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Francis Burns

Francis Burns

Clubs played for: Manchester United, Southampton, Preston North End, Shamrock Rovers (1964-1982)

Born: 1948

Birthplace: Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Position: Left-back

Biography: Francis moved south of the border in 1965 and his six years at United would have been more productive had it not been for repeated injury problems. He was a regular starter until losing his place to Shay Brennan. He played the first seven games in United's European Cup winning campaign, he was a cultured defender but was sold to Southampton for £50,000. Francis emigrated to Australia in 1987 and went on to run dry cleaning and industrial cleaning businesses in Perth. He now works for a local radio station.

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Burns, Francis Sure do, I lived in Perth, Western Australia and met him a few times as he was always around the local football scene. One day i asked him what he thought of the game today,( now this was around the mid 80's) he replied that when he started his career his father pulled him aside and warned him to be careful as the game today isn't the same as it was back in my day.
15-09-20 Tim Berry

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