took Spartans to Blackpool, which was his first club. The home team won, 4–3.

Burridge “discovered” Ali Al-Habsi, an Oman international goalkeeper, when he was 16 and working as a coach for the Oman national football team. He was a big reason why Al-Habsi moved to Bolton Wanderers in January 2006. He has also worked with Tim Flowers, Nigel Martyn, and Paul Robinson, who were all English goalkeepers for the national team.

Burridge worked for the Al Ain Football Club in the United Arab Emirates as a goalkeeper coach. He was a regular guest on the launch of the English Premier League show on the regional sports channel ART Prime Sports and a regular pundit on Starhub, Singapore’s Football Channel. He also writes for the football column in The New Paper, a newspaper in Singapore. Burridge worked as a backup commentator with Rob Lee for UEFA Champions League games on Ten Sports and as a resident pundit on The Football Channel in Singapore for a while before going back to work as a goalkeeper coach for the Oman national team. In January 2011, Oman kicked him out. [needs citation]

As of January 2012, Burridge works as a TV pundit for Ten Sports on their football show C2K on TEN Action with Joe Morrison and Carlton Palmer. Together, they cover football from Dubai for the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

He was the goalkeeper coach for the Malaysian Super League team LionsXII in September 2015.

In August 2016, it was said that he had joined the United Football League’s Global F.C., but the job didn’t last long because Burridge didn’t have the right badge to be a coach.

In July 2019, the Indian Super League’s top club, Kerala Blasters, hired him as a goalkeeper coach for their goalkeeper academy.

Burridge didn’t drink at all, which was rare for a player in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He also didn’t eat the way most people did. In the 1970s, Burridge noticed that players would eat steaks or even fish and chips before a game. On the other hand, Burridge, who was studying sport science and the diets of African tribesmen, felt that there was something wrong with the way footballers usually fueled up and refueled and with the timing of their fueling, so he would eat quick meals like baby food, pasta, and potatoes before a game. Instead of tea, he would drink glasses of water. Burridge also made fruit smoothies before many people had thought of blending fruits for health, which confused the people of the time.

In the 1980s, when he was warming up after a win, he would do somersaults to entertain the fans. Burridge said that the top players in the game didn’t like this, but he didn’t care about their feelings or what they thought was the right way to warm up.

Burridge was also one of the first goalkeepers to use latex gloves in the 1970s. He showed Peter Shilton and Pat Jennings how to use them.

Burridge is married to Janet, whom he met when he was with Blackpool. Tom, who was his son, played hockey for the Blackburn Hawks. “Budgie,” John Burridge’s autobiography, came out on April 4, 2011.

Trophies Won By John Burridge


  • Anglo-Italian Cup winner: 1971

Aston Villa

  • League Cup winner: 1977

Crystal Palace

  • Football League Second Division champions: 1978–79

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Football League Second Division runner-up: 1982–83


  • Scottish League Cup winner: 1991

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