A Blyth-based professional footballer was still celebrating at the weekend - days after scoring what proved to be the winning goal for Yeovil Town which consequently propelled them into the npower Championship.
Twenty-one year old Dan Burn - a former junior with New Hartley, Blyth Town and Blyth Spartans - spoke of his sheer delight after his header shortly before half time had put his side 2-0 up against Brentford at the New Wembley in the Division One play off final. The London outfit reduced the deficit after the interval but the Glovers held out to complete a memorable victory. And in Burn’s case it could well be the perfect farewell present as the 6ft 7ins tall centre back returns to Fulham for pre season after completing what turned out to be a nine month loan period at Yeovil. Burn signed for the Craven Cottage outfit from Darlington on a three year contract in 2011 but for the past nine months has been an integral part in the Yeovil set up, making 41 appearances and scoring three goals. And the Ashington born lynchpin was naturally cock-a-hoop after making a scoring debut at the home of football: “To play at Wembley in front of a crowd of 42,000 at my age was just crazy because some professionals never get the opportunity throughout their entire careers,” he said, “I was six yards out when I scored with a header from a corner and although one of my team-mates tried to claim the goal, I ran away celebrating. We defended well during the second half after Brentford had pulled it back to 2-1 - but this past week has been surreal and the day will live with me forever.” Burn has another goal target in front of him: “I’ve played for the reserves at Fulham - now my aim is to try and break into the first team in the Barclays Premier League,” he said, “If not then I may have to go out on loan again.”