IAN BURNS
 
Born in Aberdeen, died at home in Larbert on 6th December 2015, aged 76. 
Pictured below with Doug Coutts and Charlie Cooke
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".
 
Burns 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.
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scroll down for links to the FOOTBALL BOOKS & DATABASES we have for sale.
 
 
THE LEGAL BIT.   This site and its contents are the Copyright of John Litster 2015.   Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from John Litster is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that the following attribution is displayed: Taken from Scottish Football Historian magazine Issue No. [as appropriate, plus date of issue]
 
 
 
 
Here is a list of the books and databases we have for sale.
Click on the title to obtain further details,
and how to buy.
You can also click on the Book Cover illustrations below

HISTORY BOOKS

 

50 YEARS OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

 

THIRD LANARK HISTORY

 

VALE OF LEVEN HISTORY

 

FOOTBALL' S WHITE FEATHERS (World War 1 & Scottish Football)

 

SCOTTISH CUP FINALS

 

RAITH  ROVERS HISTORIES

 

A History and Guide to
FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

 

FOOTBALL HISTORY DATABASES  (all on CD ROM, in Excel format)

 

A RECORD OF PRE-WAR
SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS

 

 

A RECORD OF POST-WAR
SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS

 

 

SCOTTISH LEAGUE TABLES 

 

PRE-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE RESULTS, SCORERS, ATTENDANCES

 

We are also publishers of
Football History Books
If you "have a book in you" and wish to have it published,
contact John Litster by
 Telephone : 01603-449237
E-mail :
progm@hotmail.com
 
 
and click on Football History
 
Twitter : @pmpublications1
 
 
You can also click on the Book Cover illustrations below
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
SCOTTISH FOOTBALL HISTORIAN
e-zine Winter 2015/16   Issue 136
 
About Us
Full Screen Version
 
 
Contents
Football Books & Databases