Tuesday, March 28, 2017
By Organic Bull
News has just reached Club Historian Ron Parrott of the sad passing of a former Bull. Although never having played for the first team, Mike Burford was a popular member of United’s youth squad and spent four years at Edgar Street, signing as a schoolboy at the age of 15 in 1974 and remaining until the end of the 1977/78 season.
Mike played mainly as an inside-forward and was in the team that carried off the South West & Wales Youth League and Cup double in 1977/78, playing alongside such stars as Andy Feeley, Stuart Cornes, Kevin Sheedy & Stewart Phillips.
After leaving Edgar Street, Mike joined Cheltenham Town but failed to break into their first team but after a spell in local football, he spent six happy years with Gloucester City. After a very brief return to Cheltenham Town, Mike returned to Gloucester City before ending his career with Shortwood United and Brockworth, whilst working for his family’s scrap metal business in Witcombe.
Mike was also a talented amateur cricketer and sadly was taken from us at the age of only 56.