John Bourke Player Profile


  • Full Name: John Bourke
  • Born: December 31st, 1953 (Glasgow)
  • Position: Forward
  • Signed: September 15th, 1977 (£60,000)
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 30 appearances, 6 goals
  • Also Played For: Brechin City, Dumbarton, Kilmarnock


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1977-78 29 (1) 30 6 1 0 25 (1) 5 4 1
Totals: 29 (1) 6 25 (1) 5 4 (0) 1

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
May 2nd, 1978 02/05/78 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 0 - 2
Apr 29th, 1978 29/04/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 5 - 2
Apr 26th, 1978 26/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 3 - 1
Apr 22nd, 1978 22/04/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 3
Apr 19th, 1978 19/04/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Feb 27th, 1978 27/02/78 4th Round vs. QOS (H) 3 - 0
Jan 7th, 1978 07/01/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1
Nov 19th, 1977 19/11/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0
Oct 29th, 1977 29/10/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0
Sep 24th, 1977 24/09/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Feb 27th, 1978 27/02/78 4th Round vs. QOS (H) 3 - 0 (80')
Jan 7th, 1978 07/01/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1 (10')
Nov 19th, 1977 19/11/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0 (29')
Oct 29th, 1977 29/10/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0 (31')
Sep 24th, 1977 24/09/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 2 (60')
Sep 17th, 1977 17/09/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 3 - 0 (66')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
May 2nd, 1978 02/05/78 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 0 - 2
Apr 29th, 1978 29/04/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 5 - 2
Apr 26th, 1978 26/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 3 - 1
Apr 22nd, 1978 22/04/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 3
Apr 19th, 1978 19/04/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 1
Apr 15th, 1978 15/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Apr 12th, 1978 12/04/78 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 1 - 0
Apr 8th, 1978 08/04/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0
Apr 5th, 1978 05/04/78 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N) 0 - 2
Mar 29th, 1978 29/03/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Mar 25th, 1978 25/03/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 3
Mar 15th, 1978 15/03/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 1
Mar 11th, 1978 11/03/78 5th Round vs. Queen's Park (H) 2 - 0
Mar 4th, 1978 04/03/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 1
Feb 27th, 1978 27/02/78 4th Round vs. QOS (H) 3 - 0
Feb 25th, 1978 25/02/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 0
Feb 4th, 1978 04/02/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 1 - 0
Jan 28th, 1978 28/01/78 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 1
Jan 7th, 1978 07/01/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1
Dec 10th, 1977 10/12/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
Nov 26th, 1977 26/11/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 0
Nov 19th, 1977 19/11/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0
Nov 5th, 1977 05/11/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 1
Oct 29th, 1977 29/10/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0
Oct 22nd, 1977 22/10/77 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
Oct 15th, 1977 15/10/77 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 1 - 2
Oct 8th, 1977 08/10/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 1
Oct 1st, 1977 01/10/77 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 2 - 0
Sep 24th, 1977 24/09/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 2
Sep 17th, 1977 17/09/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 3 - 0


Competition History


Comp
LGE 25 (1) 5 1 0
SC 4 1 0 0
Totals: 29 (1) 6

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


John joined Dumbarton in January 1973, making his debut in August that year. A PE teacher whilst playing for the part-time Boghead side, he netted an average of a goal every other game during his four years with The Sons.

After the departure of striker Tom McAdam to Celtic in September 1977, United's initial offer for John was rejected, but a £60,000 bid was accepted by Dumbarton a week later. After making a scoring debut for United against Clydebank, he found the net just six times throughout a season hampered by injuries and a persistent lack of fitness which lead to extra training stints. In July 1978, after a falling out with manager Jim McLean, John failed to return to Tannadice for pre-season training and was suspended by the Club. At the beginning of October 1978 he was sold to Kilmarnock for a fee of around £40,000.

His goal-scoring form returned in the First Division, helping Kilmarnock win promotion to the Premier Division. However he struggled to score as much in the top league, and the Rugby Park side were relegated two years later. He returned to Dumbarton in 1983, where he helped his first club gain a place in the Premier Division for one season in 1984. He went to Brechin City in 1986 before signing for Kilmarnock for a second time. In 1989 he ended his senior career and moved to junior side Lesmahagow.

Last updated on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 by B Orr.





Debut

September 17th, 1977
Clydebank 0 - 3 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    John was born on this date in Glasgow.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Clydebank 0 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)


  • First Goal

    Clydebank 0 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 0 QOS
    Scottish Cup (4th Round)


  • Last Appearance

    Clydebank 2 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)


  • Left the Club