A Junior with Banks O' Dee, Ian Burns (pictured above left beside Charlie Cooke and behind Doug Coutts) signed for Aberdeen in
June 1957, and was immediately installed in the first eleven, at inside right. He replaced the popular Harry Yorston, who retired
from football in advance of his 27th birthday to become a fish porter at Aberdeen harbour - a much-coveted "job for life".
grabbed his opportunity and scored on his debut, in a 5-1 win over Queen of the South in a League Cup match on 10th August.
He dropped into the reserves in November, and although the No.8 jersey had many wearers that season, it was at right half that Burns
returned to the team towards the end of the season.
Always a part-timer at Pittodrie - he worked in the insurance industry in
Aberdeen - he was further handicapped by a spell of National Service in the Army. An ankle injury sustained in December 1958
kept him out of the team for four months, and robbed him of an Under 23 cap against Wales. Nonetheless, he
played in more than half of the matches in every season up and including 1964/65, apart from 1962/63 when he did not feature at all
following a recurring cartilage injury which ensured his few matches that season were in the reserve team. The sale of
Doug Fraser saw him re-instated to the first team, but he was ousted by Dave Smith before George Kinnell's sale brought him back in.
March 1965 he starred in Aberdeen's 2-0 defeat of Rangers at Pittodrie, but a tackle with the man he marked out of the game, Jim Baxter,
resulted in a serious knee injury.
His nine seasons at Pittodrie coincided with an unsuccessful spell in the club's history.
They finished in the lower half of the First Division most seasons - twice in sixth place was the best they could achieve - and were
as low as 15th (out of 18) in 1959/60. It was a decade of poor progression in cup competitions, with the exception of the 1959
Scottish Cup Final. Burns played in the 1-0 victory over Third Lanark in the replayed semi final, but Ken Brownlee was preferred
in the final, which St Mirren won. Burns played in the 1964 Summer Cup Final, won by Hibs.
He was still a first team
player at the start of 1965/66, and played in all the League Cup ties, but the signing of Jens Petersen consigned him to the reserves
for his final season at Pittodrie. He signed for Brechin City in the summer of 1966, and enjoyed four seasons at Glebe
Park in the lower reaches of the Second Division.
Burns hung up his boots in 1970 after a short spell with Deveronvale, having
played in almost 300 first team competitive matches for Aberdeen and Brechin City.
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