Steve Burtenshaw

Born: 23rd November 1935, Portslade.
Position: Wing-half.
Height: 5ft 11in.
Weight: 12st 2lb.

Playing Career

Brighton & Hove Albion: 1952 - 1966.

Managerial Career

Coach: Arsenal, 1966.
Coach: Queen’ s Park Rangers, 1973.
Manager: Sheffield Wednesday, January 1974 - October 1975.
Caretaker-Manager: Everton, January - February 1977.
Manager: Queen’ s Park Rangers, August 1978 - May 1979.
Chief Scout: Arsenal, 1986.


Division Three champions: 1958

In his 14 seasons with Brighton, Burtenshaw made over 200 appearances for the club. He had been encouraged to take up coaching by his manager George Curtis and when he retired from playing, he joined the coaching staff at Highbury. When Don Howe left the club in 1971 Burtenshaw became the chief coach. In 1973 he moved to Queen’ s Park Rangers as their chief coach and in January 1974 he was appointed manager at Hillsborough.

There is hardly anything worthy of note in the 21 months that Burtenshaw was in charge and he must surely rank as Wednesday’ s worst ever manager. One possible highlight was a last minute goal by Ken Knighton in their final game of the 1973-74 season against Bolton Wanderers, which staved off relegation from the Second Division for one more season. In 1974-75 relegation was not to be denied. After a 1-0 win against Southampton at the end of December, they went four months and 17 games without a win, during which time they managed to score just two goals.

After becoming Queen’ s Park Ranger’ s manager in 1978, he demonstrated once again his special talent for getting teams relegated, when he took them down at the first attempt. After that he decided he was too much of a liability as a manager and took the wise decision not to pursue that career.

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