Oldest player in premier league History

John Burridge
A File Photo of John Burridge

Who is the oldest player in the history of the English Premier League, and how long did he play? The oldest player in the Premier League is John Burridge. Find out more about the early years, career, and biography of John Burridge.

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Goalkeeper John Burridge, also known by his nickname “Budgie,” was born on December 3, 1951, in England. He currently works for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League as a senior goalkeeping coach and goalkeeping consultant. He played for 29 clubs over his nearly 30-year senior career, 18 of which were in the Football League. Burridge participated in 768 league games in the English and Scottish leagues in addition to a few extra games.

Although Burridge was raised in the Cumbrian mining town of Great Clifton, he was actually born in Workington. He joined up to play professionally for Workington when he was 15 years old because it was close to his house. He participated in his debut league game in 1969.

In 1971, he went to Blackpool, first temporarily at the end of the 1970–1971 campaign and then permanently at the beginning of the 1971–1972 campaign. The Anglo-Italian Cup, which he won with the Seasiders, was his first distinction. Blackpool defeated Bologna 2-1 in overtime on June 12, 1971, at the Stadio Comunale in Bologna. Burridge’s performance received great marks from Italian fans, who are frequently harsh on performers.

1975 saw Burridge join Aston Villa for a fee of £75,000. He was lured to Villa Park by Ron Saunders, where he played for two years and captured the League Cup. He was later replaced by Jimmy Rimmer. He briefly played for Southend United on loan until Terry Venables bought him for Crystal Palace in 1978, and he excelled throughout that period. Burridge sat on the crossbar to delight the crowd as Palace led Ipswich Town 4-0 and won 4-1. He transferred to Queens Park Rangers, a rival team in London, after spending two and a half seasons with Palace. Again, Venables persuaded him to join the group. He was replaced by Peter Hucker in the 1982 FA Cup Final.

John Burridge
A File Photo of John Burridge

Burridge signed on with Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 1982. His seventh team was this one. Wolves faced Newcastle United in a match at Molineux during the 1982–83 campaign. Before the game, Burridge and Kevin Keegan wagered £100 that he would play in a Superman suit. Burridge played the game in a Superman costume as a result of the wager in front of the 22,500-strong Wolves crowd, which was the largest of the season. Wolves were relegated the next year despite Burridge’s assistance in getting them promoted as runners-up to the Premier League. He left Wolves in October 1984 to sign for Sheffield United, where Ian Porterfield did the hiring. He was also briefly loaned out to Derby County by Arthur Cox.

Burridge spent three years as a player for Sheffield United before Chris Nicholl acquired him for Southampton in 1987. Two years later, he made the switch to Newcastle United. After spending two years with Newcastle United, he left to play for Hibernian in Scotland, where he won a medal for winning the Scottish League Cup. Kevin Keegan brought Burridge back to Newcastle for a second time in 1993 after he spent two years in Edinburgh.

Burridge, who was over 40, insisted on keeping his gloves on. Instead, he continued to move around the nation, working for however long was needed at any one club. Between 1993 and 1997, Burridge played for no fewer than fourteen different teams. Scarborough, Lincoln, Aberdeen, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Manchester City (where he turned 43 years, 4 months, and 26 days old and became the oldest player to play in the Premier League), Notts County, Witton Albion, Darlington, Grimsby, Gateshead, Northampton Town, Queen of the South, Blyth Spartans, and Scarborough once more were listed in that order. These appearances as a last-minute goalie often lasted little more than one or two games. In 1997, he completed his playing career by serving a brief period of time as player-manager at Blyth Spartans.

When former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield officially launched the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road in April 2006, Burridge was given a place in it. At a gathering organized by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool supporters from all around the world cast votes for their favorite players of all time. From each decade, five players are inducted. Burridge was born in that decade.


During his second stint with Blyth Spartans, Burridge served as the team’s player-manager. On November 15, 1997, he brought Spartans to Blackpool, his original club, in the FA Cup first round. The home team triumphed 4-3.

When he was 16 and serving as a coach for the Oman national football team, Burridge “found” Ali Al-Habsi, an international goalie for Oman. He played a significant role in Al-decision Habsi’s to join Bolton Wanderers in January 2006. He has also collaborated with goalkeepers for the English national team Tim Flowers, Nigel Martyn, and Paul Robinson.

Burridge served as the goalie coach for the Al Ain Football Club in the United Arab Emirates. He frequently appeared as a guest on the regional sports channel ART Prime Sports’ premiere of the English Premier League show, and he also provided commentary on Starhub, Singapore’s Football Channel. Additionally, he contributes to the Singaporean tabloid The New Paper’s football section. Before returning to his job as the goalie coach for the Oman national team, Burridge worked as Rob Lee’s backup commentator for UEFA Champions League matches on Ten Sports and as a resident analyst on The Football Channel in Singapore for a period. 2011 January: He was expelled from Oman. (Requires citation).

Burridge began working as a TV analyst for Ten Sports in January 2012, appearing on their football program C2K on TEN Action with Joe Morrison and Carlton Palmer. Together, they report on football for the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League from Dubai.

In September 2015, he served as the LionsXII goalkeeper coach for the Malaysian Super League squad.

In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, it was uncommon for a player to not drink at all, but Burridge did. He didn’t eat like most people did, either. Burridge observed that before to a game, players would consume steak or even fish and chips. However, Burridge believed there was something wrong with the way footballers typically fueled up and refueled as well as with the timing of their fueling, so he would eat quick meals like baby food, pasta, and potatoes before a game. Burridge was studying sport science and the diets of African tribesmen. He would have glasses of water instead of tea. Burridge also created fruit smoothies, which perplexed the populace as few people had ever considered combining fruits for health.

In the 1980s, he used to perform somersaults while he warmed up after a victory to amuse the crowd. The best players in the game, according to Burridge, didn’t enjoy this, but he didn’t give a damn about their feelings or what they believed to be the proper warm-up strategy.

In the 1970s, Burridge was among the first goalkeepers to adopt latex gloves. He demonstrated how to use them to Pat Jennings and Peter Shilton.

Burridge met Janet while he was with Blackpool, and they are now married. His son Tom was a hockey player with the Blackburn Hawks. On April 4, 2011, John Burridge’s autobiography, “Budgie,” was published. 

Trophies Won by John Burridge


1971: Anglo-Italian Cup victor

Stoke City

League Cup champion in 1977.

Clear Palace

1978–1979 Football League Second Division champions

Wanderers of Wolverhampton

1982–1983 Football League Second Division runner-up