IT’S TROLLEY GOOD FOR DAN THE ASDA BOY
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 up...it 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.”
LOAN RANGER: Dan Burn scores for Yeovil at Wembley and inset, in pre-season action with Birmingham