The deeper one goes the harder and more mysterious it gets. And none more so, thus far, than Daniel Burgess, also known as “Dick”.
Here’s what we know from the records.
He was born in Goldenhill, in Staffordshire, on 23 October 1896 and was an inside forward.
He started with Port Vale, which would have been his local club, and then moved to Arsenal for whom he played from 1919 to 1922. He then moved on to West Ham (1922/3), Aberdare Athletic (1923), QPR and Sittingbourne.
Overall he played 13 times for Arsenal.
He first shows up at Arsenal in the first post-war season of 1919/20 as one of the men brought in by Leslie Knighton, the new manager. He didn’t play in the opening game of the season, but played his first game on 1 September 1919 against Liverpool at number 8 (inside right). Having lost the first match of the season at home, Arsenal went to Liverpool and won 3-2.
He scored his first and indeed only goal on 27 September 1919 against Blackburn (away), but after the return match the following week (this being the season that home and away games were played against the same team consecutively, he dropped out of the team. So that was 7 games in a row, and one goal, and then no more.
Burgess did not return to the side until 12 March 1921 (ie 18 months later) when he got two more games, and then again two more for the last two games of the season.
At the start of the 1921/2 season he played in the second and third game, but this latter game, (a 4-1 defeat away to Preston on 29 August 1921) proved to be his last and after that he left.
I did wonder how he came to move from West Ham to Aberdare, but Aberdare but they had joined the Third Division South at the start of 1921/2 from the Southern League, and so were at the time, recruiting players for their new status. Perhaps WHU simply offered him to all and sundry.
And that’s it. Another mystery player. We know nothing of his life beyond football, and nothing much about his footballing life either. If you know, please do write in.