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Burr Goes `Home` To Stafford Rangers

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Steve Burr has returned to his roots by becoming manager of the first club be played for – Evo-Stik League Premier Stafford Rangers.

Burr began his career in football as a player with Rangers as a striker and was a prolific goalscorer.

In the summer of 1984, he moved to Macclesfield Town and was the Silkmen’s leading scorer as they finished runners-up to Stafford in the Northern Premier League.

He also scored their first ever goal in the Conference.

Burr is still highly thought of at the Moss Rose where he was part of one of their most successful periods.

His spell at Macclesfield went on to include two FA Trophy Final appearances and in 1990 Sir Alex Ferguson took a Manchester United team to Moss Rose to celebrate Burr’s testimonial year.

Burr went on to play for Hednesford Town, Nuneaton Borough and Halifax Town before he began his managerial career at Nuneaton, firstly as assistant to Brendan Phillips before taking over as manager at the end of the 2002/03 season.

He moved on to Hucknall Town, gaining instant success as they cruised to the Northern Premier League title.

The lure of management at a higher level took Burr to Northwich Victoria where he was dealt a cruel blow as the club were handed a ten-point deduction.

Against the odds, he managed to keep the Vics in the Conference only for a non-football related decision saw them relegated. However, he swiftly led the Vics back to the Conference National by winning the Conference North championship.

He also took them to the FA Cup Third round and a dream date against Premier League side Sunderland AFC.

Burr was rewarded for his efforts at Northwich by being appointed assistant-manager of the England C side under Paul Fairclough.

He moved on to Conference North side Stalybridge Celtic in 2007 where he continued to work his magic as they narrowly missed out on promotion in the play-off final.

A move to Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers in January 2010 brought more success with a magnificent eight-match unbeaten run at the start to the season.

He took Harriers to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy and a creditable thirteenth place in the Conference.

During his spell at Kidderminster, he turned down offers of moves to Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers.

In 2013 Kidderminster missed out on promotion by just a couple of points and Burr was named the Conference manager of the season.

But he left the club in January 2014 and almost immediately was appointed manager of Chester City for the remainder of that season with the option to extend into the following season.

He remained at the club until April 2016.

A short managerial spell at Southport followed before he took up the reins back at one of his former clubs, Stalybridge Celtic, last season.


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