Full name Michael Alan Burton
Born December 18, 1945, Maidenhead
Current age 68 years 128 days
Major teams England
|Test debut||England v Wales at Twickenham, Jan 15, 1972 match details|
|Last Test||England v Wales at Twickenham, Feb 4, 1978 match details|
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Mike Burton had a reputation on the field as an uncompromising prop who became the first man to be sent of playing for England and after retiring forged a successful businessman in the field of orporate hospitality, specialist travel and event management.
Burton made 360 appearances for Gloucester from his debut as an 18-year-old in 1964 until his retirement in 1978 as well as 17 England caps. At county level he won the then-prestigious county championship four times with Gloucestershire as well as twice winning the John Player Cup, at the time the club competition, with Gloucester.
His England debut came on tour in South Africa in 1972 and tours of New Zealand (1973) and Australia (1975) followed. It was on the last of these that he was sent off in the second Test at Brisbane, largely a result of his hard-man reputation (he had been sent off five months earlier in a county game as well). Four minutes into the match, after already being warned, he was given his marching orders for a straight-arm tackle on the Australian winger Doug Osborne. "I admit I butted Stuart MacDougall, but you should have seen the things that were being done to us," Burton said afterwards.
In 1974 Burton toured South Africa as a member of Willie John McBride's invincible British Lions team.
His autobiogaphy Never Stay Down told of a tough upbringing in post war Britain and his single minded determination to succeed.