In our weekly feature we take a look at the life and career of former Liverpool players and this week it is the turn of David Burrows and we find out where he is now.
David Burrows started his career with his local amateur side Tipton Town before being spotted by Westbrom where he signed his first professional contract as a 17-year old.
It was October 1988 when then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish decided to splash out 500k to take the talented youngster to Anfield where he would battle Steve Staunton for the left back spot.
He was only at Liverpool 2 days before making his first team debut against Coventry City and went on to make a further 20 appearances that season but was left out of the 1989 FA Cup final squad as Barry Venison took his place on the bench.
The 89/90 season was somewhat of a breakthrough season for Burrows as he managed to nail down a regular spot for Liverpool who went on to win the league that season.
When Dalglish left in 1991 this was the beginning of the end for Burrows time at Liverpool, Greame Souness had arrived at the club and had his own ideas on who he needed and who he did not.
Souness however did start Burrows in the 1992 FA Cup final against Sunderland but by the time the following season came around he was gone to Westham United along with Mike Marsh in exchange for Julian Dicks.
“It soon became clear that he didn’t fancy me, and when a manager gets that into his head you haven’t a chance. I was happy when the deal was done for me to join West Ham.”
He would only stay a year at Westham before history repeated itself when he was again replaced by Julian Dicks, this time returning from Liverpool and he was used in an exchange deal which saw Tony Cottee also return to Westham and Burrows move to Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.
The Everton move did not really work out for Burrows and after a season his old Westbrom manager Ron Atkinson came in for him and took him to Coventry City in a £1m move.
Coventry City would be Burrows longest stint at one club staying 5 years and playing over 130 games but is also where he started to pick up injuries which in the longterm would see him leave the game.
After leaving Coventry David Burrows would move to Birmingham City but he had a falling out with manager Trevor Francis after not being named in the league cup final squad against his old team Liverpool and another with Steve Bruce who replaced Francis at Birmingham after being told he was no longer in the managers plans.
His last season in football would be in 2003 and after only 21 games for Sheffield Wednesday he retired from the game after picking up a broken collarbone and pulled hamstring.
So where is he now ?
After retirement David Burrows moved to France with his family where he got involved with local club Olympique Coux.
“I wanted to integrate into the community and I had already decided a good way of doing that would be to go along to the local football club and learn more. I just wanted to train and keep fit”.
But the local team, Olympique Coux et Bigaroque had other ideas and after a while he was invited to train them. The following season, with, as David puts it, “professional organisation, training and a few new, good, players, we won the championship of the Dordogne.”
He now runs the bar and restaurant at La Marterie Golf Club where he can be found greeting their guest in perfect French.
You can read more about David and his life in France here