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FREDDIE BURCH

Note: Burch's number of goals is one less than in some publications. That's because of the match at home to Watford on 16 Dec 1911. Some books show the goalscorers as Raymond, Boden (2) and Burch (2) but contemporary newspapers show the 4th goal was scored by Boden not Burch, with Boden therefore getting a hat-trick.

1. Came from: Essa   Went to: Reading

1. First game: 11 February 1905   Last game: 01 February 1908

2. Came from: Reading   Went to: Swansea Town

2. First game: 01 September 1909   Last game: 01 May 1915

Appearances: 240 (240/0)   Goals: 91

Burch, born in Plymouth in 1886, played for St Budeaux and Essa before joining Argyle in 1904. Primarily an outside-right, he could play in a number of forward positions and was described as being "always a trier" by the Argyle handbook.

Burch made just one appearance in his first two seasons with the club but gradually forced his way into the side, becoming a regular member of the team towards the end of the 1906/07 season. After losing his place at the end of the following campaign however, he moved on to Reading and spent a single season there before returning to Home Park. From 1909 to 1915 he was a consistent and highly valued member of the Argyle first-team and his career peaked in 1912/13 when his 30 goals in 37 appearances made him the top scorer in the Southern League.

The outbreak of war interrupted Burch's career but he was still on Argyle's books when hostilities ceased. However he made no more appearances for the club before joining Swansea Town in 1919.

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APPEARANCE DETAILS  [reselect competitions]

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The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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