Player of the Day: Eddie Burbanks

by Stuart Vose

Outside-left in the spotlight.

William Edwin (Eddie) Burbanks was a key member of Sunderland’s FA Cup winning side of 1937.

Having begun his career in the Midland League, the outside-left was quickly spotted by Sunderland and signed for the club in February 1935. Sunderland paid Denaby United a £750 fee to acquire his services.

Burbanks made his debut against Portsmouth at Roker Park in April 1935 and scored a cup-final goal as Sunderland lifted the FA Cup two years later thanks to a 3-1 victory over Preston.

Eddie made a total of 152 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 28 goals. He also guested for Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool, Manchester United, Leeds and Chesterfield during the Second World War.

He joined Sunderland legend Raich Carter at Hull City in June 1948 and went on to win the Division Three North title with the club the following year.

Burbanks settled in Hull after retiring and ran a sweet shop in the city. He passed away in July 1983.