Terry Burton: My Life in Coaching

  • Exclusive interview with with veteran coach Terry Burton
  • Burton was a FA Youth Cup winning defender before being released for being too small
  • Began his coaching career at Ilford FC aged 22, and was appointed appointed Arsenal assistant manager at 29 in 1984
  • Was mentored at Arsenal by the late Don Howe
  • Burton now looking for a fresh challenge after 40 years in coaching

FAMILIAR TERRITORY: Terry Burton coaching at Arsenal

ARSENAL once sent Terry Burton to have his bones tested and his skeleton measured - they'll always find the Gunners in his DNA.

At the age of 62 Sport Careers client Burton remains one of the English game's most experienced coaches.

For four decades at the sharp end he has been helping to mould players having started his journey in the Arsenal Academy at the age of just 22.
Burton's story - which will unfold in a series of exclusive interviews over the next few weeks on sportcareers.co.uk - is a remarkable one.

It started as a starry-eyed defender who dreamed of playing for his boyhood heroes and Terry revealed: "My playing career was short-lived in many respects, I was at Arsenal from the age of 12 until I was 19.

"We won the FA Youth Cup in 1971 and I scored in the Final at Cardiff but the physical side was my biggest problem. I was 5ft 7ins and I played centre-half.

"Arsenal sent me for tests on my bones in the late 60s because they were so keen to see me develop. That was revolutionary at the time.

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