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Jack Burkett

Personal information
Full nameJack William Burkett
Date of birth21 August 1942(age 74)
Place of birthLondon, England
Playing positionFull-back

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Jack Burkett (born 21 August 1942 in Edmonton, London) is an English former footballer who played as a full-back.

Burkett started his career at West Ham United, joining the senior team in July 1958. He played in the FA Youth Cup Final of 1958-59 alongside Bobby Moore, Harry Cripps and Eddie Bovington, and made his League debut against Fulham on 30 April 1962. Burkett made 142 League appearances for West Ham, scoring four goals. He also made 39 cup appearances, and was a member of the FA Cup winning side of 1964. He was also a member of the European Cup Winners' Cup winning team of 1965.

Burkett lost his place in the West Ham team to John Charles after an injury during the 1966-67 season, and moved to Charlton Athletic for £10,000 on 6 June 1968. He later played for Millwall and Southend United although he never featured in the League for either team.

Burkett served as player-manager at League of Ireland team St Patrick's Athletic in the 1970s during the height of the Irish Troubles; several of his squad being members of the IRA who carried guns and balaclavas with their playing kit. In four seasons Burkett guided Pats to a FAI Cup Final in 1974 and several high place finishes. However he was let go in April 1975 .

Burkett returned to Southend United as player-coach. He went on to manage the Under 18 Saudi Arabia team, then Ørsta of the Norwegian Third Division in 1980, before returning again to Southend as youth coach. He later took the role of youth coach at Fulham.

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