The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ger­ard Meagher

NOT SO long ago Birm­ing­ham defender Dan Burn was stack­ing shelves – if you’d told him he’d score the win­ner at Wem­b­ley he’d have said you’re off your trol­ley.

But that child­hood dream be­came re­al­ity for the 21-yearold cen­tre-half, who popped up to nod home what proved to be Yeovil’s win­ning goal in the last sea­son’s League One play-off fi­nal.

It was a far cry from ASDA, and in­deed Dar­ling­ton, but Burn’s roller-coaster ride has con­tin­ued apace, the chance to stay at Yeovil for an­other year was on the ta­ble but so was the op­por­tu­nity to join the Blues on loan from par­ent club Ful­ham.

As fate would have it, Birm­ing­ham travel to Yeovil next Satur­day and while Burn is the first to ad­mit he’s rel­ish­ing the chance to re­turn to the club where he has al­ready achieved leg­endary sta­tus, he has no re­grets over his sum­mer move.


Born and raised in Blyth, Burn’s first love re­mains New­cas­tle United and he fondly re­mem­bers watch­ing on from the St James’ Park stands as Lee Clark strut­ted his stuff for the Mag­pies – un­sur­pris­ing then he jumped at the chance to play for one of his for­mer idols.

“It wasn’t re­ally a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to be hon­est, when I heard Birm­ing­ham were in­ter­ested and Lee made it clear he wanted me, there was nowhere else I wanted to go,” said Burn.

“Ob­vi­ously I had a fan­tas­tic sea­son with Yeovil last year and a won­der­ful end­ing and there was the chance to stay there and it was tempt­ing be­cause I en­joyed it so much and played a part in their pro­mo­tion.

“But Birm­ing­ham are a big club with big am­bi­tions and it helps that Lee’s from the same part of the world as me. I used to watch him as kid, sup­port­ing New­cas­tle, and that makes a big dif­fer­ence.”

A move to Dar­ling­ton in 2009 res­cued Burn from the aisles at ASDA and af­ter two years he se­cured a dream move to Pre­mier League side Ful­ham – but it was last year that he be­came a house­hold name.

At 6ft 6ins, Burn is al­ways a threat from set-pieces but hav­ing scored on his de­but for Yeovil last Septem­ber, he net­ted just once more un­til the Glovers met Brent­ford at Wem­b­ley.

On the morn­ing of the match, Burn was asked where the smart money was on goalscor­ers that day and quipped back ‘me’.

“It was a dream to play at Wem­b­ley, let alone score, but I had a good feel­ing that day, I knew I hadn’t scored enough goals that sea­son,” added Burn.


“I was hav­ing a bit of ban­ter with some of the lads at Yeovil, they said they reck­oned they’d be play­ing Birm­ing­ham first turns out it’s the sec­ond game of the sea­son.

“It’ll be a great chance to go back there and see some fa­mil­iar faces but it’s im­por­tant that Birm­ing­ham start well this sea­son.

“They had a dif­fi­cult sea­son last time but there’s a real feel­ing when I ar­rived that there’s more sta­bil­ity. Lee’s been here a lit­tle while now and you sense that last year is in the past and the am­bi­tion this year is with­out doubt pro­mo­tion.”

Burn’s am­bi­tions do not stop there how­ever. On the same day he signed on for a year at St An­drews, he penned a new twoyear deal with Ful­ham, and he has ev­ery in­ten­tion of break­ing into the first team.

“I’m in touch with the coaches a lot, they used to of­ten come down toYeovil and watch me and keep me up­dated about how they thought I was pro­gress­ing and they agreed this was a good move for me,” added Burn.

“And I do think about im­press­ing them and get­ting my chance in the first team. I know there’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion and they’re a Pre­mier League side but when I think back to work­ing at the su­per­mar­ket, that’s all the mo­ti­va­tion I need.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LOAN RANGER: Dan Burn scores for Yeovil at Wem­b­ley and inset, in pre-sea­son ac­tion with Birm­ing­ham

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